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Gen.Hamid Gul and his daughter : Man/womanHandling

Pakistani policemen manhandle renowned opposition leader Lt Gen (Retd) Hameed Gul and his daughter Uzma Gul during a demonstration against the sacking of Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The protests in Islamabad and Lahore came hours Chaudhry was to attend a hearing at the Supreme Court in the capital into misconduct charges laid by President General Pervez Musharraf Gen.Hamid Gul and his Daughter Ms.Uzma Gul About Ms.Uzma Gul Varan Tours, Sadar , Rawalpindi Source: http://www.win.org.pk/ Uzma Gul established a transport company initially with only one bus, and now the company owns a fleet of 75 buses, which are running on various routes of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Transport is considered to be a very difficult domain where even the male entrepreneurs fear to enter — but Uzma dared to. She wanted to dispel the notion that woman entrepreneurs restrict themselves to certain traditional businesses. Uzma has been associated with this business for the last 10 years

LOOMING JIHADI ANARCHY IN PAKISTAN

by B. Raman There has been an increasingly disturbing challenge to the authority of Pakistan's President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, from jihadis inspired by the Neo Taliban and Al Qaeda, who are actively supported by a group of retired officers of the Army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). This group is led by Gen. Mohammad Aziz, a Kashmiri Sudan from the Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK), Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul, Lt. Gen. Javed Nasir, Lt. Gen. Mahmood Ahmed, Maj.Gen. Zahir-ul-Islam Abbasi and Sq. Leader Khalid Khawaja. 2. Mohammad Aziz and Mahmood Ahmed used to be the most trusted Lt.Gen. of Musharraf when he took over as the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) in October,1998. It is they who staged the coup against Nawaz Sharif, the then Prime Minister, on October 12,1999, when he dismissed Musharraf while he was flying from Colombo to Karachi and ordered Lt. Gen. Ziauddin, the then DG of the ISI, to take over as the COAS. They prevented Ziauddin from taking over and overthrew

Duel for Leverage Fuels Conflict, Not Diplomacy

Analysis by Trita Parsi* WASHINGTON, Mar 30 (IPS) - As the dispute over Iran's seizure of British sailors continues to twist and turn, what may have been an isolated incident at the outset is quickly developing into yet another move in the geopolitical chess game between the West and Iran. The incident took place on Mar. 23 in a disputed waterway between Iraq and Iran. Fifteen British sailors were detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and after a few short days of quiet diplomacy, both the British and Iranian governments resorted to fighting their case in public -- a move that significantly reduces the chance of a quick and smooth resolution to the dispute. >From the outset, the British authorities have insisted in stark categorical terms that the sailors were in Iraqi and not Iranian waters. On Wednesday, the British produced GPS coordinates to support their claim, even though the coordinates were from a helicopter that London says hovered over the Indian ship tha

The Price of Not Talking to Iran

Tehran is waiting to strike a strategic deal with the West, particularly on Iraq. The Iranian foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, said as much on Al Jazeera Television when discussing the Iraq Study Group report. The U.S. needs an “honorable way out of Iraq,” he said, and Iran “is in a position to help.” In a statement published by an Iranian news agency, he added that “Iran will support any policies returning security, stability and territorial integrity to Iraq,” and that it “considers withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and leaving security to the Iraqi government as the most suitable option.”14 Tehran seeks a relationship that, at a minimum, near eliminates the risk for a military confrontation and recognizes Iran’s legitimate security interests and regional aspirations. In return, the West should demand extensive policy modifications from Iran, including respect for human rights and a modus vivendi with Israel READ MORE Trita Parsi is the author of Treacherous Triangle - T

Why warfare? Lessons from the past

Steven A. LeBlanc One approach to understanding the reasons for warfare is to study deep history. Archaeology, anthropology, ethnohistory, and related disciplines provide great time depth for studying war. They also provide information on how and why warfare took place in a wide array of cultures. Yet this highly relevant information is often ignored. Most political scientists and historians who consider the reasons for warfare start with the modern era, or even the 1800s; fewer go back to the ancient Greeks. And almost all consider only the cultures of Europe and other state-level societies such as China. Click If we ever hope to end warfare we must first understand why it occurs. Because this is trivially obvious, it is surprising how poorly studied warfare is. Considerable work has been done on the details of particular wars and the events leading up to them, but little has been done to find the underlying reasons for warfare in general. My colleague Kevin Hill and I recently un

Gandhi vs. terrorism

Gandhi vs. terrorism Daedalus, Winter 2007 by Juergensmeyer, Mark Immediately after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the idea of taking a nonviolent stance in response to terrorism would have been dismissed out of hand. But now, after the invasion and occupation of two Muslim countries by the U.S. military, the loss of thousands of American soldiers and tens of thousands of innocent Afghanis and Iraqis, and the start of a global jihadi war that seems unending, virtually any alternative seems worth considering. It is in this context that various forms of less militant response, including the methods of conflict resolution adopted by India's nationalist leader, Mohandas Gandhi, deserve a second look. Like us, Gandhi had to deal with terrorism, and his responses show that he was a tough-minded realist. I say this knowing that this image of Gandhi is quite different from what most Westerners have in mind when they think of him. The popu

PAKISTAN : Who took the ‘disappeared’ people?

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/ President General Pervez Musharraf has once again denied that his government is behind the disappearance of hundreds of citizens. He said they could be “in the custody of jihadi groups” and spoke about the rising tide of extremism in the country, implying that the people who had “disappeared” have probably gone to wage jihad on their own or under the influence of extremist jihadi organisations. General Musharraf insists that “the government is not involved” and that “these people may have gone on their own...to Kashmir, Afghanistan or Iraq” . But most families protesting the ‘disappearance’ of their relatives insist that they were ‘picked up’ by state agencies or the police. There are at least 400 such people whose antecedents are known and they simply could not be said to have been interested in extremism or jihad. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, which went to the Supreme Court with its list of ‘disappeared’ people, says that over 70 percent o

Turmoil in Pakistan: Baloch vow fight for independence

Turmoil in Pakistan: Baloch vow fight for independence By John Stanton Mar 30, 2007, 01:00 Since 1947, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Land of the Pure), a military dictatorship, has been a fragile entity perpetually on the brink of internal civil war, and constantly at loggerheads with India over contested Kashmir. It is a destabilizing factor on the Asian continent. The recent sacking of Pakistan’s Supreme Court Justice by President Pervez Musharraf in March of 2007 is just another one of many straws weighing on the central government’s back in Islamabad, a portent of what more is to come. The Sunni dominant country is a nation-state in name only being held together by the force of its military and with the Machiavellian support of the USA. It is a powder keg of conflict pitting Pakistan’s ruthless military against tribal factions in the North along Afghanistan’s border and, in particular, against the Baloch in the South whose homeland is resource rich Balochistan. In man

US : Blue Force Intel Problem

Blue Force Intel Jeff Vail http://www.jeffvail.net/2007/03/blue-force-intel.html The problem is collecting intelligence on our own forces—“Blue Force Intel.” It’s a symptom of the deeper sickness of secrecy within our military. Open source warfare—the kind of thing increasingly practiced by outfits like al-Qa’ida—has far less of an issue with this. But the United States tends to guard information according to the classic method: the security of a secret is inversely proportionate to the square of the number of people who know it. Put otherwise, the US government doesn’t tell the US government what it is doing, and especially not what it is planning to do. My most memorable experience with this occurred during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. As chief of intelligence for a squadron of electronic jamming aircraft (EC-130H Compass Call), I planned offensive and defensive components of our missions. Offensive components included jamming enemy communications infrastructure in the locati

Financial Intelligence: How Arbitrage Forensics Provide Insight into Saudi Knowledge

The following is from guest contributor Jeff Vail. Jeff is an intelligence analyst focusing on energy and infrastructure-related issues. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and a former USAF Intelligence Officer. Jeff previously wrote on the The Oil Drum about the increasing violence in Nigeria. He discusses an interesting phenomenon with respect to energy futures prices, that long dated futures are limited in how much they can go up (but not down) based on arbitrage principles. Because the price of distant oil futures quickly rise alongside spot market prices when spot markets are moved by short-term events, we can infer that major producers such as Saudi Arabia think that the future price of oil will be much higher than the price at which distant futures are currently trading. This provides further support to the theory that they don’t believe their own statements on their future production or on the future price band for crude oil. READ MORE The Oil Drum | Financial Inte

Why Balochs are orphans on this earth?

Save innocent Balochs from Pakistani butchers!!!!! We don`t think that if British Government follows the terms & conditions of Pakistani Panjabi Authoritarian rulers, they will spare the lives of British soldiers in Afghanistan. Pakistan is sending his trained military commandos to Afghanistn in the name of Talibans. Pakistanis are killing the British and NATO forces in Afghanistan and not the BALUCHS!! As regards the story of hijacking many passenger planes in England by Pakistanis, the brain behind this plan were not Balochs but their "command and control" was the brain of Pakistani Military i.e. ISI of Pakistan. There are thousands of guys like MR. Rauf and Bin Ladan, who are in the direct protection of ISI of Pakistan. U.S. financial support and modern weapons and Gun-ship helicopters were used against Balochs and not against the so-called Talibans. The American finanial aid was used to train "Jehadi-groups" to bleed British and NATO forces in Afghanist

Foreign Influence on Software

Globalization drives change. The immense economic transition that comes with globalization has brought an unprecedented prosperity to the world. The United States is among the chief beneficiaries. However, America and other countries have learned that with the benefits come new risks. Nations face different and unexpected threats to their safety. Opponents will look to the immense global economic machine created for commerce to find new ways to attack. Creating policies that can maintain economic opportunity while managing new risks is one of the most complex challenges that governments face today. This report looks at one new set of risks created by changes in how companies write software and considers how best to mitigate that risk. Download PDF

Back in the Game – Tribes and Society in Pakistan

Back in the Game – Tribes and Society in Pakistan Hamid Hussain Defence Journal, April 2007 It is not a question how much a man knows, but what use he can make of what he knows. Josiah Gilbert Holland Human beings live with various identities and these identities transform over the course of time. Family, clan, tribe, ethnicity, nation and religion are some of the manifestations of these identities. These identities can be like circles and various circles interacting or at times clashing with each other. Intertribal relationship, access to external resources and interaction with central authority are key elements of the tribal society. Modern India took its current shape under British rule. In case of agriculturalist tribes inhabiting plains, central government had an upper hand and they were easily brought under central authority with little bloodshed. Centralization of state under British Raj had a mixed effect on the tribal structure of sub-continent. The effect of urbanization a