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Haji Karim Salarzai is a leading elder from the Salarzai tribe.
“These so-called Taleban do not know even 10 verses of the Koran, and they call themselves religious scholars!” he declaims from a towering podium on a stage at the front of the hall.
“They have killed elders of the tribes and innocent people, they are miscreants and they are receiving aid from the foreign countries. They are creating an atmosphere of disturbance which has affected the life of the general public in the area.”
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In the meantime, an American invasion of Pakistan is under way, secretly authorised by President Bush. The “change” candidate for president, Barack Obama, had already called for an invasion and more aircraft and bombs. The ironies are searing. A Pakistani religious school attacked by American drone missiles, killing 23 people, was set up in the 1980s with CIA backing. It was part of Operation Cyclone, in which the US armed and funded mujahedin groups that became al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The aim was to bring down the Soviet Union. This was achieved; it also brought down the Twin Towers.
On 20 September the inevitable response to the latest invasion came with the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. For me, it is reminiscent of President Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia in 1970, which was planned as a diversion from the coming defeat in Vietnam. The result was the rise to power of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. Today, with Taliban guerrillas closing on Kabul and Nato refusing to conduct serious negotiations, defeat in Afghanistan is also coming.
Read Full Article | John Pilger
It appears that the US and NATO are finally waking up to the realization that the Taleban, like it or not, are here to stay. President Musharraf had always pushed for the Afghan Taleban to be represented in the Afghan government – one of the many reasons of his downfall. Ex Foreign Ministry Kasuri had told NATO in November 2006 to start negotiating with the Taleban and President Musharraf had gone as far as sounding out a clear warning to the West. However, after a string of stunning victories against the US and NATO forces in the summer, the Taleban are now knocking at the gates of Kabul
They may not be model rulers or bastions of freedom and tolerance these Taleban, but there is a strong and growing support for them in the hearts and minds of the ordinary Afghans. Recently we posted how even Hamid Karzai admitted that things were better under Taleban rule.
Why the West thinks it is time to talk to the Taliban | Jason Burke
Negotiations have begun in secret with the enemy in Afghanistan. Jason Burke reveals the back channels of diplomacy that led to the controversial talks
Revealed: secret Taliban peace bid | Jason Burke
Saudis are sponsoring a peace dialogue involving a former senior member of the hardline group
A supposedly ‘grieving’ President Zardari went on to openly flirt with Sarah Palin, who came to condole him on his late wife’ death. At U.N. Mr. Zardari wasted two-thirds of the speech on his late wife. His pain [not Palin!] is understandable but he was standing there as President of Pakistan and not as Husband of BB. This was a visit focused on redeeming him in the eyes of the foreign powers that brokered the ‘deal’ that brought Mr. Zardari to power in exchange for pushing the American agenda and doing things that the military was resisting, like allowing U.S. military boots inside Pakistan. This is how ‘Friends of Pakistan,’ the business event organized in New York to seek economic aid, turned into ‘Friends of Zardari’, with all of the original backers of the ‘deal’ – U.S.’s Condoleezza Rice, U.K.’s David Miliband, and U.A.E.’s Abdullah al-Nahyan – surrounding their man in Islamabad.
After several weeks of international bad press because of drone planes being piloted by 19 year olds with joy-sticks in California, blowing up families in Pakistan willy-nilly, after all that, the “terrorists” in Pakistan decide to blow up a second rate hotel there, killing civilians, and making them the bad guys once again? How’s that for the worst timing ever?
The end result of this attack is to give the U.S. Army and the American politicians all the reason in the world that they would need to continue attacking Pakistan’s population, and taking the international pressure off the Americans to stop bombing their country. The playbook that the CIA has employed over and over again in places like Central America, Italy, Cuba, South America and the Middle East for decades to destabilize and overthrow governments is a tried and tested formula. Hotel bombing doesn’t make sense unless “Al-Qaeda” is working to advance Neo-Con political agenda.
Read Full Article | Paul Joseph Watson
For New Delhi this opens a window of opportunity to ensure that the Gwadar port does not fall into the hands of the Chinese. In this, there is synergy between the political objectives of the Americans and the Indians. Our existing goodwill in Baluchistan requires intelligent leveraging.
Sindh and most of the non-Punjabi areas of Pakistan will be our new friends.
Pakistan’s breakup will be a major setback to the Jihad Factory, which functions with the help of its army and the ISI. This in turn will ease pressures on India and the international community.
Read full article | Stable Pakistan not in India’s interest