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CAN 1996 REPEAT ITSELF IN AFGHANISTAN?

B.RAMAN As the US troops prepare to thin themselves out of Afghanistan starting from next year,India has to worry whether 1996 can repeat itself in Afghanistan, when the Taliban, with the help of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), captured power from the Afghan Mujahideen in Kabul and enforced its rule. 2. In searching for an answer to this question, one has to remember what happened after the Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan in 1988: 1989:The Afghan Mujahideen, with ISI's help, tried to have Najibullah's army defeated at Jalalabad, so that they could set up a base there. They were defeated by Najibullah, who demonstrated the strength of his army. 1992:The Afghan Mujahideen succeeded in overthrowing Najib by taking advantage of a US-encouraged split between Najibullah and Rashid Dostum and setting up their Govt in Kabul. 1994: Naseerullah Babar, Benazir Bhutto's Interior Minister, promoted the formation of the Taliban in Kandaha

Rogue state Pak not serving purpose for which it was created: Harbiyar Marri

   Apr 12, 1:28 pm      London, April 12 (ANI): A senior Baloch leader has described Pakistan as a rogue state that has and will never serve the purpose for which it was created by the British in 1947. Harbiyar Marri,Nationalist Leader, Balochistan, said in an interview given to ANI here recently that Pakistan has conducted five military operations in Balochistan which had claimed thousands of lives and resulted in the abduction and disappearance of several others. "Since 1948, Pakistan has conducted five military operations in Balochistan in which, thousands of people have lost their lives, people have been abducted, and, we don't know the whereabouts of 14000 people. The international community is not taking any action against Pakistan, maybe because Pakistan is blackmailing them systematically through the Taliban, through these jihadi groups," Marri said. "Pakistan is a rogue state right now. It isn't serving the purpose it was created for by the British

Financial Refuge From Mutually Assured Destruction

By Dan Denning Uh-oh. "The moment of explosion is approaching fast," says an official from the North Korean military. The formal statement from a spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army read as follows: "We formally inform the White House and Pentagon that the ever- escalating U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK [North Korea] and its reckless nuclear threat will be smashed by the strong will of all the united service personnel and people and cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means of the DPRK and that the merciless operation of its revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified." That sure sounds like a threat. Chuck Hagel, the U.S. defense secretary, says North Korea represents "a real and clear danger and threat." Hagel also announced that the Pentagon would send an $800 million land-based missile system (the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD)

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Polls in Pak just a sideshow of the ruling military-dominant civilian leadership: Tarek Fatah

   Apr 10, 5:08 pm      New Delhi, April 10 (ANI): Mr. Tarek Fatah, a Canadian citizen of Pakistan origin, an author and a journalist, said on Wednesday that the forthcoming general elections in Pakistan should just be seen as a sideshow of the ruling military-dominant civilian leadership, adding that it wouldn't matter who wins or loses, as political power will remain in the hands of Pakistan's armed forces and its intelligence wing - the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Speaking to ANI in an exclusive interview here, Fatah said: "For the Pakistani ruling establishment, which is the military civilian complex that rules the country ,elections are a side show at the federal level. Who wins and who loses, power will still remain in the hands of the Pakistan armed forces and the ISI." "This has been the case for a long time, because of U.S. Congress restrictions. Even if the military stages a coup, they (the U.S. Congress) can in an instant, immediately stop a

Indian Gold Reserves. Forgotten History! New Opportunity?

For the last 20 years, World Gold Council has shown India's annual  gold consumption  fluctuating from  400 tons to 800 tons. Estimated  Indian gold reserves  at 25,000-30,000 tons are double of the next largest country –  the USA with 14,000 tons . India has 20% of the world population and also  20% of the world's above-the-ground gold .  READ MORE

Indian Gunpowder – the Force Behind Empires

In 1800, a son from a rich family of refugees from the French Revolution in America, after a survey of business opportunities  in America, wrote There already exist in the United States two or three mills which make very bad powder and which do however a very good business. They use saltpeter from India which is infinitely better than that which is produced in France but they refine it badly. The son was Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, the family was the Du Pont family – and their firm is now known as EI du Pont de Nemours and Co. EU du Pont's expertise in manufacturing saltpeter came from his training with the French Agency for Powder and Saltpeter (Regie royale des poudres et Salpetres) – and under the tutelage of Antoine Lavoisier, the French chemist, he boasted. Behind the Dupont  fortune was Indian saltpetre . Behind Lincoln's success in the American Civil War was saltpetre. Behind  Anglo-French confidence  against Germany in WW1 was the control of the saltpetre deposits