December 27, 2010

Who killed Benazir Bhutto—Zardari or Kayani ?

By Habib R. Sulemani

East's helpless daughter Benazir
Today is the third death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto. She was leader of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the first Muslim female Prime Minister of the world. Unfortunately, she was assassinated at the age of 54 during an election campaign on December 27, 2007.

After the election, military dictator Gen. Pervez Musharraf allowed the PPP to form government. Thus Yousif Raza Gilani became Prime Minister. Subsequently, Ms. Bhutto’s husband Asif Ali Zardari was elected as President of the country on the departure of the dictator.

After coming into power, the PPP leadership had promised to bring the assassins of Ms. Bhutto to justice but, until now, it has failed to fulfill its promise. This has frustrated the committed workers of the party. The “unfriendly" media-cartel is exploiting it for sheer "rating" or to appease the powerful establishment, which since day-one is trying to bring down the elected government. In this regard, the media gurus of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and  Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) have tried all tactics of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels and have brought the country on the brink of collapse! However, so far, they've failed to force out the civilian government.

The family-centric characteristic of the PPP has brought an end to the era of the Bhuttos in Pakistan. Gen. Zia hanged Ms. Bhutto’s father (Z. A. Bhutto, who was a former premier and president) after a military coup in the 1970s. Her youngest brother (Shah Nawaz Bhutto) died in mysterious circumstance in the 1980s when the ruthless military dictator was still in power. Another brother (Murtaza Bhutto) was killed on road by security officials in the 1990s when Ms. Bhutto was apparently Prime Minister of the country.

Now, the PPP and Pakistan both seem at the mercy of the Zardaris. Let's see what happens with the Zardaris in the fight for absolute power in the battleground, globally known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan!

Looking back, I think, as chief executive of the country, Ms. Bhutto was as helpless as her husband, Mr. Zardari seems today as the civilian Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. Soon after the murder of her second brother, her husband was accused of the murder and corruption, and the PPP-led government was dismissed by no-one but her own hand-picked President, whom the cunning establishment had controlled in its typical way! Her husband was put in jail while she went into self-exile. On return she was killed mercilessly.

Mr. Bhutto’s tragic death has become another mystery in the checkered history of Pakistan. There are two camps in the corridors of power: the fragile elected civilian government (led by President Zardari) and the mighty establishment (led by Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani). They both are engaged in a cold war to become king of the republic! The later is rather being accused of trying to topple the government by hook or crook!

President Asif Ali Zardari
The released WikiLeaks speak volumes about the relationship between the President and Army Chief. Though not directly, especially in the media, but privately through their slavish stooges, the government and establishment both accuse each other for the murder of Ms. Bhutto. Mr. Zardari uses the term “political actor” for Gen. Kayani — who calls the shots in Pakistan after the departure of Gen. Musharraf — not a hippopotamus-like journalist! 

There are four hypotheses about the death of Benazir Bhutto, who was proud to call herself Daughter of The East

The military regime: The ISI was responsible for the assassination of Ms. Bhutto. The premier spy agency had also planned to kill Nawaz Sharif (another two-time premier and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League) on the same day but luckily he survived. Earlier Gen. Musharraf had announced that the two exiled leaders of the two major political parties would not return to the country. But unexpectedly in unexplained circumstances, they both returned before the general election.

Ms. Bhutto and Mr. Sharif were archrivals for over a decade, and their typical rivalry destroyed the country's economy and global reputation. However, during exile, they had signed an agreement to strengthen democracy on their return to Pakistan. This "Charter of Democracy" had given the military dictator sleepless nights. Therefore, the ISI was mobilized!

When President Zardari says he knows the assassins of his wife, actually he means the ISI chief who is now the army chief! Those who favor this perception, say that the current fragile civilian government is unable to bring the "culprits" to justice as they had "evaded" even the investigation of the United Nations! The critics of the military leadership claim that Gen. Kayani had deceived even his former boss Gen. Musharraf!

Insider's job: This is being discussed mostly by the opponents of the ruling PPP. It says that the marital relationship between Ms. Bhutto and Mr. Zardari had become "painful" and a proposal of divorce was on the table when the tragic incident happened. Ms. Bhutto wanted to get rid of corruption charges (her husband was known as Mr. 10 Percent when she was in power) as the third-time premier—she had been assured in this regard! Those who subscribe to this view say that Mr. Zardari benefited from the murder of his wife, he enjoys power today and keeps mum about the "terrorist attack".

Joint venture: The military regime (along with allies PML-Q and MQM) and Mr. Zardari (with current Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Law Minister Baber Awan) were on board regarding the assassination plot of Ms. Bhutto. Mr. Zardari's release from jail under suspicious circumstances was a part of this joint venture. The military regime had allowed him to go out of the country to join his family in exile according to the criminal strategy

The global players: This traditional conspiracy theory relates to the role of the CIA, RAW and Mossad in the assassination of Ms. Bhutto. According to this hypothesis, the international players, who wanted to disintegrate Pakistan, actually killed Ms. Bhutto. She had spoken publicly against the "Balkanization" of Pakistan before her assassination.

Gen Kayani and Gen Musharraf
Whatever may be the truth, one thing is certain that there is no government, no law and order in Pakistan today. When an elected civilian government is unable to investigate the assassination of an ex-premier, how can it register cases against those who attacked my sister and me (President, PM, army & ISI chiefs to be responsible if…). Due to threats, I'm locked inside my house for the last nine months but the government is still silent.

To be frankly, there is no government in Pakistan. Gangs are ruling different regions and government departments in the country. Democracy has become a joke with a rubber-stamp Parliament and politicians have assumed the status of second-class jokers! The print and electronic media is totally under the clutches of the establishment. Thus an historic Constitutional amendment in the Parliament can’t get due coverage which trivial incidents and engineered events often get! The marriage of a tennis star in this regard has become a historic example of media manipulation.

Believe it or not, the current Parliament is weaker than the remote-controlled house of Gen. Musharraf. It can’t do anything for the over 170 million people of Pakistan but parliamentarians keep amusing the establishment and get rewards for this sleazy job! Long live fraudulent democracy in the militarized and Talibanized Pakistan!

(Photos via Google)

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from your Muslim brothers & sisters

By TTT

Cross & Crescent by TTT
Merry Christmas to our Christian brothers and sisters around the world including Pakistan. Today you're commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ and our best wishes are with you.

Jesus is also a Holly Prophet of us—the over one billion Muslims of the world. Any person can't be a Muslim unless s/he accepts Jesus as the Prophet of God.

Jews, Christians and Muslims are followers of the Abrahamic faith but our religious and political leaders often forget the commonalities! The mainstream media, at least in our country, ignores to highlight our common human heritage. Rather it's promoting tribalism: We and They!! Our media persons face intellectual bankruptcy like people of other fields. However, the social media is bringing a silent revolution, and now is influencing the mainstream media even. There's a ray of hope for betterment!

Let’s tell you on this auspicious occasion that Muslims especially the people of Pakistan are not terrorists, but yes, there are terrorists who were born to Muslims as the German dictator Hitler was born to a Christian family. So we can't generalize communities!

Mr. Jinnah, Google image
Today is also the 134th birth anniversary of the founding father of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah (1876–1948), commonly known as the Quaid-i-Azam or the Great Leader. He was a liberal Muslim who wanted to see Pakistan a liberal Muslim country.

"You're free to go to your temples; you're free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any caste or creed, that has nothing to do with the business of the state," Mr. Jinnah had said while laying the foundation stone of Pakistan.

Then this fuss—terrorism! Why the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, sectarian, racist and nationalist extremists are spreading terrorism beyond Pakistan?

Good question! Unfortunately, there are some of the masterminds of global terrorism within our government and military establishment, who, for the sack of personal gains, have made our country a "security threat" to the world. These criminal minds are following the "jihadist policies" of the doomed ex-military dictator Gen Zia (1924–1988) even today. They're chameleons and deceive not only their own terrorized people but the global leaders as well.

The WikiLeaks have exposed the despot ruling class of Muslim countries including our dishonest Pakistani leaders who consider themselves the "atomic (begging) power" of the Muslim world. According to Habib Sulemani, they tell lies and lies to everyone! They're born liars and never tell truth to anybody! And still many global leaders take their lies as the ultimate truth! Very strange!  

"So the common citizens of Pakistan and other Muslim nation states are innocent," Mr. Sulemani says. "They're facing ruthless regimes, and are helpless to show their talent in in a creative way, especially in the sciences and arts like their forefathers: Rumi, Tusi, Abu Hanifa, Avicenna etc. There is anger and frustration among the Muslim youth due to the ongoing injustices, and they're not allowed to use their anger in a creative way by employing freedom of thought and freedom of expression. The only way left, thus, is suicide attacks! And the cunning rulers use this thing against their political rivals and the West through their brigades of intellectual terrorists!"  

The secret agencies and military establishment use terrorist organizations as a satanic strategic asset! In Pakistan innocent citizens feel threat from no-one but their own so-called security agencies, which are, actually, a legal source of employment for professional criminals.

Whenever there is a terror attack in the country, not only the intellectuals but also common people from the streets say: “It’s a traditional action of our spy agencies to secure highest number of causalities, and get more grants from the West!” Thus innocent citizens become victims of terror attacks by their own unscrupulous security officials. What a shame. But it's also shameful that global powers are equipping these brutal agencies to fight terrorists! What an intellectual failure! 

As our bloggers have been exposing the nefarious designs of the criminal minds within and outside the spy agencies. Thanks God, now the people of Pakistan are also getting wiser—yes—that is why this year no Shia-Sunni clash or typical terrorist attack on the minority Shia Muslim community  happened during the Muharram mourning processions. It's a good sign. But be careful our countrymen and global community!!

Peace and normalcy can return to our country if global leaders keep pressure on our civilian government and military establishment—the two scuffling forces in Pakistan. The global leaders particularly donors should keep in mind if some leader tell lies and deceive their own people, how can they be sincere with others!

Whatever the result—we will continue our job to present the true picture of our poor country and helpless people until we're stopped by the Inter Services Intelligence, Military Intelligence or any other Cheka-like agency directly or indirectly! We want a just Pakistan, the dream of Mr. Jinnah.—The Terrorland Team (TTT)

December 24, 2010

End of sectarianism: Shia leader makes historic statement


Gilgit-Baltistan has been facing sectarian terrorism since 1988, when military dictator, Gen Zia, sent "Afghan jihadists" to the region for ethnic cleansing of Shia Muslims. The 72,000 sq/km area, with a population of over 2 million, borders with China and India. Over the years hundreds of thousands of innocent people have been killed mercilessly especially the educated lot from Shia and Sunni sects of Islam.

Today I read this historic statement of a topmost Shia Muslim leader, saying that he was ready to offer prayers with his Sunni Muslim brothers. The mainstream media of Pakistan ignores such statements and only follows the spy agencies' given statements! What a deplorable sate! 

However, a regional website, Pamir Times, run by a team of devoted young people from the region, has published the heroic Shia leader's statement. This can bring an end to the years of sectarian violence, not only in Giglit-Baltistan region but also in other terror-hit parts of Pakistan, especially in Jhang (Punjab) and Parachinar (Pakhtunkhwa). 

Allama Agha Rahat Al-Hussaini, prayer leader of the Central Imamia (Shia) Mosque Gilgit, said that he was ready to say prayers behind a Sunni prayer leader (the major source of conflict for centuries between the two sects). He proposed that on one Friday Shias could pray behind a Sunni Imam (prayer leader) and on another Friday the Sunnis could pray behind a Shia Imam as a symbol of Islamic brotherhood.

“If Shias and Sunnis can say their prayers behind one Imam in Saudi Arabia, why can’t they do so in Gilgit,” Mr. Hussaini said while addressing a religious gathering in the Napura locality of Gilgit, the capital city of the "de facto" province of Pakistan.

Personally, I think this statement should be appreciated at every level. If the government wants to end terrorism, then such religious leaders should be encouraged. This year was a unique one that during the recent Muharram processions, no incident of terrorism occured in the region. And now this statement from a Shia leader will help to bring normalcy in the terrorized region. 

After the 9/11 tragedy, tourism, the main source of income in the region has been reduced and young people are jobless. The end of sectarian violence will lead to economic stability in the region. It would also bring an end to the 63-year long ambiguity regarding the Constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan within Pakistan.
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Related blogs:
1- Gilgit-Baltistan – The Orphaned Land of Pakistan
2- Tribalism — Aga Khan’s pluralism under threat in Gilgit-Baltistan

December 23, 2010

War and Peace — Tolstoy's 100th death anniversary!

By Nasira Parveen

Leo Tolstoy, by Tennyson Samraj
LAST WEEK a bloger friend came to inform me that I must visit her house along with my family members on the occasion of Christmas. In a time when our own Muslim relatives and friends are afraid of the  Pakistani secret agencies to contact us, this Christian family celebrated Eid with us and now we will celebrate Christmas with them. 

When she came to me, I was busy with reading a novel. During conversation she asked me which novel I was reading. “Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace,” I said. She was surprised.

“I couldn’t read it,” she said. “It’s really a bulky one—how you started reading it?”

No doubt, it’s not fun to touch the 1352-page Russian classic. But once I touched it, now I can’t leave it either. ‘War and Peace’ is one of the finest and most famous novel in the world. So I picked it and have finished the part one of it.

It's 100 years since Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) left this world physically but his literary works have never let him die. His intellectuality is benefiting human beings all over the world even today. I think he is physically not with us but his creativity writing is forcing us to treat him as a living legend!

Now Tolstoy is more famous than he was in his lifetime. Those who could not read his epic, they feel something lacking in their lives—even after becoming presidents and prime ministers! This is the level of his art. But just think—he could not win the Nobel Prize in Literature, being given to living legends every year since 1901. 

I like Tolstoy’s life-story besides his work. This novelist, dramatist and moral philosopher spiritually influenced Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) who shaped South Asia along with Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Tolstoy was born to an aristocrat family in central Russia. However, his artistic nature didn’t allow him to become an exploiter of the poor. This behavior brought him miseries from outside as well as within the family.

Here is a paragraph, from his novel, which I want to share with my blog-readers.

“Well, now, good-bye!" He gave his son his hand to kiss, and embraced him. "Remember this, Prince Andrew, if they kill you it will hurt me, your old father…"

He paused unexpectedly, and then in a querulous voice suddenly shrieked: "But if I hear that you have not behaved like a son of Nicholas Bolkonski, I shall be ashamed!"

"You need not have said to me, father," said the son with a smile.

The old man was silent.

"I also wanted to ask you," continued Prince Andrew, "if  I’m killed and if I have a son, do not let him be taken away from you-as I said yesterday… let him grow up with you please.”     

I’m moved by this paragraph! It shows the feelings which a father is having for his son, and the son about his expected son before going to join the army! 

December 22, 2010

An ode to my love

By Habib Sulemani

I wanna be with you,
          my love!
          But I don’t know
          who are you,
          and where are you!

Being a realist,
          sometimes I doubt your existence!
          It seems nothing
          but a daydream!

Then there is a sudden image of you,
          a pretty one
          as a picture can be!
  
I don’t know why but
          there is an air of easy assurance that
          I’ll find you someday!

I don’t know why but I'm sure
          I’ll discover you.
          I'm as sure as eggs is eggs!

                               © Habib R. Sulemani

December 20, 2010

Intellectual dishonesty 2010 (Part 3)

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AFTER the mainstream media, now the blogosphere has also been conquered by the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and other Cheka-like agencies in Pakistan. Through their many brigades of agents in the media – some are hardcore Taliban, some wearing liberal faces and many other chameleons – they have made the life of honest journalists miserable in our country. Every true journalist and writer is living with fear of harassment, torture, abduction or murder.

Over the time, our liberal founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s Pakistan is gradually becoming a fascist nation state in South Asia. In today's Pakistan, the offspring and followers of Dr. Joseph Goebbels – Nazi propaganda minister – have created an atmosphere of the time when fascist dictator Hitler was ruling Germany.   

Our group blog, The Terrorland, is trying to propagate the liberal views of Mr. Jinnah and this has enraged authorities within the government and establishment. Due to our global reach and appreciation, now they’ve started a new campaign against our website and bloggers. But they lack the moral courage to come in the open or write directly! Shame on you, disgusting creatures!

Here is the latest post of an anonymous blogger: These Long Wars (TLW). This post has also been published by the Critical Supporters of the (ruling) Pakistan People's Party web page. With compliments, we’re publishing it here without any comment, allowing our readers to read the sick mind of our sick secret agencies and their snobbish puppets.—The Terrorland Team  

Abbas Brothers II – Why I Wrote on Them

TLW 

I am a questioning sort of person. I question that which makes me curious, or that which piques my interest, yet I do not understand. And a certain blog piqued my interest. Reader Murtaza Jafri is a google follower of this blog by a certain, former employee of Dawn.

The blog, aside from tapping into the massive trope of Pakistan being nothing but a “land of terror” (which plays into a deeply impoverished view of Pakistan, reducing a much, much more complex land into the bare idea of angry bearded Muslims, and non angry, non bearded Muslims), made a swiping reference in every other post about a man whom I would presume was the writer’s former boss, Zafar Abbas. And every third or so post would make reference to Mr Zafar Abbas being the brother of General Athar Abbas of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR- the military’s PR department).

That blog, and that employee were, to put it politely, a few cards short of a full deck. It is the policy of this writer and this blog, when one comes across what could be real out and out psychological damage, to keep quiet and back away slowly. Which is what I did. The author of that blog even referenced his own psychological situation, confirming what one suspected about him as a mentally damaged human being. That blogger even admitted being in such a precarious psychological state, and described his current conditions as that of a classic shut-in. So I skimmed and backed away slowly. And I realised as I closed the browser window that this lunatic had 34 google followers, and all I could muster were 6. Wow; even an out and out nutjob had more readers than me.

Or maybe it was just that he was realising the situation of current mainstream middle class Pakistan. Quoth Nadeem Farooq Paracha’s twitter: Conspiracies theories are not theories, but a fact in Pakistan. Elvis is alive in Waziristan – thus the drone attacks.

I’m afraid that Nadeem Paracha may be too close to the truth.

As for this gentleman and his blog, they shall remain unnamed. I don’t want any strange google results for/from him leading to me. If you have any doubts about how annoying skewed Google results are, ask the folks at Five Rupees blog about their “Aunty” problem someday. I do not wish to skew my google results into any acknowledgement of this man’s batshit lunacy. For all I know, he may have gotten fired from Dawn because his English writing skills stink. Seriously speaking, the grammar of his blogposts was atrocious, and this was a man who claimed to have been employed by what could be called Pakistan’s premier English daily. Standards of grammatical correctness had been slipping at Dawn, but he who shall remain unnamed used some really lousy English on his blog.

Moving beyond this man who was singularly obsessed with the Abbas brothers, and their “possible” role in getting him fired, many people had randomly mentioned this band of brothers who seemed to have reached top journalistic positions in one industry at the same time. Random comments on the Cafe Pyala page, conspiratorial ones on the LUBP page, and random tweets on this subject. Cafe Pyala, I especially feel sorry for, because as anonymous journalists writing about the media industry from inside it, they probably got too many requests to write on more than they even wished to broach. And since there is so much overt and covert corruption in Pakistan, there is sadly no dearth of negatively painted stories for them to cover. Why cover an obscure bunch of brothers who had a massive coincidence of luck, where all of them occupy important positions in various media producing groups (even the ISPR counts as this) at the exact same time in history. Better to go after their bosses, especially as working journalists, the Cafe Pyala-walas actually have an easier time getting dirt on the media owners that a “civilian” could not easily come by.

But that still leaves this very interesting story of these brothers in high positions across media companies at the same time...

So last weekend, I found myself home from a social engagement that had ended a little too early and I was feeling a little p-o’ed about.

Maybe writing would help. So I did. And then the idea of taking Critical PPP on their offer to publish anything if it was worth it popped into my mind. And all those very interesting internet comments on the Abbas Brothers looked like a question worth asking about.

So why not be original? A critical look into the ethical implications of hiring a group of brothers into senior positions in a somewhat influential media industry, whilst their brother is in charge of the establishment’s military media mouthpiece, in the middle of a war?

Sounded nice. And I think it was.

And in the back of my mind there was a voice that said some part of it won’t fit into the story. What part? Oh yeah, the one about the crazy ex-employee. Let’s just focus on the bosses. And in an evening’s haze of exhaustion, to keep it simple that is what I did.

But you the reader, I believe deserve to know about the unhinged employee and his blog that is out there. I will not link directly to it myself. But you can go search for it yourself. As for me, the depressing story of the Abbas brothers ends here. I’ve had enough of trying to dissect psy-ops. It’s back to the messiness, of real blood and guts ethnic warfare in Pakistan for me.

I’ll leave the propaganda and counter propaganda to the hacks, shrinks and various headjobs of the world.
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A commentator, Raza says: “A critical look into the ethical implications of hiring a group of brothers into senior positions in a somewhat influential media industry, whilst their brother is in charge of the establishment’s military media mouthpiece, in the middle of a war?”

Are you joking? Those (the real puppet masters) who do not care for human life will care for ethical implications?

December 17, 2010

Jesus and Hussain

By Habib Sulemani


It’s a cold December.
This year,
two opposing calendars
have met
at a common point,
showing a
high degree of commonality!

This meeting of the Gregorian and
Islamic calendars has brought
two oppressed historic characters together,
and December has become vindictively hot!

Jesus of Nazareth is a prophet
of the Muslims. For the Christians, 
his legendary fatherless birth
makes him the son of no-one but God!
  
Hussain of Karbala is the persecuted
beloved grandson of Prophet Muhammad.
For some Muslims. Others believe 
he's a spiritual leader, and savior of the faith.

Whatever. Both preached virtues of humanity
to the common people of their times,
which threatened the cunning power players!

The ISI in those tumultuous times
considered Jesus and Hussain
threats to its traditional tyrant rule! Thus

General Guls, Kayanis and Pashas
tried to eliminate them 
through the ancient version of the Taliban!

However, they failed miserably.
Centuries have passed since then,
Jesus and Hussain are still alive!

© Habib R. Sulemani

December 13, 2010

Tribalism — Aga Khan’s pluralism under threat in Gilgit-Baltistan

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The Aga Khan with Pakistani President Zardari.–AKDN pic
TODAY is the 74th birthday (salgira) of Noor Maulana Shah Karim Al-Hussaini Hazir Imam, globally known by his hereditary title, the Aga Khan. He is the current 49th Imam (spiritual leader) of over 20 million Ismaili Shia Muslims after Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). A large number of Ismailis is living in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral mountainous regions of Pakistan.

The birthday would be celebrated in a simple manner due to Muharram mourning – the death anniversary of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS), the grandson of the Prophet (PBUH) and Second Imam (the first was Hazrat Ali) of all sects within the Shia Islam including Asnashri, Ismaili, Bohri and Noorbakhshi. The Second Imam was martyred in Karbala, a city in the present day Iraq,1330 years ago by a tyrant Muslim ruler known as Yazid.

The Aga Khan was born on December 13, 1936 and became Imam on July 11, 1957. He is not a bearded typical spiritual leader but a moderate voice among Muslim leaders in the world. According to Wikipedia, “the Aga Khan is particularly interested in the elimination of global poverty; the advancement of women; the promotion of Islamic culture, art, and architecture; and promoting pluralistic values in society. He is the founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), one of the largest private development networks in the world, which toils towards social, economic, and cultural development in Asia and Africa.”

We are presenting two blogs here and seek your feedback: positive or whatever. We wish our Ismaili brothers and sisters a Happy Salgira. Also, we hope people belonging to all sects and faiths will play their due rule in maintaining peace during the Muharram mourning processions. People should live in perfect harmony and defeat the retreating terrorists. We're with our Shia brothers and sisters in the protest against tyranny, oppression and persecution in society.

We seek pluralism and an atmosphere of coexistence in Pakistan as well as other parts of the world. There should be dialogue on controversial and taboo subjects – not only among different sects within Islam but other religions too – so that there is a peaceful and prosperous global village in the vast universe.—The Terrorland Team

Honor-related crimes on the rise among Ismailis

By Nasira Parveen

I was born to an Ismaili family in Gulmit, Gojal tehsil of Hunza. Among the Muslims, we are considered more progressive regarding the rights of women not only in Gilgit-Baltistan but the entire world. We never observe the veil and male and female almost enjoy the same worldly and religious rights. This is just because of the teachings of our Hazir Imam – a living spiritual leader and the direct descendant of the Holly Prophet (PBUH).

Unfortunately, for the last many years, after the 9/11 tragedy, there is a reverse change among the Ismailis in Gilgit-Baltistan especially Hunza valley, which borders with China. The secret agencies of Pakistan are promoting tribalism as a part of their “strategic” agenda. This thing is against the teachings of our spiritual leader, who always stresses on pluralism and coexistence in the world. The officials of the secret agencies are using some dishonest local community leaders for their nefarious design. 

Criminal on campus Manzoor Ali
One such notorious leader and government servant is Manzoor Ali – who is president of the Ismaili Regional Council Gilgit and assistant professor physics department at the Karakoram International University (KIU). With the help of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI), he has made a gang of Ismailis and is committing heinous crimes in the society since long. Due to the spy agencies, people can't say anything to him or any member of his gang.

According to sources, Manzoor Ali is a silent man but a criminal mind, who, last year, compelled a father to kill his young daughter in the name of honor in central Hunza (I escaped death but she was killed). He also incited a young boy to kill his sister, deplorably, when his father came to rescue his innocent daughter, he also got bullet injuries and died on the spot. This incident happened in lower Hunza. Ironically, the boy was first arrested on double murder charges but later on was freed on the orders of secret agencies. He is being painted as a "honorable hero" in the region nowadays and young people are asked to admire his courage!

God! We are going towards the medieval ages again ignoring the farmans (guidelines) of the current Imam, who interprets the Holly Quran according to the needs of the time.

Those who have read my previous blogs, know how the criminal gang tried to kill me on campus at the KIU. According to their scripted plan, Manzoor Ali tried to incite my brother (Habib R. Sulemani) to kill me eight months ago (ISI involved in "honor-killing" incidents). But, fortunately, my brother is a strong voice against tribalism and Talibanization of our Pakistani society. So the criminals failed.

Under the influence of the criminal gang, recently a young man from Gilgit-Baltistan reportedly killed his young sister in the name of honor. She was a nursing student at the Aga Khan University in Karachi. After the tragic incident, the SMS brigade of the ISI became active... As usual, the text messages supported the gruesome murder of the innocent girl, and warned other Ismaili girls to stay away from “temerity and shameful works”!!

Oh God, where are we destined to... and where our Imam wants to see us?

At the Karakoram International University (KIU) Gilgit, the gang of Manzoor Ali is harassing girl students after this latest incident. Taliban-style moral brigades are active on campus. Brushaski, Wakhi, Shina and Khuwar speaking boys have been told to keep eyes on the girls of their respective areas—so the KIU administration, a puppet of the ISI, has left the poor girls at the mercy of the bullies. 

“Due to these bullies, girls are always under pressure and can’t concentrate on their studies,” said a respected but helpless teacher of the KIU. “Prof Manzoor has gone to Islamabd to get a fake PhD degree from the Quaid-e-Azam University... but his moral brigade is still active on campus. They follow girls even to the library and always warn them to lower their eyes. They don’t allow them even to exchange notes with their male class fellows in the co-education system. The KIU campus has become North Waziristan for true teachers and students.”

I appeal to our community leaders and the youth to resist the criminal tribalism, which is a conspiracy not only against Ismailis but all communities of Gilgit-Baltistan, who have been coexisting peacefully for centuries. Please, try to understand the vision of the Imam and the trends of the cyber age.  Resist these criminals... they look powerful but actually they are cowards... sheep in the skin of tiger!

Race & religion being misused by Islamabad-based gang

By A Reporter 

The disgraced Farman Ali
The Wakhi people of Gojal, upper Hunza, are very innocent and peaceful. And their innocence is being misused by an Islamabad-based organized  gang, reportedly headed by Farman Ali Baig – the disgraced former News Editor of the daily Dawn and currently working for The Express Tribune. Other active members of the gang are said to be Safdar Ali and Gohar Abbas. 

Farman Ali is also head of an NGO, the Gojal Educational and Cultural Association (GECA). He is a famous chameleon who changes color according the atmosphere... he claims to be a communist, nationalist, Gojali, Shimashali, liberal and Ismaili according to the taste of the audience!

"To be frank Mr. Farman Ali can cash even his dirt through his shenanigans," said a member of the NGO. "I've never seen such a visionless person in my entire life, and am surprised how the newspapers accommodate him... may be therefore our press is considered the most irresponsible in the world."

Recently his "occupied" organization, GECA, held a public gathering at the Lok Versa Islamabad (his favorite place... people know the reason!) on the occasion of Eidul Fitr. It was a shock for the people that there was music and other programs but not a single female was among the participants! This was against the spirit of the Imam, who works for gender equality in the world.

When the news about the program appeared in a regional website, Pamir Times, a daring girl, Marina Begum, protested against the criminal behavior of the organizers in her comment on the website. She wrote: "It's nice to celebrate such days but more like Talibanization look… because only boys and men had occupied the stage but what (about) the ladies. I think very intellectuals and professional ladies of Gojal are in Islamabad but still need a connect from so called men to come in front??????”

Our bloggers have written from the very beginning that under the ISI’s direction Dawn’s Zaffar Abbas allowed his subordinate Farman Ali to takeover charges of the NGO to control the people of Gojal so that when the assassination plot of Habib R. Sulemani and his family members is completed no-one could raise their voice in their native region.

Sources say that in those days the coverage of news of Giglit, the capital city was ignored but Gojal was increased... also some contributors from Gojal were accommodated in Dawn's Metro section ("it's against the nature of Farman") to get the confidence of the Wakhi and Ismaili people.

"At that time Manzoor Ali was active in Gilgit and he was in direct contact with Farman Ali," a source said. "Now they both are in Islamabad and run the affair of the terrorized people with the help of the ISI and MI. Farman also claims to be in direct contact with President Zardari through presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar." 

One Aftab says: “Nice effort by GECA… I really enjoyed the program… such events should b organized to entertain and to gather the people… but one thing is noticeable that the so-called Gojal Educational and Cultural Association (GECA) is paying more attention on the music rather than education … it will be great pleasure if GECA will change its course a bit towards education… instead of wasting thousands of funds on musical aspects of GECA. It will be great achievement if it will pour some money on needy students… in previous program we observed that huge amount was wasted on gathering artists from far-flung areas.” 

Sources say that Farman Ali is not even a graduate so how can he concentrate on education? His aim is to fulfill his monetary needs. About his financial corruption, the Pamir Times had published a courageous article with bold comments last year. This blog had given a link to that article but after reported threats from Farman Ali and his gang through the spy agencies, it has been deleted. (Fortunately, The Terrorland Google Group has archived that article, a link is being given at the end of this blog). This is the level of intellectual dishonesty and criminal activities under the guise of journalism and NGO. 

Along with others, this gang is also involved in the threat calls and messages to Mr. Sulemani and his family members. "These criminals are really cowards. If you don’t believe me then just look in their eyes, read their facial expressions and observe their body language—you will understand that they're in their final stage. Peace and prosperity is our future. God is not disappointed of mankind as yet!," said an artist who was discredited at the NGO function last year. 
Awake youth and resist tribalism and Talibanization of our society and Pakistan. It’s not too late! If nothing your one email or blog can do miracles for our communities, society, country and humanity. Just take the courage to fight intellectual dishonesty and terrorism with the keyboard! The Imamat Day is a self-accountability day! May God bless you, our country and humanity. Amen. 
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6- Pamir Times: http://pamirtimes.net/2010/11/21/geca-fund-raiser-gathers-hundreds-of-gbians/#comments

Tribalism versus pluralism: watch Hazir Imam's interview

December 10, 2010

Human Rights Day: how helpless God is today!

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TODAY the Human Rights Day is being observed across the world. But, unfortunately, the government of Pakistan has done nothing to take action against those powerful accused, who along with the secret agencies, hatched assassination plot and attacked journalist Habib R. Sulemani.

Besides the government, the so-called Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and representatives of other rights bodies in Islamabad are also silent. The reason is obvious! The accused are very powerful people. Among them are the Editor of Dawn newspaper, Vice-Chancellor Karakoram International University Gilgit, and officials of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI).  

Meanwhile, with an accused criminal as its editor, the daily Dawn has published an article on human rights to deceive the world. A chameleon nation state we have become in the world due to the criminal behavior of our ruling class!
 
People are being threatened to keep mum... so they're afraid to raise their voice in favor of Mr. Sulemani inside Pakistan. However, the terror of the authorities couldn't silence the whole world in this Cyber Age! So the free people are speaking according to their conscience. Among them are two very civilized ladies, Beth and Farrah – a combination of East and West!!

After reading their comments in our group blog, Mr. Sulemani had responded with a spontaneous poem! Instead of publishing it in the comments section of our blog, we've made it a new post here. Hope with reference to the tragic story of Mr. Sulemani and his family members (please see previous blogs for detail), this new poem will also make the world think about our government and military establishment’s criminal actions in Pakistan!! Our ruling elite is violating human rights and gives a women no more value than a pair of shoes.—The Terrorland Team

A poem for Beth & Farrah

By Habib Sulemani

Woman is the greatest of all artists
in the world we live in today!

Woman has given birth to man
who has gone astray
he has become a Frankenstein’s monster!

Woman’s created art includes artists,
poets, writers and intellectuals.
Prophets, saints and men who
announced their deity
(claiming that they had actually created
the mythical motherless Adam...)
were also the artwork of woman!

But woman has never objected to lies of men!
She has never waged any war on physical
strength or metaphysical speculation…

Like a true artist
she goes on with the pain  
creates new pieces of art
in the hope to create a peaceful
prosperous and better world one day!

If there was no woman
life on earth was impossible
as they say: woman gave birth to God
but, look, how helpless God is today!

© Habib R. Sulemani

December 6, 2010

A tyrant has neither life nor a burial place in the changed world!

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Mr. Habib Sulemani was supposed to write a blog for us but he could not fulfill his promise. He is facing death threats and is being harassed in different ways. However, a member of The Terrorland Team (TTT) was able to get a fresh poem, which Mr. Sulemani has written recently. He was not ready to give it for publication. 

"It's not fully cooked yet," he said, "give me some time to make it a delicious dish for the poor and hungry!"

"It would be okay after publication!" our stubborn member answered.

We have given the blog a caption but the actual title of the poem is: The lifeless tyrant. So here is the food for thought fresh from the oven.—TTT

The lifeless tyrant

By Habib Sulemani

The tyrant lit the fire of oppression
intending to burn the innocent alive
(the price for thinking independently
and expressing their feeling freely
which is a serious crime
in the conformist tribal society!)

But it has gone the other way round!
Now, the tyrant will burn to ashes
in the fire of barbarism…

Oh, really? 

O’ yeah!

Can't believe it!

It’s not a damn poem!

Ah!
But where the ashes would be scattered?
over the Karakoram mountaintop
sacred Ganges, poetic Thames
deep Atlantic or
in New York's Central Park?

None of these places at all!

Eh?

Yeah!
A tyrant has neither life nor a burial place
in the changed world!

So?

The ashes would be flicked into the
gutter-lines of the gutter…
then mother earth would be clean and free!
 
© Habib R. Sulemani

November 29, 2010

Pakistan's journey from the Quaid to al-Qaeda

By Habib R. Sulemani


I had created this thoughtless image on June 24, 2009 and had captioned it as "Al Qaeda". This is what I do often! In the process of self-catharsis, sometimes I can't express my feelings in words especially in prose or poetry... so I sit on the computer and start drawing careless lines... I use pen, pencil and paper no more.
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Today, it's exact eight months since I went into hibernation after the first attack on my life. I'm living a life in solitary confinement... locked inside my home in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Besides anonymous people, I'm continuously receiving threats from religious, racist and nationalist extremists -- the "strategic assets" of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and other secret agencies.The democratic government is still silent.
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As a layman, I'm wondering: what went wrong with Pakistan? The nation had given its founding father, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the title of Quaid-i-Azam or The Great Leader. What kind of a country the Quaid (leader) wanted in the shape of Pakistan? It's very clear in the August 11, 1947 speech of Mr. Jinnah.

This speech of the founding father was censored by the first group of dishonest members of the establishment. Yes! Mr. Jinnah was the first victim of censorship in the very country he had created! He wanted a liberal Islamic country because he himself was a liberal Muslim leader.

“You are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any caste or creed — that has nothing to do with the business of the state.”

This is what Mr. Jinnah had said over 63-year ago. It was censored then and even today the establishment shamefully ignores it in the "democratic" Pakistan.

A liberal Pakistan... but then who imported the symbol of global terrorism, Al-Qaeda? From where came the catastrophic waves of extremism and terrorism? Out of censorship and intellectual dishonesty? May be! Anybody who can tell me the bitter truth?

November 25, 2010

Mr. President! Why are you silent? A female student seeks justice

By Nasira Parveen

TODAY is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Like other parts of the world, Pakistan also celebrates this day but the status of women in our country has not changed since long. Is our democratically elected government really caring for the 51 percent population of this country? When I look at my life, the answer is: No.

If you have read my previous blogs, you may be aware of my dilemma. A group of racist and sectarian bent of mind people tried to kill me at the Karakoram International University (KIU) in Gilgit to take revenge on my elder brother. When failed to kill me, they forcefully stopped me from attending classes and kicked me out of the hostel. I along with my family members have come across a series of violent events.

I’ve written to Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan and Chancellor of the KIU, but there is no response for the last eight months. The human rights bodies are criminally silent as well. I had spent over three years in the hostel and was near to complete my four-year BSc (Hons) but the criminals and enemies of education on campus changed my life. Since then I’m struggling hard for my rights in this Islamic Republic.

Sometimes, I feel as if I’ve abruptly become a domestic worker from a university student—but then I see that I’m doing almost equal work at home. My brothers treat me like an equal and help me in the kitchen. One of my friends recently said: “You are very strong, facing such a desperate situation and still fighting hard for your rights. I don't think any woman can do so in our society.”

That’s what I have been taught at home! I can't commit suicide like other victims of violence in Pakistan. I can’t beg the “human rights mafia” either while others seem afraid of the powerful accused. Mr. President! Why are you silent? A student seeks justice. 

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November 22, 2010

Terror in the Pakistan blogosphere ---

Military leadership should make freedom of expression its real weapon 
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President Asif Zardari
THE government's recent notice to our team (Pakistani government issues notice to The Terrorland) has shocked bloggers. There is fear in the blogosphere of the country!

But due to increasing pressure on the civilian administration and military establishment from the new generation and global community, there is a ray of hope for more freedom at least in the cyberspace unlike the mainstream media-cartel.

Pakistan’s mainstream media is under the control of the establishment and it's said that editorial policies of the major media outlets are either determined by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) or the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Therefore, it's believed, the mainstream media is hostile to the elected democratic government. It shows no respect for the civilian Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces but eulogizes the General in command.

Some people believe that the cunning establishment is strategically using media persons belonging to the minority Shia Islam against the President and Prime Minister, who also belong to the same sect. The duo, ISPR and ISI, had been working on the social media especially controlling bloggers but, so far, they have failed miserably despite active brigades of jihadists!

However, the bloggers of the ruling party are now openly criticizing the Army Chief, calling him mafia chief/don. It's a new trend of expressing a provocative point of view on the biggest "taboo subject" in the militarized and Talibanized country.

Surprisingly, the military leadership and secret agencies are still silent! They have realized the "new reality" or are planning a combat strategy in their traditional style? We can’t say anything. But, if they started a crackdown on bloggers, it will do more damage to them than the accusing posts in the cyberspace. If the Pakistan Army has learned from history, then its leadership should make intellectual liberty, freedom of thought and freedom of expression its "real weapon" as professional soldiers! The same is our advice to the "fragile" elected government. Please, don't fear writers, intellectuals, artists and the media. The given freedom will expose the dishonest among them!

Here we’re giving three posts published by Pakistani bloggers. The first blog is about President Asif Ali Zardari. Its abusive headline,  F… You Mr. President, suggests that it's a traditional "artwork" of the ISI. It  was first published by the Pakistani Bloggers on August 12, 2010. This blog was also published by the Alaiwah on August 20 with the byline of Ejaz Haider, Contributing Editor of The Friday Times, with a note: Ejaz Haider says he was only the “minor author” of this piece and the “100 per cent editor”, and the “major author” does not want to own up to it.

The second blog is about Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani. It was published on November 10, 2010 by the Let Us Build Pakistan, the critical supporters of the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in the blogosphere. And the third blog is about the chief military spokesperson: Director-General ISPR Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas. It was published by These Long Wars on November 13, 2010. Later, the Let Us Build Pakistan lifted it on its website. Besides the blogs, with compliments, we've selected some comments as well to give our readers a broader view of the alternative media in Pakistan.–The Terrorland Team

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F--- You, Mr President

 By Shoaib

Let us start with the basics. You are an asshole. A thief. An alleged murderer. And a scoundrel. And mind-blowingly incompetent to boot.

The only reason you matter is because your equally incompetent, currently delusional, then dysfunctional, mother-in-law thought that you were such a lowly piece of shit that you would never get in the way of your late wife, also delusional, whose dowry included the most popular political party in Pakistan. Why she had such elevated expectations of a two-bit thug is beyond us. But still.

After you had done your husbandly duties, the sensible thing for BB to have done would be to have had you shot. In fact, she should just had had your sperm frozen on day one and then had you tortured into the next dimension. But BB made many mistakes, marrying you being one class-fucking-A example.

So long as BB was alive, you were an embarrassment. You stole with great abandon, from old and young, from the rich and the poor alike. You were, and remain, a fucking genius at stealing. And, surprisingly modest to boot.

The world knew you as Mr. 10 per cent.

You were maligned. The SGS Cotecna deal only called for a 6% kickback (as did the Agosta submarines deal). But, since BB was busy leading the masses, she needed a Luca Brasi to handle her business affairs. Division of labour, we believe, is what economists call it.

In 1996, you went straight to jail and did not emerge for 8 years. Let's give you your due. Eight years in jail is a bitch. But you sucked it up, took your torture with a straight face, and eventually scarped off to Dubai as part of confidence building measures between BB and the General.

Then the General got into trouble and the doors to Pakistan swung upon for BB. You skulked along in her wake, hoping not to get noticed. But you were there, lingering like the bouquet of a garlic-laden fart.

In December 2007, Pakistan was blown apart when BB died. You played your cards right, fought for the Federation, faced down the Sindhi chauvinists and insisted that democracy was the best revenge. We began to have second thoughts about you. And BB's mysterious will surfaced giving custody of her party, like a retarded teenager, to her darling husband. Most fucking convenient.

The sympathy factor got the PPP the next election. And all the chootiyas in the party decided that their bread and butter depended upon their kissing your ass. So it became your party. And in the spirit of brotherhood that then prevailed, everybody said, hey let's just make the fucker our President. He seems to have changed.

Let us begin with the fact that you have not changed. You have always been corrupt. And you are still corrupt today. Let us now add to the corruption your amazing fucking arrogance, your oh-so-charming response to all opposition - mein unn ko lund pay likhta hoon - and your general I-don't-give-a-fuck attitude. The funny thing is that we would still forgive you all of that because hey, you got elected President and let's face it, nobody's perfect. Deep down, we still felt that there was a part of your black heart which still cared about Pakistan.

We were wrong. You don't give a fuck about Pakistan. Pakistan is simply put, your bitch, yours to screw whenever you feel like. Aggay, pichhay, whatever.

No person who gave a shit about Pakistan, let alone any sane person tasked with the job of pretending to be the symbol of the fucking Federation, would ever abandon Pakistan during the worst floods in its entire history. Something like 2000 people have died in those floods. Your only job is to care for them, to make sympathetic noises. And you failed to do your job for the simple reason that you don't give a fuck about us.

On top of the colossal stupidity of fucking off to England at a time of national crisis, there are the additional fuck-you factors. First of all, this was not a good time to go to England. Their Prime Minister just got done telling us to fuck off so going staying in London in a $12,000 per night suite was not the ideal response.

And second, there is the whole Normandy chateau thing which just takes the fucking cake in this entire stupid god-damn episode. What fucking planet do you live in if you think that taking a private jet to your private fucking chateau is a good idea when Pakistan is facing one of the largest humanitarian crises in its entire history. This was not work. This was just a giant fuck you to us.

And why, might we ask do you have to put out a press release telling everybody that the chateau has been in the Zardari family for the last 24 years. Oh really? So when your father was running the fucking Bambino cinema in Karachi in the mid-80s, he was also the owner of a 5-acre chateau in Normandy?

Is there some secret Zardari clan which has been French aristocracy for decades? Seriously, how fucking stupid do you think we are?

We are out of words now. We cannot comprehend the depth and level of arrogance in you. We just can't. What we can say is this: Fuck you Mr. President. (End)

(Courtesy: http://www.pakpositive.com/pakistanibloggers/f-you-mr-president-t1082.html)

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The real story

By Peja Mistri

Army Chief Gen. Kayani
ISI routinely hires Pakistan’s right wing journalists to feed the stories in order to improve the image of military mafia. Such stories are usually very abstract and are written by the ISPR  ”master minds” in such  a way which ( in their “wisdom”) will leave a better impression of the current Don (COAS) and his cronies.

It is pertinent to note that during the era of mad dictator one good thing that happened in Pakistan was that the military mafia in Pakistan faced an internal rift , unfortunately though it was not the rift between good and bad , instead it was the rift between the two factions of mafia fighting for the power.

Due to the nature of “War on Terrorism” , Pakistan’s military had to “sell their mothers” (as American’s call it) , in order to save their skins. Hence they (Military) had to fight against their own progenies i.e. the mullahs. This resulted in a natural rift between the two factions in the military.

It is usually very hard to identify the real loyalties of Pakistan’s military generals (and indeed they usually don’t have any loyalties except to their own’s self). However there are at times visible clashes between the two factions.

If we look back to the period ‘between’ 2006-2009, it now becomes very clear that the faction led by the current Don (Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani) successfully defeated the other faction led by the mad dictator (General Musharraf). Today I was reading the story by an ISI news reporter in “The News” which makes thing very clear.  However as I said this story is encrypted it in such a way that we need to use the correct cipher to decipher the message in this story.

So let me first put here some facts related to this story, before I go on and explain the story.

a) DGMO: The DGMO or the MO Directorate referred here in this story is no other than “Ashfaq Pervez Kayani” who was DGMO ‘between’ 2003 – 2006.

b) Tariq Majeed (Aka Chemical Tariq) : General Tariq Majeed retired as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff on 7th October 2010  and you can now understand why this story is fed now, and was not fed before his retirement. Tariq Majeed as also described in this story belonged to mad dictator’s faction in the army.

c) The Commander of 12th Corps:  It was Lt. General Hamid Rab Nawaz who was the commander of 12th corps during 2004-2007.

d) Maj. General Nadeem Ejaz: Well he was the trusted friend of mad dictator and he is in the dock for many crimes. There is a great chance that he might be made as the first “scapegoat” (if it ever happened) for all the crimes of Army. I am really interested to find out why? (Any one knows more about the reasons?)

e) “Some Key Generals”: This is the terms used in the story to refer to the other faction in the military mafia led by Ashfaq Kiyani. These include Khalid Shameem, Salauddin Satti and perhaps few major generals like Ahmad Shuja (Current DG ISI) and Naushad Kiyani (current DG MI) and last but not the least Lt. General Nadeem Taj.

f) “The GHQ” : The term GHQ here is being used in this story to refer to Ashfaq Kiyani, who was the VCOAS in 2007 and was sitting in “The GHQ”.

g) “key GHQ adviser” : Again this refers to Ashfaq Kiyani.

h) Well placed and well informed sources: This refers to ISPR in the story.

Please note that as far as the substance of this story is concerned, it is nothing but falsehood in every aspect. Though there were differences between the two factions of the mafia , however they had nothing to do with anything described in this story , Chemical Tariq or Ashfaq Kiyani or the mad dictator no one had any difference of opinion on any of the operations like killing of Bugti or Lal Masjid. The differences as one can guess were more of the nature that usually happen in two mafia factions (i.e. to get the full power).

Now let us read the story:

While Musharraf continues to embarrass Pakistan and its authorities, including the Pakistan Army, an important source has revealed that the General Headquarters (GHQ) and its most vital arm, the Military Operations Directorate, was bypassed by the former dictator, both in the Lal Masjid operation and Bugti killing.

The source said that none of these extremely controversial operations, which sowed the seeds of terrorism in Balochistan and the rest of the country, were the brainchild of the MO Directorate.
The source said that in both these military operations, the GHQ and concerned field command were not directly involved. “In both the cases, General Musharraf bypassed the GHQ and its MO Directorate, and gave direct orders to the relevant field commanders,” said the well-placed and well- informed source.
Ideally and as per the military’s established rules, no such operation could take place without being conceptualised and cleared by the MO Directorate. However, Musharraf, the all powerful dictator that he was, did not engage the MO Directorate.

In the case of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti’s killing, the source said, General Musharraf involved the then Military Intelligence chief Major General Nadeem Ejaz and the top command of 12 Corps.
In a briefing on Balochistan issue by the then DGMO and much before the killing of the Baloch Nawab, General Musharraf once talked about the idea of killing Bugti but the idea was not agreed to by the DGMO, who warned that it would lead to unrest. Later, Musharraf never engaged the GHQ and executed his plot to kill Bugti through the MI and the Commander of the 12 Corps.

After the Bugti killing, some key generals in the GHQ in their in-house interactions expressed their dismay over the Kohlu military operation. The Lal Masjid operation, which killed over a hundred persons and led to the escalation of terrorism cases manifold, was no different from that of the military operation aimed at killing Bugti.
The source said that the planning of the Lal Masjid operation was done by Commander 10 Corps Tariq Majid on the direct instructions of the ousted dictator.
“The GHQ and its MO Directorate were not involved in any such planning,” the source said, adding that a day after Lieutenant Colonel Haroon became the first casualty of the pre-Lal Masjid operation, Musharraf convened a meeting of top political and military authorities and given his mind that a full-fledged operation had to be carried out.

An important member of the GHQ spoke against this option and asked Musharraf to review his decision because it involved the lives of more than 100 persons. The dictator was told that when the military was taught to leave some exit point even in case of its enemy, then why should not the extremist elements holed up in Lal Masjid. Musharraf was also warned that if the Lal Masjid operation was executed, it would throw the country into a muddle for quarter of a century.

Instead of listening to his key GHQ adviser, the source said Musharraf snubbed the officer and asked him to mind his own business. Later, the assignment to do the massacre in Lal Masjid was given to 10 Corps without getting the military operation cleared by the GHQ.

It has also been revealed that Musharraf wanted to mislead the masses about the number of casualties by burying the dead unannounced and in unknown places. He was of the view that the CDA authorities would do the task of silent and hidden burial of those killed in the Lal Masjid operation.
Musharraf, who has recently formally joined politics, has lately said that if given the chance, he would repeat the Lal Masjid and Bugti operations. These two operations brought enormous disrespect for the Army and caused retaliatory attacks against the military personnel and installations in all parts of the country.
The first-ever suicide attack in a military unit in Dargai where dozens of soldiers were killed in 2006, was also the consequence of Musharraf’s announcement owning the American missile attack on a Madrassa in Bajaur where more than 80 children were killed.

Under pressure from his American masters, whom he served against the interest of Pakistan, Musharraf said that they were not the American forces but the Pakistan Army, which attacked and killed such a large number of children, including the age of 10. Musharraf lied that they were terrorists but not even a single bullet was found from the rubble of the Madrassa.

Many in the military today admit that the post 9/11 policies and Musharraf’s controversial decisions like the Lal Masjid operation, killing of Bugti and owning up of Bajaur massacre not only fuelled extremism and terrorism but made the military controversial.

Let us read this after applying the cipher:

While Musharraf continues to embarrass Pakistan and its authorities, including the Pakistan Army, an important source has revealed that Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani (in 2007 as VCOAS) and Ashfaq Kiyani in 2004 (as DG MO), was bypassed by the former dictator, both in the Lal Masjid operation and Bugti killing.

The source said that none of these extremely controversial operations, which sowed the seeds of terrorism in Balochistan and the rest of the country, were the brainchild of Ashfaq Kiyani.
The source said that in both these military operations, Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani and his cronies were not directly involved. “In both the cases, General Musharraf bypassed Ashfaq Kiyani, and gave direct orders to the relevant field commanders,” said the ISPR.

Ideally and as per the military’s established rules, no such operation could take place without being conceptualised and cleared by Ashfaq Kiyani. However, Musharraf, the all powerful dictator that he was, did not engage Ashfaq Kiyani.

In the case of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti’s killing, the source said, General Musharraf involved the then Military Intelligence chief Major General Nadeem Ejaz and Lt. General Hamid Rab Nawaz.
In a briefing on Balochistan issue by Ashfaq Kiyani (in 2004) and much before the killing of the Baloch Nawab, General Musharraf once talked about the idea of killing Bugti but the idea was not agreed to by Ashfaq Kiyani, who warned that it would lead to unrest. Later, Musharraf never engaged Ashfaq Kiyani and his cronies and executed his plot to kill Bugti through Nadeem Ijaz and Chemical Tariq.

After the Bugti killing, Ashfaq Kiyani and his cronies in the GHQ in their in-house interactions expressed their dismay over the Kohlu military operation. The Lal Masjid operation, which killed over a hundred persons and led to the escalation of terrorism cases manifold, was no different from that of the military operation aimed at killing Bugti.

The source said that the planning of the Lal Masjid operation was done by Chemical Tariq Majid on the direct instructions of the ousted dictator.
 
“Ashfaq Kiyani and his cronies were not involved in any such planning,” the source said, adding that a day after Lieutenant Colonel Haroon became the first casualty of the pre-Lal Masjid operation, Musharraf convened a meeting of top political and military authorities and given his mind that a full-fledged operation had to be carried out.

Ashfaq Kiyani spoke against this option and asked Musharraf to review his decision because it involved the lives of more than 100 persons. The dictator was told that when the military was taught to leave some exit point even in case of its enemy, then why should not the extremist elements holed up in Lal Masjid. Musharraf was also warned that if the Lal Masjid operation was executed, it would throw the country into a muddle for quarter of a century.

Instead of listening to Ashfaq Kiyani, the source said Musharraf snubbed the officer and asked him to mind his own business. Later, the assignment to do the massacre in Lal Masjid was given to Chemical Tariq without getting the military operation cleared by Ashfaq Kiyani.

It has also been revealed that Musharraf wanted to mislead the masses about the number of casualties by burying the dead unannounced and in unknown places. He was of the view that the CDA authorities would do the task of silent and hidden burial of those killed in the Lal Masjid operation.
Musharraf, who has recently formally joined politics, has lately said that if given the chance, he would repeat the Lal Masjid and Bugti operations. These two operations brought enormous disrespect for the Army and caused retaliatory attacks against the military personnel and installations in all parts of the country.
 
The first-ever suicide attack in a military unit in Dargai where dozens of soldiers were killed in 2006, was also the consequence of Musharraf’s announcement owning the American missile attack on a Madrassa in Bajaur where more than 80 children were killed.

Under pressure from his American masters, whom he served against the interest of Pakistan, Musharraf said that they were not the American forces but the Pakistan Army, which attacked and killed such a large number of children, including the age of 10. Musharraf lied that they were terrorists but not even a single bullet was found from the rubble of the Madrassa.

Many in the military today admit that the post 9/11 policies and Musharraf’s controversial decisions like the Lal Masjid operation, killing of Bugti and owning up of Bajaur massacre not only fuelled extremism and terrorism but made the military controversial.

Again as I said the story does not at all mean that the current Don (Ashfaq Kiyani) and his cronies had any differences with the mad dictator and his cronies (Chemical Tariq, Nadeem Ejaz etc..) over killing of Bugti or Lal Masjid Operation. However this story clearly identifies the members of the two factions. In fact only the member of Mad dictator’s faction which was defeated by the current Don’s faction.

There are some other interesting points in this story which reflects the working of mafia. For example the name of Lt. General Hamid Rab Nawaz is no clearly mentioned, like the name of Chemical Tariq and Nadeem Ejaz. I am not sure what Hamid Rab Nawaz is doing these days he is perhaps MD Fauji Fertilizer.

Similarly the story was published only after the retirement of Chemical Tariq as the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff on 8th October. When he was sitting general it was perhaps not possible to publish such a story.

Moreover it is not really clear who the story is addressed to (apart from the public consumption). It seems that there might be still be significant internal rift between the two factions.

(Courtesy: http://criticalppp.com/archives/28893)

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The Abbas Brothers - A Depressing Tale 
 
By TLW

Army Spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas
The Abbas brothers are sort of B-Grade political celebrity famous in Pakistan. They are Mazhar Abbas (works for ARY and headed the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists for several years), Azhar Abbas (Geo Managing Director), Zafar Abbas (Sub-Editor at Dawn Group of Newspapers) and the very, very famous Athar Abbas (Director General Inter-Services Public Relations, and basically the propaganda mouthpiece of the Pakistan military).
The significant thing is that all these major news organizations (Dawn, ARY and Geo) have the sons of a family who have risen up through the decades as hard working journalists, putting in the sweat and effort to become senior editors, managers, etc. And then there is this brother who joined the military as a cadet in 1976, and unexpectedly presevered through the bureaucratic, fascist mess that is the Pakistan military, until in 2008, there's a new government in town, there's a tottering dictator who's been replaced by an enigma of a former intelligence chief (General Ashafaq Pervez Kayani of course), and the time has come to replace the old spokesman and DG of the military's PR machine with someone new.

The military pulls of a masterstroke by promoting a Brigadier to Major General, who's brothers are not just well respected members of the Pakistan media landscape, but men (like Mazhar Abbas) who have at times fought for media freedom, as evidenced by this blog page that the Committee to Protect Journalists gives him, and this page honoring the man. Not only does the "new" military command send out a signal of promoting men in its ranks who are related to parts of the new "free" media of Pakistan, but it puts a very subtle pressure on the news organisations themselves, and indirectly on the brothers themselves too.

Cafe Pyala has been bothered too many times in it's comments section by a variation of this story where it's presented as a conspiracy in which the Abbas brothers are directly manipulating the news at Geo, ARY and Dawn. I do not buy into this, not just because it's an annoyingly stupid idea, but also because the instruments and structures are already in place that allow the government to pressure Dawn, Geo and ARY into toeing certain red lines.

Dawn in it's 60 year long history has a reputation of many times kowtowing to the military establishment, Geo is owned by Jang group which has no dearth of right wingers, overt and covert authoratarians, and media mouthpieces whilst ARY is compromised by the fact of its founding by a gold smuggler. All are vulnerable and I don't think the Abbas brothers go around harassing the "cowering" employees of these news organisations into toeing some imaginary red line; although the lack of coverage on the bloackade of the Turi in Kurram is a certain case that Dawn and Jang group need to correct. No, nearly ALL the people who work at Dawn, Geo and ARY are aware of the limits (some historical, some present) that they shouldn't cross, and simply don't go there.

So where do the Abbas brothers fit into this tale? Well, rather than provide fodder for conspiratorial thinking, what the Abbas brothers represent is a corporate and ethical dilemma for the ownership and management of Geo, Dawn and ARY. Now before you collapse laughing at the concept of Geo and morals being discussed in the same sentence, let me expand this further. This argument is being made solely at the philosophical level of what should be done by these news organisations concerning the journalist Abbas brothers. The conflicts of interest are obvious.

The journalist Abbas brothers are theoretically meant to challenge the status quo in Pakistan and stand up to authority of the Pakistani state. That authority is represented at the centre by the military establishment of Pakistan. Their own brother is now the vocal chords of that establishment and the journalist brothers are supposed to dissect his words to try and get at the real story hidden behind the spin of public relations. The Abbas brothers may feel that their brother omits certain facts, they may even say he does, but this puts them, their organisation, and their (dare I say) family bonds in a precarious ethical place.

My view of ISPR reports from the current war makes me think generally, that the ISPR do not lie outright about victories or defeats, but they do spin, dissemble, and ignore any fact that is inconvenient to the military's worldview; this description is a world apart from the crude caricaturing by opponents of Pakistan of Athar Abbas as Baghdad Bob V. 2 - I assess he's a normal human being, albeit an ex-soldier, whereas Baghdad Bob was a caricature just from his external personality, and craven, party hack like behaviour.

The corporations also hiring the Abbas brothers are left with a vaguely suspicious feeling. Are they left with a feeling that the military brother wishes to "massage" the "direction" of the media's message. Do they risk that threat, or do they sideline that threat? Would it be ethical for the media houses to sideline Azhar Abbas, Zafar Abbas and Mazhar Abbas into maybe administrative, and non-politically related positions until Major General Athar Abbas either completes his term as the DG of ISPR, or the media houses bring pressure onto the ISPR to possibly retire Athar Abbas.

It is very unlikely that Dawn, Geo or ARY will ask the army to retire Athar Abbas, but maybe if they bought it up, it would make it kind of clear to the military that they are trying to manipulate the media, and that the media is aware of this tactic.

The pressure this also brings on all three of the journalist Abbas brothers is also unfair. These are all men who have built up their reputations through two (sometimes three) decades of experience in journalism. They would likely feel they are "owed" the positions they have, I am sure earned. But this question is really for all their superiors at Dawn, ARY and Geo.

Can you afford to put men who's brother is directly charged with spinning the news, in charge, or in authority of those departments of a news organisation, which have to lift the veil from government obfuscation, spin and omission? It is a depressing question, and I don't blame the respected Cafe Pyala from not trying to bother with such a tangled question of personnel policy, family, subtle government pressure, and media houses. It tires on out, and makes one sad. I hope I've bought some nuance to the matter.

Errata: Zafar Abbas is now actually editor at Dawn. I thank Junaid Mangi at critical PPP for pointing this out. I assumed linkedin would be a good source since one wishes to show their CV in the best light, but I guess Zafar Abbas has enough job security that he can let an old CV stay up. I apologise for getting his designation wrong and will be more careful in the future.

(Courtesy: http://theselongwars.blogspot.com/2010/11/abbas-brothers-depressing-tale.html?showComment=1289751788476#c3435872911075991047)

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Comments

The comments on the above three posts are also interesting to understand the media war between the civilian administration and military establishment.  

Alaiwah:
Whats needed is for the country to tell this dadhi-chod (because lets face it he would) that they have had enough of the rat faced fucker. Seize all his assets, freeze his accounts and pursue with vigour the cases that were pending against him. The man is a living insult to Pakistanis everywhere and his incompetence, like his greed, has no bounds.
http://alaiwah.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/fuck-you-mr-president-by-ejaz-haider/

Cafe Pyala:
i don't know who you are and what is your interest in putting out the such-gup contained in your piece which has been sent me by someone. i do hope this blogging helps you make some money. and if it does, do tell me how. on the other hand, if it's a luxury, i envy you for being able to afford it.

I had no idea until this stage that I was worth writing about. but strange are the ways of this changing world that even considers lady gaga an icon, so i shan't waste my time on trying to figure out your motives, good or bad. nor do they matter to me, frankly. in fact, if you did want to write about me, one of you (assuming there's more than one, and i could be wrong) could have, given your "range", contacted me directly. i resigned from newsweek pakistan for my own reasons which have nothing to do with the piece whose writing is being attributed to me, though i must say that i forwarded it to several friends after tweaking it a little. in my private, punjabi moments i even agree with some of its contents. but i like to abuse in punjabi. far more satisfying. also, if i had written it, i would have happily bylined it. if you want my take on mr zardari, you can read it here http://www.indianexpress.com/news/the-difficulty-of-staying-democratic/658873/
i hope that clears up the issue. as for newsweek pakistan, i wish them well. best,
Ejaz Haider
Contributing Editor, The Friday Times"
http://cafepyala.blogspot.com/2010/09/newsweek-editor-who-never-was.html

Abdul Nishapuri said:
Interesting analysis, peja. So, the takeaway from your article is: “Though there were differences between the two factions of the mafia (army generals) , they had nothing to do with anything described in the story in daily The News, General Kiyani and General Musharraf had no differences on any of the operations like killing of Bugti or Lal Masjid. The differences as one can guess were more of the nature that usually happen in two mafia factions (i.e. to get the full power).”
I tend to agree with your analysis.
I would like to contextualise and interlink your analysis with the following article by Dr Ayesha Siddiqa: What is the ideology of Pakistan’s military?
http://criticalppp.com/archives/1435
Dr Siddiqa suggests that Pakistan army (i.e., its generals) have a pragmatist-nationalist character. They will use religion or secularism or any other ideology and strategy as would best suit them and their institution in a given context.

Fazal ur Rehman Afridi said:
These are all bastards. They is no good or bad person among them. They are all the same. If this Don was have differences with the Mad Dictator then why he did not resign??? This is just cheap publicity for this new Don. Even Mad Dictator was also praised when he was in power and uniform. He was occupying very important positions when Mad dictator was selling the mothers and sisters of Pakistan to Americans. These parasites are sucking the blood of poor Pakistanis and blaming the poor elected government for corruption. This ISI fed journalist does not dare to say a word about the 25 % increase in the defense budget.

pejamistri said:
@Abdul To me the “pragmatist nationalist” approach in simple terms is self-perpetuation and holding on to the power by using ANY means. Although it is true that they (i.e. the generals) can adopt any ideology or strategy, yet it was/is not straightforward for them to completely divorce the religious fanaticism that they used to inspire not only the lower cadre in army but also the youth of Pakistan. That is why we see in the internal friction among the generals of Military.

The generals would love to keep double crossing both Americans and the “Talibans (amongst them)”. But the problem is in this double cross game they need to kill their own people. In the absence of any ideological foundation (like they had in 80′s) , it is very hard for the lower cadre to continue fighting and killing their own people. That’s why you will hear the phrases like “پرائی جنگ”.

On the other hand the “Taliban (amongst them)” , particularly the ones in lower cadre, find a religious obligation to fight against the infidels even if it is mad dictator and his cronies.
You might have noticed that since mad dictator has left the direct attacks against the ISI and the higher cadre (brigadier , generals etc) have been reduced to nil particularly in Punjab.
P.S. Thank you for pointing me to Ayesha Siddiqa’s article. I find it very interesting and agree with most part of it.

Hoss said:
The point is that the whole army was not behind Musharraf when Lal Masjid and the Bugti operation took place and therefore, the army as an institution should not be blamed but only Musharraf and some of his cronies should be blamed. Whole drama adds to the narrative that the Army is good but there are a few bad apples and the army got rid of those bad apples.
While talking about the differences between the two Kiyani and Musharraf, Ansar forgot to mention that after the Lal Masjid and the Bugti murder, Musharraf promoted Kiyani to ISI chief position. Strangely the differences between Musharraf and Kiyani were so great that Musharraf reprimanding Kiyani in a meeting still Mushy baba kept giving Kiyani promotions too. With such open differences, no general could have survived as long as Kiyani did under Musharraf.
As I said, the attempt is to clear the army name and portray Mushy baba as a rogue general on the loose.
The honest and intelligent Kiyani tried to stop him but he couldn’t because some other Generals, who have since retired, helped the rogue and out of control Mushy baba.
Now that Kiyani has public endorsement of Ansar and his gang, he can go ahead and takeover.
Nai jaal layai puraney shikari.

Abdul Nishapuri said:
@peja I agree with your analysis. Also I like Hoss’s analysis which exposes dichotomies in Ansar Abbasi’s narrative of the current military leadership.
It is interesting to see how the ISI is using Ansar Abbasi and other yellow journalists to project a better image of Kayani versus their PR liability, Musharraf. This also suggests that Pakistani generals may sell not only their mothers but also their father/s for certain pragmatic (mostly personal and institutional) gains.

Abdul Nishapuri said:
According to Ahmed Noorani (a member of Ansar Abbasi’s Hizbut-Tahrir brigade of the Jang Group), Zardari is responsible for deployments of uniformed personnel of Pakistan army. In other words, Kayani good, Zardari bad.

Shahid said:
Dude, you use a pseudonym and can survive. As for that Earthman refere3nce, that's one fucked up man who sends his disgusting cartoons and columns in my mail and sometimes they bypass the junk filters. I'm ot sure why Sarah Khan referenced him as a friend of LUBP, and if that's the case, then I think I'll have to talk to Ali and Nishapuri.

TLW said:
LOL, Shahid, sorry to hear about the junk folder fail.

Don't worry, when Sarah Khan called Earthman a "friend" of LUBP, she was being completely sarcastic, cause in comment 4 she links to this web page where they call him a "pro-Taliban conspiracy theorist". Not a friend of LUBP, just a nasty troll.

What I wanted to ask you yaar, was what you think of this piece I've written. Cafe Pyala's responses would get flooded by people abusing the Abbas brothers in conspiracy-speak. I wanted to bypass this stupid conspiracy talk and try and flesh out the scene, and all I end up with are questions not for the Abbas brothers themselves, but rather their various bosses, these bosses ethics (or lack thereof), and why they've let all of them stay in the positions they are in. I wanted to try and take a real world approach to this whole thing, without devolving into conspiracy speak. I'm wondering if I've succeeded on that front.

Reply on LUBP as well, it'll be good to let some light into some of their musty commentators minds.

Shahid said:
I remembered them profiling him as soon as you mentioned the post.

I do think people tend to go off in conspiracy talk and start ranting about how they're collaborating to control the news and twist it and what not. It's a weird mess since the other three, as you pointed out repeatedly, have spend decades in journalism to reach where they are and their soldier brother just landed the single biggest over establishment propaganda job. Now, was he selected b/c his brothers were in the media and he could influence their decisions making? Perhaps and perhaps not.

It would certainly be weird for say Mazhar to sit with Athar and discuss what happened over the KLB. It can be expected of Athar to say that a playing to the gallery press release was right and justified but I cannot in any way imagine Mazhar or Zaffar Abbas agreeing with him. Lateral influences in the form of exchange of ideas influencing others is one thing but it's idiotic to say that they've colluded to play the military's media line b/c that's not something that was existent and ended but something that never existed and will take time and change in the state structure and power relationships to happen.

It will be wrong for them to be punished or taken away from their earned and deserved posts just because their brother happens to have become the media manager for the military. And Athar is now going to retire very soon.

Conflict of interest is one thing but assuming w/o evidence that there's some brotherly gang holding up the government in the eye of the media is a completely different one. I do not exclude the possibility at same point, about some reports and some things personal relationships could have played a deciding role, but that would require convincing the sibling and we should give the three in the media the benefir of the doubt (say ARY was going to run a story on the blockade of Turis and ISPR got wind of it. Athar called up the respective brother and provided reasons. This would require convincing and not mere brotherly influence and/or monetary compensation to the media outlet).

Personal relationships and their influence on such issues should be done w/o mud-slinging.

 TLW said:
it's idiotic to say that they've colluded to play the military's media line

That was the point of this post. To broach the subject without letting the internet fundies go crazy over it.

Personal relationships and their influence on such issues should be done w/o mud-slinging

That was the whole point of this post.

BTW - what's up with the private settings for twitter? Who's bothering you?

Shahid said:
Not so much bothering but public account let's Google search through your tweets. That's way too intrusive and Google shows tweet results on the front page. I find that a very big invasion of reasonable expectation of privacy. 

This post is now published on the web page of the Critical Supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party Website. Readers’ feedback: 

Hoss said:
Abdul,
You may be right on every count but I know the family from Hyderabad, Sindh where they all grew up. Let me say this I knew one brother socially but their father Mirza Abid Abbas was a well respected literary person. I think Mirza Abid Abbas was for sometime chairman of Hyderabad Education board. HIs integrity was never questioned in Hyd.
But not all sons follow their fathers. Otoh, I think these middle class folks are just trying to survive in Pakistani society where it is better to have relationships with power groups for a better life rather than spend their lives in wilderness by associating with the poor and less fortunate.
I will give them benefit of doubt.

Junaid Mangi said:
Oh, for heaven’s sake. Zafar is not a sub-editor, but is the editor of Dawn.
    
Abdul Nishapuri said:
Just received this email from a friend:
Mazhar Abbas is also Director Reporting ARY in addition to his show. Zafar Abbas has “informal” influence on DawnNews management. Athar Abbas was appointed in 2007 probably.

Sarah Khan said:
Here is something for pure fun.
Earthman, International Professor, (a long time friend of the LUBP) once wrote:-
However GEO TV that is working under command of Super Chief Director, the brother of Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, the DG ISPR, and running whole army – NATO campaign devotedly. While another brother of Athar Abbas is fighting crusade being employee of ARY and think character of Pakistan’s Union of Journalists that Mazhar Abbas is Gen. Sec of PFUJ.
http://criticalppp.com/archives/11103
Influence of Athar Abbas the DG, ISPR and his corrupt brothers on media:
Azhar Abbas, one brother of Athar Abbas, DG ISPR, is CEO of Geo TV network, the largest TV channel and champion of journalism than don’t ask question that who manipulated Swat agreement and forced army to invade on FATA areas. Other brother Zaffar Abbas is Editor of Dawn, and policies of Dawn group are well known.
Another brother Mazhar Abbas is anchor of ARY and secretary general of PFUJ (Pakistan Federation of Journalists). The entire gang is patron of Mahdi army and pro-Iranian terrorist groups in Pakistan.
All brothers have received double plots at Islamabad worth billion. The entire fascist family is pro-Mush and followers of MQM anti-Pushtoon and anti-Sindhi doctrine. The loathsome faces are enough to tell about darkness of their souls.
A brief introduction of media channels and their defenselessness or mockery to de-value entire media industry:
Express TV and newspaper is an Agha Khani channel owned by Lakhani, and operated by Athar Abbas, flag bearer of Khomeini’s doctrine in Pakistan, sectarian views of his team are well known and on record.
Managing Director of GEO TV is a brother of polluted minded Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas, the biggest liar of current century and some programs on GEO TV looks like scripted by ISPR or ISI, particularly a program anchored by Sana Bucha.
http://www.makepakistanbetter.com/why_how_what_forum.asp?GroupID=5&Group_title=Pakistan&ArticleID=8278
  
Abdul Nishapuri said:
@Hoss, TLW, the author of this post, may better respond to your comment.
Personally I tend to agree that the Abbas brotehrs’ could be a case of a middle class family who were able to build relationships with power groups in their search of a better life.

TLW said:
@ Hoss, thank you sir for bringing your experience with this family up. My intention with this post was to bring light to this very strange placing of four brothers in very important positions within Pakistan’s private and public media landscape. I think the real “blame” if any lies with those who have placed Mr Abbas as DG ISPR, and those in the various media houses ownership and administration who know what red lines not to cross and what is “too hot to print”. These same people have gone along with multiple conflicts of interest by placing the various Abbas brothers in their positions of authority. I do not think this is a conspiracy between the brothers. It is however a case of the government applying subtle pressure on reporters (the Abbas brothers) and media houses that hire them, and placing Athar Abbas’s future professional advancement in a question mark depending on how, maybe, in the future, one of his brothers deals with the ISPR. In your words sir:
But not all sons follow their fathers.
True.
Otoh, I think these middle class folks are just trying to survive in Pakistani society
Three decades ago, yes. Now they’re all well settled.
where it is better to have relationships with power groups for a better life
Sadly true.
rather than spend their lives in wilderness by associating with the poor and less fortunate.
Tragically true.
I will give them benefit of doubt.
To an extent yes I do too. I am trying to raise the question of the ethics and personnel policy of the media houses, without degenerating into conspiracy theories and finger pointing. There is already too much of it.
I did not wish to make allegations, rather I have tried to flesh out the relationships using publicly available, but reputable sources, mainly the Committee to Protect Journalists.
@ Junaid Mangi I assumed linkedin would be a good source since one wishes to show their CV in the best light, but I guess Zafar Abbas has enough job security that he can let an old CV stay up ;)I apologise for getting his designation wrong and will correct my mistake on my blog.
@ Sarah Khan, that post was funny. Incidentially I tried to search online for what websites are banned in Pakistan and Mr Earthman’s posts could only be accessed through a proxy. So one pro-extremist person on the internet was censored by the Pakistan government. LOL. He is a viciously sectarian little monster. And his hysterical defense of Shahid Masood makes for black comedy.

Mushood Sheikh said:
I guess, the most powerful family of Pakistan, The Abbasi brothers is.

TLW said:
the most powerful family of Pakistan, The Abbasi brothers is
No yaar; their bosses are. Or somebody else; not them.

 Salma said:
New torture video – Courtesy: Our american sponsored army!
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