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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->AGworld said...


    Oh look, Zardari admits it openly!

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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>CIA and ISI together created Taliban, says Zardari in US</b>

May 11, 2009 11:20 IST

In a new revelation, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari [Images] has said that the CIA of the United States and his country's ISI together created the Taliban [Images].

"I think it was part of your past and our past, and the ISI and CIA created them together," Zardari told the NBC news channel in an interview.

In the interview, which was given to the NBC on May 7, Zardari also accused the US of supporting the military rule of Pervez Musharraf [Images] who was alleged to be taking sides of the Taliban.

He disagreed with the popular belief in the US that the Pakistan military and intelligent services still have sympathies for the Taliban.
(Zardari: "The past - 'they' - were bad. The present - 'I' - am good! We promise not to jihad anymore. Trust us. Give Pak your money.")

Asked about the influential role of the Pakistan Army [Images], Zardari said he is in control of everything in the country, including the military.

"The Parliament has final say. It's the Parliament form of government, and I am a product of Parliament," he said.

Earlier, Zardari in an another interview had said that India was not a "threat" to his country and that Pakistan had moved some of its forces from its Indian border to western frontier to eliminate Taliban in its tribal belt. <!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->
There is absolutely nothing new in what President of Pakistan said about Talaban . It is a well know fact that it was created by Pakistan on behalf of the USA in the early 1980s to fight the Soviet presence in Afganistan. Mr Husky you should go through contemporary history of South Asia to understand what is what in the region.

It is ironical that today , the Taliban has gone out of control of its masters and here lies the problem. It would be in the interest of Pakistan as well as the rest of the world, particularly India that the threat to the Pakistan Government from Taliban is contained and the stability of Pakistan Government is ensured. If it collapses, India will have the Taliban at its door step and that will not be good for our own security.

<b>ravish Ji :</b>

Will be sending you G-Mail later today.

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<b>ravish Ji :</b>

Your comments please.

<b>Quo Vadis China-Pakistani Highel than the Himalayas, Deepel than the Pacific Ocean and Sweetel than Honey Fliendship?</b>

<b>Capital suggestion : Peking Man</b>

<i>Dr Farrukh Saleem</i>

<b>"The Gwadar Port Project does not make much sense for China", says Professor Zha Daojiong, China's premier energy expert and a leading light at Peking University's School of International Studies. According to Dr Yang Jiemian, president of the prestigious and influential Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, China's Pakistan-policy is under active review.</b>

I am indebted to Heinrich-Boll-Stiftung, Beijing office, for sponsoring my interactions with Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, Department of South Asia Studies, China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, Peking University's Women's Law Studies and Transition Institute. According to my colleague, Imtiaz Gul, the "China myth now stands demystified".

The 'Peking Man', the 500,000-year old fossil evidence of human presence in China, has transformed. Alas, Pakistanis are still in love with the Peking Man -- 'our friendship higher than the Himalayas and deeper than the Indian Ocean'. The Peking Man, in the meanwhile, has moved on. The new Peking Man is pragmatic and commonsensical, earthly and wise -- all those things and perhaps to a flaw.

China's foreign policy establishment now relies heavily on academics -- like Professor Zha Daojion -- and members of the think-tank community, like Dr Yang Jiemian. Over the past decade, China has invested heavily into the development of think-tanks; human capital, plush research offices along with superior perks and privileges.

There is evidence that the old Peking Man was "able to control and use fire'. There is evidence now that the new Peking Man has a singular goal -- to double, triple and quadruple China's $4 trillion GDP by 2050. And, any country that can help China go where it wants to go is a friend -- or you are on your own <b>(in FY 2008, total Foreign Direct Investment into Pakistan stood at $5 billion and of that China invested a paltry $13.7 million or 0.27 per cent of the total). Yes, China has over the past few years invested $198 million into the Gwadar Port Project but there's evidence aplenty that China is in no mood to take America head-on and if America develops a serious interest in a particular region China backs off right away.</b>

Yes, 722 soldiers of the People's Liberation Army were killed in the Sino-Indian War but that was 47 years ago (more than 3,000 Indian soldiers were killed in the Sino-Indian War of 1962). In 2000, President Narayanan visited China. In 2002, Premier Zhu Rongji was in India. In 2003, PM Vajpayee went to China. In 2004, India and China agreed to open up Jelepla and Nathula trading posts. In 2005, Premier Wen Jiabao was in Bangalore. In 2006, ONGC Videsh Ltd and China National Petroleum Corporation signed an agreement to undertake joint bids. <b>Sino-Indian trade now exceeds a mammoth $52 billion a year (Pakistan-China bilateral trade is around $7 billion a year).</b>

Yes, America and China may in effect be long-term strategic adversaries but Sino-US trade now exceeds $333 billion a year (1992: $33 billion). Furthermore, almost all of $1.9 trillion worth of China's foreign exchange reserves are dollar denominated. China, as a consequence, has an intrinsic interest in the health of the US dollar and by extension in the well-being of the US economy. Additionally, US companies have established more than 20,000 joint ventures in China while 100 of the top US-based multinationals have ongoing projects in China.

Yes, there's a strategic angle to Pakistan-China relationship. Pakistan, for instance, can become a geographical impediment to America's China-containment policy. China also uses Pakistan to cap India's geo-strategic ambitions. And then, China is very concerned -- and seeks Pakistan's help -- in containing the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (the militant organisation that wants to create an independent Islamic state out of China's Xinjiang region). For Pakistan, China is a major supplier of military hardware, nuclear reactors and a counter leverage to the US.

Shanghai and Beijing have very little 'Chinese' left in them -- both are concrete jungles with American-style webs of freeways, grade separations and interchanges. Shanghai is all about dollars and cents while Beijing is more political.

Where does Pakistan fit into this new game of dollars and cents? We are all about emotions and commotions, about pride and rage. The new Peking Man is pragmatic and realistic, astute and hard-boiled. We ought to trade some of our emotionalism in exchange for some of their pragmatism. The question is if they would be willing to do that.

The writer is the executive director of the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS). Email: farrukh15@hotmail.com

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<b>Purchasing power falls more than 50 per cent</b>

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->ISLAMABAD: The earnings of ordinary fixed-income Pakistanis, especially pensioners, have reduced in real terms to half due to falling purchasing power of the rupee and skyrocketing inflation during 2008-09.

This indicates that now, consumers can buy 50 per cent less with the same amount what they could a year back.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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<b>Pak moving towards more destructive N-weapons: US think tank</b>
This must be psy-ops or uncle is creating some mess there. How is that possible for a country on the verge of collapse to raise money for this.

<b><span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>The Result of One suicide Bombing in Iran!</span></b>

<b>Iran shuts its border with Pakistan</b>

<b>QUETTA : Iran has closed its border with Pakistan at Taftan and informed the Pakistani government about its decision.</b>

A Pakistani official confirmed on Sunday that the Iranian authorities had closed the border.

Iran had closed the border partially on Thursday after a suicide bomber attacked a mosque in Zahedan, but ordered complete closure on Saturday.

Sources said that Iranian authorities had also tightened security along the border.

The Iranian move has caused suspension of trade through the area.

There was no trade now, the sources said, adding that people belonging to tribes living on the two sides of the border were facing enormous difficulties.

<b>The Iranian border authorities have also stopped issuing temporary permits to people settled on both sides of the border.

The suspension of trade has resulted in an acute shortage of foodstuff coming from Iran.</b>

<b><span style='font-size:14pt;line-height:100%'>When will India respond to Pakistan's Terrorism?</span></b>

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<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--> <b>Saeed's release angers India, Delhi to mobilize world opinion</b>
PTI | New Delhi
Angered by the release of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafeez Mohd Saeed, India on Tuesday said that it demonstrates Pakistan's lack of seriousness to fight terror and probe the Mumbai attack amid indications that New Delhi would mobilise world community to put pressure on Islamabad.

Hours after the Lahore High Court ordered the release of Saeed, lined to last November's Mumbai terror attacks, following a six-month detention, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during which the issue is believed to have come up for discussion.
<!--QuoteBegin-"Bhima"+-->QUOTE("Bhima")<!--QuoteEBegin-->Stand Up, Be Counted - K Subrahmanyam<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

Advise to US from KS.
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin--><b>Banned NSM confirms Maulana Sufi’s arrest</b>
Updated at: 2131 PST, Thursday, June 04, 2009
ISLAMABAD: Banned Nifaz Shariat-e-Muhammadi has confirmed arrest of its Amir Maulana Sufi Muhammad and other leaders.

According to sources, Maulana Sufi Muhammad was arrested in Amandarra who along with other leaders were shifted to unknown place. <b>Maulana Sufi’s sons have also been apprehended</b>, sources added.

The latest reports say the arrested also include Maulana Sufi’s spokesman Maulana Ameer Izzat, Syed Wahab, Salman and Maulana Muhammad Alam.

<b>Parents protest as 46 cadets still missing</b>

<i>Torikhels form Lashkar to recover students</i>

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->PESHAWAR/MIRAMSHAH : Amid protest by parents of the kidnapped students of Razmak Cadet College in Bannu, <b>the government failed to recover 46 students and two teachers from the militants’ custody on Wednesday.</b><!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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<b>1. Pakistan mosque blast 'kills 40'</b>

<i>20 mins ago</i>

<b>A bomb blast at a mosque in a remote region of northwest Pakistan has killed around 40 people attending Friday prayers.</b>

Atif-ur-Rehman, a government spokesman in Upper Dir, said: "The death toll is 40.

We have no idea as yet how many have been wounded."

<b>2. Dir Bala blast kills 12, injures 40</b>

<i>Updated at : 1521 PST, Friday, June 05, 2009</i>

DIR : There are reports that several people have been killed and injured in a blast in Upper Dir area of Hayagai Sharqi, Geo News reported Friday.

The blast occurred in a mosque, where Friday prayers were being offered.

<b>The Geo News correspondent said at least 12 people have been killed and over 40 others injured in the blast.</b>

According to correspondent, a suicide bomber tried to enter the mosque; however, when he was stopped, he blew himself up.

SHO Dir Bala said death toll in the blast cannot be ascertained at present, as the communication system at the blast lies upset.

He said the police party has been dispatched towards the blast site.

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<b>Qureshi says India wants ties restoration</b>

LAHORE : <b>Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Saturday said India is persistently committing violations of treaty regarding water supply and the Pakistani government is taking up the matter seriously.</b>

Addressing the general body meeting of Farmers Associates Pakistan at Lahore Press Club, he said India wants the restoration of bilateral talks with Pakistan and developments in this connection are expected soon.

The FM underscored that the next negotiations with India will have water issue along with peace on the agenda, warning if the water issue is not resolved, it could spur further tensions with India.

FM Qureshi said the agreement regarding Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project has been signed, it will help Pakistan meet power shortfall of 4000 Megawatt.

Speaking on the occasion, the Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance, Shaukat Tarin said no new tax is being levied on agriculture and stock exchange.

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<b>Standing up to pressures from India</b>

The result of the 2009 Parliamentary Elections in India has served to reinforce the confidence of that ambitious power to play an assertive role not only in its region but also at the global level.

The Congress Party's emergence as the largest party has been made possible by the burgeoning economy and rise of an educated middle class creating a consumer's market of 300 million. <b>Even though the electoral process gets messy in a county with the greatest multiplicity of ethnic groups and religious minorities, and its conduct is not totally transparent, the result has a certain credibility justifying for the country the title of the world's largest democracy.</b>

Mr Manmohan Singh, the Sikh technocrat who helped launch India on its economic resurgence in 1990, will continue as prime minister. Interestingly, the dynastic legacy since Nehru's uninterrupted premiership from 1947 to 1964 continues. Daughter Indira Gandhi succeeded him, and her son Rajiv Gandhi inherited the leadership. Both were assassinated, one by a Sikh bodyguard and the other by a Tamil woman suicide bomber.

Rajiv's widow Sonia Gandhi being Italian born chose to play a kingmaker's role, recognising the constraints on ambition arising from such ancestry. Her son Rahul, now 36 years old, is preparing himself for leadership by strengthening the party and has played a prominent role in the election campaign. The image he has acquired is that of a gifted and dedicated nationalist who will continue to pursue his great grandfather's vision of India as a world power.

The Hindu content of India's national ethos, that was exemplified by Mahatama Gandhi, even though he was assassinated by a Hindu extremist in 1948, still bedevils the region's politics. The Kashmir dispute continues to poison relations with Pakistan and constitutes one facet of a post World War II global order in which Muslim rights and aspirations have been suppressed.

The 9/11 events were used to brand Islamic resurgence as 'terrorist' in character. Palestinians faced stronger repression in Israeli occupied regions, while India followed suit by equating the Kashmiri liberation struggle to terrorism.

The eight years of President George W Bush were coloured by his anti-Muslim obsession, from which India benefited by being groomed as a strategic ally, and though the signing of a nuclear accord. Despite President Musharraf's subservience to the Bush policies, that led him to station 100,000 Pakistan troops on the Pak-Afghan border, the US relationship with New Delhi reflected its two basic concerns, reinforcing Israel's security and containing China. Pakistan obviously could not normalise relations with Israel, though some preliminary moves were made when Foreign Minister Kasuri met his Israeli counterpart in Turkey in 2005. On China, Pakistan's longstanding alliance was codified through a Pakistan-China Treaty on Peace and Friendship, concluded in April 2005.

The Peace Process with India, initiated in January 2004 during Prime Minister A B Vajpayee's visit to Islamabad for the SAARC Summit was maintained when Vajpayee was defeated by the Congress and Manmohan Singh succeeded him as prime minister.

The dialogue was maintained over the next four years, though the emphasis was more on Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) than on dispute resolution. The earthquake of 2005 led to some humanitarian cooperation in Kashmir where its fury was concentrated but bilateral relations virtually stagnated, as even issues such as Siachin Glacier and Sir Creek could not be finalised with last minute hitches coming from India.

The democratic process in Pakistan that culminated in the elections of February 18, 2008 did produce some useful manifestations of goodwill, though India's attitude was transformed by the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 26 attributed to "non-state actors." Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi happened to be in New Delhi when the incident happened, and stayed on for a while as a reassuring gesture. India's inclination to exert military pressure on Pakistan was discouraged by the US and NATO, which are aware of the problems Pakistan has been confronting in its tribal region along the Afghan border.

With the coming into power of the Obama regime in Washington, that has shown awareness of discontents in the Islamic world, hopes have been aroused that though terrorism remains a concern, the longstanding sources of tension such as Palestine and Kashmir will be addressed. Obama's election is a landmark, as he is the first Afro-American to enter the White House. His father was a Muslim of Kenyan origin so that he has linkages both to the Third World and the World of Islam. Even during his election campaign he not only proclaimed an agenda for change but also his intention to launch a dialogue with the World of Islam, to replace Bush's confrontationist strategy rooted in Huntington "Clash of Civilisations" theory.

<b>India is already behaving with a self-assurance arising from its global diplomatic standing including strategic and economic convergence with the US, Europe, Russia and Japan. On the contrary, despite having elections and adopting a reformist economic agenda, Pakistan's future is not seen as secure with Henry Kissinger forecasting instability in 2015 and the end of independent existence by 2025. Our post election leadership remains preoccupied with personal intrigues and petty rivalries.</b> It is time that our elected leadership rises to the real challenges, including India's enduring animus. It is pertinent to recall that after India's nuclear tests in May 1998, the Indian ruling party leader L K Advani called upon Pakistan to vacate Azad Kashmir while BJP Party President Singhal had declared that the partition of the subcontinent in 1947should end and Akhand Bharat restored. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's historic decision to demonstrate Pakistan's nuclear capability on May 28, 1998 restored nuclear balance, guaranteeing Pakistan's survival.

Apart from safeguarding national unity and sovereignty, our greatest challenge will always be to ensure our independent existence and whoever is the head in Pakistan must meet that challenge by mobilising the nation with courage and conviction.

<i>The writer is a former ambassador</i>

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<b>Pakistan used anti-terrorism aid to build conventional force</b>

Washington: Pakistan has used a substantial amount of military aid from the U.S. meant to fight terrorism to build up its army with modern weapons and equipment for a conventional warfare against India, Pentagon documents have revealed.

<b>All this was done with the knowledge of the then Bush Administration, which not only provided $1.9 billion in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) but also signed agreements with Pakistan for military sales worth nearly $5 billion during the period, showed the documents accessed by PTI.</b>

The Pentagon documents also revealed that a <b>major post-9/11 American defence supply to Pakistan under FMF had nothing to do with its fight against terrorism</b>.

While the Taliban and Al-Qaeda gained ground in the tribal areas of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, Islamabad bought eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and their refurbishment worth $474 million. It also placed orders for 5,250 TOW anti-armour missiles worth $186 million. 2,007 of these have already been delivered and the rest are in the process of being supplied.

Besides buying more than 5,600 military radio sets worth $163 million, Pakistan bought six AN/TPS-77 surveillance radars worth $100 million and six C-130E transport aircraft and their refurbishment worth $76 million. Under the Excess Defence Articles (EDA), it was granted 20 AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters, which were then refurbished, according to the Pentagon documents. Pakistan also used a substantial chunk of America’s FMF to purchase up to 60 mid-life update kits for F-16 A/B combat aircraft valued at $891 million.

Islamabad also paid a whopping $1.43 billion to the U.S. to purchase 18 new F-16 combat aircraft and another $629 million for F-16 armaments. — PTI
<b>Taliban kill Sufi’s men</b><!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->* Maulana Alam, Amir Izaat of TNSM killed in crossfire
* ISPR<b> DG says </b>17 Taliban killed in search and destroy operations in 24 hours
By Tahir Niaz
RAWALPINDI: The Taliban attacked a security forces’ convoy on Saturday, killing Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Muhammadi (TNSM) naib amir Maulana Alam and spokesman Amir Izaat while they were being transported to Peshawar.

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Athar Abbas told reporters in Rawalpindi the <b>Taliban attacked the convoy after it hit an improvised explosive device (IED).</b> He said one non-commissioned officer was also martyred in the attack, and five others were injured. He said the convoy was carrying prisoners needed for a “special investigation” by intelligence agencies. To questions, he said TNSM chief Sufi Muhammad was not in custody, but confirmed that TNSM leader Maulana Wahab was currently being interrogated by security forces.

During a separate press conference in Peshawar, NWFP Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain blamed the Taliban for killing the two TNSM leaders. “There were differences between the TNSM and the Taliban. <b>We are 90 percent certain the terrorists attacked the convoy to kill the two men</b>,” <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->  he said. “We were told by the TNSM leaders during negotiations that the Taliban were threatening them. So, there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind about who carried out (Saturday’s) attack,” he added. To questions, he said there was some confusion over the number of IDPs, because several families had registered themselves at different points.

<b>Karachi reels under target-killings</b>

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->KARACHI - Bloodshed continued in the metropolitan city as 17 more people fell prey to target-killings on Sunday<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->

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