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Just a reminder for everyone that Osama Bin Laden has been dead since 2001. The videos and audios that keep popping up are faked. Benazir Bhutto confirmed this just before being assassinated in 2007 most likely for talking too much.Just a reminder for everyone that Osama Bin Laden has been dead since 2001. The videos... more
Pakistan's rapid stride towards anarchy.
The long-awaited United Nations report on the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto does not answer the central question of who killed her, but does put its finger directly on what remains the most troubling part of Pakistan’s reality, the dominance of its military and intelligence services over civilian leaders.
The report makes repeated references to the unchecked power of the military and its intelligence wing, ISI. But Heraldo Munoz, chair of the Bhutto Commission of Inquiry, told reporters: "The investigation was severely hampered by intelligence agencies and other government officials, which impeded the search for the truth..."The long-awaited United Nations report on the assassination of former Pakistani Prime... more
A FEW days after the murder in December 2007 of Benazir Bhutto, a two-time former Pakistani prime minister, the country’s then president, Pervez Musharraf, held a press conference in high spirits. Cracking jokes about his country’s famed unruliness, the then dictator dismissed concerns about a hapless police effort to secure evidence and investigate the killing. He suggested Ms Bhutto was partly to blame for having disregarded security warnings. But on Thursday April 15th a high-powered UN report into Ms Bhutto’s death took a more critical view of these events. For Mr Musharraf, now living in exile in London, and the Pakistani military establishment he once led, its conclusions should be devastating.
The report finds Mr Musharraf’s government guilty of an “inexcusable” failure to provide proper security to Ms Bhutto, who was campaigning for elections at the time of her murder. “Ms Bhutto’s assassination,” it says, “could have been prevented if adequate security measures had been taken.”
Worse for Mr Musharraf and the army, the 65-page report accuses his government and its agents of a “deliberate” effort to cover up the circumstances of Ms Bhutto’s murder—including hosing down the crime scene less than two hours after the attack and ensuring no post mortem was carried out on Ms Bhutto’s body. It also finds that Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, including the main army-controlled Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), “severely hampered” investigations into the crime.
The report accuses Saud Aziz, police chief of Rawalpindi, the garrison city where Ms Bhutto was killed, of deliberately preventing investigators from reaching the crime scene for nearly two days. He also ordered the hosing of the crime scene—after receiving a call, the report says, from Pakistan’s army headquarters. The report calls an official enquiry into this damning event a “whitewash”. “Hosing down the crime scene so soon after the blast goes beyond mere incompetence,” the report says. “It is up to the relevant authorities to determine whether this amounts to criminal responsibility.”
Dispelling a popular Pakistani conspiracy theory, one of the report’s authors, Heraldo Muñoz Valenzuela, a Chilean diplomat, said there was no evidence to suggest Ms Bhutto’s widower, President Asif Zardari, was involved in her killing. Yet the report offered encouragement to other conspiracy theories: “While [Ms Bhutto] died when a fifteen-and-a-half-year-old suicide bomber detonated his explosives near her vehicle, no one believes that this boy acted alone.” The report casts doubt on the official Pakistani conclusion—supported by American and British spies and detectives—that Baitullah Mehsud, then head of Pakistan’s Taliban militants, was behind the killing. “It remains the responsibility of the Pakistani authorities to carry out a serious, credible criminal investigation that determines who conceived, ordered and executed this heinous crime of historic proportions.”
To be fair to Mr Musharraf, some of the bungling described in the report is unremarkable in Pakistan. For example, it notes that police deployed on rooftops around the site of Ms Bhutto’s last rally were supposed to have binoculars, but did not. To some extent, the unhelpful role of the country’s intelligence agencies might also be less sinister than it appears. In a country with a history of army intrigue and interventions, civilian officials are often paralysed by uncertainty over their generals’ wishes. This might explain some of the shoddy policing—with officials reluctant to investigate Ms Bhutto's killing in case the ISI had a hand in it.
At best, then, the report highlights the debilitating effect on Pakistan’s institutions of its periodic spells of military rule. It also suggests the contempt the country’s uniformed leaders display towards their civilian counterparts. Yet this is clearly not all. The report, which was kept under wraps for two weeks at the timorous request of Mr Zardari’s government, raises serious questions about the role in the killing played by Mr Musharraf’s regime, which included Pakistan’s current army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, who led the ISI until shortly before Ms Bhutto’s murder. Whether these mysteries will be solved is another matter—in a country where political murders rarely are.A FEW days after the murder in December 2007 of Benazir Bhutto, a two-time former... more
There were many chances for the then Government that could have stopped the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, United Nations commission said. The Commission blamed Musharraf's Government on failing to provide adequate security measures.There were many chances for the then Government that could have stopped the... more
The U.S. terror war as seen through the eyes of a prisoner
When we first began corresponding with Khalid Awan in 2007, we had no idea why he was serving time in U.S. federal prison. We soon discovered Awan was one of the first of thousands of Muslims taken prisoner in the post-9/11 U.S. “terror war.” As the story began unfolding in our letters, we began to realize that this honest, humble and sincere man was not only innocent, but the ongoing injustice being done to him provides critical insight into the mindless, meanspirited, bureaucratic-yes-men idiocy fueling the illegal U.S. “war on terror” (and just about everything else that is going wrong in this country). At our insistence, Awan wrote his story and supplied us with whatever documents we requested. And now, after three months of cooperative efforts, the story of Khalid Awan can be told. We have come to know Awan as a peaceful man engaged in peaceful work who has been wrongfully accused, detained and repeatedly convicted of crimes he did not commit because he was a Muslim with international connections and an office in New York on 9/11. We present this to you in faith that you will realize a deeper understanding of the levels of complicity necessary for the “land of the free” to tolerate the phony war on terror year after year and in hope that Awan—and all the other million or more political prisoners being held by this country—will one day be reunited with their families.
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http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=60600467317The U.S. terror war as seen through the eyes of a prisoner When we first began... more
Washington is caught up in a political scandal centering on former Vice President Dick Cheney. It follows a move by the new CIA director Leon Panetta to cancel a secret plan to find and kill Al-Qaeda leaders.
He says that, while in office, Cheney ordered the agency to withhold information about the anti-terror program from Congress.Washington is caught up in a political scandal centering on former Vice President Dick... more
Pepe Escobar: The more it changes, the more the "war on terror" stays the same.
No one really knows the fate of the man who was the reason for the Bush administration-proclaimed "war on terror." Some influential Pakistanis say the Americans don't know it. The Americans admit they don't know it. President George W. Bush wanted him dead or alive. No one really knows whether he's dead or alive. President Barack Obama says he and his organization remain the number one threat to the US But even America's most media-savvy general admits his organization is not in Afghanistan anymore. Would that be reason enough for the US to finally leave Afghanistan? On the contrary: now there's a new - counterinsurgent - top boot on the ground.Pepe Escobar: The more it changes, the more the "war on terror" stays the... more
Rich Ass sons and daughters of Politicians
They are not from THE PEOPLE, they don't represent the real people from the nation.
How long we will be suffering their pressurized governments? One after another.
To run a government is not in the blood, believe me. Its all about talent and passion to do it.
These rich ass sons and daughters who go to the western universities only in order to get the particular education in Political science or law and then come back to claim their family share in the gevernment so that they can rip the wealth of these countries.
Thats what they do, every one is aware of it.
So you politicians, stop doing that.
People should get elect someone else. Some one who really deserve to be there, Some one who represents the people within the people.
Someone who has suffered the same problems as people of the country.
These rich sons and daughters of rich politicians do not spend even a day of life like poor people, so how can they understand the real problems, the average man is suffering.
They rich people even drink the most expensive mineral water and yet the people do not even have water to drink.
They eat the most expensive food on earth and yet their people have nothing to eat.
Even their horses standing in the stable eat the best and cleanest food but people and human beings are deprived of that.
They should be shameful.Rich Ass sons and daughters of Politicians They are not from THE PEOPLE, they... more
The elder daughter of Pakistan's assassinated former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, has written a rap song expressing grief over her death.
The song by Bakhtawar Bhutto, 18, comes a year after the assassination and is entitled "I would take the pain away".
It pays tribute to her mother's "crazy courage" and describes her as "the epitome of benevolence".
"No comfort or ease. I'm begging you please, God bless the deceased," she laments in the song.
Praising her mother's "beauty and intelligence", the song says that the "whole world is weeping" over the murder.
"Shot in the back of your ear, so young in 54th year, murdered with three kids left behind, a hopeless nation without you, you are in all their hearts," it says.
The teenager, a student at Edinburgh University, then repeats the chorus line "I would take the pain away".
It has been played regularly on state-run television and has been posted on the video-sharing website YouTube.
"My mother was murdered. I don't even comprehend. Was it worth dying for? I'm walking through screened doors," Bakhtawar sings in English.
News source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7813478.stm
Has Pakistani politics improved since the loss of Benazir Bhutto, or does Pakistan need another heroic figure to rally around? Is her legacy being exploited by her widower, Asif Ali Zardari, in his presidency in Pakistan and to gain popular support?The elder daughter of Pakistan's assassinated former Prime Minister, Benazir... more
Wailing and beating their chests, tens of thousands of people paid homage to Benazir Bhutto Saturday on the one-year anniversary of her assassination — an event that dashed U.S. hopes the moderate Muslim politician would regain power and galvanize the campaign against al-Qaida.
The commemoration came amid heightened tensions with India over the Mumbai terror attacks and a Pakistani troop buildup along their shared border, though Pakistan's leaders used the occasion to call for peace.
"We don't want to fight, we don't want to have war, we don't want to have aggression with our neighbors," Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani said in a televised speech.Wailing and beating their chests, tens of thousands of people paid homage to Benazir... more
The exit to the parade ground where Benazir Bhutto delivered her final speech has been transformed. Workmen are putting the finishing touches to a small shrine marking the place where she was killed, elevating her to an almost saint-like status. Posters plaster the walls, recordings of historic speeches boom from a speaker, hundreds of photographs are stacked on tables set up on the pavement.
Seasoned party worker Safdar Abbasi is remembering his leader's last words, in an election campaign she never finished.
"I think she was pretty charged that day and the speech that she gave, it was probably one of her finest speeches in recent memory," he says. "She took the crowd along."
Getty Images photographer John Moore recalls her last moments.
"I guess I was 20m [yds] ahead of the car, and I heard three shots fired," he says. "As she moved down through the sunroof, I raised my camera. And just as I took the first photograph is when the blast occurred and there was complete chaos. People running, there was debris flying through the air, pieces of the vehicle, pieces of rubbish, pieces of human beings, all in the air."
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's most internationally recognised politician, shocked the country and the world, and devastated her supporters.
But what has been the political impact of her death? On one level, it has been huge: her Pakistan People's Party came first in the general election, bolstered by a sympathy vote. For the first time in more than a decade, it formed a national government.The exit to the parade ground where Benazir Bhutto delivered her final speech has been... more
Sunil Ram: Pakistani military operations are determined in part by dependency on drug revenue. Part 2
In part two of our interview with security expert Sunil Ram, Sunil explains the complex affairs of the Pakistani military and their reliance on drug trafficking revenue. Sunil explains how this story has gone completely unreported as a result of the sheer difficulty in obtaining information on the activities of the Pakistani military-business elite. Meanwhile, NATO and the US are turning a blind eye toward the movement of drugs through Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Sunil Ram is a military and security expert with Alexis International, an international consulting firm. He is the Contributing Editor of SITREP, the private defense journal of the Royal Canadian Military Institute, and has served in the Canadian Forces as both a soldier and officer between 1980-86 and 1997-99. Sunil also served as a military adviser to the Saudi Royal Family for over ten years, including involvement in the 1991 Gulf War and the Yemeni conflict in the 1990s. He has won a series of awards, including the UN Global Citizen Award presented to him in 1995 by the UN. He has also published a variety of articles and books and has had columns on military affairs published in newspapers, such as Canada’s Globe and Mail.
See Part 1 at: http://current.com/items/89455917_pakistan_in_a_panic
Sunil Ram: Pakistani military operations are determined in part by dependency on drug... more
(CNN) -- The leader of Pakistan's Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, is dead from kidney failure, sources told CNN.
The Pakistan government blamed Mehsud for the December 27, 2007, assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
An unnamed Islamabad-based source with connections within the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan said Mehsud died about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Military officials in the field confirmed to CNN that Mehsud had died.
Geo Television of Pakistan and other local stations also reported his death.
But some reports also had the Taliban denying Mehsud's death.
Earlier reports said the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan was ill and was expected to die within a day. Mehsud is said to have succumbed to kidney failure and was believed to be about 34 years old.
Mehsud denied involvement in Bhutto's assassination.
"We don't strike women," he said through a spokesman.
In his first television interview, conducted by Al-Jazeera last year, Mehsud said his ultimate aim was to attack New York and London, England.
In January, Spanish police said a cell of Pakistanis -- allegedly dispatched by Mehsud -- arrested in Barcelona was planning suicide operations in Spain and possibly elsewhere in Europe.
(CNN) -- The leader of Pakistan's Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, is dead from kidney... more
Asif Ali Zardari, widower of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and now the leader of her party, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), is set to win a five-year term as president of Pakistan on Saturday.
Asif Ali Zardari, widower of slain former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and now the... more
Pakistan's new president said his nation will not tolerate a violation of its sovereignty by "any power" in the name of fighting terrorism, a clear signal to the U.S. to avoid cross-border strikes.
Asif Ali Zardari also asked Parliament to form a committee to consider reducing the presidential powers enhanced under his predecessor, Pervez Musharraf.
Zardari, the widower of slain ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, made the comments Saturday in a speech to a joint session of Parliament. He leads the main ruling party and was elected president earlier this month.
Pakistan's new president said his nation will not tolerate a violation of its... more