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Ansar Abbasi – An Amoral Third Rate Journalist Propagating Lies & Disinformation

April 5, 2014

Written by Usman Sheikh
Musharraf’s Supporter
05 April 2014


A third rate Pakistani journalist, known for his loving feelings towards the Taliban, so much so that the Pakistani Taliban nominated him as their representative a few months ago, Ansar Abbasi, has successfully unleashed another emotionally charged article laced with disinformation which can be read here.

As is often the case, Abbasi’s piece is an anti-Musharraf hysteria, where facts, commonsense, hell even Islamic teachings, are all conveniently tossed in the bin to have a go at Musharraf.

Having nothing better to do this Saturday afternoon, I thought it would be fun to offer a paragraph by paragraph refutation.
This time around, Abbasi is making a charged plea to Gen Raheel Sharif to “butt off,” maintain a distance, and remain silent regarding the obvious irregularities in the process and unfair/unjust conduct towards Musharraf in the so called “treason” trial. In a nutshell, Abbasi will tell Gen. Raheel Sharif that he is known to be “professional,” much like his predecessor, Kiyani, and that the two of them have finally “redeemed” respect to the institution of the Army. That those who support Musharraf, who insist that the trial is unfair and who have contacted Gen. Raheel Sharif conveying their grave concerns are “devious” and “damaging the system.”

Ansar Abbasi’s comments will be enclosed within “{{}}” followed by my counter reply.

{{According to sources different military commanders including General Raheel Sharif are being told in whispers that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is unfairly proceeding with the high treason case against a retired army chief.}}

The different military commanders, including Gen. Raheel Sharif, are being told in whispers the truth in this regard.

{{They fail to realise that such gossiping would not only result in misunderstanding between the civilian and military leadership, it would also seriously damage the system and the country that has already been badly hurt by repeated military interventions.}}

Aha, so there is misunderstanding between the two? Or does Abbasi feel that the “gossiping” is such that there is a very, very real possibility/chance and a high probability of a misunderstanding developing soon? I ask because later on in his trash pile, Abbasi will be going out of his way to insist that the Military and the Nawaz regime are on the same page, seeing eye to eye, with no differences whatsoever on this matter. Here it seems they’re not quite eye to eye on this subject.

Chief-Justice-Ansar-AbbasiMoving on, if they’re telling the truth about the unfair nature of the trial and they are genuinely convinced that extreme injustice is taking place where the law of the land and the Constitution are being brazenly violated, then they’ve adopted the morally right stance. By remaining silent, you’re violating your much cherished Islamic teachings (what happened to all that, “speak/tell the truth, no matter what?” – hot air?) and are being amoral. If the Army confronts the regime and tells them to remain within the bounds of the law and the regime decides to ignore the law and do all it can to maintain injustice, then they – the regime – are responsible for the confrontation and for damaging the system. If it is true that the regime violates the Constitution and the law of the land, and is engaged in giving instructions to the judges, then the regime is the party guilty of creating fitna, causing confrontation between institutions, and for damaging the system.

Lastly, the country has been hurt badly by repeated corrupt, incompetent, petty, dictatorial and inept behaviour of crooked politicians such as Nawaz Sharif, and not through “repeated intervention” by the Military. The last intervention by the Military, if anything, drastically benefitted Pakistan.

{{There are also some pro-Musharraf frustrated elements within the military establishment who too are playing their devious role to protect the dictator from trial at the cost of rule of law and in friction with the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. However, General Raheel Sharif is considered a true professional instead of being a “loyalist” of the retired chief.}}

Circular reasoning & ‘it does not follow’ (non sequitur):

1. He presumes/supposes that those who believe they are setting the record straight and telling the truth about the unfair nature of the trial are being “devious” and attempting to “protect” Musharraf from a trial “at the cost of rule of law.” How? There is no reasoning here. Why is it “devious” to believe the trial to be unfair? Likewise, throughout, he applies the factually erroneous label of “dictator” as a rhetorical device to generate anti-Musharraf feelings.

2. If it is true that the trial is inherently unfair, it violates the law of the land and the Constitution, and you state this truth with proof, evidence and a worked out argument, then how does it follow that you are being “devious” and “protecting” Musharraf from a trial “at the cost of rule of law?” — it DOES NOT FOLLOW.

Simpler explanation: there are those who believe that the trial is inherently unfair and an attempt at extracting petty revenge. They want this unfair proceeding to stop and they want a fair and balanced trial, by judges with no axe to grind, in accordance with the rule of law and the Constitution. Period.

If Gen Sharif is a professional, then he must professionally look at the evidence and then take the professional step: tell the regime to stop acting like lofars from the 90s.

{{After Musharraf’s ouster, initially it was former Army chief General (R) Kayani who did remarkably well to redeem the respect of the institution by depoliticising the army. And now it is General Raheel Sharif who is generally seen as a true professional soldier.}}

First, the use of the term “ouster” is interesting. It generally means to be dismissed, to be removed (forcefully), and to be expelled (from a position). It commonly refers to the removal of someone from a position. Usually, it carries negative connotations. Why is this term being applied for Musharraf when we know that he honourably retired from the Army after serving/completing his term in office? This itself, besides the above referred points, indicates the extreme biased nature of the Taliban apologist Ansar Abbasi. Sure, there are no unbiased human beings. But here we’re witnessing extreme bias.

Secondly, he presumes (circular logic) that under Musharraf the institution of the Army had no/little respect – hence the supposed “redeeming” of its respect post Musharraf. But this presumption is not an incontrovertible “fact.” It is merely Abbasi’s opinion and there are those who disagree with his opinion. I believe the Army gained additional respect when it removed the despotic and undemocratic Nawaz Sharif from power in 1999 and it gained further respect when it successfully led Pakistan from 1999 till 2008. Hence there is no question of the respect being “redeemed” since it wasn’t “lost” to begin with – my personal stance.

Thirdly, he makes an assertion and no more. My own assertions: As a “professional” – Kiyani was probably the worst General in Pakistan Army’s history. Moreover, he did play politics – extreme politics – and this has been related in a number of programmes already.

{{When Musharraf was dashed to AFIC some three months back, Army chief General Raheel Sharif is said to have told Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that not the serving officers but some retired officers had contacted him and expressed their concern over the trial.}}

That’s very good indeed. We should all commend these retired officers for standing up for the truth. Now, did the retired officers also dash Musharraf to AFIC?

{{However, General Raheel Sharif is reported to have told these retired army officers that it was a legal matter and should be left for the courts to decide.}}

Indeed, that’s how it should be. But if we’re right that the law is being violated by the regime, that the Constitution is being violated by the regime and the regime is passing instructions to the judges (see this: www.vimeo.com/90372406 ), then all are justified in raising these problems to the attention of the public and important personalities so they may create awareness and do all they can to ensure compliance with the rule of law.

{{Musharraf, his advisers and his sympathisers in the establishment are trying their level best to get the institution of military dragged into the high treason case to save his skin. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said it more than once that there is complete unanimity between the civilian and the military leadership.}}

If there is complete unanimity and given Gen. Raheel Sharif’s view above, why is Abbasi looking so tense and concerned? It is as if he is not sure and we’re already witnessing ‘the lady doth protest too much’ phenomenon.

{{The civilian government firmly believes that there is no institutional support available for Musharraf but there are certain elements within the establishment who behave like personal servants of the accused dictator.}}

More emotional rhetoric. Judging from his tone and wording, it seems that Abbasi is the one who is behaving like a paid personal servant of the known despotic Nawaz Sharif, spiritual son of the worst dictator in Pakistan’s history. Did Nawaz Sharif pay Abbasi to write this nonsense to win over Raheel Sharif? Could be : ) And of course, Abbasi’s behaviour has been such that known dictatorial savage terrorists, the TTP, were more than happy to have nominated Abbasi as their representative a few months ago.  Abbasi’s deplorable conduct, as if he’s a paid personal servant of the TTP, has been such that the TTP have, I am sure, kept open the “representative” slot for Abbasi to date.

If “certain elements” supportive towards Musharraf exist, why label them as “personal servants” of the accused? It is as if in Abbasi’s fantasy world, no one can genuinely and in full honesty adopt a position supportive towards Musharraf.

{{Musharraf’s trial is the consequence of July 31, 2009 decision of the Supreme Court which had declared his November 3, 2007 action as unconstitutional. In the same judgment, the full court had unanimously held Musharraf alone responsible for the abrogation of the Constitution.}}

The constitution was not “abrogated” in 2007 (details below). For now, the judgment mentioned by Abbasi was passed out without hearing the other side of the story and it was passed out under the watchful eye of Musharraf’s enemy, the disgraced Iftikhar Chaudhry, and other judges – who were all an aggrieved party. In no civilised country would a court behave in this ridiculous manner, passing out a quick judgment, without even bothering to hear the other side of the story and those who adopt a different viewpoint. In short, it was a Kangaroo judgment by Kangaroo judges with an axe to grind. And let’s not forget the judges who legitimised the 2007 Emergency – so other experts disagreed with the Kangaroo minions of Iftikhar.

As for the, what I deem to be a lie, that Musharraf “worked alone,” this allegation will also be addressed below.

{{Later in 2012-13, the Supreme Court sought from the previous PPP government and then the caretaker government to initiate proceeding against Musharraf under Article 6 of the constitution. Warnings after warnings were issued by the apex court but it was the present government which after coming to power decided to initiate high treason proceeding against Musharraf.}}

Right here the SC violated the Pakistani Constitution and the law of the land because Pakistani law does not permit the SC to ask, request, let alone demand, the Government to launch/initiate treason trial upon any individual. The SC has absolutely no right and business to compel and push the Government to bring forth treason charges against an individual or a party. It is purely the prerogative of the Government to do so. The SC cannot even issue a punishment. In short:

The High Treason Act States (bold added), “3. Procedure: No Court shall take cognizance of an offence punishable under this act except upon a complaint in writing made by a person authorised by the Federal Government in this behalf.”

—– Thus: according to Pakistani Law, only the Federal Government can initiate a case of high treason against individual(s) by submitting a written complaint to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court itself cannot even ask or request, let alone insist, the Federal Government to take such a step.

So thank you Taliban apologist Ansar Abbasi for proving above that the SC violated the law, had an axe to grind, and wanted to extract revenge when it repeatedly demanded and strongly compelled the PPP and caretaker Governments to initiate the treason trial against Musharraf.

{{Musharraf, who had twice abrogated the Constitution to secure his own office, has been trying hard to implicate the institution of Army even now by pleading that besides the civilian leadership he had consulted the then military commanders before taking the November 3, 2007 action.}}

False:

  1. Abbasi presumes as “fact” the allegation that Musharraf “twice abrogated” the Constitution. This is precisely the point in dispute and, particularly, when it comes to the 2007 temporary Emergency –  which the SC is concerned about –  there was no “abrogation” of the Constitution. Simply, the Constitution was held in *abeyance.* Holding the Constitution in abeyance was NOT an act of “treason” in 2007. Further, the Dogar SC validated the temporary Emergency.
  1. In 1999, Musharraf was in a plane on his way to Pakistan from Sri Lanka. Upon landing, Musharraf was informed by the Army commanders that they – the Army – had no choice but to remove the Nawaz Sharif regime. Thus, Musharraf merely inherited that situation. It was the Army as an institution which reacted. Thereafter, the SC of the time validated the move of the Army and, moreover, granted Musharraf the right to hold two offices and to make amends to the Constitution as and when required. The despot and crook Iftikhar Chaudhry made all these decisions.

Question: if the SC determines the 1999 counter coup by the Army to be legitimate, then how is the comparatively very, very minor matter of imposition of temporary Emergency Rule for 18 days akin to “treason?”

  1. Musharraf was not operating in a vacuum, on his own, in 2007. The text of the proclamation of temporary Emergency Rule itself makes mention of the, “prime minister, governors of all four provinces and with the chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, chiefs of the armed forces, vice chief of army staff and corps commanders of the Pakistan army.”

Notice also that there was no change in the government in 2007: Prime Minister, Governors, Chief Ministers, all continued to function, all assemblies — Senate, National Assembly, Provincial Assemblies — continued to function. Moreover, they endorsed the Emergency and its imposition was the collective decision of them all, including the Army and the Air and Naval Chiefs.

Hence Musharraf is absolutely right in pointing out the basic commonsense fact that he was not “alone.”

  1. Moreover, Article 6 cannot be applied upon an individual because it considers treason to be a *joint enterprise* – where multiple people are working together. It mentions aiders and abettors in the same breath in clause #2. Hence its application upon one individual is itself a violation of the law.

Lastly, picking, choosing, and being selective – where you isolate an individual, ignore others, where you ignore many alleged violations of the law and focus only upon one alleged violation of the law – is a blatant violation of Article 25 of the Constitution, which calls for equality.

{{The institution of Army, whose respect has been successfully redeemed by General Kayani and General Sharif, is now again being pushed to controversies by Musharraf and his sympathisers yet again for one man – the accused Musharraf.}}

My counter assertion: the respect was never “lost” to begin with. The respect and honour of the institution of the Army was maintained by Musharraf, it was later ruined by Kiyani and we are yet to see if Gen. Sharif will restore it by standing up for the right and by opposing the charlatan deceivers whose boots Ansar Abbasi is all too used to licking – yet again the one man, the despot Nawaz Sharif – and yet again the one group: the savage terrorist TTP.

Ansar-Abbasi-LBW

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پرویز مشرف کے خلاف اوریا مقبول جان کے کالم ‘‘امت مسلمہ کا مجرم’’ کا جواب

January 22, 2014

بزعم خود، قوم کے مصلح اور مذھبی فکر کے داعی جناب اوریا مقبول جان نے مورخہ ۱۱ جنوری 2014ء کو اپنا گمراہ کن کالم بعنوان ’’امت مسلمہ کا مجرم‘‘ لکھا اور سابق صدر پرویز مشرف کو شدید ترین تنقید کا نشانہ بنایا۔ یہ کوئی نئی بات نہیں۔ موصوف اس سے پہلے بھی سابق صدر کے خلاف اپنے دل کی بھڑاس نکالتے رھے ھیں۔ اظہار رائے ان کا حق ھے، اور اس سے انہیں کوئی محروم نہیں کر سکتا۔ البتہ جب کالم نگار اپنے قلم کو مذھب کی سیاھی میں ڈبو کر کسی کی کردار کشی پر اتر آئیں اور قارئین کو جذباتی طور پر یرغمال بنا کر حقائق مسخ کرنے یا انہیں توڑ مروڑ کر پیش کریں، تو اس کا جواب تحریر کرنا، اور ان کو آئینہ دکھانا ھمارا حق ھے۔

یاد رھے کہ کچھ ماہ قبل، قوم کی ہونہار اور قابل فخر بیٹی ملالہ یوسف زئی کے خلاف موصوف اوریا مقبول جان نے نہایت ڈھٹائی سے ایک فریب آلود کالم لکھا اور اس کے بعد مختلف ٹی وی چینلز پر بیٹھ کر ملالہ کے خلاف لوگوں کو اکساتے رھے۔ گزشتہ دنوں، موصوف نے قائد اعظم کی ۱۱ اگست 1947ء کو قانون ساز اسمبلی میں کی گئی معرکتہ الآراء تقریر کو متنازعہ بنانے اور اسے سیکولر طبقے کی سازش قرار دینے کے لئے ایڑھی چوٹی کا زور لگایا۔ ملالہ یوسف زئی کے معاملے میں اسی بلاگ پر ایک مدلل جواب تحریر کیا گیااور اوریا مقبول جان کے فریب کا پردہ چاک کیا گیا۔ اسی طرح بیشتر دوستوں نے قائد اعظم کی تقریر کے اصل حوالہ جات، تاریخی اور ناقابل تردید ثبوتوں کے ساتھ پیش کئے اور موصوف کو بے نقاب کیا۔اپنی روایتی بد دیانتی کے تسلسل کو جاری رکھتے ھوئے ۱۱ جنوری کے کالم میں اوریا مقبول جان صاحب نے سابق صدر پرویز مشرف کے خلاف عوام میں نفرت اور اشتعال دلوانے کے لئے نہ صرف حد درجے دروغ سے کام لیا، بلکہ حسب سابق مذھب کو اپنے اس مزموم مقصد کے لئے استعمال کیا۔ یہ تحریر موصوف کے گمراہ کن کالم کے جواب میں پیش کی جارھی ھے، جس میں ان کو ایک بار پھر آئینہ دکھا یا جائے گا۔

واضح رھے کہ اوریا مقبول جان کو اس بات سے غرض نہیں ھے کہ پرویز مشرف پر چلنے والا مقدمہ کتنا عرصہ چلتا ھے یا اس کا کیا نتیجہ نکلتا ھے، لہٰذا اس تحریر میں اس مقدمے اور اس کے سیاسی، جمہوری یا آئینی نکات اور پہلوؤں پر کوئی گفتگو نہیں کی جائے گی۔

کالم نگار نے اپنی تحریر کا آٖغاز ایمل کانسی کو امریکہ کا دشمن اور پاکستانی قوم کا ھیرو قرار دے کر کیا۔ گویا ان کے نزدیک اس بات کی ھرگز کوئی اھمیت نہیں کہ پاکستان کا کوئی شہری دوسرے ملک میں جا کر قانون کو اپنے ھاتھ میں لے اور قتل و غارت اور دھشت گردی کرتا پھرے۔اس کے بعد فرار ھو کر واپس پاکستان میں آچھپے اور دنیا بھر میں اپنے ملک کو شرمندہ کروائے۔ ان کے نزدیک ایسے افراد ھیرو ھیں۔ ان کی اس منطق کی بنیاد پر پاکستان کے جن نام نہاد سپوتوں نے دھشت گردی کے ذریعے دنیا بھر میں اس سرزمین کو ذلیل و خوار کیا ھے، وہ تمام بھی پھر ھیرو ھوئے۔ اگر اوریا مقبول جان کے فلسفے پر عمل کیا جائے، تو اس امر میں رتی بھر شبہ نہیں رھنا چاھئیے کہ پاکستان ایک عالمی دھشت گرد ملک ھے، جو دنیا بھر میں بدمعاشی، بدامنی اور قتل و غارت کرنے والے افراد کو اپنا ھیرو سمجھتا ھے۔ اگر یہ الزام اس قوم کو قبول ھے، تو بسم اللہ کیجئے اور اوریا مقبول جان کو امور سلطنت سونپ دیجئے۔

Orya - I

ذرا آگے چلئے، تو اوریا مقبول جان کا جذبہء جہاد و قتال سے بھرپور قلم یہ الفاظ اگلتا ھے

‘‘اسامہ بن لادن کی شہادت ابھی کل کی بات ھے۔۔۔’’

Orya - II

ناطقہ سر بگریباں ھے، اسے کیا کہیے؟ ایک عالمی دھشت گرد، جس نے دنیا بھر میں جہاد کے نام کو قتل و غارت کا ھم معنی بنا دیا، کی ھلاکت کو کالم نگار ‘‘شہادت’’ قرارددے رھے ھیں۔ امریکہ دشمنی اور طالبان پرستی، ایسے ھی تشدد پسند ذھن پیدا کرتی ھے، جو نہ صرف اسامہ بن لادن اور حکیم اللہ محسود کو، بلکہ امریکہ کے ھاتھوں ھلاک ھونے والے کتے کو بھی شہید قرارد دے ڈالیں۔

اوریا مقبول جان، کیا آپ کو معلوم ھے کہ اسامہ بن لادن، عالمی دھشت گرد تنظیم القاعدہ کا بانی تھا۔ کیا آپ جانتے ھیں کہ 1992ء میں جب سومالیہ میں پانچ لاکھ افراد قحط کے ھاتھوں مارے گئے، تو اقوام متحدہ کی قراردادوں کے تابع وھاں ریلیف آپریشن کا آغاز ھوا۔القاعدہ نے اس مشن میں حصہ لینے کے لئے جانے والے امریکی فوجیوں کو مارنے کی غرض سے دو بم دھماکے کرائے۔ ان میں کئی زخمیوں کے علاوہ ایک آسٹریلوی سیاح اور ایک ھوٹل ملازم ھلاک ھوگئے۔ بعد میں القاعدہ نے ایک فتویٰ جاری کیا اور دھشت گردی کی اس کاروائی کو اسلامی حوالے سے درست قرارد دیا۔

کیا آپ کو معلوم ھے کہ امریکہ میں غیر قانونی طور پر داخل ھونے والے رمزی یوسف، جس نے 1993ء میں ورلڈ ٹریڈ سنٹر پر حملہ کرکے چھ افراد ھلاک اور ھزار سے زائد زخمی کئے، نے افغانستان میں واقع القاعدہ کے ٹریننگ سنٹر سے ٹریننگ لی تھی۔

کیا آپ کو یاد ھے کہ 1996ء میں اسامہ بن لادن نے امریکی صدر بل کلنٹن کے قتل کی منصوبہ بندی کی۔

کیا آپ بھول گئے کہ 1998ء میں اسامہ بن لادن نے امریکی فوجیوں اور شہریوں کے قتل عام کا فتویٰ جاری کیا اور اسے مسلمانوں پر فرض قرار دیا۔ اس ضمن میں انہوں نے القرآن الحکیم کی متعدد آیات بھی پیش کیں اور گویا ثابت کیا کہ (نعوذ باللہ) اسلام ایسی درندگی اور قتل و غارت کا حکم دیتا ھے۔

اوریا مقبول جان صاحب! کیا آپ فراموش کر گئے کہ 1998ء میں امریکی ایمبیسیوں پر حملوں میں القاعدہ نے سینکڑوں افراد کو ھلاک اور ھزاروں کو زخمی کیا۔

واضح رھے کہ القاعدہ کی دھشت گردی کی یہ چند مثالیں 9/11 کے سانحے سے پہلے کی ھیں۔ بعد میں ھونے والے فساد کے بارے میں سب ھی جانتے ھیں، لہٰذا ان کا ذکر پھر کسی وقت پر موقوف کئے دیتے ھیں۔ اسامہ بن لادن کو شہید قرارد دے کر اوریا مقبول جان نے ان تمام دھشت گرد کاروائیوں کو درست اور عین جہاد قرار دیا ھے۔ ھمیں امید ھے کہ وہ خود یا کم از کم وہ اپنے بچوں کو بھی ایسا ھی مجاھد بنانا پسند کریں گے۔ اگر آج بد قسمتی سے دین اسلام کو دھشت گردی سے منسوب کیا جاتا ھے یا اسلامی دھشت گردی کی تکلیف دہ اصطلاح وجود میں آئی ھے، تو اس کا سہرہ اوریا مقبول جان جیسے مبصرین اور ان کے پسندیدہ دھشت گردوں کے سر جاتا ھے۔

اپنے گمراہ کن کالم کو جاری رکھتے ھوئے موصوف، سابق صدر پاکستان پرویز مشرف کو امت مسلمہ کا ملزم قرار دیتے ھوئے لکھتے ھیں

‘‘اگر یہ امت زندہ ھوتی، تو مشرف جمہوریت کے نہیں امت مسلمہ کے ملزم کی حیثیت سے کٹہرے میں کھڑا ھوتا۔۔۔’’

Orya - III

حیرت بالائے حیرت۔ اوریا صاحب! اگر یہ امت زندہ ھوتی، تو آج آپ کا نام و نشان بھی مٹ چکا ھوتا کہ کیسے دیدہ دلیری سے ایک شخص دین اسلام کا لبادہ اوڑھے، جھوٹ اور منافقت کی ملمع کاری کئے اس قوم کو فریب دے رھا ھے اور اپنے قلم کی آبرو بیچ کر ایک انتہا پسندانہ نسل کی آبیاری کر رھا ھے۔ اگر یہ امت زندہ ھوتی، تو آپ کو کبھی عالمی دھشت گردوں کو شہید کہنے کی جراءت نہ ھوتی۔اگر یہ امت زندہ ھوتی، توآپ کو کبھی میرے دین اور رسول برحق صلی اللہ علیہ و آلہ وسلم کی پاکیزہ اور انسانیت پرست تعلیمات کو قتل و غارت سے آلودہ کرنے والی دھشت گردی کو جہاد کہنے کی جسارت نہ ھوتی۔ اگر یہ امت زندہ ھوتی، تو میرے پچاس ھزار ھم وطنوں کو شہید کرنے والی تحریک طالبان کی تعریف میں کالم لکھتے ھوئے اوریا مقبول جان کو بیس مرتبہ سوچنا پڑتا۔ اگر یہ امت زندہ ھوتی، تو موصوف کوشام میں بغاوت کرنے والے القاعدہ کے بے رحم جنگ جوؤں کو حضرت امام مہدی کا سپاھی قرار دینے کی ھمت نہ ہو پاتی۔ یہی تو رونا ھے کہ یہ امت زندہ نہیں۔ اس امت کا زندہ نہ ھونا ھی آپ جیسے بے ضمیر اور فریبی لکھاریوں کے لئے آکسیجن ھے۔

پرویز مشرف پر وار کرتے ھوئے اوریا مقبول جان لکھتے ھیں،

‘‘تم نے چار سو سے ذائد مسلمانوں کو پیسے لے کرآگے بیچااور پھر اس پر اتراتے بھی رھے۔’’

Orya - IV

آپ کی پیشہ وارانہ اور عیارانہ چال بازی پر افسوس۔ گویا آپ کے نزدیک پاکستان،کسی طوائف کا کوٹھا ھے کہ جب جس کا جی چاھے ، چلا آئے اور اپنی ھوس مٹا کر لوٹ جائے۔

محترم! پاکستان ایک جوھری طاقت ھے، کوئی عام رہ گزر نہیں۔ کسی غیر ملکی اور بالخصوص کسی بھی دھشت گرد کو ھرگز یہ حق حاصل نہیں کہ وہ سرحد عبور کر کے یہاں اپنی کمین گاھیں بنائے اور یہاں سے کسی دوسرے ملک میں تخریب کاری کرتا پھرے۔ کیا آپ مجھے یہ حق دیں گے کہ میں آپ کے گھر کا دروازہ پھلانگ کر آپ کی اجازت کے بغیر اندر داخل ھو جاؤں اور وھیں اپنا ڈیرہ ڈال کر بیٹھ جاؤں؟ افغانستان اور دوسرے ممالک سے عسکریت پسند اور دھشت گرد، بغیر کسی دستاویز کے غیر قانونی طور پر جب پاکستان میں داخل ھوں، تو اس کا منہ توڑ جواب دیا جانا چاھئیے۔ یہی پرویز مشرف نے بھی کیا۔ اور ایسے دھشت گرد جن کی عالمی اداروں اور حکومتوں کی جانب سے باؤنٹی یا سر کی قیمت لگی ھوئی تھی، ان کو بر وقت کاروائی کر کے پکڑا گیا ۔ ایسے تمام دھشت گرد عناصرکو جب ان کے اپنے ممالک نے واپس لینے سے انکار کیا، تو انہیں ان عالمی اداروں یا حکومتوں کے حوالے کر دیا گیا، جنہیں وہ مطلوب تھے۔ ظاھر ھے کہ ایسا ھی کرنا چاھیئے تھا۔ مگر کیا کریں کہ اوریا مقبول جان، کمال معصومیت سے اسے ایک ھی جملے میں یہ کہہ کر ختم کردیتے ھیں کہ پرویز مشرف نے پیسے لے کر مسلمانوں کو آگے بیچا۔

In the line of fire - Page 237

حقائق سے کوسوں دور اور طفلانہ جذبات سے مغلوب کالم نگار آگے لکھتے ھیں

اس مملکت خداد پاکستان میں اور یہاں بسنے والی امت مسلمہ کے اخلاق و اقدار کو بگاڑنے، ان کے اندر فحش کو عام کرنے، ان کے مدرسوں اور مسجدوں پر ٹینکوں سے حملہ کرنے اور ان کی عورتوں اور بچوں کو بموں کی آتش میں بھوننے کے الزامات اس سے سوا ھیں، لیکن ان پر کوئی آواز بلند نہیں کرتا۔

Orya - V

یہ جملے لکھتے ھوئے کالم نگار مبالغہ گوئی کی سیڑھی پر کافی اوپر تک چڑھے ھوئے محسوس ھوتے ھیں۔ بہتر ھوتا کہ وہ ان نام نہاد الزامات کی کچھ تفصیل بھی لکھ ڈالتے، تاکہ ھمیں اس کا تجزیہ کرنے میں سہولت رھتی۔ خیر،ھم اوریا مقبول جان صاحب سے یہ پوچھنا چاھیں گے کہ معصوم اور نا پختہ ذھنوں میں جنت کے باغات اور شہد کی نہروں کے کنارے پر بیٹھی ھوئی توبہ شکن حوروں کا اشتباہ انگیز تصور ڈالنے والوں کے بارے میں آپ کی کیا رائے ھے۔ ان حوروں کے لمس اور صحبت کو پانے کی ھوس میں خود کش حملہ آور بن جانا کیسا فعل ھے؟ اگر تو یہ سب بہت اچھا اور عین اسلامی ھے، تو آپ اس جہاد میں عملی طور پر حصہ کیوں نہیں لیتے۔ کیا آپ پر جہاد فرض نہیں ھے؟ کیا وجہ ھے کہ آج تک آپ کے کسی بیٹے نے جہاد کے میدان میں خود کش حملہ نہیں کیا یا تحریک طالبان کے وحشیوں کی طرح کسی کو زبح نہیں کیا؟

اور اگر یہ سب کچھ بہت برا اور غلط ھے اور اسلام کی تعلیمات کے منافی ھے، تو پھر آپ کا قلم ان نام نہاد جہادیوں اور خود کش حملہ آوروں کی تعریفیں کرتا تھکتا کیوں نہیں ھے؟ آپ کو پرویز مشرف کی وجہ سے امت مسلمہ کا اخلاق و اقدرابگڑتا ھوا تو دکھائی دیتا ھے، مگر مساجد، امام بارگاھوں، مزاروں، گرجا گھروں اور بازاروں میں دندناتے ھوئے خود کش حملہ آوروں سے دین اسلام کا چہرہ اور اقدار مسخ ھوتی محسوس نہیں ھوتیں؟

Lal Masjid

آپ کا ذھن رسا مدرسوں اور مساجد پر ٹینکوں سے حملے ھوتا ھوا تو دیکھ لیتا ھے، مگر افسوس کے ان کے اندر براجمان تکفیری دھشت گرد دکھائی نہیں دیتے۔ بات بے بات مذھب کو اپنے مذموم مقاصد کے لئے دلیل کے طور پر استعمال کرنے والا کالم نگار ،مسجد ضرار کا واقعہ کیوں بھول جاتا ھے، جہاں میرے رسول صلہ اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم کو میرا رب خود یہ کہتا ھے کہ اس مسجد سے مسلمانوں کو نقصان پہنچایا جا رھا ھے۔

کیا موصوف اوریا مقبول جان کو یہ معلوم نہیں کہ لال مسجد اور ان جیسی کتنی ھی مساجد اور مدرسوں میں ھزاروں افراد کو دھشت گردی کی تربیت دی گئی اور پاکستان بھر میں خود کش حملے کرنے کے لئے پھیلایا گیا۔

Al-Quran - Surah Al-Tauba

پرویز مشرف کو امت مسلمہ کا مجرم قرار دیتے ھوئے اوریا مقبول جان یہ کیوں بھول جاتے ھیں کہ سورہ النساء میں اللہ تعالیٰ خود فرماتا ھے، ‘‘اے ایمان والو! اللہ کی اطاعت کرو، رسول کی اطاعت کرو اور اولی الامر کی اطاعت کرو۔’’ کیا کالم نگار کو یہ معلوم نہیں کہ پرویز مشرف اپنے دور حکومت میں پاکستان کے اولوالامر تھے؟ کوئی انہیں پسند کرے یا نہ کرے، ان کی پالیسیاں درست ھوں کہ غلط ھوں، ان سب سے قطع نظر، وہ اس مملکت کے صاحب اختیار تھے ۔ کیا آپ نہیں جانتے کہ اسلام میں یونٹی آف کمانڈ کی کتنی اھمیت ھے۔ اگر آپ کی طرح ھر شخص اپنی ڈیڑھ اینٹ کی مسجد بنا کر دوسروں پر یا حاکم وقت کے خلاف فتوے دینا شروع کر دے، تو کیا یہ وطن کی خدمت ھے یا قوم کو تقسیم کرنے کی سازش؟

Al-Quran - Surah Al-Nisa

کیا موصوف کو معلوم نہیں کہ سورہ المائدہ میں اللہ تعالیٰ ایک انسان کے قتل کو کل انسانیت کا قتل قرار دیتا ھے؟ کیا موصوف یہ نہیں جانتے کہ سورہ البقرہ میں فتنے کو قتل سے بھی بدتر جرم قرار دیا گیا ھے۔ کیا موصوف کو یاد دلانا پڑے گا کہ ان واضح احکامات کی موجودگی میں دھشت گرد کتنے قبیح جرائم کا ارتکاب کر رھے ھیں؟ کیا ایسے درندوں کو صرف اس بنیاد پر درگزر کر دیا جائے کہ وہ اوریا مقبول جان کے حمایت یافتہ ھیں یاموصوف کی خود ساختہ مذھبی تشریح کے مطابق کوئی بہت نیک فریضہ انجام دے رھے ھیں۔

ھمیں اس سے ھرگز کوئی غرض نہیں ھے کہ آپ پرویز مشرف سے اختلاف رکھیں اور اپنی تحریر کے ذریعے اپنی رائے کا اظہار کریں۔ ترقی پسند معاشرے میں آزادیء رائے کی بہت اھمیت ھے۔ تاھم ایسی صورت حال میں جب ھمارا ملک حالت جنگ میں ھے اور ھماری بقا خطرے کے نشان تک پہنچ چکی ھے، آپ کو یہ اختیار نہیں دیا جا سکتا کہ آپ اس قوم کو دھشت گردوں کی حمایت کے لئے اکساتے پھریں۔

Orya column - VIII

اوریا مقبول جان صاحب! اگر آپ میں انسانیت اور دین کی سچی رمق موجود ھوتی، تو آپ پرویز مشرف صاحب کے بارے میں ایسے لغو الزامات نہ لگاتے۔ اس کے برعکس، آپ دھشت گردوں کو امت مسلمہ کا مجرم قرار دیتے۔ ابھی بھی وقت ھے کہ سنبھل جائیے ۔ اگر آپ ایسا نہیں کرتے، تو کہیں ایسا نہ ھو کہ بروز حشر، آپ کے اوپر بھی کوئی فرد جرم عائد ھو جائے ۔ ڈرئیے اس وقت سے جب بذات خود آپ کوھی امت مسلمہ کا مجرم قرار دے دیا جائے۔ ایسا مجرم، جس نے قرآن کے واضح احکامات کی خلاف ورزی کرنے والے دھشت گردوں کو اپنا ھیرو قرار دیا اور اسلام کو دھشت گردی سے جوڑنے کے لئے اپنے قلم کی حرمت پامال کر ڈالی۔

The Noble Quran

( تحریر: سبز خزاں)

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The Dark Side of Iftikhar Chaudhry

January 16, 2014

(Written by Afaq)

On 12th December 2013, Iftikhar Chaudhry marked the end of his eventful years as a chief justice of Pakistan.

Charles de Gaulle said, “The cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men.” Hence, people took the charge, perform their responsibilities and leave. Then this is up to the history to judge their role and legacy.

CJ Exposed IVFormer chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, otherwise considered as a man of courage and vision by many, will sadly be remembered as a media conscious man who escaped from the charges of nepotism and misconduct by taking refuge in highly politicized lawyers’ movement and the one, who believed more in personal vendetta than emerging as an impartial custodian of justice.

If politicians are not doing well, they can be rejected in the elections or summoned in the court. If military coup is undesirable, the military ruler can be trialled. What about the chief justice of the country? Is he above the law? No, he doesn’t. Is he not accountable to anyone? Yes, he is. There is Supreme Judicial Council to investigate the charges against the judges, as clearly mentioned in the Article 209 of the constitution. On 09th March, 2007, the then President filed a reference to the SJC against Iftikhar Chaudhry on the advice of the then Prime Minister. While he didn’t resign, he also didn’t face the inquiry. He took the cover of the media and politicized lawyers’ movement and made the SJC irrelevant.

A file photo dated, 30 June 2005 releaseIt is claimed that he stood against a military ruler and refused to resign – something that made him a hero overnight. But ironically, he himself remained the one who legitimated the same ruler.

Let’s correct the record. Nawaz Sharif’s era was corrupt and ineffective “one man rule” and his overthrown on 12thOctober, 1999 was justified. This is what the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled on 13th May, 2000. His Excellency Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of the judges of that 12-member court and favored the military coup.

Not only this, he was one of the nine judges of the bench that validated the Proclamation of Emergency dated 14th October, 1999 and PCO-I as well as the referendum.

He marked his presence in the 5-member bench that validated the legal framework order issued by Musharraf.

He was also the part of 5-member bench that gave judgment in the favour of Musharraf’s uniform and the seventeenth amendment.

Iftikhar Chaudhry was the chief justice at the time when the Supreme Court allowed Musharraf to re-elect in uniform in 2007.

If the constitution of Pakistan was violated on 12th October, 1999 and if that’s the act of treason, then Iftikhar Chaudhry should also be trialed for high treason under the Article 6 (clause 2) of the constitution.

His legacy doesn’t end here.

While he over exercised his authority to take suo-moto notices under the Article 184 (3), he was more concerned about setting market price of samosa and sugar, the possessions of Atiqa Odho and issuing a contempt of court notice to PTI chief. However, the Hazara killing, the persecution of minorities, the suicide bombers, sectarian militant organisations, misuse of blasphemy laws and the atrocities of terrorism – all went unchecked.

CJ Exposed IPakistan has lost almost 50,000 lives in terrorist attacks, but the judiciary failed to prosecute the terrorists. They kept getting acquittal from the courts and kept continuing their anti-state activities. This free service rewarded him appreciation from the miscreants.

During his term, lawyers turned into black coat hooligans. For instance, the assassin of governor Punjab wasshowered by roses in the premises of the court. The ATC judge who gave verdict against him got harassed by the lawyers.

Lawyers were not always violent during his term; they enjoyed the lighter side of life as well. Lahore High Court bar witnessed the dance performance on Sheila ki jawani and the lawyers partied.

This all went unnoticed.

CJ Exposed IIIOn the other hand, he turned a blind eye to the corruption of his son. Even though he took suo moto notice,Supreme Court reversed its position at least three times and finally disposed of the case calling it a personal matter between Arsalan Iftikhar and Malik Riaz.

Iftikhar Chaudhry ruled against the security protocols of the former ministers while himself enjoying the unit of 40-50 security personnel. He asked for police escort and a bullet proof vehicle for security soon after his retirement citing that he was under threat.

He questioned the loyalty of overseas Pakistanis, while keeping mum over the judges with dual nationalities.

He dismissed the elected prime minister showing lack of restraint.

He kept interfering in the affairs of state, and focused less on improving the judiciary – his prime responsibility. The corrupt practices of judges and violent activism of lawyers grew by leaps and bounds. More than 1.5 million cases are still pending in the courts and there is no hope for the speedy justice.

This brief article couldn’t sum up his entire term. In retrospect, he had a golden opportunity and absolute authority to fix the bugs within the judicial system and turning it into a viable institution, but his vindictive behavior made things worse. He had public and media support behind him, he could do this, but alas, he didn’t.

Source: Ibtidah

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Musharraf Arrest Warrant – Statement by the Office of General Pervez Musharraf

April 19, 2013

Musharraf Arrest Warrant — Statement by the Office of General Pervez Musharraf

April 18, 2013: Dr Raza Bokhari, North American Point of Contact to General Pervez Musharraf, Former President of Pakistan and Chief of all Pakistan Muslim League (APML), in speaking to various media outlets issued the following statement:

Former President Musharraf earlier today appeared in Islamabad High Court in a procedural matter to seek extension in his transitory bail, which was due to expire today, April 18, 2013. The Judge, in an unprecedented move, took an unwarranted decision to reject the extension request.

The augmented State Security Apparatus assigned to President Musharraf in the face of specific and credible physical threats to his life by the enemies of Pakistan escorted the Former President to his home in Islamabad.

The Former President is filing an appeal in the Supreme Court of Pakistan against this ill-conceived decision of Islamabad High Court. We expect this unwarranted judicial activism, seemingly motivated by personal vendettas since his return to Pakistan to participate in the upcoming elections, will cease and the Supreme Court, without prejudice, will immediately grant necessary relief following precedence and the Rule of Law; the absence of which will cause mockery of the nation, can result in unnecessary tension amongst the various pillars of State and possibly destabilize the country.

Protest

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Pervez Musharraf’s interview with Waseem Badami on the Kargil

January 30, 2013

Musharraf with Waseem Badami of the talk show “11th Hour” revealing how a military victory in Kargil was converted in to a political defeat by Nawaz Sharif.

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The Great Game Continues – Exclusive

October 21, 2011
(Dr Sachithanandam Sathananthan) 

The widely expected victory for Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari in the presidential election brought to a high point the tortuous process of regime change in Pakistan. Anyone who has followed the “colour revolutions” that installed pro-American rulers in Georgia (Rose Revolution, 2003), Ukraine (Orange
Revolution, 2004) and Kyrgystan (Tulip Revolution, 2005) could surely not have missed the tell tale signs.
The earliest foreboding surfaced in the backroom manoeuvres by United States (US) and British intelligence services to engineer panic about the security of Pakistan’s nuclear assets. It was a repeat of the duplicitous hysteria they generated over non-existent weapons of mass destruction that Iraq allegedly possessed. A carefully worded article, co-authored by former State Department officials Richard L. Armitage and Kara L. Bue, signalled the shift in US policy. After formally acknowledging then President Pervez Musharraf’s many achievements, the authors continued: “much remains to be accomplished, particularly in terms of democratization. Pakistan must…eliminate the home-grown jihadists…And…it must prove itself a reliable partner on technology transfer and nuclear non-proliferation.” And the denouement: “We believe General Musharraf…deserves our attention and support, no matter how frustrated we become at the pace of political change and the failure to eliminate Taliban fighters on the Afghan border.” Translation: Musharraf has to go.
Almost simultaneously a 2006 country survey in The Economist, titled “Too much for one man to do”, began on a jingoistic overkill: “Think about Pakistan, and you might get terrified. Few countries have so much potential to cause trouble, regionally and worldwide”. The following year a Carnegie Endowment report faulted western governments that “contribute to regional instability by allowing Pakistan to trade democratisation for its cooperation on terrorism”. Senior US State Department officials repeatedly accused Musharraf of “not doing enough” to combat Islamists within Pakistan and prevent their infiltration across the Durand Line into southern Afghanistan.
Sensing the way wind was blowing, then PPP Chairperson Benazir Bhutto redoubled efforts to convince Washington and London that, if she were to become Prime Minister, she would gladly do their bidding. She underscored her enthusiasm to serve and ensured her party was fully responsive to America’s Late Neo-colonialism. She summoned senior party members to Dubai on 9 June 2007 for a “briefing” by a team from the US Democratic Party’s National Democratic Institute (NDI), ostensibly on the subject of elections in Pakistan. The ruling Republican Party’s International Republican Institute (IRI) had conducted the previous four “briefings” in June and September 2006 and March and April 2007.
Benazir leaned towards the Democratic Party in the last one no doubt as a hedge against the party’s possible victory at the forthcoming US Presidential Election.
Even a cursory knowledge of US Imperialism’s standard operating procedure is sufficient to surmise at least some among the IRI and NDI officers were covert intelligence operatives; and that their “briefings” went beyond “tutelage of natives”. Rather they have been grooming the PPP as America’s satrap.
Benazir’s predilection to collaborate with the West has its roots in the Bhutto family’s micro political culture. Her grandfather, Shah Nawaz Bhutto was a minor comprador official in the British colonial regime. The British rewarded his “loyal” services with the title Khan Bahadur and later appointed him President of a District Board and still later elevated him to knighthood. Her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s populist programmes did not dilute that legacy, which left a lasting impression on Benazir; she firmly believed the path to political power in Pakistan meanders through the Embassy of the United States, the current neo-colonialist.
She promised to offer the International Atomic Energy Agency access to Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to “satisfy the international community”, an euphemism for the major powers; and to allow the US-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to operate inside north-western Pakistan. By the time Benazir visited the Senate in September 2007, she had convinced the Bush Administration of her unswerving loyalty; for “she received a standing ovation from a select gathering of US lawmakers, diplomats, academics and media representatives. This contrasted sharply with her previous visits to the US capital when she received little attention.” To deepen “Washington’s renewed interest in her” Benazir cautioned that supporting Musharraf was “a strategic miscalculation” and pleaded “the US should support the forces of democracy”, which, of course, refers to her PPP.
So, President George W Bush enabled Benazir’s return from exile by arm-twisting Musharraf to promulgate the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). The NRO of 5 October granted amnesty to politicians active in Pakistan between 1988 and 1999 and effectively wiped the slate clean of corruption charges for Benazir and her husband Asif Zardari. Three weeks later Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made it appear the Bush Administration wished to bring together “moderate” forces, implying a scenario in which Musharraf and Benazir would join forces as President and Prime Minister respectively; and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte corroborated Rice: “Our message”, he intoned, “is that we want to work with the government and people of Pakistan”.
However, Musharraf saw through the US Administration’s transparent ploy to lull him into believing it would not remove him and install Benazir in his place. So, he swiftly invited Nawaz Sharif, leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), back from exile in Saudi Arabia to counter Benazir. But he could not consolidate his position, especially because he mishandled the judiciary, and was compelled to resign on 18 August 2008.
In a nutshell, the reason for “Washington’s renewed interest” in Benazir is Musharraf’s firm opposition to US Late Neo-colonialism, to its manoeuvres to occupy, pacify and ravage Pakistan. In the 19th century British colonialism waged the “war on piracy” on the high seas ostensibly to bring “the light of Christian civilization”. But the British were the most successful pirates, as Spanish and Portuguese historians would gladly confirm. The “war on piracy” was the duplicitous justification trotted out to dominate lucrative maritime trade routes that were in the hands of Chinese, Arab and Tamil maritime empires and to invade kingdoms and/or countries essential to control trade and plunder resources. During most of the 20th century heroic anti-colonial movements and anti-imperialist wars rolled back much of colonial rule, which in some instances however morphed into neo-colonialism. Indonesia after Sukarno, Iran after Mosaddeq and Chile after Allende are well known examples.
The “war on terror” and “promoting democracy” are the 21st century equivalents of the 19th century British gobbledygook. American Late Neo-colonialism purveys them as moral justification and uses as political cover for intervening and, where necessary, invading resource-rich and strategic countries to overthrow nationalist leaders, install puppet regimes and savage the countries’ wealth. And of course the US is by far the most powerful terrorist force. It succeeded in Iraq (for now); but the CIA-organised regime change could not dislodge Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, who rejected the neo-colonialist 1989 Washington Consensus and supported alternative nationalist economic models.
Politically challenged Pakistani liberals — a motley crowd that includes members of human rights and civil liberties organisations, journalists, analysts, lawyers and assorted professionals — are utterly incapable of comprehending the geo-strategic context in which Musharraf manoeuvred to defend Pakistan’s interest. So they slandered him an “American puppet”, alleging he caved in to US pressure and withdrew support to the Afghan Taliban regime in the wake of 9/11 although in fact he removed one excuse for the Bush Administration to “bomb Pakistan into stone age”, as a senior State Department official had threatened.
Nevertheless American discomfort with Musharraf’s government was palpable by late 2003, after he dodged committing Pakistani troops to prop up the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq. When he offered to cooperate under the auspices of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), naïve Pakistani media and analysts lunged for his jugular, condemning him once again for succumbing to US demands. But in fact he nimbly sidestepped American demands: he calculated that diverse ideological stances of the 57 Muslim member-counties would not allow the OIC to jointly initiate such controversial action and therefore Pakistan’s participation cannot arise, which proved correct.
Washington of course was not amused and the Bush Administration grew increasingly hostile to Musharraf’s determination to prioritise Pakistan’s interests when steering the ship of the state through the choppy waters of the unfolding New Great Game, in which the West — led by the US — is manoeuvring to contain growing Russian and Chinese influences in Central and West Asia. His foreign policy decisions over time convinced Washington that under his leadership, Pakistan would side with enemies of US and Britain in the New Great Game. First, he refused to isolate Iran; instead he vigorously pursued energy cooperation to build the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline in the face of stiff American opposition. Second, Washington was alarmed by Musharraf’s preference for deepening Pakistan-China bilateral relations and forging nuclear cooperation; and more so when he offered Beijing naval facilities at the Gwadar port on Balochistan’s Arabian Sea coast overlooking the entrance to the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic chokepoint through which passes approximately 30 per cent of world’s energy supplies.
Perhaps the last straw was his success in gaining Observer Status for Pakistan in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Russia and China are spearheading the SCO, which includes four other countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; Iran and India are also Observers. The SCO is widely perceived as a rising eastern counterweight to western security and economic groupings and Islamabad drifting towards the SCO was simply unacceptable in Washington.
To rub salt into its wounds, Musharraf refused permission to interrogate Dr AQ Khan and firmly rejected Washington’s demands that NATO troops be allowed into the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) to hunt down Osama bin Laden and his associates.
By early 2006 it was clear Washington was looking for nothing less than a pliable leader in Islamabad, a firm political foothold in Pakistan and a Pakistani foreign policy that complemented US strategic aims in Central Asia.
What perhaps angered Washington the most were actions Musharraf took to wind down the “war on terror” within Pakistan. Immediately after taking power, he outlawed three Islamic extremist groups and, after 9/11, intensified military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan.
Washington would have gone along with Musharraf had he focussed on military operations to curb Islamists. Military action alone cannot defeat guerrillas; but it can kill many of them and in turn induce new recruits — well known points reiterated by William R Polk in Violent Politics (2007) – so that the so-called “war on terror” would not end any time soon.
That could supplement US Administrations’ assiduous manufacture of the “Islamic threat” through the 1990s to launch an endless “war on terror” — the New Cold War — to rescue America’s permanent war economy. For after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the US economy (and by extension west European economies) faced perhaps its biggest crisis: the “Communist threat” ceased to be credible; it could not be exploited to terrify the American people into acquiescing to rising military expenditure that keeps wheels of the permanent war economy rolling and to expanding the repressive security apparatuses.
So the Bush Administration deftly replaced the “Communist threat” with the “Islamic threat”, no doubt following Machiavelli’s famous advice in The Prince, that a wise ruler invents enemies and then slays them in order to control his own subjects. The apparently counterproductive bombings, arrests, torture, kidnappings and disappearances (sanitised as Extraordinary Rendition) carried out by US forces while the CIA covertly funded, armed and supported Islamists are intended not to eliminate the “Islamic threat” but to contain it within manageable limits and to spawn the next generation of “terrorists”.
Sometimes, plans go awry; “culling” may not contain the resistance, as seen in Afghanistan from time to time. Nevertheless, the strategy is to “feed terrorism” and simultaneously “cull terrorists” so that the perpetual New Cold War oils America’s moribund permanent war economy.
Musharraf, however, did not play ball. He complemented military force to defeat Islamists with political initiatives.
He signed a peace treaty with tribal elders in North Waziristan (within FATA) to marginalise the Islamists. To combat the Islamists’ religious ideology, he promoted “enlightened moderation”, a veiled reference to secularism and tolerance. Musharraf’s vision of a secular Pakistan has its roots in exposure to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk’s legacy when he attended school in Ankara during his father’s diplomatic posting to Turkey. In fact, after taking power in Pakistan he often held up Ataturk as his role model. He planned to “wean away” the people from the “extremists” through education is how he described his approach to this writer. Towards this end, he introduced educational reforms and re-wrote school history text books; enacted laws protecting women’s rights and diluted Islamic laws against women; and he liberalised the media. To deny Islamists their traditional rallying cry — Kashmir — he opened path breaking negotiations with India to remove that arrow from the Islamists’ quiver.
When Musharraf skilfully combined military operations against Islamists with a political front promoting secularism to ideologically disarm them, the US administration saw red. By secularising Pakistani society over time Musharraf would de-fang the “Islamic threat” within Pakistan and extricate the country out of the contrived orbit of “war on terror”. That would greatly diminish Washington’s leverage to intervene in the country to distance Islamabad from Beijing and exploit energy resources abundantly found in Balochistan and, in the long run, perhaps derail US administration’s well laid plans to bring Afghanistan to heel and to dominate Central Asia and its oil-rich Caspian Sea basin.
But Musharraf was in no mood to back down. So the Bush Administration slipped regime change into gear. Taking advantage of his missteps, the anti-Musharraf media blitz, NGO and student mobilisations, lawyers agitations, protests by political parties and civil society organisations seemingly coming from all directions in fact displayed a fantastic degree of organisation, coordination and financing clearly beyond the ken of the fratricidal activists and often ad hoc institutions and never witnessed before in the country. Very likely they will not be seen again either; indeed later the activists were singularly incapable of organising any significant agitation when three women were buried alive for defying their parents’ choice of husbands. The manoeuvres against Musharraf bear uncanny resemblances to organised “people’s power” the CIA unleashed during “colour revolutions” and upheavals against Hugo Chavez.
The Bush Administration began reaping the rewards of unseating Musharraf within 24 hours of his resignation. Chief of Army Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani travelled to Kabul to meet NATO and Afghan commanders on 19 August. About 10 days later Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen informed a Pentagon news conference on 28 August that Kayani and his lieutenants held a “secret meeting” with their US counterparts on a US aircraft carrier, reminiscent of American gun boat diplomacy in Latin America and unthinkable in Pakistan under Musharraf’s watch..
Mullen touchingly chronicled how he “learned to trust” Kayani and bent over backwards to emphasise that Kayani is no American puppet, that Kayani’s “principles and goals are to do what’s best for Pakistan.” But a few sections of the US media, weaned on decades of Pentagon-speak from the debacle in Vietnam to the illegal invasion of Iraq, saw through the verbal obfuscation. And when a reporter pointedly queried Mullen whether Kayani’s “goal for Pakistan also aligned a hundred per cent with the US goal”, the Admiral waffled: “[Kayani] knows his country a whole lot better than we do. And again, I just think that’s where he is, that’s where he’ll stay.” Translation: US administration has got Kayani on tight leash.
And to maintain there is no substantial change from Musharraf’s policies, Kayani’s spokesman Maj-Gen Athar Abbas and Mullen alleged the meetings had been arranged several weeks earlier, when Musharraf was President, to facetiously imply he had approved the contacts.
The import of “coordination” between American, NATO, Afghan and Pakistan militaries will become clearer over the next weeks and months. For now the suspicion is unavoidable that the US Administration has at long last begun frog-marching Pakistan into the US-created Afghan quagmire to further destabilise the country and justify intervention.
Musharraf had resolutely opposed precisely this eventuality. He rejected US demands that the Pakistani army assist NATO forces in Afghanistan. He underlined the country will not repeat the catastrophic mistakes of the 1980s when it got embroiled in America’s war in Afghanistan against the then Soviet Union, for which the Pakistani people continues to pay a heavy price. Rather, he insisted his army will fight only Pakistan’s war within Pakistan’s borders.
The consequences of the PPP leadership following the US into the Afghan quagmire will soon be evident.
Already, within 16 days of Musharraf’s resignation, US forces carried out the first ground assault in Angoor Adda area within Pakistan’s borders — which Musharraf had disallowed — with the connivance of the new leadership. Obviously there is more to come since the Bush Administration has eagerly caricatured the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as “The New Frontier” in the New Cold War.
For the moment, there is great euphoria among Pakistani liberals over the presumed “return to democracy”. The comments by Ayesha Tanmy Haq are typical: “We have removed a dictator by the citizenry showing that real power lies with them.” The hapless liberals have yet to discover Late Neo-colonialism and its devious manoeuvres for regime change; they have in fact effectively legitimised them by opposing Musharraf. They are agonisingly unaware of the labyrinthine geo-politics and economic imperatives underlying the New Cold War. They are blissfully going along with the collaborationist leaders who are bartering away the country’s future for the proverbial pieces of silver.
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Dr Sachithanandam Sathananthan read for the Ph D degree at the University of Cambridge and was Visiting Research Scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University School of International Studies.
(Source: Outlook India)
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Manmohan Singh, Musharraf came close to striking Kashmir’s solution: WikiLeaks

September 3, 2011

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan had through “back channels” agreed to a non-territorial solution to Kashmir under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and then Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, reveals a latest WikiLeaks cable. According to the US embassy cable – dated April 21, 2009 – Singh confirmed this to a visiting US delegation, led by then House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Howard Berman in April, 2009, saying that the solution included free trade and movement across LoC.

Singh told the US delegation that Delhi and Islamabad had made great progress prior to February 2007, when President Musharraf ran into trouble. “We had reached an understanding in back channels,” he related, says the cable, in which Musharraf had agreed to a non-territorial solution to Kashmir. Singh went on to add that India wanted a strong, stable, peaceful, democratic Pakistan and makes no claim on “even an inch” of Pakistani territory.

Singh’s comments authenticate Musharraf’s assertions last year that India and Pakistan had reached that stage, where they were preparing the final draft for the resolution. He had said the two sides shared drafts through “back channels”, and these were in keeping with the four-point template which he had envisaged to resolve the issue. Singh, too, mentions in the cable that the two sides had arrived at the solution through back channels.

Musharraf’s four points included demilitarization, maximum autonomy, making border irrelevant and joint management of the area. Later, however, Pakistani government rejected the formula, saying that it was Musharraf’s personal line of thinking that lacked endorsement either by Pakistani parliament or cabinet. Singh, though, does not make any direct reference to Musharraf’s template in the WikiLeak cable. Musharraf had said, unlike in the case with PM Vajpayee, it was actually with Singh that Pakistan moved towards an agreement over the issue.

Reminding Berman and other US delegates that India had lost more than 150 of its citizens in the Mumbai attacks, Singh said it would be possible to resume dialogue only if Pakistan would “behave as a civilized country and bring the perpetrators to justice”. “Now, Pakistani leaders had to stick by commitments made to PM Vajpayee and repeated to PM Singh in 2005 that they would not permit attacks on India launched from Pakistani soil. If so, huge trade opportunities awaited, according to the Prime Minister, who added that a strong Indian constituency favoured normalized relations,” the cable says.

Recalling the July, 2008, attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul, Singh asserted that it had been carried out “with the active encouragement” of Pakistan’s ISI and that he had raised the issue with President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani.

Source: Times of India

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