Posts Tagged ‘Washington

16
Sep
08

US forces restrained! Invading troops sent packing

Reports have come in that between two to seven American military helicopters carrying Navy Seals and US commandos were fired on as they attempted to cross into the country’s territory from Afghanistan yesterday around midnight.

The incident took place near Angor Adda, a village in the tribal region of South Waziristan, where US commandos in helicopters raided a suspected Al-Qaeda and Taleban camp on September 3.

As expected, the Pentagon moved swiftly to deny the incident completely.

On Pakistan’s side, the military has not confirmed their involvement in the recent shooting at the border. Major Murad Khan, a Pakistan military spokesman said:

The US choppers were there at the border, but they did not violate our airspace. We confirm that there was a firing incident at the time when the helicopters were there, but our forces were not involved.

So that makes one thing clear. Either way, there WERE U.S forces and choppers at the border and they were fired upon and sent back. Whether this was the work of local tribesmen or the Pakistan Army is not conformed. While the military denies their involvement in the episode and Pentagon terms the whole issue as ‘never happened at all’, the local tribesmen and civilians at Angor Adda specifically stated that Pakistani troops stationed at the BP-27 check post fired at the helicopters and turned them away.

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11
Sep
08

The Gloves Come Off!

I’m not convinced we are winning it in Afghanistan. I am convinced we can… We are looking at a new, more comprehensive strategy for the region that would cover both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. In my view, these two nations are inextricably linked in a common insurgency that crosses the border between them!

Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, USA

And so it has begun: the open, and unabashed attack on the sovereignty and freedom of Pakistan. The U.S. military, faced with rising insurgent violence in Afghanistan, will revise its strategy for the region to include militant safe havens in neighboring Pakistan. Within a span of 12 days, there have been 7 attacks launched by the United States from across the border on villages in Pakistan. The cup ran over when on September 3, the American Special Operation Forces conducted a full fledged raid inside Pakistan that resulted in the deaths of some 20-30 innocent Pakistanis. The attack for condemned by Pakistan, resolutions were passed in the United Nations but as always, United States paid no heed. Instead, they openly proclaimed the raid as their show and promised further operations on Pakistani soil. According to the NY TIMES, the authorization for this has come right from top: Bush himself! It was back in July when President Bush secretly approved ground assaults inside Pakistan. According to the orders issued, Pakistan is to ‘notified’ when limited ground assaults are conducted inside the country but a permission will not be asked for!

Let’s reconfirm for our understanding… The United States Armed Forces will now cross, jump, fly, or walk over the border to shoot, bomb, kill, take captive, and/or investigate nationals of one of their most important allies in the war against terrorism WITHOUT seeking the country’s approval?

You got that right!

Continue reading ‘The Gloves Come Off!’

27
Aug
08

Of ‘Internal Matters’…

It really cracks me up every time!

“This is Pakistan’s Internal Matter!” is probably the most over-used (and abused) hypocritical statement by the United States of America ever!

Choosing a President: Pakistan’s Internal Matter!

Presidents resigning: Pakistan’s Internal Matter!

Peace deals one week and bombs he next: Pakistan’s Internal Matter!

Shady 11th hour decisions and verdicts: Pakistan’s Internal Matter!

Unflinching Support in War Against Terrorism: Pakistan’s Internal Matter!

Raising inflation and what not: Yes, you’re right! Pakistan’s Internal Matter!

Don’t insult my intelligence but does Washington REALLY believe that we will keep falling for this bullsh*t every time?

There’s no doubt that the reigns of this country are in the hands of several figures sitting in another continent. These figures impact our economy, decide on who to bring forward and who to send back in the shadows: either for good or for the time being. As big a conspiracy theory as it may seem, these people actually have puppets that hold press conferences on behalf of people in the government whom they control as well, uttering the same garbage time and again: We believe this is Pakistan’s internal matter but we are watching and falling the developments closely! The government and people of Pakistan will determine blah de blah de blah…

The government?

You mean the one you help put in power to gain the most from the region?

The people?

You mean mute puppets who dance to the tunes of those who are put in power?

Internal matters my foot!

29
Jul
08

US assured of ongoing War on Terror. But is that enough?

On his first visit to the United States as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yusuf Raza Gillani, is not only trying to promise a more defiant Pakistan in the face of the War on Terror but to also take Washington’s favorable hand off President Musharraf.

We are committed to fight against those extremists and terrorists who are destroying and making the world unsafe.

by Mr. Gilani after meeting George W. Bush in the Oval Office at the White House

With Pakistani stock markets falling low for weeks due to political instability, threats to national security, and an over all air of uncertainty, it was about time for the new representative of the democratic Islamabad to travel to US and try to prove that President Musharraf is not the only one worthy of US’s trust and support.

Nothing new in particular was brought to light in the press conference except the promise to stand tough against those who threaten Pakistan and to work on curbing cross border terrorism in particular. The recent bombing at the Indian embassy in Kabul had put ISI and Pakistan in the forefront with accusations flying from all around. Both Kabul and New Delhi were quick to pin the blame on the top Pakistani intelligence agency, a claim that was strongly denied by Pakistan.

But the bigger question is not what the Bush government plans to do with Pakistan. It’s the new president who needs to be considered too. Barack Obama is the most likely candidate to take over from Bush and while we assure US of our continued support, we need to plan for the future with Obama in the front too. On countless occasions now he has hinted at a possible US interference in Pakistan’s tribal areas while calling them a ‘safe haven for Al-Qaeda’.  According to Obama, this is a big problem and something must be done to find a working solution to this. So when Mr. Obama says that a more effective cooperation is needed from Pakistan, is he implying that we should understand why one day US forces will be invading our turf with the excuse to wipe out terrorism?

Obama is set to meet Mr. Gillani today and it goes without saying that this visit will not be a stroll through the Central Park for our Prime Minister.

23
May
08

US blocks sale of armoured personnel carriers to Pakistan

The first sign of retaliation and disagreement has come from Washington over the peace agreement between Islamabad and the Taliban in Swat.

United States has barred a German firm from selling 800 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to the Pakistan Army. It has to be noted that this order had previously been approved.

The move is an evident sign of induced pressure on the Pakistan Army to not accept the peace deal as it would go against the interests of Washington who are engaged in warfare with Taliban and Al Qaeda in Iraq as well as Afghanistan. Their stance is that there can not be peace on one front and war on the other with the same enemy.

Something tells me this is just the tip of the ice berg!




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