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#SealAfghanBorder another way to confuse people

After the terrorist attack on Bacha Khan University, where the non-violent leader of Pashtuns Fakhr e Afghan Bacha Khan’s death anniversary was planned to be a poetry gathering. And the children raised by the hardcore militant wings and terrorist organizations had selected the day for a sheer message that the hardline ideology Pakistan pursue is never accepting Bacha Khan’s peace loving messages.

Now as I write these lines; a trend that’s referring to seal Afghan Border makes me write this piece. I should mention that the trends are always spread by the Pakistan powerful army anonymous accounts on twitter and other social media websites.

We can ask the Pakistanis who are still clapping their hands from behind the curtain on the death and blood pools of Pashtun nation. The ideological boundary of Pakistan raised terrorist groups is from “Iqbal: Nile to Kashghar #ISIL” hw would you come to #SealAfghanBorder for seeking peace in Pashtunkhwa? These are mere rhetoric of the authorities who are wasting time or are creating confusion among the Pashtuns living on both sides of the Durand Line.

A primary student understand what the ideology they are taught in their curricula, the Pakistan a country that remained a bi-product of the sub-continent freedom in the mid of twentieth century. The Pakistan is colored with many brushes; some of its pseudo intellectuals call its founding leader Jinnah as a secular liberal personality. Others see Iqbal who’s a Urdu and Persian poet as the country’s ideological father. Earlier Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was written the father of two nation theory; now going to the back seat because the man had secular thoughts and was strong supporter of scientific educational system; as far as I have observed him; but the brushes which paint him shows as if he was a good extremist religious cleric.

Coming back to Iqbal; in his well versed poetic language; this man has been a Marxist, then impressed by the post-modernism at the end awarded the sir title by British rulers (only to own agents and payroll it was awarded ref: the liberation movements of India); and became the ideological father; most of books explain that he’d the power to build Pakistan in his dream. He died decades before Britishers flee the Indian sub-continent. Iqbal guidence in Pakistani curricula was spread with much focus from Gen: Zia and his supporter political wing of Jamat Islami; the right group political party having its link in the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. Iqbal calls upon Muslim to remain one nation (a totally misinterpretation of the nation definition). Another call from Iqbal united Muslim nation (Millath) from “Nile banks to the land of Kashghar”. Iqbal’s Nile and Kashghar connection can be traced in the Islamic State, the deadliest organization in Iraq and Syria, manifesto. And in the future the said organization can get enough foot soldiers from Pakistan. Because this version of territory expansionism can be heard in verses he wrote; and Pakistanis follow them without any search.

The extremism centric literature in Pakistan was published in the Gen Zia era (1977 to 1988); and the leftist scientific writings were barred from being published; the democratic say was banned; freedom of expression, speech and media were axed by the martial ruler of the country. His legacy was not of him alone; it’s since the beginning of the country voyage; but he could only survive his elite of the Khakis to switch to Jihadi policies. As army men are only for artillery and defense so they see things in the prism of strategic aspect only. This is what Zia did; and his bravo general Musharaf kept it on in another format. On the record supporting world alliance after 9/11 but from behind giving sanctuaries, support to the world top terrorist organization Al-Qaeda and the Taliban factions on its soil (was proved after OBL death in a US navy seal raid and Mullah Omer death in Karachi based hospital).

The minorities in Pakistan are having no rights; the open discussions of extremism in the books we are taught are asserted an attack or activism against the state of Pakistan, nations are kept here as in a jail cell. The natural resources of the nations are plundered by the powerful military establishment erected body leading this country since the beginning.

P.S: Still you see Afghan border seal, Afghan cellular sims a cause of terror attacks in Pakistan?

#PeaceTalks with Afghan Taliban

Afghanistan, Pakistan, United States and China are going to the table once again to put an end to the paused peace process of Afghanistan with the Afghan Taliban. Earlier the process was stopped owing to the death disclosure of the then Taliban head (emir of the faithful as they call) Mullah Omer at a time when Kabul and Islamabad was reaching to a work plan.

This time Taliban are not invited as they have already demanded direct talks with the United States instead of Afghan government (as they always gesture to the second as puppet).

Sartaj Aziz, a veteran politician of PMLN and, the Pakistan’s foreign affairs adviser to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has already stated that he can’t name the factions of Taliban ready for the talks with Afghanistan (Dawn Reported).

The four point agenda would be 1) Taliban would be asked to gain their political goals via dialogues instead of insecurity 2) paving the way for direct talks with Taliban 3) confidence building and bringing Taliban to the dialogue table 4) a realistic and flexible roadmap, steps and phases, but to avoid unrealistic targets and deadlines.

No doubt this time the shape of Taliban dialogue would be changing; because they are already shown divided in different factions as gestured by Sartaj Aziz. And their killing of parties in Pakistan as well as Afghanistan is reported since they met in Murree (reported by Daily Beast) some two years ago one of their leading commanders in absence of Mullah Omer called upon the groups to stop killing leaders. It happened after some of the Quetta Shura members were killed in Quetta (In news outlet Taliban pointed their fingers on National Directorate of Security, Afghan spy agency).

The Chinese expansion in the region as one of the emerging power from the east is obvious; it’s planned its corridor net in Pakistan would be stretching to the Central Asian Countries soon using Afghanistan as its shortest way connecting it further to the Pakistani deep seaport of Gawadar. On the other hand Americans are angry over the speedy popping up of new terrorist group Islamic State (Daesh an Arabic Acronym) in Afghanistan Pakistan region. This group can derail the fourteen years old investment, military, logistics, revenue use of the International Coalition partners in NATO; where the biggest share is made by the United States. This is the reason these two nations China and US middle the dialogue between Afghanistan and the Afghan Taliban (who are reportedly stationed in their safe heavens in Pakistan).

The dialogue mantra is not new; earlier former Afghan president Hamid Karzai tried his level best; he was even named the “Taliban brother” by his opponent, for his struggle taking his “angry brothers”, as he called them in his speeches, on board. But those dialogues would always find an unknown blow sometimes by the middling Americans and almost by the disturbing attacks on NATO, Afghan security forces and the civilian from Taliban. And such event would always get a restart after a go on and go off turns in the process. Afghanistan even lost the Afghan leader Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani, a farmer Mujahideen leader and head of the Peace Council a committee created to monitor and go for dialogue with Taliban.

Afghan government, intelligentsia, spy agency reports, even the western media would name the only name “Pakistan” being the double standard ally in dialogue with the Taliban. Because it was viewed by some analysts that Pakistan wanted to give a tough time to International Community at the same time would hide its face behind the so called peace dialogue process.

Again in four point agenda it’s visible that Pakistan is not in the favor to bound Taliban for ceasing attacks across Afghanistan. As Sartaj Aziz has already talked about several Taliban groups; no doubt one group led by the Akhtar Mansoor, the nearest one to Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence would be brought to the table. But his rival groups are showed not to be in control of Pakistan, who experts’ states are under the same Pakistani umbrella but only showed to the world as divided. And this would be the only excuse this time not to let the peace process find its destination.

#KhanShaheed an inspiration for us

Having his paternal connection to the Ahmed Shah Abdali’s top general and the conqueror of Panipath battle Barkhurdar Khan Achakzai and maternally he’s linked to Abdullah Khan Achakzai, the martyred and sparkle of first Anglo Afghan war; Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai aka Khan Shaheed got his political inspiration from King Amanullah Khan.

It was the day when Khan Shaheed went to Chaman the first town where King Amanullah Khan was leaving through train for his Europe tour, among the people of the area this young teenager was deeply observing the “Afghan King” and had firmly believing in him as own king though Khan Shaheed had opened eyes in the Afghan territory now under the rule of great Britain.

Early in the morning the first shocking seen for Khan Shaheed was when the British guards ready for King Amanullah Khan’s receiving had dirt on their boots and was cleaned with cloth pieces in the hands of “Indian servants”. This shocked him and kept him in deep thoughts, the second was when the King arrived and a huge mass of the Pashtuns was gathered and King came to their side they kept unmanaged discussion with him; which the King couldn’t hear.

According to Khan Shaheed the King asked “Is there anyone from you to talk to?” it imprinted on Khan Shaheed’s mind that our people are not organized and have no political leadership and this is clearly known from the King question. He writes further that the King went from them having no chat further was a kind of “disappointment”.

These were the impression pushed Khan Shaheed in thought to organize his people for the political struggle is need of the time otherwise we are in a greater number but unorganized mass will never become liberated from the “boot cleaning duties”. No matter how much wealthy we are and what are our history, culture and civilization. Khan Shaheed was firm believer of liberation; as human being is born free and should live free; freedom is his/her natural right.

The sub-continent was under the rule of Britishers; political movements were underway to liberate the continent from the rule of English powerful army. Khan Shaheed wanted a unity of the Pashtun Afghans and political awareness of their liberty and history was need of the time. As the subcontinent had been under invaders’ empire so the masses were not allowed to have freedom of speech, opinion, press and democracy was never felt in the entire continent.

Khan Shaheed always considered Afghanistan his motherland; as he writes about the Afghan Kings “our own King and Kingdom”; his writings are full of the Pashtun Afghan terms means he believed that greater Afghanistan existed and never let any power of the world to rule over them whether it was Alexander, Changez Khan, Halako Khan, Arab, Sassanids or the Sikhs. Every one of them felt the powerful slaps on their face in the form of Afghan National Movement.

The love of Afghan liberation and Afghan unity was in his blood from paternal fore father Barkhurdar Khan Achakzai the conqueror of Panipath and Ghazi Abdullah Khan Achakzai the sparkle of first Anglo Afghan war.

Khan Shaheed believed in peaceful political movement; this is why he’s arrested in his 13th year as political prisoner by the administration for arranging a demonstration in front of Gulistan High School. And he states that he respect his brother “Abdul Salam Khan Achakzai” because he’s the soul man who earns bread for his family and support him economically and has given him the freedom to remain active for the political struggle. But would never support Salam Khan if there is a “tribal or personnel fight” because Khan Shaheed sees the fight is never a way to overcome our issues; so remaining peaceful and rational is the only way to struggle. And aware people and let them active for their political and basic human rights.

This is the reason Khan Shaheed spend 33 years (out of his life 66 years) behind the bars and at home imprisonment by the British and then after 14th August 1947 by the Pakistani martials. He never missed a day to aware his people; and was the one man crusade who finally formed Anjuman e Watan political party, then Wror (brethren) Pashtun, joined National Awami Party, the biggest political party of the oppressed nations inside Pakistan when it violated its constitution so he separated and announced his own National Awami Party Pashtoonkhwa; now going through the struggle voyage as Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party, led by his son Mahmood Khan Achakzai as its chairman.

Khan Shaheed never compromised on democracy; he was firm believer that the people will would change our fate not of the “dictators” orders. This was why neither he compromised with the British nor after them with the Pakistan army’s powerful generals who violated the constitution and ruled the country under martial laws. Khan Shaheed asked for a federation of Pakistan where all nations would have equal rights and control over their resources and supremacy of parliament and rule of law.

He loved his language, culture, history and geography this is why when National Awami Party (NAP) failed to provide the Pashtun united unit in Pakistan; he agitated and formed his own political party to connected the masses from “Bolan—(the historical pass near Quetta) to Chitral” the peak of mountains in the north of Khyber Pashtunkhwa.

Khan Shaheed in his auto biography compares the two annual meetings of his village with the meetings of the ancient democratic parliament of Swiss—he had read about. And explain that every kind of issue whether it was social, health, economic, political or tribal rivalry was discussed in this gathering led by the “Meeraaow—the agrarian water management head”, someone knowing the writing and calculation of the water timing. This way he’s very satisfied by the counseling of Pashtun Afghans; and solving their issues through dialogue. This makes Khan Shaheed being impressed by the rule of law and democratic discussions in his ancestral village of Inayatullah Karez Gulistan.

Khan Shaheed never believed in hate; he narrates a story of his sister operation in Quetta Mission Hospital as he’s in his early age but meet the nurses in hospital. And even go with these Christian missionary hospital nurses to their home where he eats food with them (Christians were not felt religiously clean people). His parent had asked him about his absence, he clearly told them that he was with the nurses and spend his day with them ate with them. His parents had asked him “you ate with English nurses” he had replied of course; because they eat the same we eat and drink the same water we do then what’s the issue if I eat with them? (Christians were propagated to be eating pig meat and drinking wine).

Once the tribes men of Khan Shaheed abducted an English Major, a captain and major’s wife, though Khan Shaheed later came to know they were treated well in Afghanistan under the light of Pashtunwali—the Pashtun code of life. But it disturbed him in bars; because the man who had abducted these English had asked British government to release Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai (Khan Shaheed) as a demand. And Khan Shaheed was afraid of their being because in Pashtun society abducting a woman was considered the unforgiveable sin. And an inquiry was launched after Khan Shaheed and later he came to know that the Christian nurse had told the inquiry team about Khan Shaheed’s feelings toward her and his innocence before the British officials. Later on those English abductees were released safe and sound.

Khan Shaheed considered women as the equal part of our society, political and social system. This is why he was the pioneer to enroll his only daughter in school in a time when education even for boys was thought to be something wrong. But he broke the ice and let his followers to do the same. Later he didn’t stop taking his daughter on a political visit to Afghanistan; where she remained with him through the visit.

The philosophy of peaceful politics, democracy, social justice, equity among masses and nations, rights of nations on their natural resources were the areas struggled for. And always believed that Afghanistan the historical motherland of the Pashtuns on this side of the Durand Line; so considered it a form of a body. If somewhere in the body is burnt or in pain whole the body get pains. This is why he left a stronger message of unity for the Pashtun Afghan land as explained by him “from Aamu to Abasin (rivers) and Bolan to Chitral peaks”. He was tried to divert his peaceful way of politics and he didn’t compromise. On 2nd December 1973 Khan Shaheed room was thrown with two hand grenades and this terror attack separated him physically from us; but ideologically his mission widened and millions of Pashtun are now follower of his ideology in the form of Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party.

Source: “Zama Zhwand Aw Zhwandoon”– My life and livelyhood, the autobiography of Khan Shaheed Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai.

Afghan cadets will get training in Pakistan

First group of six Afghan cadets arrive to Pakistan for a year and half training course at PMA Kakool the well known academy of the armed forces.

Janan Musazai, the Afghan ambassador in Pakistan advised the new comers to be in good relations with Pakistani training mates as well as with the ones who are from other nations.

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai had never favored sending Afghan National Security Forces for training in Pakistan. This was the reason none of them visited Pakistan for training.

The development in relations of the two countries [Afghanistan-Pakistan] is a result of the new Afghan president Ashraf Ghani’s decision. After Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif’s visit to Kabul and showing interest in training Afghan National Security Forces in Pakistan.

Pakistan has always objected India’s presence in Afghanistan; every second person even from the civilian whose mentality is changed by the state controlled media will inquire ask his/her first question “Why 6 consulates of India are active across Afghanistan?” This mentality and attitude should be a cover for the longer war on Afghan soil stirred from the Pakistan based sanctuaries of the militant organizations like Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network. That has caused deadliest attacks on Afghan Security Forces, Civic Institutions, infrastructure as well as the International Community forces who were at war with the Al-Qaeda and Afghan militants for last decade.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have a longer but bitter relations with each other, either it be the Durand Line issue, the Afghan so called Jihad (Civil war killing 3 million Afghans), the interference policy to promote Pakistan’s own strategic depth (Using Afghanistan as a base against Pakistan’s arch enemy India).

At the same time Afghanistan has been a country of interest not only for United States, NATO & ISAF allies as well as for the regional nations. And in this regard India has helped Afghanistan after the 9/11 Afghan and coalition forces war on Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Though it is clear India is not having its army on Afghan soil and never interested in doing so. The said nation has applied a friendly policy to promote development in Afghanistan that’ll be fruitful for sustainable peace in the region. Afghanistan security forces needed trainings so India has trained thousands of its cadets in the last decade, has financed several roads, schools, universities, hospitals, scholarship for thousands of Afghan students are some of the great support by the Asian brother nation India. On flip of this Pakistan had played its role in destabilizing [indirectly via Afghan militant support] and destroying every sector of life [education, health, infrastructure] during last decade.

Now Afghan President Ashraf Ghani would have changed the government policy for a friendly change toward an unfriendly Pakistan would benefit them [Afghans]. Nothing more to expect from Pakistan but at least secure Afghanistan current infrastructure and institutions from Pakistan based and trained militants. And Afghanistan this gesture will show Pakistan that both of India and Pakistan are equally considered in Afghanistan. But this won’t stop Pakistanis asking their questions on the presence of Indian consulates around Afghanistan. Nor Pakistan is in a mode to assist Afghanistan for development in a negligible size compared to India. Let’s see what happens next.

Both Aimal Faizi, the spokesman to former Afghan president Hamid Karzai and the then Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh are not seeing this a wise move. Saleh had always wanted to start a NATO and ISAF operation on the Pakistani soil because international community knew none of the Afghan militant existed in Afghanistan. They were only injected from the other side of the Durand line [Pashtun areas in Pakistan].