March 17, 2007

JIHAD IN INDIA: Conference Report

A Conference in Florida


Report from Narain Kataria, NY

A three day Conference starting March 5, 2007 in the city of St. Petersburg, Florida, United States was organized by Intelligence Summit, a non-partisan, non-profit educational forum. Intelligence Summit website has recently surpassed in popularity even the Jane’s Weekly, the most widely read source of intelligence news in the world.

In this Conference Maj. Gen. Paul E. Valley, Deputy Commanding General, US Army (Retd.), Gen. Thomas G. McInerney USAF (Retd.), Cmdr. Richard Marcinko, USN (Retd.), and many other former CIA officials, counter-terrorism experts, and experts on Islamic studies participated in deliberations and enlightened the audience about the danger posed to the humanity at large by radical Islam, political Islam, Islamo-fascism, Wahabi Islam, or by whatever name you call them.

Some of the topics discussed at length in the Conference were as under:
Can radical Islam escape the opprobrium that it is systematically using the violence, threat, murder and terrorism to establish the Islamic Law called Sharia all over the word?
Is the existential threat to humanity from the political Islam real?
Will the rising Muslim population in regions like India, European Union and United States ultimately transmogrify the decent and civilized people into suicide bombers prepared to kill all of us?
Is the doctrine of Jihad really meant for the purpose of purifying one’s inner self only, as expounded selectively by the apologists of Islam all over?
Or, is the Jihad a doctrine of permanent military warfare eventually to annihilate infidels and to subjugate them completely?
Is there any way out to mitigate the effects of this hateful ideology that not only instigates but literally commands its followers to kill others in the name of Allah?
Should the civilized nations insist on the doctrine of reciprocity while dealing with Islamic nations?
Are the concepts of Dar-ul-Islam (Islamic country) and Dar-ul-Harb (Enemy country) at the root of Islamic terrorism?
Is the Far Left media hand in gloves with the Jihadists?
Is the 145-million strong Islamic nation Pakistan which is already armed with the nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver these weapons more dangerous than Iran?
Can the sanctimonious rhetoric of Pakistan that she is an ally on ‘fighting the war on terrorism’ be relied upon at its face value?
Is Pakistan actually becoming a safe sanctuary for the terrorists, as often reported?
Will Bangladesh also, in not too distant future, turn into the next global epicenter of the Islamic terrorism?
Will the pervasive prevarication of the political class and its willful malfeasance embolden the political Islam, and ultimately ruin all of us?


Officials of the Indian American Intellectuals Forum of New York were invited by the Intelligence Summit to speak on “Indian Experience with Jihadists”. In a small get together of VIPs, the President of IAIF, Mr. Narain Kataria, Senior Vice President Mr. Arish Sahani and the Board Member Mr. Mohinder Singh Gulati, brought to the attention of Gen. McInerney the duplicitous, deceitful and disingenuous role played by Pakistan’s Gen. Musharraf in the war on terror. They elaborated the terrorist activities conducted by ISI and Far Left militants in collusion with the sleeping cells in the region, and the unparalleled atrocities perpetrated by Islamic invaders in the past on peaceful Hindus. Gen. McInerney expressed confidence that a very powerful action would take place at an appropriate time which would eliminate terrorism completely from the Earth.

In the Conference deliberations, Dr. Babu Suseelan, a Board Member of Indian American Intellectuals Forum and a well-known Hindu scholar presented the Hindu view point to the Conference delegates covering India’s past and present History.

Hindu View Point on the Islamic Terrorism

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Suseelan said: “In the first instance, it gives me great pleasure to thank all of you for giving me an opportunity to present before this august body the Hindu views relating to their Experience with the Islamic Jihadists of Indian subcontinent.

“I am a firm believer in Hinduism, the ancient civilization of India, with more than one billion adherents. We Hindu people believe in the peaceful coexistence with all cultures and religions on the globe. Hindu people, in the past known history, never went out of their country to attack, loot, rape and forcibly convert other nations to their way of thinking. We have maintained this civilized tradition for almost 6000 years. India like United States, has always given unconditional shelter to the tired, sick and persecuted people from other countries. India has provided the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, equality and justice to all. India is, probably, the only country in the world where Jewish people were never persecuted. As recently as in 1950, India gave shelter to Dalai Lama and thousands of his followers who were driven from their native land, Tibet, by the Communist China.

To the bewilderment, dismay and shock of the audience, Dr. Suseelan poignantly described the cruelties that were perpetrated on hapless Hindus during the long Islamic rule as under: “The barbarity, the butchering, the savagery practiced by the practitioners of Islam were so extreme in nature, so enormous in scope, so stark in reality, so brutal in action that they demand eternal condemnation from the civilized world. The utter vandalization of India under the Islamic rule continued for a long period of 600 years. There is a deep stamp of hatred and Islamic vengeance in each and every city all over the country in India.”

Tracing the history of India, Dr. Suseelan narrated: “Before the advent of Islam, Afghanistan was a Buddhist nation. To safeguard their ancestral religion and beliefs, the brave people of Afghanistan confronted the brutal Islamic invaders for 300 years but finally were defeated and, then, Islamized. After converting to Islam, the same non-violent Buddhists eventually turned into the Talibans of today. They took to terrorism and even destroyed the centuries old priceless statues of Bamyan Buddhas. In 1990, these fanatics forcibly drove out or converted the 50,000 Hindu-Sikh minority population of Afghanistan.”

Quoting Mr. M.A. Khan of Islamic Watch, Dr. Suseelan said: “Eleventh century saw the barbaric assault of Sultan Mahmud of Ghazni on India. Mahmud’s army slaughtered 15,000 fighting men in what they described as the ‘splendid action’ before capturing 500,000 men and women as slaves. The barbarity and cruelty of Sultan Mahmud was proudly and vividly described by contemporary Muslim historians. In the attack on Thanesar, ‘the blood of the infidels flowed so copiously that the stream was discolored and the people were unable to drink it’. Mahmud attacked and destroyed the famed Somnath temple in the Western India and massacred over 50,000 Hindus guarding the temple.

“Sultan Allauddin Khaliji (1296-1316) attacked Chittor in the present Rajasthan State and killed 30,000 people in cold blood. No wonder that 50,000 slave boys were engaged in his personal services and 70,000 slaves worked continuously in his buildings. Firoz Tughlaq, who ascended the throne in 1351, killed another 180,000 Hindus in Bengal and erected the infamous ‘Tower of Skulls.’

“As recently as 1946, the Muslims slaughtered more than 5,000 Hindus in Kolkata in one day alone and threatened Hindus at large that this action would be repeated in all the major Indian cities if Hindus refused to the partitioning of India; this ultimately was agreed upon. In 1947, India was divided into the Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. Hindus mistakenly believed that by agreeing to the separate Muslim Pakistan their problems with the Islam would be over.

“But in Pakistan, the worst reign of repression awaited the minority Hindus. Millions of them were uprooted, butchered and slaughtered like chicken and goats. Hundred of thousands of Hindu girls were kidnapped. Their chastity violated, they were raped and forcibly married to Muslims.

“Muslims ethnically cleansed the entire Hindu-Sikh population from Pakistan, the land they got from partitioning of the historic India. They systematically used all official machinery and resources to reduce the Hindu population to merely 2% from its earlier 20% in 1947.

“Bangladesh is another perfect example of the ethnic cleansing. Its population of Hindu-Buddhists-Christians was about 39% in 1947. During the 1971 India-Pakistan war, Hindus were the prime target of genocide and gang rape by Islamic Pakistani army. In a period of nine months, three million people were mercilessly murdered by Pakistan army, of which more than 80% were Hindus. From then on, the covert and overt assault on Hindus continued relentlessly. Three hundred thousand girls were raped, out of which 95% were Hindu girls. Over ten million Hindu refugees took shelter in India.

“The slaughter of Hindus in subcontinent continued and the world remained unperturbed. In 1990, more than 400,000 Hindus were forcibly driven from the Indian controlled Jammu and Kashmir region by the Jihadists that were militarily trained and funded by Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI (Inter Services Intelligence).”

There are articles in Koran which enjoin on Muslims as under: “O Prophet! Make war against the unbelievers and the hypocrites and be unyielding to them; and their abode is hell, and evil is the destination.” And in 8:12, the Koran says, “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.”

The big question that still remains is: “Have these Koranic injunctions on Muslims outlived their utility? Is it not possible to adequately modify the above religious teachings in Islam so as to suit the needs of modern civilization,” quipped Dr. Suseelan.

The Rising Muslim Population in South Asia, the Greatest Danger to the World

In South Asia the number of Muslims at this time is as under: India 150 million, Pakistan 145 million, Bangladesh 140 million and Afghanistan 16 million. Thus the total number of Islamic people in the region is about 450 million; one and half time the US population. South Asia is sitting on a tinder box. Hindus alone will not be able to stem the wrath of ferocious brutes. Hence the cooperation between India, Israel and United States is absolutely essential to save the world from the impending doom and imminent disaster.

It is difficult for a civilized person to understand the Muslim psyche. Hindus foolishly thought that by conceding to the demand for Pakistan, they could buy peace with the Muslims. They were one hundred percent wrong. Now Islamic Pakistan and Muslims are aiming at the separation of Kashmir from India.

It is a matter of great regret that many Hindu scholars, particularly the Far Left Liberals in India, still fondly believe that coexistence with Islamic people is possible!

Why the converts to Islam ultimately end up being the terrorists?

Appealing to the top-notch experts on the counter-terrorism, Dr. Suseelan asked them to ponder over the question as to why the converts to Islam become violent and fanatic and kill the innocent people without any remorse. Is there something in their religious scriptures which motivates them to kill in the name of Allah?

Dhiren Barot, a Hindu convert to Islam, became Al Qaeda’s top operative. His Islamic name is Abu Musa al-Hindi. He traveled to Pakistan for terrorist training in 1995. He has written a book “The Army of Medina in Kashmir.” In this book, he has described in detail as to how to kill the Indian army in Kashmir. He conducted a good amount of research work in the field of radiological weapons which he wanted to use in the terrorist attacks on New York Stock Exchange, International Monetary Fund Headquarters, World Bank, etc.

Adam Gadahn, an American, converted to Islam at the age of seventeen rose to the position of top operative of Al Qaeda operations. In one of his speeches in 2005, he said: “We love slitting the throats of Infidels.” He invited Americans to convert to Islam before it is too late. He praised the attackers of the World Trade Center as “dedicated, strong-willed and motivated individuals.” His Islamic name is Azzam al-Amriki (Azzam the American).

Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of Pakistan, was grand child of a Hindu and very secular at heart. But when he came in contact with Imams (Muslim priests), he became a dangerously fanatic Muslim and broke India into two pieces.

The current ground situation in the South Asia is fraught with dangerous consequences. There has been an astronomical rise in Islamic fundamentalism in India. Islamists, in democratic societies like India, exploit the vulnerabilities of constitutional governance to the hilt. Almost all the Hindu leaders in India are facing death threats from the Islamic extremists. Muslims use chicanery, stratagem and subterfuge to beat the democratic system. Imam of Ghaziabad district in India has appealed to Muslims to adopt the Sharia law to settle their dispute.

In February, 2007, the State Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir passed a bill bringing the country's only Muslim-majority state in the ambit of Sharia laws. Moved as a private member's bill from the Opposition leader Abdul Rahim, the House passed the legislation by a voice vote without any dissent.

Hindu leaders killed in India

The India Government at this time is so wracked of Islamic rowdies that two days after the Mumbai bombings in July 2006 -- that killed more than 180 people -- the government of India issued a directive banning 17 websites that were critical of Muslim misdeeds. These websites were singled out because, according to the Indian government, they might incite religious violence. The nine American websites banned by India are all critical of the Islamist movement. Shockingly enough, not a single website of the Islamic extremists justifying -- and even celebrating -- the Mumbai bombings was banned.

According to Mr. Fitzgerald of the “Jihad Watch,” 60 to 70 million Hindus were killed by Islamic Jihadists (http://www. jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/ archives/015399. php#more). However, it is a matter of disgrace that no Hindu leader in India ever broaches on this subject. Actuated by a desire to crush and obliterate the Hindu people in India, an overt and covert war has been unleashed by Jihadists on them. The aim is to frighten them into submission and push them into the vortex of pan-Islamic movement.

Islamic communalism has taken a fatal turn in Bihar and U.P. -- two of the biggest -- provinces in India. According to Pramod Kumar, a renowned Indian journalist, more than three dozen Hindu leaders have recently been eliminated by the Islamists. Hindu leaders are murdered in the broad daylight by Islamic goons. Mr. Sukhanand Shetty was murdered by Islamic fundamentalists in Dec. 2006. In January, one Hindu leader Mr. Ravindran was brutally murdered by Jihadists. On February 12, one Hindu Mr. V.K. Shaju was attacked and killed. In Assam more than 60 Hindus were killed by a separatists group in North East India allegedly supported and trained by Bangladeshi intelligence.

One Muslim scholar Mr. Tawfik Hamid loudly declared in the Conference that the militant Islam is a cancerous disease and has to be eradicated. “We have to liquidate this mindset, or else it would wipe us out,” thundered Mr. Hamid amidst a great ovation.

Dr. Suseelan spoke with volcanic intensity for about an hour and won accolades of the audience. In the end, Dr. Suseelan fervently appealed to the global experts on counter-terrorism and Islamic studies to emerge from torpor, come out openly to denounce the ideology of savagery and hate. The need of the hour is the leaders with farsightedness, perspicacity and Machiavellian steeliness to them who can find the lasting solution to the fast spreading menace of Islamic terrorism in the world.

March 16, 2007

Analysis: Attacking Iran -- Part 1

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 12:42:00 GMT |
UPI Author : Energy News Editor
News Category : Energy (Environment)



By BEN LANDO Uncertainties surrounding a potential attack on Iran are plentiful, especially whether the tension over its nuclear program will lead to violence. But the price of oil would likely skyrocket to record heights and the regional and global oil markets would have to hang on for the ride.

If there's just an attack on nuclear facilities, and it's limited and Iran limits its response, even then I still think you are seeing oil probably at $80 (a barrel), said Saad Rahim, manager of PFC Energy ' s country strategies group. Oil settled at around $61 Thursday. Now if you actually hit Iran's oil facilities and you take the 2 million barrels per day off the market right now, and especially if you get reverberations from the region, and you take another couple million barrels off the market because of that, then you easily see $100 (a barrel), Rahim said. We are talking about a region where over a quarter of the world's oil comes out of, Rahim said. This type of situation I think would be unparalleled even for that region in terms of its direct impact on the oil trade and flow.The U.N. Security Council will soon take up new sanctions, aimed at forcing Iran to end the uranium enrichment program capable of fueling both nuclear power plants and weapons.


Iran says its nuclear program is for energy only, not a bomb. But international inspectors say Tehran doesn't provide enough information to qualify that claim. Iran and the United States say they want to negotiate, though shutting enrichment facilities is a U.S. prerequisite Tehran won't meet. Iran wants to be able to fuel its future nuclear power plants instead of relying on outside suppliers. But enrichment was a stealth program until 2002, which is why Iran's critics paint it with bomb motives.

The military option by the United States, Israel, and/or any coalition, has not been ruled out.

A military action will have a military response, Iran ' s top negotiator, Ali Larijani, said Thursday. Violence could surface either in conventional combat or via Iranian proxies around the region and world. People would die, both in and out of Iran; that's the only sure thing. As for the oil market, the only variable analysts and experts agree on is the price will increase.

At least a month to several months, we'd see oil prices at unprecedented levels, said Cliff Kupchan, director of Europe & Eurasia for the business risk analyst Eurasia Group, both because of likely disruption and because of geopolitical tremors.Iran exports about 2.3 million of the 3.8 million bpd of crude it produces. Iran is already facing some very serious challenges in addressing its oil production decline in many of its larger fields and participation from the international community will be instrumental to help offset this decline and develop new fields, said Colin Lothian, senior Middle East analyst at Wood Mackenzie. U.N. sanctions and the threat of attack hinder progress, he said. You would have to assume that all exports (of oil from Iran) would stop, said James Placke, senior associate for Cambridge Energy Research Associates, who says an attack would add $10 a barrel to the price pumped higher by the tension, talk of and lead up to war. That would severely threaten Iran's budget, perhaps another prompt to look at its options for retaliating, none inconceivable and none guaranteed.

Of the 85.9 million bpd the world consumes, 15.5 million heads to market through the Straits of Hormuz, which Iran could attempt to choke. It has threatened to, and threats are enough to scare the oil market.

This would have a limited effect, since the U.S. military could clear the way for tankers in a matter of days, but it would force the global oil market to eat up more of its limited spare capacity, tightening the market and pressing prices.

Then there are Iran's neighbors. Shiites, or Muslims in general, anywhere could respond to a call to arms. Iraq could be deluged, adding untold numbers to the battlefield the U.S.-led coalition is struggling with already, and Iraq's fragile oil sector could be held hostage. That's another 2 million barrels a day taken out of the market.

You could conceivably see, depending on the scope of the initial attack on Iran and what their capabilities are after the dust has settled, you could see them potentially going after installations in Qatar or the United Arab Emirates, or even Saudi Arabia, Rahim said. And that would have a huge impact on global oil markets.Kupchan said that would be likely only if those states assisted or didn't condemn an attack on Iran. But Iranian allies already on the outs with the United States and its allies -- like Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in the Palestinian Authority, or cells hidden worldwide -- would likely react. Oil hit record levels this summer as those two actors battled Israel.

(Comments to energy@upi.com)

(This is the first in a two-part series looking at the effects of an attack on Iran. Part 2 will look at the Iranian and global nuclear energy sector.)


WASHINGTON, March 16

March 15, 2007

Murtha Now Rove's Target: How Low Will Karl Go?

Murtha Now Rove's Target: How Low Will Karl Go?
Special to EIR

Since his Nov. 17, 2005 introduction of House Joint Resolution 73—which called for American troops to be redeployed from Iraq because they had accomplished all that could be accomplished militarily—Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) has become the number-one target of the notoriously filthy Karl Rove apparatus. Rove, George W. Bush's political hit-man, is close to two of the operatives who ran the attempted "swiftboating" of Murtha through Vets For The Truth (VFTT) during Murtha's 2006 re-election campaign—an operation which has since morphed into a fishing expedition to drum up an indictment of the re-elected Murtha, who now chairs the Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee.

Democratic Party leader Lyndon LaRouche recently commented, "Somebody should go after this 'Swift Boat' crowd that's attacking John Murtha—they're better called the 'Dirty Water' Bunch. They're not the 'Puss 'n Boots' crowd; they're the 'Piss 'n Bush' crowd."

Rove operative Larry Bailey, the former head of "Vietnam Veterans for the Truth" which attacked 2004 Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry, is now President of VFTT, cast from the same template to attack Murtha.

VFTT describes itself as a committee organized under the Iowa Presidential Watch 527 PAC Committee, which is headed by Richard Schwarm. Schwarm is described by IPW's website as the "past-president of Iowa College Republicans when he became good friends with Karl Rove.... Of him, Des Moines Register columnist David Yepsen wrote, 'Richard Schwarm is one of the few people that Karl Rove has on speed dial.' " The "Iowa" in the Committee's name is a flimsy attempt to distance it from Karl Rove's office.

But the juggernaut targetting Murtha has other dirty connections, through the family of his GOP opponent in the November election, Diana Irey. The candidate's husband, Robert Irey, was a business partner with a major operator in the shadowy world of global weapons trafficking. On Dec. 14, 2006, a month after Murtha won re-election with 61% of the vote, William Irey, Diana Irey's brother-in-law, was arrested on Federal child pornography charges in Orlando, Fla. More on the connections of Murtha's "family values" challenger below.

After the election, the Iowa Presidential Watch Committee recycled its failed "Boot Murtha" campaign into what it calls its "Jail Murtha Project." Ironically, its website urges readers to "Call on the Justice Department to investigate Congressman John Murtha for the sake of national security." Besides pitching for contributions to pay "investigators," the group is also beating the drums for an Ethics Committee investigation of the Congressman.

Murtha, a war hero with 37 years of Marine Corps service, who volunteered for Vietnam in 1966-67 and received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with Combat "V," has advised both Democratic and Republican Presidents on military and defense issues. Andy Ostroy of The Ostroy Report writes that Democrat Murtha is perhaps the most highly regarded defense expert in Congress.

His problems with GOP "Donald Segretti-style" dirty tricks began when he led a public fight for the view of the U.S. military's top commanders that nothing more could be accomplished militarily in Iraq. That pitted Murtha against the Chickenhawk Dick Cheney (with five draft deferments) and his stooge George Bush.

There were multiple Rove connections in Diana Irey's campaign. The campaign took donations through DonationReport.com, which belongs to eDonation.com, a member of the Donatelli Group, which has raised money for the Republican National Committee, Bush-Cheney '04, John McCain, and the Rove-spawned Vets for Freedom. Her campaign's public relations section was associated with Creative Response Concepts—the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth's public relations firm—in addition to other Donatelli affiliates. The highwater mark of Irey's campaign—though officially, an independent expenditure by VFTT—was a rally in Johnstown, Pa. organized by Vets For The Truth on Oct. 1, 2006, to "boot Murtha." VFTT also took out multiple TV attack ads impugning Murtha's patriotism.

Irey Family Values
Diana Irey is currently running for re-election as a Commissioner of Washington County, Pa. Her husband, Robert Irey, is CEO and one-third owner of CLI Corp., with partners William Stein and the late Dale Stoffel. Stoffel had a long history in weapons trafficking. The Australia Daily Telegraph called him a CIA agent, according to www.the weeklyrecorder.com. Stoffel also owned and ran Wye Oak Technologies, which was hired to acquire Russian X-31 anti-ship missiles from contacts in Ukraine. Stoffel was paid $6 million to acquire a certain number, and reportedly kept the $6 million despite acquiring far fewer than promised. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch covered this in a front-page story on Nov. 16, 2003, headlined "Boeing Defense Unit Sues Mysterious Arms Dealer." The court records were sealed, and the case was settled in 2004.

On Dec. 8, 2004, Dale Stoffel and a co-worker were killed in Iraq. A previously unheard of group calling itself the Brigades of the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. Stoffel was reportedly working on a $40 million project to build a military facility in Taji—a facility the Department of Defense website claimed was operational on Nov. 22, according to The Weekly Recorder. Killed with Stoffel was Joseph Wemple, an employee of accused child pornographer William Irey's Florida construction corporation, Frank Irey Construction—a connection between the Pennsylvania CLI Corp., and Frank Irey Construction Corp..

The principals of Robert Irey's CLI Corp. are quite active politically, as are many corporate officers who land large Iraq contracts, such as Halliburton. In the ten-month period between July 2003 and April 2004, the three partners of CLI contributed at least $25,000 to Bush-Cheney '04, the National Republican Campaign Committee, and other GOP election campaigns. Robert Irey's CLI grabbed a piece of the millions of dollars available to private contractors in Iraq, through its subsidiary, the CLI Iraq Construction Group, according to the Pennsylvania Progressive. Thus, Robert and Diana Irey owned a business formed to make money off the war John Murtha proposed to end—a fact not disclosed, to EIR's knowledge, by Diana Irey's campaign.

On Dec. 14, 2006, Federal agents arrested William Irey, the brother-in-law of the candidate. William Irey, a Monongahela, Pa. native with a wife and four children, was charged as part of a Federal, nationwide investigation known as Operation Emissary, "focussed on a commercial website offering access to videos and images of hardcore child pornography," according to the press release of Paul I. Perez, the U.S. Attorney for Middle Florida. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review headlined, "Irey family member jailed in porn case."

William Irey's indictment charges: "[T]he defendant herein, did knowingly employ, use, persuade, induce, entice and coerce minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct outside the United States, for the purpose of producing visual depictions...." The search warrant affidavit states that the government's interest in Irey goes back to 2003, when his name appeared as a subscriber in a Belarus-based Internet billing processor tied to child pornography. The U.S. Attorney has filed for forfeiture of William Irey's $500,000 house, and, ordered Irey confined in a lockdown mental facility in Florida until his trial in April 2007. William Irey had been CEO of Frank Irey Construction, Inc., a firm started by his father, which is a major contractor for Walt Disney World.

William Irey is not merely a brother-in-law to the candidate, but a partner in a closely-held string of family businesses. According to the Florida Secretary of State's website, William Irey and the candidate's husband, R.J. Irey of Monongahela, are both officers of CLI Technologies, Inc., an active corporation registered with the Florida Secretary of State in 2000. Robert Irey is also listed as an officer of CLI Engineering Corp. in Florida, an inactive corporation for which Frank Irey Construction, Inc. is listed as the registered agent with the Florida Secretary of State.

Murtha Now Rove's Target: How Low Will Karl Go?

Pakistan's Existence- A Need or a Burden?

Pakistan's Existence: A need or a burden?

Guest Column: By Syed Jamaluddin.

(These are the personal views of the author who is from Pakistan now living in Europe. He has written a book "Divide Pakistan to eliminate Terrorism' which has recently figured in some reports carried by the media. We had asked him what made him write the book. This is his response SAAG.ORG)

Regardless of the fact that the advocates of two-nation theory have finally realized after half a century that the division of United India was not a good idea for international peace, there is a need to correct mistakes. India's democratic strength for the last 59 years has proved that its existence was fully justified. On the contrary, Pakistan emerged as a failed state for one single reason that a country which was founded by assembling almost eight different nations in the name of Islam, was unable to justify its existence. Since its formation, Pakistan has been a country full of conspiracies, discrepancies, controversies and corruption. Pakistan could not prove its worth as a state and remained just a piece of land occupied by certain opportunists who turned the entire country into their personal property.

The military rulers of Pakistan captured power of this country on numerous occasions thereby proving that the country was not founded for welfare of people living on its soil but for the beginning of a new era of fascism under the disguise of Islam. Fascism is a religious conception in which man is seen in his imminent relationship with a superior law and with an objective will that transcends the particular individual and raises him to conscious membership of a spiritual society. Whoever has seen in the religious politics of the Fascist regime nothing but mere opportunism has not understood that Fascism besides being a system of government is also, and above all, a system of thought. Pakistan, therefore, became an example of such Fascism. The military dictators turned the country into a paradise for looters, corrupt politicians, greedy bureacrats, incompetent administrators, uneducated reformers, militant jihadi groups, religious cults, bogus scholars and above-the-law intelligence agencies.

The socalled democracy which prevailed for almost 13 years out of 59 years of its existence in Pakistan produced sophisticated looters of national wealth who used new mechanisms to deprive the country from standing on sound footings. Similarly, the socalled politicians of the country who were rather farmers-turned politicians or businessmen-turned politicians or retired-army-personnel-turned politicians controlled the fate of this country. Such people called the shots. The result is very visible that Pakistan has now become a danger to the entire humanity. Had it been a matter limited within the jurisdiction of Pakistan, there would have never arisen any need to raise any voice, but, the situation is worse than that.

Today's Pakistan has turned into a typical Fascist regime without any ideology. The President of this country wears an army uniform, the Chief Justice of its Supreme Court is treated like an ordinary clerk and pushed on the road by local policemen, the Intelligence agencies rule the country and function beyond any legal boundaries, the socalled religious scholars have become preachers of radical Islam through brainwashing techniques with an aim to produce terrorists, bureacracy has become a tool in the hands of those who use money to do what they want, foreign policy is nothing but pretence and false statements, economy is based on assumptions and above all, this country has gained nuclear power through backdoor.

The whole world has become vulnerable to terrorism. The question is who is masterminding such terrorism? Who is providing all possible support to terrorism? Who is creating terrorist minds? Who is a threat to international peace? The answer is very simple............Pakistan. Pakistan's religious groups are responsible for masterminding the international terrorism. The Tablighi Jamat has been busy for the last 75 years in producing brains who hate Non-Muslims and as such the militant Jihadi groups based in Pakistan are nothing but "fruits" of such brainwashing techniques used by Tablighi Jamat since long. Similarly, support in terms of financial and otherwise is coming from state-owned intelligence agencies. Creation of Taliban and Al-Qaeda are glaring examples of such support by the Pakistan-based intelligence agencies. World's most wanted man is considered as a "Guest" on the soil of Pakistan. Now that Pakistan has nuclear power, is it not correct that entire humanity is vulnerable to any possible disaster? A country which is possessed by forces which are not answerable to any one and which is beyond any legal system is indeed a great threat to the entire world. Pakistan has, therefore, become a burden. This burden needs to be off-loaded by way of its disintegration. Pakistan should be divided into 5 parts or more to crush the terrorist network which has gained its deep roots in present geographic form of Pakistan. My book titled "DIVIDE PAKISTAN TO ELIMINATE TERRORISM" advocates necessity of Pakistan's disintegration. An Independent Pakhtoonistan, Baluchistan, Sindhudesh, Jinnahpur and Punjabistan will prevent the current nourishment and spread of terrorism from the soil of Pakistan.

Pakistan's Existence- A Need or a Burden?

Al Qaeda-The Reality and The Charade-International Terrorism Monitor-Paper No. 206

AL QAEDA: THE REALITY AND THE CHARADE-INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM MONITOR---PAPER NO.206
By B.Raman

In many articles written since 9/11, I have been expressing my doubts regarding the manner in which the Al Qaeda was being projected by the US intelligence and the group of Al Qaeda watchers, which has come up. Many of these Al Qaeda watchers, I felt, were just echoing what the US intelligence was saying about Al Qaeda without exercising their independent judgement.

2. I had particularly serious doubts about the manner in which Abu Faraj al-Libi, a Libyan married to a Pakistani woman, who was arrested by the Pakistani authorities in May 2005, was being projected by the Western terrorism analysts----governmental and non-governmental-- as Al Qaeda's No.3 and as the mastermind of the two plots to kill President Pervez Musharraf in Rawalpindi in December,2003. In this connection, reference is invited to my article titled THE AL QAEDA STRIPTEASE CONTINUES of May 5,2005, at http://www.saag.org/papers14/paper1366.html


3.I have been pointing out repeatedly that if he was really the mastermind behind the two plots, one would have expected the Pakistani authorities to detain and interrogate him in order to find out the extent of Al Qaeda's penetration into the Armed Forces and prosecute him. Instead of doing so, they handed him over to the US authorities. The circumstances surrounding his arrest and handing-over to the US authorities and the dramatic projection of this as dealing a deadly blow to Al Qaeda gave rise to a strong suspicion that there was an element of a charade in it. I had stated as follows in my above-cited article: "In my three decades with the Indian intelligence, I have learnt one lesson. Never make a tall claim. Tall claims have a nasty way of coming back to haunt you."

4. The US military authorities at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre in Cuba took up for hearing his case on March 9,2007, in order to decide whether his is a fit case for indefinite detention as an enemy combattant. Whereas Khalid Sheikh Mohammad (KSM) chose to appear before the military authorities and gave written as well as oral testimonies, Abu Faraj chose not to appear before them and give any testimony. The military authorities, therefore, had before them only a summary of the facts relating to him as presented by those detaining him. An edited version of the proceedings, including the summary of the facts relating to him, which would justify his continued detention, was released to the public by the Pentagon on March 14,2007. One does not know whether any important facts have been withheld from the public.

5. Three interesting points emerge from a study of the edited version of the proceedings:


Whereas previously the US and the Pakistani authorities projected him as the No.3 in Al Qaeda, he has now been described as the deputy to the No.3. Who was that No.3 has not been mentioned.
There is no reference to his role in the two attempts to kill Musharraf.
The summary of facts says: " The detainee was the deputy to Al Qaeda's third in command and was responsible for Al Qaeda activities and logistics throughout Pakistan. In December 2003,a large group of Islamic extremists, including the detainee, representatives of Hizbe Islami Gulbuddin and Taliban officials met in Raiwind, Pakistan, and discussed operations against the United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan." (Citation ends) Raiwind in Pakistani Punjab is the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), where the TJ holds its annual conventions in November or December every year. This convention is attended by hundreds of thousands of people, including serving and retired military and intelligence officers, nuclear scientists, political leaders etc. I had pointed out in my articles on the TJ in the past how the jihadi terrorist organisations use the TJ for their recruitment and use the cover of its religious preaching missions for their travels abroad. For many years in the early 1990s, Lt.Gen.Javed Nasir, who was the Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence under Nawaz Sharif, functioned as the Amir of the TJ.
6. There is no doubt that Al Qaeda continues to pose a serious threat to international peace and security. At the same time, there is equally no doubt that there has been an over-projection of the contribution of Musharraf to the hunt against Al Qaeda. Many of the arrests of so-called senior operatives of Al Qaeda by the ISI for which Musharraf had claimed credit were nothing but a charade. For every important operative such as KSM arrested by the Pakistani authorities and handed over to the US, there were dozens of arrests of dubious nature of persons with no links to Al Qaeda. Many of them were picked up just because the US" National Security Agency, which is responsible for technical intelligence, heard them speak in Arabic over phone or heard them discussing over phone about Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
7. Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhury, who has been suspended by Musharraf as the Chief Justice of the Pakistan Supreme Court provoking an embarrassing controversy, suspected that there was a large element of charade in respect of the arrests of Al Qaeda suspects and tried to go into it while enquiring into a large number of petitions regarding missing persons. This is not the first time that Musharraf has tried to intimidate Judges. He has done it at least 20 times since he seized power in October,1999. Whereas in the past he let his subordinates do the intimidation and avoided his personal involvement, this time he personally got involved by calling the Chief Justice to his office and unsuccessfully trying to force him to resign on the ground that he was damaging the reputation of the army and the ISI. His personal involvement this time shows the state of his panic and his anxiety to prevent the truth from coming out.

8. If the truth comes out, his reputation as the world's greatest warrior against jihadi terrorism would be torn to shreds. The US is refraining from criticising his intimidation of the Chief Justice because it would not be in the interest of the US either for the truth to come out.

9. The so-called war against Al Qaeda is not an unadulterated epic battle. It is partly an epic battle and partly a fraud. It would not be in the interest of either the US or Pakistan for the fraudent part of the battle to be exposed. That is what the suspended Chief Justice tried to do and has paid a price for it.

(The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. e-mail: itschen36@gmail.com )

Al Qaeda-The Reality and The Charade-International Terrorism Monitor-Paper No. 206

US GETS ITS LONG SOUGHT FOOTHOLD IN SRI LANKA

In a message sent to US President George Bush after the 9/11 terrorist strikes in the US, the then Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga offered Washington "full access to the country’s port, airfields and other facilities" for use in its operations against Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

2. In March,2002, a delegation of US officials, led by the then Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca and including US Brigadier General Timothy Ghormely, commander of the US Marine Expeditionary Brigade, visited Sri Lanka for secret talks with Ranil Wickremesinghe, the then Prime Minister, his Defence Minister Tilak Marapana and senior army officers at the Palaly army camp in the north. General Ghormely also visited Trincomalee. The next month, a four-member team of US military and legal experts secretly visited Colombo.


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March 14, 2007

Re-discovering 'dog's death' through Gandhian ahimsa

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This should stop us in our tracks – bleeding heart human rights activists jumping up and down in rage after the Gujarat riots, screeched that Hindu fascists had caused incalculable damage to Gandhi the First's (Gandhi I) dream of secular India and to his ahimsa. Blood-thirsty Kannadigas banding themselves together as SDFB (Stray Dog free Bangalore), gleefully applauded the brutal, barbarian and absolutely typical human killing of dogs in Bangalore, Mysore and Mandya, and gathered under the statue of Gandhi I too with candles in their hands demanding a dog-free Karnataka, particularly stray dog free Bangalore and they declared that they didn't care how this was achieved. Gandhi the First asked Hindus to stand by in self-righteous ahimsa and allow Muslims to kill the cow and Gandhi I also called for killing stray dogs.

"Therefore the only method I know of protecting the cow is that I should approach my Mahomedan brother and urge him for the sake of the country to join me in protecting her. If he would not listen to me, I should let the cow go for the simple reason that the matter is beyond my ability". ('Hind Swaraj, Chapter X, The condition of India (contd):The Hindus and the Mahomedans, 1909)

"It is a thousand pities that the question of stray dogs, etc assume such a monstrous proportion in this land of ahimsa..." Gandhi wrote in the Young India (dated October 21, 1926). "... It is a sin, it should be a sin, to feed stray dogs, and we should save numerous dogs if we had legislation making every stray dog liable to be shot".

And so self-righteous Kannadiga Gandhians, the last of the monotheists, abandoned themselves to wallowing in an orgy of dog blood-letting, a bloody orgy lasting over a month. First they rounded up every dog they sighted on the roads of Bangalore and killed them brutally we were told. The nation shrugged off this partying on dog blood with an indulgent 'humans will be humans' smile. Encouraged by this indulgence Kannadiga Gandhians waited a month and then rounded up every dog they sighted in Bangalore, Mysore and Mandya and this time their killing methods gave them a new high – they packed the dogs in vans and kept them there for 48 hours without food or water and without caring to think how the dogs would answer calls of nature.

Having roused themselves to a fever of excitement, these Gandhians then set about killing the dogs – they clobbered some to death, they beat some to death, some were injected with cyanide, many electrocuted and others strangulated. Kannadiga Gandhians reached peaks of ecstasy at the culmination of the orgy of blood-letting. Now I know how Hitler treated the Jews and now I also know why for the perverted maniac, watching ordinary pornography is not enough; he needs to watch or perform the act with violence and then with more violence until it culminates in the kind of blood-letting that we witnessed in Bangalore, Mysore and Mandya.

These manic killers told the world that they were forced to experience this enjoyment because a dog killed a child. Sure! Sure there are dogs that attack people as sure as there are humans who are drunken drivers, drug peddlers, arms dealers, rapists, child molesters, wife beaters and terrorists. Dogs means rabies said some. Sure! Humans means Aids, war and riots. We want a dog free Bangalore and a rabies free India said these killers. Sure! I want an Aids free, polio free, cancer free, terrorism free, alcohol free, drug free India too. And I want this to be achieved in exactly the same manner as these Kannadiga Gandhians want to achieve a dog free Bangalore and rabies free India.

Radha Rajan
14th March, 2007

Pakistan’s at War with Itself

Source: IDSA

Over the decades, while the Pakistani democratic edifice continued to cave in under heavy assault from the military, one key characteristic of democracy, however, has continued to hold ground – fearless and forceful writings against dictatorship and praetorian regimes. The books by Hassan Abbas and Husain Haqqani are bold, revealing and comprehensive in encapsulating the contours of Pakistan’s 58 years of existence. By virtue of being written by Pakistani scholars, these books stand apart from the other non-Pakistani writers writing on Pakistan.

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Alternatives facing Pervez Musharraf

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M V KAMATH

The first thing that Pakistanis must remember is that it was not the Indians who called for the division of the country. Indeed Mahatma Gandhi was totally opposed to the very concept. He was even ready to let Mohammad Ali Jinnah be the first Prime Minister of an undivided India. It was Jinnah and his elite-dominated Muslim League that demanded a separate Muslim State.

Right from the start it was Pakistan which started creating trouble, especially in Jammu and Kashmir on the issue of its affiliation. It was Sheikh Abdullah who opted for a secular India. Almost from day one Pakistan has been trying to break up India. The hatred of the Pakistani upper classes towards Hindus kept increasing by the years. Pakistan Army's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) swore to destroy India through a thousand cuts. Pakistan fought three major wars. It was willing to lick American boots to best India militarily and did what Washington dictated. It got Pakistan nowhere.

The last bit of wholesome treachery Pakistan indulged in was Kargil. There again, it failed miserably. It should have known that not a thousand, not even a million million cuts will break up India because culturally it is one unit. At America's instance - and insistence - Pakistan went out of its way to support Islamic fundamentalists, the al Qaeda and the Taliban to squeeze the Soviet presence out of Afghanistan.

The Pakistan-American strategy, of course, worked but it is now turning out to be a menace to Pakistan itself. Islamabad is now paying for its folly. The fundamentalists are turning against their own government and Musharraf has been forced to make peace with tribals in neighbouring Waziristan. A 'terrorist index' jointly developed by the US Centre for American Progress and the Carnegie Institute-backed Foreign Policy journal has rated Pakistan as the country most likely to become the next al Qaeda stronghold after Somalia. As many as 91 per cent of the over 100 foreign policy experts surveyed for the study were emphatic that Washington must 'dramatically' increase the pressure on Islamabad to confront militants in the tribal areas. Another disconcerting finding for Islamabad in the study is that 44 per cent of the experts believe that Pakistan is likely to transfer nuclear technology to terrorists over the next three to four years - the very 'terrorists' that the US once shamelessly supported. More and more the Americans are coming to believe that Musharraf is becoming worse and worse as a dictator - again, the very Musharraf whose dictatorship they once wholeheartedly supported, only that now, the chicken are coming home to roost. Kowtowing to the United States may have helped Pakistan in the early years, but now they are beginning to pay for that folly. The Americans are now saying that Pakistan is hosting al Qaeda quite openly. Washington has nothing but contempt for Islamabad and does not hesitate to send missiles across Pakistan territory to attack what are supposed to be al Qaeda hangouts. The missiles are directed at the targets from US ships based in the Indian Ocean. Matters have turned to such an extent that Musharraf is considering the option of imposing Emergency to tide over the security and political problems that seem to have engulfed his country.

In August last year he had placed Hafiz Mohammad Saed, founder of the Lashkar-e-Toiba and leader of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa under house arrest. It doesn't seem to have helped Musharraf to any great extent. It is now being freely stated that it was the LeT that was responsible for the bombing of Samjhauta Express.

There are small sectarian units in Pakistan which do not want to have peace with India and are showing it through violent ways in Pakistan itself. As recently as 15 January, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa had organised a national consultative conference to formulate an Islamist response to the ongoing peace process between

India and Pakistan. The Jamaat is hell-bent on disrupting the peace process between the two neighbouring countries.

So what is the answer? In the first place Musharraf must assert that after 60 years of meaningless efforts at fighting against a superior India, it is time to make peace with Delhi. Musharraf seems to have understood that. In a statement following the Samjhauta Express tragedy he said that 'We will not allow elements which want to sabotage the ongoing peace process to succeed in their nefarious designs.'

Much the same thought was expressed by Pakistan Prime Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri, who kept his word to travel to New Delhi for talks with his Indian counterpart, despite the wide publicity given to the Samjhauta Express disaster. A point needs to be made here. And it is that, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa notwithstanding, the people of Pakistan are tired and want to live in peace with India. The same can be said of the Indian people as well. Therefore, the peace process must go forward with unrelenting vigour. The ultimate aim should be to reduce tensions and for the two countries to enter into a confederation and to swear never to fight each other again or let other countries make use of them for their own nefarious purposes.
In other words, both India and Pakistan must tell the United States, Russia and China, that in future there will be one confederation, one foreign policy and one unassailable unity. The results would be heavenly. Both countries will then need to spend less on defence and more on primary education, health and welfare and employment-oriented industries, etc. An Indo-Pak Confederation will become a super power in its own right sooner than anyone thinks.

Trade and commerce between them will increase ten-fold. As Graeme Wheeler, managing director of the World Bank, put it in his valedictory address to the second SAARC Business Leaders' Conclave held in Mumbai on 18 February, trade between India and Pakistan could rise to over $9 billion over the next five years from the current $1 billion, if barriers relating to policies, infrastructure, corruption and red tape are eliminated. Pakistan and India must depend upon each other in every field, from trade and commerce, education, defence, nuclear armaments and inter-State security and keep away all outsiders howsoever powerful who have their own agenda.

Pakistan will remain Pakistan but when India and Pakistan cooperate in a spirit of mutual adjustment and cooperation, they will have the world at their feet. No nation will dare to take them on and the self-respect of both countries will be greatly enhanced. South Asia will then emerge as a true super power. Hatred must cease; cooperation should become the watchword. Free travel between the two countries must become a reality as now it is among member nations of the European Union. This is what the people want and this is what they should get. India and Pakistan have wasted 60 years in needless feuding. We were both caught in history's warp. We went into the self-destructive mode. The Samjhauta Express tragedy must be made the turning point in Indo-Pakistan relations. Opened should be a new and bright we chapter for the good of both. The Pakistan government's involvement in the renovation of Hindu temples at Katas (also known as Kata Raj) sends out a positive signal. Pakistan is pouring in millions of rupees in the conservation, restoration and renovation of Katas. The spirit behind it must be appreciated - and in many ways reciprocated. The future is beckoning. India must take this change of heart in Pakistan seriously and be thankful for its own sake and for the peace and prosperity of South Asia.

Justice Iftikhar seeks reconstituted SJC

Justice Iftikhar seeks reconstituted SJC: •CJ roughed up •Overwhelming support by lawyers •PBC strike today




By Nasir Iqbal and Syed Irfan Raza

ISLAMABAD, March 13: In a day of high drama on the streets of the federal capital, the ‘suspended’ Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, tried to march up to the Supreme Court along with his wife and children, seeking justice amidst an orchestrated official campaign that accuses him of misconduct and misuse of authority.

Having been roughed up and prevented from marching on, Justice Chaudhry was briefly confined to the nearby Balochistan House. Later, after some persuasion he was driven amidst tight security to the apex court to defend himself. Scores of lawyers present there ignored the police cordon to greet him by showering flower petals and raising anti-government slogans.

After an initial attempt by security officials failed to prevent a rousing reception for the ‘suspended’ chief justice, better sense prevailed among police which, instead of using the traditional high-handed methods, stepped back to allow the lawyers and some opposition politicians to take Justice Chaudhry inside the court house in the form of a procession.

This was the first time since his ‘suspension’ on Friday that Justice Chaudhry had been seen in the public. And what a sight it was! He was brought to his own court in a situation where the city which had been under police siege since morning.

All entry points to Islamabad were being watched by security officials to prevent lawyers from coming to the city, and the area around the Chief Justice's residence had been barricaded. From the Presidency to the Foreign Office and beyond, the area had many rings of barbed wires thrown on the main road and streets as if a major terrorist attack was being prevented.

All these arrangements were meant to hold in-camera proceedings of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), which began hearing of the reference filed by President Pervez Musharraf against Justice Chaudhry.

Despite tight security, dozens of lawyers managed to slip through the barbed wires and police barricades. So did many opposition politicians and a large number of journalists.

It was also a heyday for opposition politicians. Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, Raja Zafarul Haq, Imran Khan and a host of PML-N and PPP leaders were present there to show solidarity with the ‘suspended’ chief justice.

And by the time Justice Chaudhry was brought outside the court premises, a large crowd had assembled there to greet him with slogans of support. As leaders of the opposition, particularly those like Liaquat Baloch of the MMA, joined the lawyers to climb over Justice Chaudhry’s car and take his virtual ‘custody’, the officials decided that any attempt to stop the crowd might have disastrous consequences. The police allowed the crowd to take control of the events, and soon opposition MNA and seasoned lawyer Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan and others escorted a visibly harassed Justice Chaudhry inside the court premises.

As Justice Chaudhry got the first chance to speak to the media, he decided to speak his mind. "I am not going to resign as allegations against me are useless," he told reporters after coming inside the court premises.

Even in the court house, he refused the protocol that the officials had suddenly decided to accord him. On entering the judge's block of the Supreme Court building, he refused to wait in the chambers meant for judges, saying he would prefer to sit in the office of any clerk before attending in-camera proceedings of the SJC.

However, he freshened up in a court house dispensary and refused to appear before the SJC without his panel of counsel, comprising Aitzaz Ahsan, vice-chairman of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) Ali Ahmed Kurd, President of Supreme Court Bar Association Munir A. Malik, Tariq Mehmood and Hamid Khan.

Finally, when he appeared before the SJC, he submitted a four-page statement which, among other things, called for reconstitution of the judicial council by excluding three members against whom he had raised objections.

The SJC then decided to serve a notice on Attorney-General Makhdoom Ali Khan for March 16 to respond to the objections, Hamid Khan told reporters after an hour-long proceeding.

The attorney-general had also been directed to ensure that Justice Chaudhry should have access to his counsel, he added.

Headed by the acting Chief Justice, Justice Javed Iqbal, the SJC comprised Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Justice Sardar Mohammed Raza Khan, Chief Justice of Lahore High Court Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry and Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Justice Sabhiuddin Ahmed.

In his objections, the ‘suspended’ chief justice stated that the acting chief justice had been appointed contrary to Article 180 of the Constitution which provided that the acting chief justice could be appointed when the office of the chief justice becomes vacant.

Moreover, under Article 209 of the Constitution, reference against the chief justice could be heard only by the senior-most judge who, in the ongoing situation, is Justice Rana Bhagwandas.

There was no urgency to convene the SJC meeting in the absence of Justice Bhagwandas who is abroad till March 22, said the statement.

It added that a reference was pending against Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar before the SJC in a case of financial misappropriation in the Shah Latif Bhatai University, Khairpur. Justice Dogar had administered oath to the acting chief justice on Friday last. According to the statement, the LHC chief justice could not sit in the council since more than one reference of misconduct was pending against him before the SJC. He said the LHC chief justice had also developed strong hostilities against him as he had not accepted his recommendations of advocates and judicial officers for elevation as judge of the high court. Moreover, his elevation as the judge of the apex court was also opposed by him in August 2005 for some reasons which could not be divulged now.

“We are also not on speaking terms with each other,” Justice Chaudhry said and demanded a public inquiry to apprise the people of the nature of allegations against him.

He said he had little doubt that if the inquiry was fair, he would be exonerated of all charges.

In his statement, he also mentioned the ‘sufferings’ he and his family, including his seven-year-old child, had been undergoing since March 9.

He said his official residence was besieged by heavy contingent of police and agency sleuths, without any justification. Moreover, all vehicles in his use had been taken away through a lifter, he said, adding that only one vehicle had been brought back by a lifter, and that too without keys.

The Supreme Court staff, attached with the chief justice, was also reportedly missing and had been kept at some unknown place.

"I believe that they have been detained just to fabricate evidence against me," the statement by Justice Chaudhry said. "I have learnt that my chamber has also been sealed and reportedly files have been handed over to the ISI," he alleged.

Due to heavy deployment, the statement said, the chief justice or his family has not been allowed to go outside. Similarly, no one was allowed to meet him freely, he said.

“Even my colleagues have no access. And whenever they wanted to visit, they were asked to wait for a considerable period of time during which permission was sought from high-ups,” he said.

He said his children were also not allowed to go to school, college and university; and facilities like telephone, cable and Internet, as well as basic amenities had been denied.

Meanwhile, the PBC has again called for a strike on Wednesday to protest against what they called the manhandling of Justice Chaudhry and his family as well as police brutality against lawyers in Lahore on Monday.

In addition, two lawyers will observe a token hunger strike daily in the Supreme Court Bar room till the logical conclusion of the events.

At the end of the hearing, Justice Chaudhry again refused an official car and used a silver colour jeep of PPP leader Advocate Zamarud Khan.

Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan accompanied him in the vehicle which left the apex court at 4pm. He was escorted by five police vehicles. Earlier in the day, when Justice Chaudhry was still confined to his official residence, owner-editor of The Nation, Arif Nizami, was allowed to go inside and hold a brief meeting.

A few minutes later, panic struck the area as US Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker drove past the police barricade along with his security officials.

Officials, however, said he did not make any attempt to go inside the Chief Justice’s residence, and drove back after viewing the situation.

The proceedings are adjourned till 3pm on March 16.

LAHORE: Lawyers in Lahore and elsewhere in Punjab observed black day by boycotting court proceedings.

Except for Ferozwala, where three lawyers and a policeman were injured in a clash, no violence was reported from anywhere in the province.

QUETTA: A complete strike was observed in Quetta where all shops, markets, shopping centres and business concerns remained closed.

Lawyers boycotted court proceedings in Quetta and other parts of the province for the fourth consecutive day.

MUZAFFARABAD: Lawyers in Azad Kashmir held demonstrations on the second consecutive day. They boycotted courts and staged demonstrations to express solidarity with the lawyers’ community in Pakistan.

PAKISTAN : SJC Judges biased towards me, says Justice Iftikhar

Hearing of Presidential Reference against CJ adjourned till Friday
Wednesday March 14, 2007 (0414 PST)


ISLAMABAD: Non functional Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry gestures as he arrives at Supreme Court in Islamabad.




ISLAMABAD: Non-functional Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Tuesday said that the judges present in Supreme Judicial Council are biased towards him as he was preparing corruption references against them.

He expressed these views while talking to host of journalists in Supreme Judicial Council on Tuesday.

He said that four defence lawyers including Munir A Malik, Tariq Mehmood, Hamid Khan and Aitizaz Hasan are defending his case.

They will defend the 15 allegations levelled against him in the reference.

He told journalists that judges present in Supreme Judicial Council are biased towards him and would not remain partial as he already has prepared corruption references against them.

It is pertinent to mention that CJ has been restrained from performing his functions as Judge of the Supreme Court as well as Chief Justice of Apex Court by the Supreme Judicial Council.

Earlier in his brief chat with MMA president Qazi Hussain Ahmed and Deputy Parliamentary leader Liaqat Baloch while on his way to the Supreme Court building, non-functional Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry said that he would defend himself before the Supreme Judicial Council with courage and fortitude and does not want to remain absent from the court so that a unilateral decision against him is in not given.

Qazi Hussain Ahmed told reporters that he was able to briefly chat with the Chief Justice, who had told him that he does not want to remain absence from his hearing and wants to defend himself fully and answer all allegations against him.

Liaqat Baloch told that during his chat with the inactive Chief Justice the CJP told him that all allegations against him are baseless and he would answer all the charges against him before the court as unconstitutional steps have been taken against him.

He said that he is grateful to public, political parties and lawyers for their support for him.

Earlier the non functional Chief Justice arrived at the Supreme Court building at 1: 25 pm in a white Corolla amidst tight security.

As soon as he arrived at the entrance gate a large number of protesting lawyers besieged his car and started shouting slogans. MMA leader Liaqat Baloch also got on the roof top of the CJP`s car and started shouting anti government slogans later the police forcibly escorted Liaqat Baloch down.

Moreover, Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) Tuesday has adjourned the Presidential Reference hearing of non-functional Chief Justice Chaudhry Muhammad Iftikhar till Friday (March 16th).

The session of the SJC was presided over by Chief Justice Javed Iqbal and consisted of Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, Justice Sardar Raza Khan, LHC Chief Justice Iftiqhar Hussain Chaudhry and Sindh Chief Justice HC Sabi ul Din Ahmed.

The suspended CJ appeared before the Council with his four defence lawyers Munir A Malik, Barrister Aitizaz Ahsan, Tariq Mehmood and Hamid Ali Khan.

The CJ presented before the council a four page response to the allegations levelled on him.

After one hour 45 minutes preliminary proceedings, the council adjourned the hearing till Friday afternoon 3:00pm.

Later while talking to journalists, CJ’s lawyer Munir A Malik told that the non-functional CJ presented his stance before the Council in an amicable way and objected to the setting up of SJC and told that how his office record was sealed and overnight order was passed and everything was done in an unnecessary hasty manner.

He also told that suspended CJ had told the SJC that objections raised against him regarding the Mercedes case, he will clear things in this regard.

He said that the CJ told that the judges in the SJC have a grudge against him as he has prepare corruption references against them.

Justice Iftiqhar has said that his children were being deprived of medicines being kept in custody and his wife was abused at Balochistan House.

He also said during his hearing that Acting CJ cannot be appointed as he has been removed without any probable reason and action against those who had sworn in Acting Chief Justice.

Munir A Malik further told that Chief Justice has thanked the people of Pakistan lawyers community and media for their support.

He further said that government has assured that suspended CJ would be provided telephone facilities and he can meet any one including lawyers.

He told that CJ told the Council that he has not come for asking relief and all requirements of justice should be fulfilled.

Earlier, CJ Iftikhar was driven in his official car despite his refusal.

Fakhruddin G Ibrahim had declined to be the government council in the case.

Security had been beefed up in the Capital, as police contingent was present in all entry and exit points.

After the hearing, the non-functional CJ was brought out of the Supreme Court building in amid Security.

As soon as his car came out of the gate, lawyers besieged him and tried to talk to him but failed.

Security forces taking an alternate route took the CJ to Judges Colony during which the Constitutional Avenue was closed for all kinds of traffic. Ends/Online

Unprecedented security measures have been taken on Tuesday in the Federal Capital on the occasion of hearing of Presidential Reference against non-functional Chief Justice Iftikhar M Ch.

The police cordoned off all the entry points of Islamabad and vehicles are allowed to enter into the city after strict checking.

Heavy contingent of Police officials were deployed on ways coming to Supreme Court, Parliament House, President House, Pak Secretariat and Foreign Office while officials of other agencies were also present in a great number inside and outside of the Supreme Court.

Huge contingent of police was also present at D Chowk in front of the Parliament House and Fire brigade vehicles were also standing on the occasion as protest of the opposition leaders was started from the Parliament Lodges.

The officials was conducting strict checking of vehicles coming in the ways to Supreme Court, Radio Pakistan Chowk, Serena Hotel and Diplomatic Enclave and suspected vehicles were not allowed. Helicopters were also flying to review the situation.

These steps have been taken aiming to prevent the lawyers, political organizations and other organizations to besiege the Supreme Court and end their protest on the occasion of hearing of President Reference.

Acting CJ appointed against article 180 of constitution of Pak: Iftikhar

Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, in active Chief Justice of Pakistan has said that Justice Iqbal has been appointed as acting Chief justice contrary to article 180 of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The article provides that acting chief justice can be appointed when the office of Chief Justice of Pakistan is vacant or the Chief Justice of Pakistan is absent or is unable to perform the functions of his office due to any other cause. This he stated before the council in a four page reply to the notice vis-à-vis the allegations leveled against him.

He also said that the cause could be that if the Chief justice is incapable or mental incapacity, which is not the case over here. Therefore, he should not have taken oath of the office of the acting Chief Justice not withstanding that whatsoever has issued his notification.

As per the mandate of article 209 of the constitution if the reference is to be heard against the Chief Justice of Pakistan the judge of the Supreme Court who is next in sonority would head the Justice Rana Bhagwandas is admittedly the senior most judge therefore, on account of his temporary absence from the country up to March 22, 2007 there was no urgency to convene the meeting of SJC.

Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar who administered oath to Justice Javed Iqbal on march 9, 2007 for the office of acting Chief Justice disqualifying himself to be judge of the Supreme Court knowing well that office of eth Chief Justice is not vacant as he is not incapable to perform his duties physically or mentally.

A reference is pending against him before SJC in respect of financial misappropriation in the Shah Latif Bhatai university Khairpur along with Vice Chancellor of the University. The reference is lying in the record of SJC which was in custody of doctor Faqir Hussain.

Justice Iftikhar Hussain Chaudhry has more than one reference of misconduct are pending against him before SJC. The chairman is fully aware about it as file are lying in his custody for the purpose of security therefore he cannot sit as a member of the council. His inclusion is based on malafides because the chairman knowing about these facts may have not notified not him as member of the council.

Therefore I have serious objection on his being member of the council for the above reasons and I do not have expectations of fair inquiry from him. Thus his name should be excluded from the panel in the interest of justice and fair play.

In view of above objections I am of the opinion that SJC is not duly consulted and is incapable to hold inquiry against me.

He stated that SJC on having gone through record passed an order detrimental against my interest and against the interest of the institution whereby I have been restrained to work as supreme court judge and chief justice of Pakistan. Such powers are not available at all to a facts finding inquiry commission/ council as such powers are available to the council as it is not exercising the power of the court.

Detained for all intend and purpose with my family members including my infant child of 7 years from the evening of March 9, 2007 until now. My official residence is sieged with heavy contingent comprising police and member of the other agencies for which there is no justification.

The vehicle, which was in my use, has been taken away by means of lifter. Out of which one has been brought back by a lifter without its keys.

Staff of Supreme Court attached with me is reportedly missing and had been kept at an unknown place.

I have also learned reliably that my chamber was also sealed and reportedly files lying there in have been removed and some of them had been handed over to ISI under the supervision of newly appointed registrar. Such act is contrary to all norms and practices. I being CJP is entitled to occupy my chamber along with my staff.

On account of deployment of heavy contingencies I am not allowed to go outside nor my family member are allowed to do so. Similarly no one is allowed to meet me freely.

My children are not allowed to go to school, college and university. I am not getting facility of telephones, cable and DCL.

Similarly I along with my family members have been deprived from basic amenities of life, medicines and doctors.

The contents of the notice indicate camera inquiry but I am of the opinion that charges against me are not sustainable being unfounded. Therefore to vindicate my honour I would prefer for a public inquiry so whole of the world may know the nature of allegations and my defence and I am confident that I will be exonerated of the charges if fair inquiry is allowed.

The necessity of public inquiry is also called or because the reference is based in the letter and spirit of open letter written by Mr Naeem Bukhari which has already been publicized widely. Therefore there should not be any objection/observation in holding public inquiry.

Thus for the above reasons the council maybe reconstituted accordingly excluding the members in respect of whom impression nationwide and to have the country’s image internationally.

End.

Iran's Non-Persian Ticking Timebomb


Iran’s ethnic make-up


Persians (50 per cent) may dominate Iran numerically and politically, but there are many smaller groups with their own agendas. The Kurds (nine per cent) have been emboldened by virtual Kurdish independence in Iraq, and the same is true of two smaller groups: the Arabs (three per cent) and the Baluch (two per cent). Most Turkmen and Lurs (two per cent each), and Gilaki and Mazandarani (eight per cent in all), are well assimilated because they speak Persian dialects. But while some of the Azeris (26 per cent) are assimilated, many speak their own language and increasingly seek a united Azeri nation encompassing much of Azerbaijan. Religion further complicates matters, and Persian Shia persecution of Bahais, Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians and Sunnis has stoked resentment of the Tehran regime. http://www.thefirstpost.co.uk/


By Joseph Puder
FrontPageMagazine.com | March 14, 2007

It was flattering to read Edward Luttwak’s piece in the Wall Street Journal (February 27, 2007) titled Persian Shrug. In the opinion piece Luttwak repeated this writer’s argument, expressed a year ago on the pages of the Philadelphia Bulletin that U.S. strategy with regard to Iran must involve the various ethnic minorities in Iran that account for almost 50 percent of the population.

The idea of utilizing the Iranian ethnic minorities to topple the Iranian theocratic regime developed in my mind last year during the Intelligence Summit in Alexandria, VA, where I discussed the idea of mobilizing the non-Persian ethnics with exiled Iranian ex-patriots. I then offered the idea to Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (Ret. Deputy Chief of USAF) one of the keynote presenters dealing with Iran.



The minority non-Persian ethnic groups have little love lost for the theocratic regime in Tehran. The Kurds in northwestern Iran adjacent to Iraqi Kurdistan comprise 7 percent of the Iranian population. The Kurds have had previous insurrections against Tehran and now, with their ethnic brothers in Iraqi Kurdistan enjoying virtual independence, the urge for autonomy is greater than ever.



But it is not only the Kurds who are resentful of the Persians “cultural imperialism.” The Arabs (many of them Sunni Muslims) have been in open rebellion against the Shiite regime. Based in the oil rich province of Khuzestan in the Gulf region of Iran, the Arabs account for 3 percent of the population, generating 100 percent hatred for the ayatollahs, who have been practicing ethnic cleansing in the region by displacing Arabs with ethnic Persians.



The Baluch (2 percent of Iran’s population) in Iranian Baluchistan represent another ethnic group with long and simmering grievances towards Tehran. Located in Southeastern Iran, the Baluch have more in common with their Baluch brothers in Afghanistan and Pakistan, than with the Iranian regime. They too seek cultural autonomy and dream of a free Baluchistan that would incorporate all Baluchis.



Turkman Sunni Muslims (2 percent of the population) are another disaffected group in Iran.



And then of course there are the Azeris who count for 24 percent of Iran’s people. They speak a Turkic language and strive for an Azeri nation that would join them with their brothers and sisters in neighboring Azerbaijan- a country that not only speaks their language but is freer, more secular, and growing ever more prosperous.



I pointed out to Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney that his idea of military action against Iran to destroy its capacity to weaponize its potential nuclear arsenal must coincide with an effort to remove the current Tehran regime. To eliminate the regime, I reasoned, the U.S. and its allies must use the non-Persian ethnic minorities as a weapon against the mullahs.



Gen. McInerney to his credit understood that military action must be carried out simultaneous with regime change. He asserted, moreover, that with a fatwa by a leading mullah, which declared the use of nuclear weapons against the West permissible, the Iranian regime had crossed the Rubicon. He accepted the premise of using the disaffected minorities as a weapon. Whether the Bush administration has given weighted consideration to this idea is still unclear.



Aside from minority grievances in Iran, the extremism of the Iranian theocracy and the treatment of its own people has created deep internal divisions. Students, women, and liberal thinkers and writers are harassed and imprisoned. The Iranian economy is in shambles. In spite of Iran being an oil exporting nation it has to import gas from Turkey, and, with an inflation rate of 30 percent a year and unemployment at over 20 percent, life has become much more difficult for the average Iranian.



Religious persecution of non-Shiites in Iran is the least talked about story out of Iran. The Jewish community, or what is left of an ancient and once-thriving society, is held hostage by the regime. The Bahais fled Iran following their bloody persecution. Bahai temples can now be found in suburban Chicago and in Haifa, Israel, but are absent in Iran. Zoroastrians, too, have been persecuted, as well as Christians. In more recent years the ayatollahs have dealt harshly with the Muslim Sufi movement as well. The most striking fact however, is the presence of more than a million Sunni Muslims in Tehran without a single Sunni mosque. Both the “Big Satan” America and the “Little Satan” Israel have numerous Sunni mosques, while Shiite Muslim Tehran has none.



Even among the ruling elite, a so-called anti-fascist front has begun to emerge. According to Ray Takeyh, author of Inside Iran-Paradox and Power in the Islamic Republic, a younger generation of activists led by reformers such as Muhammad Reza Khatami, the brother of the former president of Iran, and Gholam Hussein Karbaschi, a former mayor of Tehran and a protégé of former Iranian president Rafsanjani, oppose the current regime’s extremism. They, too, are seeking change.



These two, and other like-minded liberal and pragmatic thinkers and activists, are seeking to restore the original draft of the Islamic Republics constitution, which calls for the separation of powers, a strong presidency, and defined responsibilities for the elected institutions. They seek to reclaim the early promises of the Iranian revolution and bring democracy to the people of Iran and, to relegate the Supreme ruler (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) to matters of faith.

A much better alternative to bombing Iran as Lt. General McInerney advocates, is to consider bringing down the regime from within. As Edward Luttwak suggests, instead of seeking a “détente with the repulsive regime…it is to be true to the Wilsonian tradition of American foreign policy by encouraging the forces of national liberation within Iran.”

March 13, 2007

If peace is compromised, negotiations are meaningless

By Mumtaz Khan

Living under the shadow of fear and threats for generations have left debilitating affects on the lives of natives divided state Jammu and Kashmir that has become common feature of political culture that rules the minds and bodies of people of this region. Conflict is described as the root cause of bad relations, and blames games have replaced the culture of dialogues and genuine desire for peace. Both countries claim to be right, and justify their positions but change hardly comes by to review their stances and positions. History of long sixty years is replete with three bloody wars, hatred, mistrust; propaganda and arms race yet are the main features of both countries politics. Pakistan extends its claims under the sacred two-nation theory and India rejects under the instrument of accession singed by the Maharajah and endorsed by the Sheikh Abdullah.

Facts remains that neither side was willing to change the territory for peace and military solution appears to be outdated especially since nuclear capability achieved by both countries. The Kashmiri’s seem to be the cannon fodder to the vested interests groups emerged on the scene of Kashmir polity in the post 1987. Ironically, these groups presently claimed to be pioneer of the proxy militancy but shy to tell who were the architect and mastermind? The architect still remains to be the sole arbitrator and authority to decide the fate of these people. Years after years were wasted in the search of any solution but in spite of flexibility and normalcy both sides position remained unchanged. Pervez Mushraf endeavoured to earn the attention by yearning for peace in order turn the attention from internal serious issues by suggesting different options on Kashmir but appear to be non-starter. Kashmir issue is double edge weapon in hands of Pakistan military who, when wish to use it for internal political motives security threat clouds political landscape of Pakistan, and soon elected governments are fired under. And when internal political crisis deepen the peace edge of Kashmir weapon is used to turn the attention away.

However, this is generally assumed that both nations were never so close to clinch the deal as they are today and suggesting them not to miss or squander this opportunity otherwise coming generations will be lost in this ongoing conflict. They suggest them to think humanely then territorially and you may find the way out. But question is that, are they really so close to the juncture of peace? Are present offers, initiatives and CBMs are meant to overcome the mistrust, hatred and perception gap? Is Kashmiri leadership has vision, courage and mission to become bridge then becoming tool to trigger, reignite and stir the hostilities. Who are the leaders and how they represent the people’s perception then perceived to be instrumental of serving proxy interests of war mongers than peace? Different authors and writers suggest that present movement has had some of indigenous ingredients in it despite the overwhelming presence of exogenous elements that crippled and discoloured the flavour Jihad or movement as a result of them Jihad proscribed by the international community.

The rights movement in Kashmir has had long history and back-round that sometimes reconnects itself with the old order of the rulers that reflects how mischievously they cheated the population and deprive them from their rights in the name of nationalism. Present movement is not different than stealing people’s freedom under the garb of sentimental nationalism claiming to be savoir of cultural or moral values and nationalism that exonerates the perpetrators of violence, and forcing the old Kashmiri pundit to leave their ancestral habitat from the Kashmir that set the stage for the communal violence calling Jihad; that had not entered or had not been allowed to enter into this multi-cultural city of Srinagar, which has been seat of learning, and symbol of tolerance and multi-culturalism. Who has stained this social fabric of multicultural and tolerant society with the blood and communalism? Its centuries of history of communal harmony, knitted lately by Sheikh Abdullah by sacrificing his power and prestige by being behind the bars for two decades after and before the tyranny of Mariah rule. The sheikh who, now is blamed by the disgruntled elements anxious to paint themselves as the leader and hero of Kashmiri’s, and wish to dismiss the struggle and contribution of Sheikh who has given them identity, direction and education to speak up for their rights and identity. Sheikh’s contribution and vision cannot be undone by the proxy warriors and Jiahdis. The sheikh, who was forced by the political developments of early 1970’s between India and Pakistan, was left with no option except to sign the Accord with Mrs.Indra Gandhi in 1975, keeping in view the life and safety of the people. He had two options, choosing gun or saving people, and person who had laid the foundations of new Kashmir couldn’t have picked proxy gun and then begin to making hue and cry of sacrifices, as presently new breed of proxy politicians forcefully talk about numeric’s, deaths of 50,000 or 80,000 or 10, 0000 to prove their credibility then to be culpable of unleashing proxy war. As Sheikh was convinced despite the serious differences with India that Kashmiri’s still would be better off of with India than Pakistan’ if there is no third option. He was aware of factual back-round of the UN resolutions that only protect the interests of India or Pakistan , not Kashmiri’s.

We are not as close as it is believed by majority inside and outside of these countries rather we are still far from bridging the perception gap that was widened by proxy militancy that largely encouraged the culture of accusations and blames whoever opposed them. The controllers do have stakes and interests in their respective controlled Areas and they remain the powerful today as they were yesterday, but waning jihad and so-called freedom movement no longer dictates the course of any decision. Pervez Mushraf’s optimism and claim are nothing more than he had about the Waziristan , Taliban and Al-Quad, moderation and enlightenment. He won’t burn all his boats like saludin Ayoubi as he indicates in his lonely and only book that he was convinced that his Kargil misadventure has done more good than harm. The person who understands the language of gun and who appreciates his follies yet is not out of the illusion and delusion of turning the situation around.
India remains convinced that difficult time is over and good time is ahead not only in terms of weakening Kashmir proxy-militancy and Pakistan internal crisis but growing its economic and military muscles are further sign of its strength. India understand the constraints and compulsions of Pakistan which day by day accused by its neighbours and allies for not doing enough to stop the talibanization, extremism and terrorism within Pakistan and infiltration into the neighbour countries, endorses India’s claim and eases pressure on India in terms of conceding for peace. Iran has come out with serious allegations against Pakistan and calling Pakistan as sanctuary of terrorist, and had erected wall along the borders with Pakistan . Mushraf faces serious credibility crisis among the international community and so deeply entrenched into the internal politics of saving his rule by by-passing all democratic norms, and ethics of politics to stay at the helm of affairs, who may hardly think to displease internal forces. His internal political weaknesses benefit the religious and terrorist forces controlling the Northern part of NWFP and Baluchistan to blackmail Mushraf who extends the same policy and apply same tactic with US.

Albeit, India will not hesitate to seize the opportunity if that helps it to settle the issue or prove that Islamabad’s embedded interests are only in preserving its rule and water resources than to so-called claims of Kashmiri aspirations. Why, Mushraf long proponent of peace, moderation and enlightenment, has failed to rein these elements of extremism that challenged the writ of state in the capital of Pakistan where seminaries have occupied library and threatened to explode if government didn’t meet their conditions, and state writ soon was surrendered and construction of mosques was allowed on illegally occupied land. In Waziristan, co-education schools were closed, barbers refused to shave, Punjab women minister was gun down by the radical for being dressing unislamically. Dozens of police officials and judges were killed and bombs are exploded every day on Pakistan ’s streets and buildings. Highly guarded five star hotels are attacked and soldiers were killed in suicide bombing. The long awaited religious school reforms were never implemented despite collecting millions of dollars from US. Now democrats threat to slash its aid if Mushraf doesn’t meet his promises and just a few days ago Dick Cheney made brief halt at Islamabad to serve the warning to Mushraf to rein the Talban. And what a coincidence that senior Taliban leader Ubaidullah arrest news made headline right there when Dick Cheney was there to please the Bush administration and ensure if the flow of money is not disrupted. Will India be able to do all that to force or persuade Musahraf to stop the radicals across the border to explode the bombs? If India cannot then peace initiatives are at risk and can derail any time. Will US go to that extent to pressure Islamabad for India when Bush himself is badly sinking into his bad initiatives in the region? When Indian leadership will try to assuage its public on one terrorist incident to keep the peace show going, soon may face another attack what would be the future of this peace process? How long such attacks can be dismissed, if congress government will try to assuage or sooth people other disgruntled BJP elements will bring down congress to capture the power, and may unleash forces to divert the attention from real issues. In Pakistan old guards of ISI with their creepy Jihadi designs are well entrenched into the security institutions those are openly campaigning for Jihad on Kashmir and asking Mushraf to reactivate all elements to win Kashmir. Will Mushraf be able to rein the whole institution addicted to the culture of bad politics inside and outside including Jihad as an instrument of political machination to ensure their political dominance?
The choices are tough and limited to make, but not impossible, if sincerity, seriousness and genuine desire for peace prevails on both side. As time passes but endless violence is becoming point of disagreement and posing serious threat to fragile peace process. As long as show of blood sucking goes on in the name of self-determination and aspiration no peace can sustain. These terminologies have over excessively been used and abused by militants and Pakistan that have lost its meaning, significance and appeal in the eyes of common Kashmiri. Kashmiri need to recognize their friend and foes, their savoir and destroyer, and put their common interest and common survival first than to be available to be sold by the fake leaders and false sympathisers. Pakistan continues to suffer from internal chronic political instability, extremism, radicalism to the external stigma of breeding extremism and terrorism; hostile with its most of the neighbours from Iran, Afghanistan, India to central Asian states, except China, might suffer from territorial disintegration if failed to change the direction and vision. How long such situation will prevail and how long Islamabad will play with the future of its people, country and integrity. Army has to choose option and allow the political change which is long due in Pakistan, and holding this change can have colossal devastating political impacts on the future of country.

No one can predict about the India and Pakistan ’s compromise on Kashmir unless internal political landscape of Pakistan changes, democratic forces and values orderly sustain to end the long rule of military that may usher new era of friendship and peace between the two. In the present set up any solution short of entire state goes to Pakistan there will not be guarantee to peace and solution. Agreements are always emerged out of the serious threats and situations forcing both sides to find political solution but those agreements have only moral biding but failure to respect the commitment doesn’t warrant any joint international action against the violator government unless the international obligations and guarantees are involved to implement the peace agreement. Both states have had agreements when forced by the situation but soon they disregarded them when either side prompted by political or regional conditions and internal politics. Present initiatives are precarious and limited that can be reversed if prompted by any serious situation emerges out of any terrorist act or any internal political factors motivate either side to sabotage the initiatives. International community if cannot force Islamabad about Afghanistan where their stakes and risks are directly involved it cannot force it on Kashmir. Pakistan is beneficiary of regional scenario as Army appears to be undecided over putting all eggs in one basket about the Taliban, militant organizations fighting in Kashmir, believing that regional scenario may soon force US and NATO to pull out of Afghanistan and Taliban can turn the situation around. While Kashmir is essential to their self interests, and political essentiality of conflict for military is important. Those who are familiar with military mind set and agenda will agree that solution is not that easy and close. Suggestion about compromise can be workable when all sides are willing to compromise their positions in the larger interest of peace. Peace remains the core element of every negotiation but if peace is compromised negotiation are meaningless.


The Author is Toronto based and executive Director of International Center for Peace and Democracy-ICFPD