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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.

#Rukhsana who was stoned to death for marrying a loved one

I was away from the internet as usual as I had come to my town. But find the chance to go through social media accounts.  On social media many of likeminded youths had updated their accounts with a photo of a cute girl seeming to be on the peak of her youth.

This time it’s Rukhsana, a beautiful girl in photo she pours tea in a traditional pottery, her head covered in the cultural scarf Afghan ladies tie around their heads.

The news is confirmed by the Afghanistan’s Ghor province governor Ms Seema Joyenda and has further stated that the death is an outcome of the Taliban, warlord and local religious leaders. While the police official has stated that the said incident took place in a “Taliban controlled area”.

Joyenda added that Rukhsana was married to someone else against her will and this is why she had switched to come in love with a man of her age that resulted in a run from home.

The story gets more solid points when her death video is circulated in social media. As Afghanistan is not now the land ruled by Taliban and several social and political organizations have worked on the status of media and human rights. Though many stories don’t make their ways to media but sometimes the ones like of Rukhsana and earlier Farkhunda comes out. And makes noises and cries in liberal, secular and human loving social workers sectors. Therefore the easiest way is social media to upload and explain the story would surely go virally.

The social media video as claimed to be the stoning to death video is not that clear; but a human being in the hole is shacking head as bearded people throw stones on their target. This two minute video shows that some of the people are in uniform like dresses with guns but everyone take part in the practice and an old man record the seen.

It’s clear in Islam that women can select their life partner. And when it comes to local customs most of the time the proposals sent to the families are rejected either for the economic or social status, mostly, of the male partner. This is the reason that couples run away and marry in another town or city of the country. This is why such deaths through stoning take place. Social and economic differences are not letting the couple to like each other and have a married life.

Earlier NYT had reported another couple when the female partner family from a Tajik tribe had just opposed the boy proposal because he was a Hazara. After having life in prison and shelter home the couple made breaking news when human right organizations interfered in the issue and the couple was let to live their life.

According to Naseer Nangial, a socio-political activist and researcher on the Pashtun code of life at University of Balochistan told that the rigid structure of families should have a change when marrying their daughters and sisters. They should ask the will of the couple for the marriage or see if they already like someone else. Then no running with anyone else of choice would take place.

“In side #AlQaeda and the #Taliban” by (Late) Saleem Shehzad, the #journalist

No doubt AlQaeda, Taliban, Uzbek, Chechen, Tajik and Kashmiri fighters are yet not known to many and several researchers have worked on the subject. But still enough is needy to focus them and their strategic and ideological structure for their uprisings and militancy in Asia and Middle East (now in the form of Islamic State a new organization active in Syria and Iraq).

In this regard, the research based activities of the book “Inside AlQaeda and the Taliban” (late) Saleem Shehzad has produced a very informing account on the network and structure of the said organizations. No doubt it was the research work by Shehzad that pushed Pakistan spy agencies to let him aborted in the capital city of Islamabad.

Even-though it is not taking me to be with the writer on the same page; but still endorse his in-depth account. The book explores the creation of AlQaeda, its strategies, the Yemeni and Egyptian groups and then their merger into each other and giving a new form to AlQaeda led by Osama Bin Laden and Dr. Ayman ul Zawahiri.

The book evolve around AlQaeda ideology based on Takfeer (the Muslim who become idle and tools of non-Muslim states), Khuruj (revolt against those states who are empowering the United States and its allies nations in war on Muslim world and looting their natural resources).

As the death of Osama Bin Laden took place just weeks after the said organization Saleem Shehzad was abducted and then killed and thrown near a water channel in the areas connecting to Islamabad the Pakistan capital.

Saleem explains AlQaeda as a powerful ideology based organization that is not only having its links among the Middle East Arab groups as well as the Afghan, Pakistani Taliban, Uzbek, Tajik, Kashmiri, Iranian Baloch fighters.  Saleem is a bit exaggerating the organization or he may be observing it more than its capability is the reason that most of these terror groups are not having something visible. They work in a hidden way and no doubt they are minor in number but terrorize the majority of the masses they target.

Lashkar al Zil (Shadow Army) was the strategic army made up of groups other than Arab fighters was focused as a way of success for the Arab leadership of AlQaeda. Zooming from his book the Lashkars latter named as Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan were first used to slit the throats of local system in Waziristans where the tribal chiefs were replaced by the young lot of their tribes and branches in the form of young Taliban leaders, particularly, the Mehsuds who led the said organization.

The TTP not only pursued AlQaeda ideology but applied their skills and bombed Pakistan military and government officials and foot soldiers in their fight. Though Saleem has connected the anti AlQaeda, Taliban block as Pakistan Peoples Party, Mutahida Qaumi Movement (Untied National Movement), Awami National Party (Peoples National Party). Not only political block at the same time Pakistan’s military rule in countering the stated militant wings across Federally Administered Tribal Areas in the Lion Heart (Nato) and Sher Dil Pakistan army operations.

The Afghan Taliban in the leadership of Mullah Muhammad Omer, (the then emir of the faithful) was accepted as leader by AlQaeda and the 2006 spring uprising planned by the special envoy to two Waziristans where the terror organizations were based and regrouped after the NATO attack on Taliban regime in Afghanistan in 2001. The spring uprising is stated to be the deadliest one when the AlZarkawi, the Iraq based AlQaeda leader new strategy “suicide bombing” was owned by Afghan Taliban and other groups led by AlQaeda in the South Asian region.

The shortcomings of Saleem’s writings are he has given a soft cover to Pakistan powerful spy agency ISI and its military establishment having the actual power of ruling.

Weeks after the death of Saleem Shehzad, Osama Bin Laden the AlQaeda leader was killed in Abbottabad the Garrison town miles away from the capital city of Islamabad. And then in 2013 the Taliban supremo and the then emir of the faithful died in Karachi hospital. Viewing this situation Shehzad would have stamped Pakistan the sole player in militancy around AfPak region.

A reply to a Punjabi writer’s criticism on Taliban and Anti Taliban book by Farhat Taj

Went through the writer piece; though I am personally having positive approach to the writer Farhat Taj opinion, observations, data, research based work of the book he’s elaborated in his own words.

No doubt Pakistan is a federation instead of using a word “nation” for it; as Pakistan came into being on the lands of Pashtun, Baloch, Sindhi, Siraikis, Punjabis and Bengalis. What happened from day first till 1971 when Bengalis were rejected to have the ruling seat though they proved they were the majority.

After this the dictating eras and not letting Pakistan to become a democratic state in the future. Every army ruler from Ayub, Yahya, Zia, Musharaf tried their muscles to rule the country. And these illegal attacks on parliament and political forces have taken more than 50% of the total life period of the country. In this regard; the dictating rulers tried ways that were against the formation of Pakistan, its constitution, will of people. e.g: Gen Ayub didn’t surrender himself and even challenged the rule of Fatima Jinnah (sister of country’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah). As he was dictator so he used the establishment power to remain a ruler for a decade. And in his whole era took-over the then initial state of govt formation and ruled the country with the waves of his batton instead of respecting law made after 9 years of the creation of Pakistan.

Gen: Zia, though was switched to a way Pakistan had never faced with “extremism and terrorism” under the title of our religion Islam. And this way completed his decade long ruling by violating country’s constitution and killing the then elected Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (A Sindhi). He jumped to the USSR and US cold war as field commander of the imperialist block not for his ideological friendship with Americans and Jews but the only reason was to keep Afghanistan stab in the back that the Pashtun who are having majority in Pakistan and the longest piece of land in the country would never be asked by Afghanistan. As the history of Durand Line shows that the said Pashtun land in Pakistan was actually Afghan motherland and grabbed by the then British Empire in sub-continent after two Afghan Anglo wars for a century. This was used as a buffer to keep Afghans away from sub-continent and rule the continent calmly. After the creation of Pakistan Afghanistan opposed Pakistan in UN because it’s having half of Afghan historical territory in the newly born state on the face of Asia.

Therefore, Pashtuns are never owned nor given rights as rest of the nationalities Baloch, Sindhi, Siraikis and Bengalis. Pashtuns natural resources are exploited; let it alone even their historical motherland on the other side of Durand line is even now considered the fifth province of Pakistan. Because if Kabul raise its head would always demand the natural piece of its land and masses fensed in Pakistan through International Court of Justice in the light of International Law. Because the treaty of Britishers and Abdul Rahman Khan is not ratified for the second time to let Pashtun land a permanent part of Pakistan. This is why Pakistan remained the field commander of US-USSR cold war. And 100% of its interest was the weakening of Afghanistan for securing the remaining Pashtun lands and continuing their natural resources. Take a history of the Afghan warlords the then Mujahideen and then their change into Taliban and 9/11, Pakistan’s “U” turn in words with the then American President George W Bush Junior then dodging him and keeping international community aid and support make their way to Pakistan. A share of these aids was spent on the regrouping of Taliban to keep American and Nato forces busy in Afghanistan and never let the country raise as a developing state on the face of earth. These are proved that the world wanted Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden was killed miles away from Pakistan capital Islamabad; in the garison town of Abbottabad. Same is the case of recently announced death of the then emir of the faithful, as Taliban called him, Mullah Omer’s death in Karachi, the Quetta Shura, Haqqani Networ, Peshawar Shura active role attacking both the Afghan security forces and Nato field force for last 15 years.

No doubt Punjab is Pakistan and Pakistan is Punjab; if it had respect for other nations would have respected the Bengalis majority in 1970s democratic election. The only way of exploitation of nations including Pashtun, Baloch, Sindhi, Siraiki is by mean of terror. This is why even now as I write these lines; Pakistan F-16 Jet have bombarded the civilian populations in South Waziristan, these sort of activities take place in rest of FATA in the name of so called Zarb e Azb operation one and two (these operations are neither monitored by Human Right groups nor media) the only source we have is ISPR. And thousands of innocent people are killed in the so called Zarb e Azb. Drone only killed AlQaeda and their linked groups commander; would have also killed the civilians where these targets were hiding; and drone as a technology had only 0.001% of missing target where as Jet and Pakistani forces raids have 90 to 100% chances of civilian deaths if compared to the US drones.

I know that the writer is a student of Punjab university; and would be having love of his nationality Punjab but it doesn’t mean he should condemn some one Pashtun presenting data and research based facts being proved by the OBL, MO Quetta Shura, Peshawar Shura and Haqqani Network memebers death and their existence and safe heavens in Pakistan. Even now Pakistan army is having control of Pakistan government civilian policies as an unannounced war against Afghanistan is underway, Indian clashes take place on border. Iran is not happy and always shell mortars on Pakistani land because it feels threat from this piece of land we are part of. These are facts and can’t be hidden by a piece we write in the unseen or unintentional, emotional love of Pakistan (actually Punjab the piece of land the writer belong to).

Note: Link to the article who had criticized Farhat Taj’s book Taliban and Anti Taliban

How Pakistan based Jihadi turned anchor glorify the Afghan conflict after the Mullah Omer death..?

The death of the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omer is not that much focused in Afghan media organizations. But here in Pakistan one of the then Jihadi turned anchor Saleem Safi is busy glorifying every event that is linked with the destruction of Afghanistan more than a religious cleric can do in his Friday sermon from mosque.

Now finished the Jang news paper article on Mullah Muhammad Omer, the Afghan Taliban leader, written by Saleem Safi, one of the well-known journalist for his status in media as actor. This boy looking so-called journalist who’s now actually an anchor is covering the Pakistan most important role in creation of Afghan Taliban then playing with them from the hidden doors till the date. Everything cleared up when even Taliban commanders came to know after the passage of two years that their emir is dead and should arrange mourning for three days. So who can be that powerful state and organization keeping everything that secret?….

Polishing everything about the Taliban regime, their organization and terrorism in Afghanistan as something done for the only cause of Islam makes Saleem Safi verifying the deaths of thousands of Afghan children, women, elders and civilians by Taliban direct attacks, missiles attacks, IED blasts and suicide attacks across Afghanistan.

The reality of the Taliban regime and Mullah Omer is well explored through the book written by a senior NYT journalist Carlotta Gall. She tells that Mullah Omer and his comrades were ready to accept the peaceful hand over of own turned capital Kandahar to the then Afghan Kandahar faction leader Hamid Karzai, who’s in the field to clear the areas from Taliban through tribal connections and had Mullah Biradar like indirect envoys in the ranks of Taliban. But it’s CIA’s official who stopped Hamid Karzai from doing so.

Dear Safi you are so naive, on one hand you have explained the abilities and connections of Mullah Omer to the new and developed world to zero level on the other hand you accredit him the best ruler and continuously call him Mujahid (the holly warrior). Can we ask Safi, if he’s that simple then how he could lead the toughest militancy across Afghanistan? Who cleared Afghanistan from the former Mujahideen for Taliban? How all the commanders accepted him as their spiritual leaders though most of the new ones had even never seen him?…. Don’t you think it’s the Pakistani establishment top guys who ran the Kingdom of Mullah Omer in the form of covered on job army officials as Col Imam and Gen: Hamid Gul?…..

I know Safi Sb, you are having enough information regarding this everything happening in Afghanistan (actually done under the shadow of Pakistan’s strategic depth). But you are given a special task to do it from the other side. That would earn you a good name and possibly replace earlier energetic Rahimullah Yousafzai with a young Salim Safi.

We know that enough nemesis existed among the Taliban leadership even when they were having a regime in Afghanistan. So his death would have gone through media in minutes. Now I recall the tweet of Aimal Faizi who had mentioned that there’s no Zabihullah Mujahid only an information secretariat run by Pakistan’s powerful spy agency that spread all this propaganda stuff against Afghanistan.

Afghans, particularly the Pashtun youths and aware masses across Pashtunkhwa, even simple shepherd have now known what’s going in the region. If they are not having doctorate degree in International Relations but they are expert of the Pakistani mindset to invade Kabul throne. And what’s the reality of Taliban and their dispersed groups is obvious wouldn’t remain even for a day if there are no Quetta Shura, Peshawar Shura and Haqqani Network. You won’t dodge them by your creamy ideas and opinions through your Jang news paper. Of course you can keep your parole job with Islamabad on for longer.

[Link to Salim Safi’s Urdu article in 1st August 2015 Jang News Paper http://e.jang.com.pk/08-01-2015/karachi/pic.asp?picname=06_06.gif ]

How confusion is created when Mullah Omer death is announced after two year?

The death of Mullah Omer, is sudden news of 2 years old death, but force #Afghan Taliban leadership to mourn for three days now. First news released that the second in command Mullah Akhter Mansoor had differences with him and he was killed (According to Fidai Mahaz led by Mansoor Dadullah) then it was stated an ordinary death owing to kidney failure in Karachi hospitals (first by Khamaa News & then by BBC).

Pakistan is never that naive, nor that simple, it plays till the last and keeps all cards in its hand till getting the victory. No matter whether it was Osama Bin Laden the well known AlQaeda supremo or now it’s Mullah Muhammad Omer, the emir of the faithful. How this country is cashing these things just enjoy watching its tactics and techniques it plays with others. Even the well known world power United States is dodged in different missions. Or I would say from the last three decades when the Afghan Holly War was started in a combined way.

What’s happening next, who’s been given the supremo power, what would be his duties, how would the Afghanistan government be dealt in a time when the ISAF forces have almost left Afghanistan and the new elections have changed the throne of Kabul ruler from Hamid Karzai​ to Ashraf Ghani​. I still am confused and feel this all game being hijacked by Islamabad at the end of the day. But lets see, enjoy reading analysis, sources, news and views.