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The Kashmir Saga

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World has speculated, it has been horrified and it has witnessed India and Pakistan reaching at each other’s throats throughout the history of their existence as neighbors, solely for the dispute over the scenic Valley near the Himalayan mountain ranges, the Valley of Kashmir. By its appearance, the conflict still lingers, at times it has lurked in shadow as back-burner, other times it has triggered violent confrontation and the infamous rivalry of India and Pakistan. The year that has gone by will be remembered for reigniting the tensions inside the Indian-occupied Kashmir, which consequently intensified aggression between the two neighbors. From United Nations General Assembly one on one between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Pakistan’s Ambassador to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi’s blowing reply to Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, it was a year full of political upturns. However, the political face off was swiftly shifted to cultural and social onslaught when Indian Hindu fundamentalism took to the front, and vehemently declared a ban on Pakistani artists working in showbiz in India, which highlighted the depth of Hindu fanaticism clawed into the social fabric of Indian society. The Indian allegations of Pakistan’s incitement of Kashmiri uprisings, and subsequent attack on an Army camp in Uri paved the way for an all time low in the Indo Pakistan equation. It was met with the debatable and questionable “surgical strike” phenomena which seem to have fancied and fan-girled Indian people to a great degree.

As a matter of fact, India has emerged to become a rapidly radicalizing society, where television news shows broadcast their programs to feed on the mounting tensions, provoke their audience to endorse hate speech and war mongering to Bollywood industry out of its fear of Hindu fanatics boycotts cultural exchange with neighboring Pakistan. The Indian strategy to suppress the demand of Kashmiri people has shown multiple colors and has adopted many shapes, however, military action still finds its way through the non-military strategies India has utilized to counter the Kashmiri freedom struggle, which lays bare the conviction, the earnestness that the Kashmiri sentiments of liberation beholds in the face of seven decades of suppression.

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On a personal note, I still remember my grandfather narrating me stories of their visit to Srinagar during his early days of marriage, unarguably an ideal romantic place for a newly wedded couple. The beauty of Kashmir’s Dal Lake with curtain-covered tourist boats offering boat-rides was always his favorite part to describe. I still recall his gleaming eyes reflecting memories of his eight years summer time vacationing in Srinagar.

The most interesting and the most fearful of the twists have entered into the Indo-Pakistan equation with the entrance of unpredictability into the white house this year. The unpredictability of the Trump presidency, his immediate immigration ban on Muslims and his explicit call to associate his fight against terrorism with fight against Islam, affirms an expected change in foreign policy towards South Asia, and more prominently the two nuclear rivals. The noticeable domination of Indian narrative in the Capitol Hill and Congress circles reinstates that Pakistan is expected to have a rough ride with the new Republican administration in white House. Donald Trump’s departure from America’s traditional and constitutional practices would be challenge for the foreign policy endeavors he will undertake, especially with Muslim-specific influence over his policies; there is an evident downslide for the question of Kashmiri freedom struggle. During Indo-Pakistan confrontational moments, United States has remained a silent spectator or other times, Washington D.C. has issued official statements leaving the matter for bilateral engagement. However, with the new, “unpredictable” and “unusual” administration in the Washington, the likelihood of a change in policy is high.

With two of the Indian members already inducted into the Trump’s administration and one of the largest expatriate community in United States, Indian influence in American politics has saved it while human rights violations in Kashmir had been rampant, use of pellet guns on children and massive anti-India protests. Ajit Pai, is senior level Indian American in Trump’s administration, following Nikki Haley, nominated US ambassador to UN (a cabinet-rank position); Seema Verma, head of medicare and medicaid; and Preet Bharara, US attorney for the southern District of New York.

Nonetheless, the existence of Kashmir Valley as a disputed land cannot be brushed away; the Line of Control between the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir and Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir is still a non-permanent border, internationally recognized disputed territory, to which end United Nations has already passed resolutions for India to hold to a plebiscite. The multiple unresolved disputes, especially Kashmir, the likelihood of terrorist incidents and a nuclear threat triggered through military environment, has made the India-Pakistan deadlock the only greatest danger to international peace and security. New Delhi’s submission for domineering power status could be hurriedly compromised if another war broke out, by plan or mistake, with Pakistan.

Nevertheless, the Kashmiri freedom struggle has surpassed the worse and rejoiced its identity when speculations of its lost motivations became famous, it has survived through generations, and Kashmir has redefined the phrase: “what doesn’t break you makes you stronger”.

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Global Radicalization to counter Islamic Radicalization?

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Michelle Obama said in her final speech as first lady: “Our glorious diversity is our faiths, our colours, our creeds. That is not a threat to who we are; it makes us who we are”

The world is undergoing difficulty digesting the reality, there is a large majority of Muslims readily becoming more conscious of their image, which is helping them shape a new world for their existence by questioning their own kin. However, on the other hand a large majority of thousands and millions of people lead by pre-dominantly radicalized leadership are leading NATIONS without division into reactive radicalization, against the Muslim population without assessing the differences among them, the rising rift between the handful of practically “disowned” Muslim terrorists and larger majority of unrecognized Muslim victims and sufferers. It is ironic that nations like Syria, Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq are fighting within their own national boundaries violent battle against the radicalization, which is both at the ideological and physical grounds.

Is this where world is moving towards? Suggesting to counter extremism, religious fanaticism by becoming a fanatic? – Assessing by the nature of the said analogy, the result of such strategy would be counterproductive, resulting in a world full of fanatics, running wild to kill one another. If the world has to judge Muslims by the acts of a few than it would be equivalent to: India is a country of rapists or America is the country of gun violence, ignoring the fact that nations cannot be branded over actions of the few.

When countries fight extremism at national level, it is witnessed that they are deliberate and conscious of dealing it with two contrasting strategies, while there is counter strategy to curb terrorism through military, on the other hand there is a softer, a diplomatic strategy to counter extremism that is the root-cause of terrorism.

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By the virtue of basic knowledge, which is expected of leadership, it is evident that proclamations aimed at causing polarization in the world is the formula for fanning and feeding the extremism. Nation-branding, religious and racial discrimination presented as a solution to counter the prevalent global problem is only the work of a closed-mind, work of someone who is ignorant, incapable of understanding the dynamics of political deliverance, in the nutshell, this is someone unfit for securing executive position, let alone member of an administrative staff.

If extremism is the solution to extremism, then the terrorists have won already. If they were in favour of Muslims of the world then they would not place them in a position of suffering, they wouldn’t cause them criticism victimization. It is the generic anatomy of the terrorists to produce a situation where the world becomes hostage to their presence, their activities. It is rather interesting and unfortunate, whenever a terrorist attack occurs, Muslims are taken over by the fear of being judged and questioned for their identity, and on the other hand non-Muslims are taken over by fear of Muslims for being the cause of the attack. The common factor here is indisputably the phenomenon of fear, which is THE objective of the terrorists. According to research conducted by various quarters, following are the average goals of terrorist groups:

  • To spread FEAR among the population
  • To become relevant in the global politics
  • To garner support from certain community who they proclaim to be fighting for
  • To make headlines by carrying significant actions, attacking monumental places

It is quite evident that the basic motives of terrorist groups around the world are quite similar; therefore, this homogeneity of purpose should be utilized as a platform for unity among the victims of terrorist in order to form a counter terrorism strategy.

How to deal with terrorism?

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Numerous studies relating to terrorism have suggested that there are direct psychological effects of terrorism on the individuals from all around the world. It is unfortunate that Donald Trump’s new immigration policy based on global polarization and radicalization would do little to improve the situation. Donald Trump’s aggressively rigid policy for countering terrorism is already producing negative impact, causing him criticism and protests inside United States and globally. On the contrary, to take a lead from where Obama presidency came to an end, he could initiate a more globally inclusive policy as far as countering terrorism in concerned.

  • Forming a global alliance for countering terrorism, including local Muslim population alongside the leadership.
  • One of the few Obama talents was his communication skills, Mr. Trump would have been appreciated more than the criticism coming his way for being vocal about his globally inclusive policy.
  • Taking advantage of Muslim population growing weary of their racial branding by bringing them in the fold of global counter terrorism policy
  • Focus on countering terrorism rather countering cultural beliefs. USA growing more accepting towards to non western cultures, which would help USA changing the perception of the country in larger Muslim population.

This is rather naïve to expect peace by holding “no entry” signs in your hands. Logic dies indeed, from where Trump leads.

 

 

Call me victim, not an exporter of terrorism

Pakistani terrorists attacked India in Uri, Kashmir, wearing green underpants, carrying weapons tagged with “MADE IN PAKISTAN” logos.  Because India’s Sherlock Holmes are smarter than the fifth grader, they found out that one of the terrorists had a membership in Gymkhana Lahore and one of them lived in Bahria town Islamabad, also had visited Eiffel tower In Paris and Statue of Liberty in USA. As honesty in the best policy, I’m feeling envious and trust me on this one: India has a sense of humor.

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Pakistan is the only country that has started the largest counter terrorism operation IN THE WORLD.

It has successfully won a war against terrorism in SWAT Valley, the hometown of Malala Yusufzai.

Pakistan has lost thousands of its military soldiers in the war against terrorism.

Since the last one decade terrorism in the country has been widely accepted as a central issue barring Pakistan’s economic progress,  causing harm to the national cultural and social identity, it has isolated Pakistan in the world political and diplomatic realm. Pakistan has passed parliamentary laws in the last one decades, which are one of the most detailed and descriptive counter terrorism policies to have ever been passed in the country’s history. NACTA The National Counter Terrorism Authority has been established which is an internal counter terrorism intelligence agency and the tactical special weapons law enforcement force, something that has never been done before. Pakistan is producing thousands of PhD scholars each year, as said by the HEC Higher Education Commission, country is producing more PhDs than the last 55 years, which includes the critical researches on vital problem areas of Pakistan likely to help the country resolve grave issues including those related to terrorism.

In the regional and international context Pakistan has been able to actively cooperate on anti terrorism issues with many countries and organizations in the realm of intelligence sharing, military exercises and training. Being a signatory to 11 our f 13 UN anti terrorism conventions and an active member of the counter terrorism committee CTC of the UN, Pakistan has continually advocated broadening of its membership to promote inclusiveness, provide alternative perspectives and enhance transparency and accountability in its work. Pakistan has helped many countries across the globe in averting deadly attacks by sharing timely intelligence based on various interrogation reports and analysis. Pakistan’s name will always be remembered by the Srilankan military in their country’s fight against LTTE terrorists.

More so, Pakistan endorses democratic values of freedom, equality and liberty. The National Assembly has a total of 342 members, including 60 seats reserved for women and 10 for non-Muslims, as per Article 51 of Pakistan constitution, which entails fundamental rights chapter exclusively for the protection of human rights. Pakistan’s society, the new age urban middle class, the young and a large number of those real faces of Pakistanis identity seem to be invisible midst the brutal diplomatic onslaught against the country, the baseless and tormenting allegations. Pakistan’s numerous writers, historians, economists and scientists frequently challenge the dehumanizing discourse about their country, yet nothing seems to be enough.

It is nothing less than nonsensical to believe that Pakistani state, which is sacrificing its men, women, children and military soldiers to fight the cancer of terrorism, spending a large amount of money on targeted operations against the terrorists, both home grown and foreign funded would like the world to believe that it is still more monstrous than it is already painted by conducting Uri attack.

BUT WHAT MAKES PAKISTAN A VICTIM OF BELLIGERENT DIPLOMATIC OPPRESSION?

HERE IS THE ANSWER: Tell us what you think:  an unblinkered vision of South Asia feature a country whose fanatically ideological government in 1998 conducted nuclear tests, threatened its neighbour with all-out war and, four years later, presided over the massacre of 2,000 members of a religious minority. Long embattled against secessionist insurgencies on its western and eastern borders, the “failing” state of this country now struggles to contain a militant movement in its heartland. It is also where thousands of women are killed every year for failing to bring sufficient dowry and nearly 200,000 farmers have committed suicide in the previous decade.

Needless to say, the country described above is not Pakistan but India, which, long feared to be near collapse, has revamped its old western image through what the American writer David Reiff calls the most “successful national re-branding” and “cleverest PR campaign” by a political and business establishment since “Cool Britannia” in the 1990s. Pakistan, on the other hand, seems to have lost all control over its international narrative – stated in a review on Anatol lievens book Pakistan: A hard country.

See Incredible India: http://www.frontlineclub.com/incredible_india_by_david_rieff/

Pakistan needs a concerted, all out and proactive re-branding of its national and  international narrative.

Indian government has alleged Pakistan of an attack on its soldiers inside Indian OCCUPIED Kashmir, In a territory where there are 700,000 Indian troops stationed to suppress mass uprising against Internationally recognized illegitimate occupation of Kashmir valley against the will of the people of Kashmir? A territory where mass murdering of Kashmiri people expressing their right of self determination have lost lives and sacrificesd families to Indian atrocities for last seven decades? A territory where young freedom fighters like the one gaining fame in the wake of recent Kashmiri uprising Burhan Wani are shamelessly and heartlessly killed with label of a terrorist? A territory where people find such courage in the face of Indian barbarism to hoist arch rival Pakistan’s flag, sing the national anthem and cheer for Pakistani cricket team in a cricket match between the two neighbors. A territory where children, over more than hundred now have been blinded by the pellets used by Indian soldiers? A territory where news media reporting, national or international has been banned to kill the innocence in secret?

For its immediate neighbors India is not as shinning as it is to the world. It is vicious, expansionist and nothing less than a fascist Mussolini Italian state or a Hitler’s Nazi Germany, with only slight difference of having policies complemented by an ambitiously and tactfully driven international diplomacy.  India’s highly magnified bitterness towards Pakistan may not be enough to define that country’s neighborhood relations as it is encircled by quite a number of relatively weaker states, as far as military power, economic Independence, or geographical size is concerned.

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India has apparently held the policy of playing the role of a self-acclaimed regional leader, and poses carrying a policy of regional independence, while it does not approve of any outside intervention into inter-regional affairs.  As also reinstated by India’s first Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru in one of his speeches in 1961, talking about showing intolerance to outside interference into South Asian matters. Nevertheless, it seems a more fantastical and utopian concept looking at the amount of internal defence and social issues the country itself is dealing. On the other hand, India has a history of stirring border issues with almost all its neighbouring countries on the account of holding a military and territorial supremacy. With such intricate regional problems, where India itself is at the center of all the trouble by ignoring the hue and cry of rightful self-determination of Kashmir Valley, over-running the UN resolution on conducting a plebiscite in the Valley to determine will of the people, to considering itself United States of South Asia and threatening other countries to conduct surgical strikes on them on the basis of gibberish nonsense.

the myth of Indian regional supremacy finds no substantial grounds while it has been vehemently found involved in instigating violence and terrorism into the territories of its most substantially rival neighbouring territories:

 

Annexation of East Pakistan

Tallest of all arguments which stand as the  epitome evidence proving Indian hegemonic designs is the Indian intervention into Pakistan’s domestic affairs, while alongside Indian intelligence agencies, its military resorted to a clandestine sinister logistical and arms support to local rebels in East Pakistan during the fall of Dhaka in 1971, which resulted in annexation of Pakistan’s territory into Bangladesh. An argument which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recently stated as a historic fact and endorsed it while it was previously invalidated by Indian political saboteurs. Not to forget that the fall of Dhaka and subsequent creation of Bangladesh was a bloody event, which entails a series of anti-state intrigues backed by Indian intelligence. This is reaffirmed by numerous reports out there which negate the well-established beliefs propagated by India and its ever repulsive media. See for reference:  declassified US reports, Indian military officers’ account, Pakistani military officers’ account, General Niazi’s memoirs, Sharmila Bose, Hamood ur rahman commission report.

China’s Tibetan Crisis

China’s famous Tibetan territory in the South has been a source of bitter relations between India and China, bordering India’s state of Arunachal Pradesh, India has an easy access to the troubled region. Indeed, the Dalai Lama’s (Famous Buddhist spiritual guru from Tibet) admission that Tibet is part of China, and that he seeks true autonomy rather than actual independence for his people, reaffirm the view of China’s claim over the territory India has so vehemently tries to destabilize. The People’s Liberation Army invaded Tibet in the middle of the last century challenges writ of Beijing rule. Resorting to state-sponsored terrorism, supporting an armed rebellion inside one of its most powerful neighbours, India provoked the Sino-Indian war of 1962.  In order to subvert Chinese economic supremacy, Indian secret agency RAW with the assistance of American CIA and Israeli Mossad have intermittently been arranging subversive acts in China’s Tibetan regions contradicting to its own position on policy of no outside the region interference into inter-regional affairs. Besides, these agencies also incite Tibetan religious extremists for independence, who have been setting themselves on fire. In this regard, with the backing of RAW, a Tibetan exile set himself to ablaze in New Delhi to protest the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to India.

 

>>> It is still an irony, India is leaving no stone unturned to sabotage peace and stability in Pakistan by backing, funding and supporting a bunch of terrorists in Pakistan’s Balochistan province challenging the state of Pakistan, while ignoring the fact that on the other hand there are triple the number of Sikh freedom strugglers in India calling out for an Independent Punjab state by running a fiery Free Khalistan movement. Below is a more sophisticated list of India’s interference into its neighbour’s domestic issues, supporting terrorists and destabilizing the region, which it anxiously aspires to lead, but as they say one must lead by example, not by force:

 

1.Pakistan blames India of instigating separatists in Sindh and Balochistan

2.Bangladesh accuses India of supporting separatist movement in Chittagong Hill Tract (previously, East Pakistan, which India so brutally annexed into Bangladesh).

3.Sri Lanka calls end to Indian support of its Tamil rebels, demanding Independent Tamil state.

4.China vehemently condemns Indian backing of Tibetan Liberation Army.

5.Nepal criticizes India for supporting Maoist rebels in Nepal, and pushing them into Nepalese region to rid Indian territory of a separatist movement.

6.Myanmar authorities and the local people in the bordering areas claim that India has encroached on its territory by redrawing an unjust border.

7.Landlocked Bhutan lives constantly under influence of India’s foreign policy interest as it is dependent on India of its trade and economy, thus manipulated over India’s anti-china rhetoric keeping Bhutan from independent progressive foreign policy and greater economic benefits.

India’s humanitarian crisis

It is yet another irony that India’s massive violation of human rights has never hindered its luscious diplomatic relations with ideologically more humanity-loving west. From mutilation of freedom strugglers of Indian occupied Kashmir, and horrific discovery of mass graves of innocent Kashmiris and raping of Kashmiri women by India’s military to Muslim genocide of thousands in state of Gujarat in 2002 under the orders of the then chief minister of the state Narendra Modi, who is proudly elected as country’s current prime minister, known for his predominantly Hindu fascist inclinations. Moreover, India is a home to great communal riots and minority persecution, which is again re-assured by the Indian mass massacre of its Sikh community in a notorious secret operation called operation blue star conducted in 1984, which killed thousands of Sikhs in Amritsar by the Indian military forces. Indeed, the irony yet gain remains that such grievous brutalities against human lives remain sidelined when it comes to India’s ambitious diplomatic regime wooing the western world, while playing the victim itself. Writing about so much misery, and at the same time witnessing the hypocrisy of the world media is even more distressing.

Will Hillary Clinton be the furious ‘Mother in Law’ of Pakistan?

 

Author: Shahbano Kamran

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The unusual nomination of United States presidential candidates has grabbed the attention of the whole world. When everyone is going crazy over the presidential candidacy of racist and misogynistic Donald Trump, the wickedness and pro-militarist mentality of Hillary Clinton is being utterly ignored. It is being said that the bad is being preferred over the worse. But is it really acceptable to ignore consequences that the bad will cause? Especially when it comes to Pakistan, will it be able to fulfill the demands and expectations of the Hillary administration, if it wins power?

Hillary Clinton is well-known for her unconditional support for Israel. On her campaign website, an entire page is dedicated to her personal and diplomatic relations with Israel under the headline, “Hillary Clinton and Israel: A 30-Year Record of Friendship, Leadership and strength.” This should be an alarming situation for Pakistan as the hostility between both countries is not unknown to the world. Israel considers Pakistan as the biggest threat besides Iran which can be clearly seen in Israeli media and Israeli policies backing the rivals of Pakistan. And on the other hand, Pakistan has refrained itself from keeping any sort of diplomatic relations with Israel and it has repeatedly condemned Israeli army operations in Gaza strip which has taken both the countries further away. Amidst of this Hillary being the presidential candidate of United States, saying regarding U.S relations with Israel that, “We must take our alliance to the next level,” calling for “even more intense security and diplomatic cooperation” is rather a worrisome situation for Pakistan. As on this year’s death anniversary of Osama bin Laden, Hillary Clinton hinted the alleged role of Pakistan military in hiding bin Laden in Abbotabad. She said, “It was just too much of a coincidence that the house, that unusual looking house would be near the military academy, surrounded by retired military professionals, even though, we couldn’t prove it.” It shows the chances of Hillary taking hard-line on Pakistan regarding the issue of terrorism which Pakistan cannot afford at any cost, especially when it has done so much to put down the roots of terrorism in the region.

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The allegations on Hillary of taking donations from Indian politicians and political institutions for her family’s charity foundation have also been raised by his opponent Donald Trump. He accused Hillary for taking these funds to vote for the Indo-Us civil nuclear deal. Even if the latter is taken a mere allegation, the former cannot be denied. In 2008, an Indian politician Amar Singh had donated $1,000,001 to $5,000,000 to Clinton foundation. According to Trump, an American-Indian Raj Fernando was appointed to the state department’s International Security Advisory Board, according to the advice to Hillary as Fernando donated $1million to $5million to her foundation. This information clearly signals the future inclination of Hillary administration towards India, the traditional enemy of Pakistan.

In short, it is the need of time that Pakistan should overcome its utter negligence regarding its foreign policy towards west. The future policies of Pakistan should be appropriate enough to encounter every type of trouble it might face regarding U.S-Pak relations in the upcoming years probably under Hillary’s administration as Hillary Clinton will pose as much challenges and difficulties for Pakistan (and Muslims in general) as it is expected from Donald Trump. But then, Hillary administration will also have to propagate balanced policies regarding the Pakistan as it is not possible to keep Pakistan away from the big picture at all times, as Yashwant Raj rightly said in Hindustan Times, “If diplomacy is an art, as some have said, handling Pakistan can be high art…”

 

Author is a student of Political Science &

A member at the Youth Parliament Pakistan

Blair and Bush – War Criminals

By: Citizen Awareness Program

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After 13 years of United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) led war on terrorism. It was a major set back for both allies when The Iraq Inquiry published it’s detailed report on role of then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in Iraq War and how he kept his nation in dark without making the real facts public not even to his cabinet, report says.

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Thousands of people with signs of peace gather on Library Mall for the start of an anti-war rally protesting a potential United States-led war against Iraq.

Millions of people across the world came out in protest to stop Iraq War and demanded their Governments not to become part of this one sided affair with malafide intentions resulting into loss of human lives. Many believed that the Iraq War will lead to no where and it proved to be right after 13 years there is no major success that UK, UK and their allies can claim in Iraq.

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During these 13 years, many countries withdrew their Army from Iraqi soil on massive public pressure and for most claiming the war to be heading no where. Nations particularly in United States and United Kingdom were never in favor of Troops on ground in Iraq.

notinmyname1-450x270Many across the world believe Families of victims of Iraq War must be given this right to demand trial of Tony Blair and George W. Bush in International War Tribunals for illegal killings and to sue US and UK Governments for illegally invading Iraq, just to fulfill their dirty designs in Middle East also for violating the international laws including their own adopted resolution 660, 661, 662,664, 665, 666, 667, 669, 670, 674 and 677 in United Nation’s Security Council (UNSC) on 29 November 1990.

Below are some most discussed reasons;

1)- Taking innocent Iraqis as war prisoners and for inhuman treatment to them all this time.

2)- US, UK and their allies violated the code and conduct of United Nation’s code of conduct, went against the verdict of UN that gave its verdict against Iraq War.

3)- With reference to US and UK violating the UN code and conduct their memberships in UNSC either be suspended or ended for good.

4)- Leading a war against Iraqi people, killing them by calling them terrorists.

5)- For assassinating their President Saddam Hussein,

6)- Misleading American and British Nation on Iraq War and for having lie to the world that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction (Which it did not).

7)- Court martial of soldiers who fired a bullet on unarmed civilians and killed them suspecting them to be linked with terrorist organizations and for having soft corner for Former Military Ruler Saddam Hussein.

8)- For creating room for terrorist organizations like ISIS and Daesh to establish itself in Iraq and commit genocide of Muslims.

9)- For arming and funding Kurd Militants against the Iraqi forces.

10)-Setting up non state actors using XE International (Black Water Militia) and arming rebels.

11)- Stealing natural resources of Iraq and illegally selling them to the World and in their countries (US/UK).

12)- Tony Blair and George W Bush must be tried for international terrorism/war crimes against humans and genocide in Iraq.

13)- Iraqis must be given compensation for all their loss and damage to their properties and economy.

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14)- During this trial, Blair and Bush must be addressed as International Terrorists who committed genocide in Iraq.

15)- Besides trying Bush and Blair in International War Tribunals, a parallel trial should be launched on them in US and UK courts to have gone against the will of their own people in 2003 and launched air strikes and on ground operation against Iraq.

16)- Both Bush and Blair should face their people and leave their fate in the hands of their nations for misusing their given mandate and most importantly on Iraqi people who suffered the most and directly from this misadventure.

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This vindicates the sentiments across globe that US Administration and UK PM by overlooking their own people’s will have proved that they can go to any possible extent in the name of democracy and destabilize world’s peace and that they have blood stains on their heads of millions of innocent people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Egypt and Libya.

About time West stop telling us what mode of government should there be in Pakistan and focus on the accountability of those people who bring disgrace to them.

Writer is Founder of Citizen Awareness Program and tweets at @CitizenAProgram

Geostrategy of Modi’s speech in the Congress

“Terrorism is incubated in India’s neighborhood”, the cliche could only be stated by the monster himself, the one who’s self explanatory history narrates his fetish for power and ideological extremism “not Islamic” though, yet an example for the world. Double standards continue and along with it the distortion and manipulation of facts, which were evident during Narendre Modi’s visit to the US. He becomes the fifth Indian Prime Minister to have addressed the United States Congress, after which he is being hailed as a miracle leader for India’s needed future progress. As a matter of fact, his speech carried two main objectives:

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1) Terrorism as a common factor to continue and expand the area of bilateral relations between US and India Several times in his speech Modi used the word terrorism, not surprising though, as it has been Indian government’s sole plea-play (pun intended), for a long time to earn an edge over neighboring Pakistan’s fight against terrorism. To put Kashmir on the back-burner and continue beating the drums about terrorism, which most likely than not has roots inside India itself. Be it Mumbai attacks or Pathankot incident, none of these highly sensationalized terrorist acts were proven to be funded having links with Pakistani state.

 

On the other hand, India has highly militarized the illegitimately occupied Kashmir valley, where about 700,000 Indian troops are stationed, a direct example of state terrorism.

 

Narendre Modi said in his Congress speech: “I commend the members of the U.S. Congress for sending a clear message to those who preach and practice terrorism for political gains.

“Refusing to reward them is the first step towards holding them accountable for their actions” – directly referring to US support to Pakistan, regarding handing over of US F-16 jets to help Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.

 

Furthering his stance over US’s security alliance with Pakistan, he kept convincing the Congress to develop a security alliance with the India. He said:

 

We have both lost civilians and soldiers in combating it.

The need of the hour is for us to deepen our security cooperation.

And, base it on a policy:
• that isolates those who harbor, support and sponsor terrorists;
• that does not distinguish between “good” and “bad” terrorists; and that delinks religion from terrorism.

 

2) Greater partnership for regional strategic interest The second Important point worth noting in his speech was for a great regional partnership. Formation of two blocs in Asia seem quite possible and evident in this regard.

 

He said: “Before arriving in Washington D.C., I had visited Herat in Western Afghanistan to inaugurate Afghan-India Friendship Dam, a 42 MW hydro-electric project built with Indian assistance.

 

But, your contribution in keeping the region safe and secure is deeply appreciated even beyond.

 

“India too has made an enormous contribution and sacrifices to support our friendship with Afghan people.

A commitment to rebuild a peaceful, and stable and prosperous Afghanistan our shared objective”

 

With India’s interest in Afghanistan, it is leaving no stone unturned to form regional supremacy by winning US consent on its role in Afghanistan, while PM Modi has been visiting Kabul for some imminent occasions, while he also lately tweeted in Afghani native language, a special message for Afghanistan, displaying the desperation on the Indian part for regional hegemony. India’s interest in Afghanistan in multi faceted though, where Pakistan’s seems to be the direct affectee.

 

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Implications for Pakistan

In the perspective of uproar about the new geostrategic and maritime rivalry between Pakistan and India over the Gwadar port and Chabahar port, visit of Narendre Modi to the US and his enthusiasm about a greater partnership on the regional level with Uncle Sam, cherry topped by his “punch line” on how US needs to send a “clear message” to the ones harboring terrorism is sure shot reassurance of the future regional dynamics. Pakistan in this scenario, though a “titular” or “symbolic” ally to the US has never received the welcoming applause and acceptance as that of India’s PM, the Pak-US partnership has been wallowing through several agreements and disagreements, never a smooth ride. Pakistan’s strategic ties with China pose a threat to US’s regional aspirations, with Gwadar port on the horizon US sees India as an ever more suitable regional protege for furthering its motives, however, the Indian support comes with a price – it’s demand for the endorsement of its“Anti-Pakistanism”doctrine.

 

Quite interestingly, on most levels, India seem to be a more natural ally to US than Pakistan. Firstly, because India is a “Hindu” state, and that definitely does not have much to do with it being Hindu but it being “Non Muslim” state, ideals of which are seen interpreted and inculcated in its policy making processes, especially under the current Hindu nationalist government of BJP. Secondly, India is a democracy, not that Pakistan is not, but the Indian democracy is traditional and continuous, something that Pakistan lacks. Pakistan’s sources of decision making are multi faceted and not necessarily democratic. As a matter of fact, Pakistan has its own valid reasons for that matter but they are not up to to the standards of US and its allies. Thirdly, India has a growing economy, which fits right into the regional balancing-of-power theory US seems to tow in order to counter Chinese influence, a communist and economically THE second largest in the world. Afghanistan, which is the melting pot of many international troops, investments and ambitions is the hub of all the game-plan, from China to Russia, India to US have great stakes there, seen as a gateway to the resource-rich Central Asian Republics CARs, Afghanistan’s internal political dynamics are also favourable towards India currently compared to Pakistan. Neverthless, Pakistan sees Afghanistan as an indispensable part of its security concerns, quite evidently, Pakistan’s insurgencies and terrorism has a direct link to Afghanistan sharing porous borders with Pakistan, and an influx of huge, and mostly unidentified refugees posing a threat to Pakistan’s security.

 

Chabahar port, though it is an Iranian soil, it seems to not have US eyeballs rolled or eyebrows raised, interestingly Gwadar is greater concern for the US and its allies despite Iran having traditional tussle with US and west.

 

Fourthly, India stands on similar page, or if not similar, yet closer or neutral to US’s interests over International conflicts like Palestine, Syria, Middle Eastern conflicts, Ukraine and others. Mr Modi referring to US as an “Indispensable partner” would have an impact on Pakistan’s regional standing, magnitude of which time will only reveal.

 

 India for NSG and MTCR

Another most important reason for Modi’s visit to the US is the interest to win India membership to NSG & MTCR. MTCR – Missile Technology Control Regime was established in April 1987, it is a voluntary association of 34 countries — 35, once India is formally included – and four “unilateral adherents” that follow its rules: Israel, Romania, Slovakia, Macedonia. By becoming part of this regime India would adhere to the rule of the regime which entails restriction of export of nuclear capability on certain dangerous material while there is a category under which countries can export the material following the applied rules. By becoming a member state to the regime, India would have more reasons to convince the US to consider exporting UAVs, Reaper and Global Hawk, which have been key to counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, as stated by the Indian Express.

 

India seems quite eager to acquire its membership into Nuclear Supplier Group, which will allow it to easily grow and expand its nuclear capability,  India has been trying, since 2008, to join the group, which would give it a place at the high table where the rules of nuclear commerce are decided  – and, eventually, the ability to sell equipment. Many countries are opposing India’s membership to the group, as India is not signatory to NPT Non proliferation treaty, but it has been supported by the US after George Bush signed Civil Nuclear Deal with India. Nevertheless, China has been opposing India’s entry into the group which poses a sole obstacle in the way of its membership, it is so eager to acquire.

 

Pakistan’s inclusion in SCO

Just when India is rubbing its heels for membership in NSG, Pakistan won its formal full membership into Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The more closer Pakistan is becoming to the regional alliances with China, the more India seems eager to find a by cosying up with the US.

 

A full SCO membership will help Pakistan strengthen its role in regional and global politics, economies and infrastructure by promoting regional connectivity through the One Belt One Road and Eurasian Economic Union projects.

 

Recommendations

  • China and Pakistan should work towards building a greater regional union with inclusion of Russia in the equation, in order to counter the Indo-US alliance and the future threats to Gwadar and CPEC.
  • Pakistan must enhance its traditional foreign relations with Turkey, KSA, and others to counter international alienation.
  • Economic and Security problems are the core to Pakistan’s international situations, thus they need to be worked on in order to win more favours.
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