December 31, 2011

Habib Sulemani's struggle for justice in militarized Pakistan

Special Investigative Report

JOURNALIST and creative writer Habib R. Sulemani is locked inside his home in Pakistan’s garrison city, Rawalpindi, for over 21 months. He is living in solitary confinement after three attempts on his life in 2010.

In September 2011, when The Terrorland published an article, Poetry turns into reality: war crimes case against Pakistan general, which annoyed the military establishment and the Inter-Services Intelligence sent trained target-killers, provided by its ally the Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), to his house but fortunately he escaped the intended attack.

“The agencies also tried to use some women, friends and people from the neighborhood in another engineered attempt... but they failed,” said a source, adding that critical posts of The Terrorland had upset Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and he was annoyed at Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt-Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas for not being able to deal with a blogger.

Regular visitors of this group blog know how some colleagues at the Dawn Media Group’s Islamabad offices reportedly stole the manuscript (soft copy) of Habib Sulemani's novel, The Terrorland, which Resident Editor Zaffar Abbas provided to his powerful brother and chief military spokesman, Maj-Gen Athar Abbas. Thus it reached the top brass of the military.  

According to sources, the military establishment declared Mr. Sulemani’s written words a "toxic attack on Pakistan's ideological frontiers.” Before any action, the decision-makers made their minds to check and double-check the low-profile journalist’s unpublished literary works. Thus the ISI with the help of the Military Intelligence (MI) stole Mr. Sulemani's entire data from his home computer, through "specially employed" persons. 

A plan was made to give the journalist an "exemplary punishment" for his unpublished creative writings so that no one in future dares to write about the hidden face of the army generals in the country. Talking about the military is forbidden in the militarized Islamic Republic of Pakistan. So, besides his colleagues, some friends and relatives were also made part of a cruel mass murder plot. “Some of the intriguers said ‘yes’ at gunpoint others were given lucrative offers to make them part of the ruthless murder plot.”

Besides bugging and hacking Mr. Sulemani’s phones and emails, the ISI special Cell at Dawn Islamabad – allegedly headed by Baqir Sajjad – recorded his fearless intellectual discussions on “taboo subjects” at the office and on the way to home in the official vehicle of the newspaper. “Habib’s views on Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan had really enraged a very influential group of colleagues from Kashmir,” said a source at Dawn during background interviews. “Colleagues would record his opinions, without bringing it to his knowledge, and provide the tape to the News Editor (Farman Ali) and edition-in-charges (Adeel Raza and Rehan Yoususf) who would provide it to the Resident Editor (Zaffar Abbas), and it would reach the military-men.

“After declaring him (Habib Sulemani) a traitor, liable to death, he was systematically isolated at office and in the journalistic community—the Abbas Brothers used their network besides the secret agencies.”

The spy agencies reportedly took months to contact, interview and take into confidence Mr. Sulemani’s relatives, friends and all those who had interacted with him at some point in life. "Some of them were harassed others were brainwashed—that Mr. Sulemani was a westernized mind who was very negative about the very foundations of Pakistan—playing in the hands of enemies of the country, and that intellectually he was a security risk! At this point some people agreed in an emotional patriotic way to get the most authentic license of patriotism from the ISI—thus the stage was set to punish an innocent writer along with his entire family members in a systematic ruthless way." 

Sources said that the ISI, MI and ISPR made a foolproof mass murder plan. “It was finalized at the ISI headquarters (in Islamabad) and approved at the GHQ (General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army) in Rawalpindi.”  

According to the approved plan, two teams of pawns were constituted: one at the Karakoram International University (KIU), in Gilgit, and the other at the offices of daily Dawn in Islamabad.  

The KIU team (under the supervisions of two army officers – Major Amin of the ISI and Major Khushamadin of the MI) – made a honor-related case against a sister, Nasira Parveen, of the journalist. The plan was: being a respectable family in the tribal society, a case of honor will compel the girl to commit suicide or her brothers or relatives will kill her... in the next phase, there was application of psychological warfare to kill the elderly parents and other brothers and sisters due to 'depression' or similar pretext... the remaing members were to be killed and then declared the murder suicide!

Man proposes, God disposes... due to the bravery of Ms. Parveen and her elder sister, the criminal plan went wrong at the very first stage! Then Mr. Sulemani's journalistic sources worked and found the secret plot of the perpetrators—the plot was exposed in a miraculous way—so out of frustration, the Dawn team in Islamabad became operative—so there was the first direct attack on Habib Sulemani when he was returning home from office. They wanted to get rid of as the plot had been exposed by his sources. After the first attack, Mr. Sulemani stopped going office as he had been warned of further attacks. Then one after another, two more attempts were made on his life at home, which luckily failed.

When Mr. Suleamni contacted the police, they refused to register a case against the powerful accused. Then he sought protection from the government and Supreme Court of Pakistan, the secret agencies reportedly didn’t let them do anything. The representatives of rights bodies had either become an ally of the secret agencies or kept mum out of fear! When the government, on the insistence of the military establishment, tried to minimize concerns of people through propaganda, then The Terrorland group blog came into being to tell the brutal truth to the world. 

“The powerful perpetrators had spread rumors in every direction through state machinery, social group, mainstream media and agents of the agencies. They were using psychological warfare tactics by isolating the innocent family in the entire country—but the blogs worked like miracle,” said a member of The Terrorland Team.

At this point, the military establishment tried its best to use the carrot-and-stick formula to silence Mr. Sulemani. In this regard he was contacted through certain relatives, lost friends, messengers, government and military officials, and journalists. Among those who contacted the family included Major Amin of the ISI,  Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) secretory-general Shamsul Islam Naz, Dawn employees’ union president Bakhtawar Mian, Mehboob-ur-Rehman Tanoli from the Express TV and an official of the KIU.

Some messengers tried to take Mr. Sulemani out of his home... from where the agencies were supposed to attack or kidnap him; but according to the advice of friends, he refused to step outside his home without any guarantee of security from the government.

"The military establishment along its political face (MQM) is determined to take revenge for whatever The Terrorland has published and spread through the social media," said an official on request of anonymity.  

To cut a long story short, one day Dawn's senior reporter Khaleeq Kiani – according to a former Editor, he is media vanguard of the military establishment's business conglomerates – went to meet Mr. Sulemani at his home. He urged him to drop the names of two colleagues from the list of accused: Resident Editor Zaffar Abbas and Staff Reporter Amir Wasim. When Mr. Sulemani refused, Mr. Kiani left with a veiled threat!

Then, sources claim, on the direction of the Pakistan military establishment, Dawn Media Group owners sent two highest officials of the management to negotiate with Mr. Sulemani at his home. Tahir Owais (Senior General Manager whose name appeared in the print-line of daily Dawn Islamabad as Printer and Publisher) and Khurshid Aizid (Manager Human Resources Dawn Group Karachi) visited Mr. Sulemani at his home with lucrative offers to avoid legal action against the accused, saying that the secret agencies and their agents were above the law in Pakistan, and any legal battle against them would be useless. 

Dawn management offered Mr. Sulemani to work anywhere for the newspaper if he didn’t want to go back to the Islamabad offices. However, when he sought protection from the ISI and MI, the visiting managers just excused. When Mr. Sulemani sought legal action against the accused being sheltered at Dawn, the newspaper management didn't respond positively either.

In the meantime Zaffar Abbas was hesitating to publish his names as editor in the print-line of the newspaper although he had kicked off his boss and respected journalist Abbas Nasir. Then another era of backdoor dialogue started! However, Mr. Sulemani made it clear that his case was a test of the justice system in Pakistan so he would keep demanding legal action against the accused nothing else.

“After losing the game at this level as well,” an insider said, “in November 2010, the Dawn administration sent a reluctant letter to Mr. Sulemani, which is a classic sample of intellectual dishonesty at the newspaper of Muhammad Ali Jinnah (the founder of Pakistan and Dawn).”  

Here is the letter:

The above letter is an authentic document for historians to scrutinize the criminal media culture in today's Pakistan, and its role in the menace of global terrorism. Analysts and legal experts say the letter exposes the hidden and unbelievable face of Dawn – the so-called most respected newspaper of Pakistan.

Mr. Sulemani wrote an email to the Dawn management, which is being given below: 

Mr. Khurshid Aizid
(Sr. Manager Human Resources)
Pakistan Herald Publication (Private) Limited
Haroon House, Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road,
Karachi, Pakistan.

Dear Sir,

First of all congratulations for getting promotion. I received your letter (No. SM(HR)/PHPL/XII/(i)/10/6237, written on November 4, 2010 and posted four days later). I am in shock! I phoned Mr. Tahir Owais, Sr. General Manager/Publisher daily Dawn Islamabad, but he was not available. You along with Mr. Owais visited me at my home in Rawalpindi on June 23, 2010 regarding the three attempts on my life and the threats to my family members and my own life. During the about one-hour meeting, I had informed you about the details of the criminal attacks this year and atrocities at workplace since 2005.

Earlier, in the last week of May, we had a telephonic conversation and according to your advice, I had written my demands in an email, sent to you on June 1, 2010. I had also written an email to Editor Dawn Abbas Nasir on April 4, 2010.

And now in this letter from your desk – full of lies, factual and technical errors – has taken me aback. You are claiming that I am absent from office without intimation. Do you really have some professional credibility or you blindly follow the laws of those criminals who have taken this great organization of Mr. M.A. Jinnah hostage?

You are said to be a highly educated person and a practicing Muslim and these kinds of lies are against the teachings of Islam. They are also against the laws of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. What kind of a culture is this at the Dawn Trust?     

I am a sincere professional journalist, and I have sacrificed a lot during the last five years for the reputation of Dawn. Still I am silent about the documented atrocities of the criminal editorial administration of this newspaper.

It is my sincere advice to you: please, take this notice back as soon as possible. And release my salary which you had stopped illegally since June 2010. You have put my life in danger and I am continuously receiving threats. I can’t go to the doctor even as my blood pressure often shoots up. I am locked inside my home for over seven months, instead of providing me help and protection under the laws as an employee you want to give me additional torture. I can’t afford any further torture.

Yours sincerely,

Habib R. Sulemani
(Sub Editor)
Daily Dawn Islamabad,

November  15, 2010 

Mr. Sulemani's email, according to insiders, embarrassed the owners of Dawn Media Group. There was a "big tension" between CEO Hameed Haroon and current Editor Dawn Zaffar Abbas... but the former bowed down due to pressure from the military establishment.

After consultations with a former judge and lawyer, the Dawn management sent another letter to Mr. Sulemani, which, according to legal experts, is actually a "confession of their crime." A senior journalist said: "It shows that the Dawn Management is unable to take any action against the Zaffar Abbas and his cronies who have hijacked the Newspaper of the Founding Father."

Here is the letter:

Instead of sending this letter to Mr. Sulemani, the management of Dawn should have sacked the accused officials. "At least they (accused employees) could have been suspended and an in-house investigation should have initiated against them if not a formal police report. But the management proved its cowardice and let the innocent employee to fight on its own," says a former office-bearer of the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Union of Journalists.

Besides refusal of the Dawn management, the local police also refused to register a case against the powerful accused while the federal government and Supreme Court of Pakistan are still silent despite written requests for protection and provision of justice.

Who are the accused

Pakistan Army chief Gen. Kayani, ISI chief Lt-Gen. Shuja Pasha, ISPR chief Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas, Major Amin (ISI) and Major Khushamadin (MI) along with the aforementioned teams, played main role in the alleged plot.

Here are brief biographical notes about the less-known members of the two alleged teams. 

Team A - Dawn Islamabad

Team A consists of the "most powerful and cunning" people who allegedly initiated the murder plot after failure in other ways to get rid of Mr. Sulemani, sources said. "Habib had become an intellectual challenge for the editorial admin at Dawn Islamabad. Whatever his colleagues did to him from 2005 to 2010 is sheer criminal and many journalists in Islamabad are witness to the character assassination campaigns against him," said a media-person.

Zaffar Abbas is allegedly ISI's most "deceptive and ruthless media-man" in Pakistan. He is the incumbent editor of Dawn newspaper and a member of the infamous Abbas Brothers, who reportedly run a secret network in and outside Pakistan as the think-tank of the MQM. "They consider themselves strength of the powerful military establishment in Pakistan," says a friend of Mr. Abbas.

Mr. Zaffar's elder brother, Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas, is leading the military's media war front. His other brothers are also in the media: Azhar Abbas is an executive at the Geo News TV while Mazhar Abbas has grabbed a higher position at the ARY News channel. Mr. Mazhar, according to a former office-bearer of the PFUJ, kept a bullet on his parked car and then interpreted it as a threat "thus he (Mazhar) succeeded in deceiving the CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists) and got an award for his bravery."

Another journalist said: "General Athar would be member of the Parliament on MQM ticket. Do you understand the game?" Mr. Zaffar's wife runs a media-related NGO, known as Uks, in Islamabad, which was a part of the plot.

Farman Ali was the News Editor at Dawn Islamabad besides President of an ISI-funded NGO. Now he works for The Express Tribune in the capital. Sources claim that his education is just intermediate therefore he is often humiliated by his editors and colleagues. It is famous about him that he changes color 24 times a day... for some people he is a communist, for others he is a racist and sectarian bent of mind person. "He can do anything for a glass of wine," Afzal Butt, former president National Press Club Islamabad, had said once. He had accused Zaffar Abbas and Adeel Raza of an "attack" on one of his female relatives in Rawalpindi. "They want to humiliate me so that I leave Dawn and Zaffar's favorite boy (Adeel) takes my position," he had told a confidant when still at Dawn.     

Adeel Raza is Edition-in-charge at Dawn Islamabad. He is the nephew of PFUJ president Pervez Shaukat, and is believed to replace him in the future as a 'leader' of journalists. He reportedly played main role in isolating Mr. Sulemani as a part of the systematic suffocation-death plan. He tried to use some of his neighbors as well...! Besides Dawn, he was working for an English weekly of Gilgit-Baltistan, which, he had tried to use in the criminal game. "Adeel was the person who contacted and told me that he (Habib) was against Shias," said a journalist who works in Islamabad. "I was shocked how he can be... but now I know why this dirty sectarian game was being played at that time. To be truthful, yet we can't speak the whole truth... you know I've a family to feed!"
Tariq Hassan is a subeditor at Dawn Islamabad who, according to one of his former colleagues in Karachi, was transferred to the federal capital for a special purpose: to make way for the MQM in the journalistic community of the twin cities. And he has done that very successfully.

"Today the National Press Club and PFUJ are under the direct control of Altaf Hussain. Even the Abbas Brothers, who had once suffered at the hands of the MQM, are now a part of the fascist and racist gang."

Mr. Tariq had been to jail for using patrol bombs during protests. Famous for his shenanigans, one of his former editors had told his successor: "Be careful of the snake, it can bite without realizing you!" He is allegedly leading the web of MQM informers in the federal capital area, a worker of Dawn disclosed. "Neither he can edit nor write a piece in English, but still he gets salary from Dawn, because he is a devoted worker of MQM."              
Yasir Ali Mansuri left Dawn after the attacks on Mr. Sulemani and now works for the Voice of America (Urdu section) in Islamabad. He was a self-styled patriot and spokesman for the ISI and ISPR at the Dawn.

"He was a master hacker and used to get illegal access to anyone's tray, emails and social media accounts," said a former trainee at Dawn and current media-person. "All employees were terrified by him and his father (Anwar Mansuri) who silently stabbed many employees. I was not given a job because I had asked him (Yasir) a tough question... that how he had gotten the job at Dawn!"

However, no one knows how he garbed the job at the VOA despite being an accused in an ISI-conceived murder plot! "It's a trick to show their power: USA is even with us... you can't do anything!"

Amir Wasim is a reporter at Dawn Islamabad. He is known as an MQM activist in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad who has direct access to the MQM's British-passport-holder leader Altaf Hussain. He was allegedly involved in the killing of an anti-MQM political worker (belonging to the Haqqiqi group) in Rawalpindi about two years ago.

According to his colleagues, he is an integral part of the MQM leaders in Rawalpindi and Islamabad, and a bridge between the ISI and MQM. MQM parliamentarians especially Haider Rizvi, Baber Ghori and Wasim Ahmed. After a sectarian slur against Shia Muslims, his relations with Zaffar Abbas had become tensed... but the MQM made a peace agreement between the two known "opportunists" at Dawn Media Group.

Munawer Azeem is the crime reporter, known as criminal-reporter, at Dawn Islamabad. He is the nephew of Executive Editor Express Tribune M. Ziaddin. When Mr. Ziauddin was Resident Editor Dawn Islamabad, he gave Mr. Azeem a regular job at an alleged fake degree. Prior to journalism, he was working at a grocery shop in Karachi, said a reporter. "He can't write a copy without taking others help."   

A previous post says: " Insiders say that M. Ziauddin became ready to publish the above given story (in favor of Zaffar Abbas) along with his own 'forced' comments about Zaffar Abbas for two reasons. 1) he got a call from someone more influential— 2) an ‘illiterate’ nephew of the editor of The Express Tribune, Munawar Azeem, is an employee of Dawn." 
Chaudhry Ishaq is a photographer at Dawn Islamabad. "He can reveal everything about every colleague especially editors to get personal benefits," says a photographer.    

He is a reportedly a member of a land-mafia especially the group at the National Press Club Islamabad, which is caretaker of the Media Town Rawalpindi.

He along his son allegedly got two plots and one has already been sold illegally. "He allotted his son a plot first then recruited him at Waqat TV as a photo-journalist to legalize the illegal plot." He is a character in A plot of land & the mass murder plot.

Rehan Yousuf works as edition-in-charge Dawn Metropolitan Peshawar, published from Islamabad. Before joining the organization, Adeel Raza had declared him a Taliban-like-his-friend-Ansar-Abbassi. He is said to be a member of the Jamaat-i-Islami but sympathizes with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz. "He is a leading  member of the ISI-brand jihadists at Dawn," said a leftist journo.   

According to a reporter, Mr. Yousuf, said that Zaffar Abbas was responsible for the Lal (Red) Mosque massacre who "wrote articles as a result the Pakistan Army started the operation and killed countless innocent girl students who had been acting violently as a part of the ISI strategy to get global attention and dollars."
Zar Alam is a subeditor at Dawn Islamabad. Personally, he is believed to be a gentle man "but living in Rome means you have to do as the Romans do." According to a source, Farman Ali used him for his sinister purposes... and mobilized the Ismaili Shia Muslims according to the ISI-plot, saying that Mr. Sulemani was working against the Ismaili faith as well as the state. A previous post says: 

"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."

Anwar Mansuri is said to be the softer facade of the hardcore criminals at Dawn Islamabad (intellectual terrorists). After the attacks on Mr. Sulemani, when he exposed Mr. Mansuri along with his 'militarized' son, the senior journalist used his influence and shifted his son (Yasir Ali) to the VOA.

"He's expert in psychological attacks on reporters in the name of editing," said a reporter. "Sometimes he rewrites a copy and even the reporter can't understand the published stuff. It becomes embarrassing but Baba jee tas say mass nahi hota! His headlines often make great jokes in the journalist community!" 

Team B - KIU Gilgit

The team at the Karakoram International University (KIU), in Gilgit, was just a "stupid group of puppets... who were doing as they were being ordered from Islamabad." Some of the accused had even requested to Mr. Sulemani and his family members to forgive them as they had become a part of the plot unwillingly... due to pressure from the top!

Here are members of this team: KIU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Najma Najam (first from left) is also working for the “psychological warfare cell” of the ISI; Registrar Dr. Ahsanullah Mir is a known as a Taliban commander on campus; Muhammad Hussain, Assistant Professor Manzoor Ali, Dr. Muhammad Ramzan, Karim Khan, Dr. Salma Durrani and Ms. Tahira did what they were ordered from the top. "If they had refused, their jobs even lives would have been in danger," a source on campus told The Terrorland Team during the background interview.

“ONE thing bothers me a lot. Being a female vice-chancellor, why Dr Najma Najam with Prof. Salma Durrani, her closest friend on campus, put my life in danger? I’m ashamed when I see them in the media advocating for the rights of women. I'm ashamed to call them women! Anybody can hire their services to destroy someone’s life or carrier. They’re evils on campus, and enemies of students and our education system,” said Ms. Parveen, who is illegally not being allowed to attend classes by the administration of the Karakoram International University for the last 22 months.

Mr. Sulemani said if something happened to him or any of his family member, then Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Army, ISI, ISPR and the London-based MQM leader Altaf Hussain would be responsible for it. 

December 29, 2011

MQM leader & Sindh Minister hurls threat at 'The Terrorland'

The Terrorland Report

A leader of the Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has hurled threat at The Terrorland. Some Karachi-based journalists have asked The Terrorland Team to take the words of MQM leader and Minister Youth Affairs Sindh, Faisal Sabzwari, seriously, as it was aimed at journalist Habib R. Sulemani.

“The MQM guys use the couplet (of Ghalib) to hurl threat to media-persons in Karachi in their 'civilized' way as the traditional tactics have changed with the changed times,” said a reporter.

The Urdu couplet of Mirza Ghalib, quoted by Mr. Sabzwari, simply means: God, he doesn’t understand me... neither he will try to... either change his heart... or give me another language to make him understand...!

December 28, 2011

The meaning of ‘The Terrorland’

The Terrorland Report

PAKISTAN Army generals, who call the shots in our unfortunate militarized country, want to know why this group blog has been named in this terrible way: The Terrorland. People who have gone through the archives and read the “About Us” page of this group blog, know everything—but an Admin of this blog’s Facebook page has tried to explain it to them in their way!

When a defender of the army generals traditionally accused, abused and threatened in Urdu – “if you talked against the Army next time, then the whole of Pakistan would stand against The Terrorland group blogs” – the Admin tried to explain him the meaning of Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s famous poem: Dogs!

Here is the discussion:

December 27, 2011

The untold story of Shia Muslims in Pakistan

President Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani and Speaker National Assembly Dr. Fahmida are Shia Muslims. This is a unique thing in the Muslim world and shows the liberal Islamic face of Pakistan. But it's not acceptable to the almighty military establishment, so the generals want to remove the government. Some 'Opportunist Kufi Shias' are 'enabling' killing of their own brothers and sisters to get 'personal benefit' from the military.

The Terrorland Report

OUT of the 97 percent Muslims, Shias make an estimated 20 percent of the population in the Sunni-dominated Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The country hosts the second-largest Shia population in the world after the neighboring Shia-dominated Islamic Republic of Iran. Pakistan became a sectarian battlefield after 1979-revolution in Iran. The then military dictator, Gen Zia, at the behest of Middle Eastern kingdoms and sheikhdoms, made the country a hell for the followers of the Athna‘ashariyyah (Twelver) Shia Muslims. Since then hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens have been killed brutally.

December 26, 2011

Do or die — 4 options for unified state pillars to sack the generals

The Terrorland Special Report

PILLARS OF THE STATE: President Zardari, PM Gilani, 
Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida and Chief Justice 
of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry.
BRAVO! Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani finally took the courage and warned the gang of three rogue generals of the Pakistan Army who are allegedly involved in political activism. Mr. Gilani said in the House that the elected Parliament would not accept “a state within the state” indicating towards the military establishment. He also exposed the military-dominated Osama bin Laden Commission’s hidden efforts to protect the real culprits who provided a safe heaven to the Al Qaeda leader, and allowed him to operate from Pakistani - a house near the Kakul Military Academy in Abbotabad.

Dirt on uniform — public waiting for removal of Army, ISI, ISPR chiefs

The Terrorland Report

IN a time when the over 184 million people of Pakistan hate three serving generals for their alleged involvement in political activism, and want legal action against the powerful army officer, who run the country without being accountable to the elected civilian government, judiciary and Parliament, still the secret agents are trying to win the lost battle through engineered political rallies and cyber activism in the country. The common people in Pakistan are just waiting for removal of Army Chief Gen. Ishfaq Parvez Kayani, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt-Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) head Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas. People say they are watching TV and waiting for removal news of the three generals. "The government must remove them from offices in the best national interest," says a journalist in Islamabad.

Bangladesh genocide: Generals fund scholars to make image better?

The Terrorland Report

HERE are two emails, exchanged between a Bangladeshi and Pakistani blogger. Even 40 years on, the tragedy of the erstwhile East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, is still haunting the intelligentsia of the South Asian region. These two tiny emails speak volumes about the intellectual, political and militarily stipulations of the conflict zone of the world.    

The Terrorland blogs are actually battleground diaries

The Terrorland Report

INDEPENDENT media analysts say The Terrorland has shocked and shaken people and government organizations. However, the almighty Pakistani military establishment is not happy with this group blogs, therefore, it makes our blogger Habib R. Sulemani a direct target through its proxies.

The brave journalist, who is fighting for the rights of the over 184 million terrorized people of Pakistan from solitary confinement for the last 21 months, has been declared an agent of the United States of America, India and Israel along other allegations. He is under continuous threats from The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI). He and his family members are being threatened and abused in the most uncivilized ways, which is the traditional tactics of the secret agencies, but he has never stopped his fight for global peace and prosperity as Pakistan has become the capital of global terrorism.

December 25, 2011

ISI sows seeds of hatred and cashes Islamic extremism

The Terrorland Report

PAKISTAN'S Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) sows seeds of hatred in society by using certain Islamic themes as a part of its so-called 'jihad' strategy. To lit the firecracker of extremism, the secret agency uses selected Islamic 'scholars' and 'specified' books in the typical propagandist manner! In this way the army generals cash Islamic extremism and terrorism globally.

Thus Deen-e-Muhammadi (religion of the Holly Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him) has become Deen-e-Moudoodi (religion of Maulana Moudoodi, the godfather of Al Qaeda and Pakistan Army). The cyber debate given below will open your eyes! See, how the new generation is being betrayed by usung the cyberspace. How suicide bombers are recruited by making them emotional! Without any comment, it's left for the readers, especially researchers, to analyze the text in an objective manner and drive results to be used for the collective benifit of human race on earth. 

The diary of an annoying cyber activist

By Rehman Pakistani

I HAVE been declared a self-styled annoying cyber activist by The Terrorland Team, saying that whenever I appear on the scene, people run away as rats do when a cat meows! Anyway, I say sorry to all my cyber and real-life friends for being annoying to them! From the new year, I'll not be seen as an activist anymore! When Team members asked me to share with them some "annoying cyber movements," I've got collected some of them here. I'm hiding the identity of my friends with a big sorry again. 

December 21, 2011

State abolished — no more ‘Mir’ or ‘Rani’ in Hunza

The Terrorland Report

Late Jamal Khan - The Last Mir of Hunza
THE media is full of ignorant, half-literate and lazy people who misuse words while writing or reporting. They often don’t care how sensitive their job is as a ‘word’ can make or break carriers of people. Some terms are very sensitive and people take them very seriously.

Hunza is a famous valley in Gilgit-Baltistan region. Most of the people there are very angry whenever the media uses the terms: Mir of Hunza or Rani of Hunza. “It seems as someone has fired a bullet into my heart,” says Fida Ali, whose grandfather had lost his life while working for the ruler of the erstwhile princely state Hunza. The despot ruler was known as ‘Mir of Hunza.’  

“Like others, my grandfather was also forced to take a government luggage to the far-flung Shimshal village,” he said, “on the way, while crossing a river, my grandfather lost his life and my father became an orphan at the tender age of ten. I know how difficult it was for my father to live without a father and sole male in a family of five. When the state was abolished, it was the happiest day in the life of my father. But now when someone uses the word ‘Mir’ it hits hard people like me.”   

December 20, 2011

Treason case against generals & Chief Justice of Pakistan

The Terrorland Report

Chief Justice Chaudhry with military officers.—APP
LAST month, Habib Sulemani had sent a Twitter message to the President of Pakistan and Amnesty International, raising a question regarding the security of the country's chief justice who had asked the military to keep away from politics. 

Mr. Sulemani had written on Nov 27, 2011: @Pres_Zardari GHQ activism and speech of Justice Chaudhry about Army rule: Is the Chief Justice of Pakistan safe? Any pressure? @amnesty

December 19, 2011

Anthony Mascarenhas - Pakistan's forgotten star reporter

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"THOSE people, who currently lead journalistic bodies in Pakistan, are mostly corrupt and hardcore criminals, who are involved in bribery, extortion, illegal real-estate business and human trafficking to Europe and the Americas. This is an open secret rather a universal truth now.

"Instead of any help, these journalist leaders can make plots to kill or humiliate their own colleagues whenever their masters in the uniform declare a truthful journalist ‘traitor’ or ‘foreign agent’ or working against ‘national interest’, which is actually Generals’ interest."  

December 18, 2011

Pakistani soldiers follow rules, generals violate Constitution

>> "If President Zardari," a source claims, "had not fled the country under the pretext of heart attack, he would have been put under house arrest like Hussain Haqqani, and the generals would have formally announced their new version of bloodless coup d'état..." 
>> Pakistan Army as a national institution can't afford bad public image anymore! If martial law is imposed, this time it would be suicidal for the generals!

The Terrorland Special Report

BONES OF CONTENTION:  Army Chief Gen. Kayani, ISI 
boss Lt-Gen. Pasha and ISPR guru Maj-Gen. Abbas.
THE people of Pakistan believe that the crises in the country are artificial... created by a group of army generals – Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) boss Lt-Gen. Shuja Pasha and Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) chief Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas – to get personal benefits illegally as they are not ready to retire according to the laws of the country.

December 16, 2011

After Bangladesh, the fall of Gilgit-Baltistan?

   * Gen Kayani, did you sell the country? Nation seeks a clear answer, no more games!
   * There would be no crises if Army, ISI and ISPR chiefs resign, Parliament believes.

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Army Chief Gen. Kayani (left) should learn a lesson from the 
last Pakistani commander in Bengal, Lt-Gen. Niazi.
THE army generals, who were ruling Pakistan after imposing martial in 1958, were intellectually bankrupt who thought killing their own people was in the best interest of the state. 

Therefore, these phony statesmen in the khaki lost the eastern part of this unfortunate country, in a war with the neighboring India, which became an independent country, Bangladesh, on this day forty years ago: December 16, 1971. About 500,000 innocent people were brutally killed in atrocities; however, the Bangladesh government puts the figure at three million.

As Pakistanis, we are so sorry for the atrocities and wish our brothers and sisters in Bangladesh a happy Independence Day. However, we want to analyze the historic event regarding the situation of today's Pakistan.

December 15, 2011

China encroaching on Pakistan-controlled Gilgit-Baltistan?

 To talk about socialist China and Islamist Saudi Arabia, one has to be cautious in Pakistan! They're brotherly states no-one can criticize them especially in the media. However, everyone is free to accuse and abuse the democratic United States, rather the establishment encourages this engineered collective social behavior in Pakistan.

By Habib R. Sulemani

Pakistan Army chief Gen Kayani with a Chinese commander 
during recent joint-military exercise in Jhelum, Punjab.
NO doubt, China is going to be a global phenomenon. The only thing which is damaging its credibility in the world is ban on freedom of expression in the country. 

If the Chinese government releases writer and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and lifts ban from novelist and blogger Han Han, it can win the hearts and minds of the entire world! 

Cheap goods and aid may not do that what freedom of thought and freedom of expression can do! I'm hopeful the Chinese government will realize it and evolutionary will give way to democracy! That is the only way to be a vibrant part of the global community in the 21st century.

December 13, 2011

Mr. Obama! Listen to the cry of an American woman in misery

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SUCCESSIVE governments of the United States of America have given billions of dollars to the Pakistani regimes, from time to time, but these grants, donations, aid or whatever name you may give them, neither served the common people of Pakistan nor the United States. The money always goes directly into the pockets of the unscrupulous Pakistani rulers – politicians, generals and civilian bureaucrats – who transfer it into their foreign accounts.

Time and again, we've been appealing the US government and other leaders of the world to be careful about the corrupt and criminal rulers of Pakistan. In a recent post, The Terrorland had reported that people seek global action against Pakistani leaders (politicians as well as military men) because in the country no one can do anything to stop the plunder going on for the last 64 years. The post appealed to the American and global leaders: 

December 9, 2011

Literature — English is also a language of Islam and Pakistan

Pakistan isn't just the capital of global terrorism, the country can also be seen on the literary map of the world! Isn't it remarkable? 

By Habib R. Sulemani

Kamila Shamsie (left) and Bina Shah are among the new faces
of Pakistani English literature.  
ENGLISH is the “official” and Urdu “national language” of Pakistan. However, as a part of the dirty politics of the South Asian region, English has remained the lingo of a tiny unscrupulous ruling elite that exploits the poor and uneducated since 1947.

Pakistani rulers – politicians, generals and civilian bureaucrats – worship English and dollar like God! But they keep telling the uneducated lot to hate the language and money as symbols of “slavery” of the British colonial era and ongoing "expansionism" of the United States of America. The illiterate people are reminded through the military-controlled media to oppose the Americans and their language. They paint English as an “un-Islamic” and “language of the enemy.”

December 6, 2011

Terrorism = military + mullah + militant + media

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Just see the characters in this historic photograph and analyze every minute 
feature regarding terrorism as a political strategy. © The Terrorland
THE headline of this post has been taken from a sociological formula of Habib R. Sulemani, which actually is written in the mathematical/statistical form:
t = m4

It can also be written as: t = m4. Anyway, in this formula, ‘t’ stands for terrorism while ‘m4’ or 'm4' denotes military, mullah, militant and media.  In other words: Terrorism = military + mullah + militant + media.

After reading the previous post, 'The Terrorland Team will be razed with a huge blast!', a journalist, who had visited Pakistan's tribal areas, has sent the above exclusive photograph to The Terrorland group blog as a token of appreciation for bringing forth the truth to the secret agencies-controlled mainstream media and kept-in-the-dark people of Pakistan.

December 5, 2011

'The Terrorland Team will be razed with a huge blast!'

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WE are presenting here a cyberspace communication between a senior member of The Terrorland Team that runs this group blog, The Terrorland  and an unknown person (WA). It’s unedited and without any editorial comment.

WA: who is this? whats your full name and from where do u belong? do u work for Nexus?

THE TERRORLAND: You had tagged me. I am a member of The Terrorland Team that runs this group blog: "With its Hindi dialect, Urdu is considered as the third major language of the world after Chinese and English. How English language has given birth to Roman Urdu? What is the future of the language, poets and writers?

WA: Don`t worry if you want to get fucked you will be fucked soon. The agencies will open up ur and ur team`s ass and then put this terrorland there and make a huge blast.

December 4, 2011

Karbala tragedy — tolerance and diverse perspectives in Islam

We hope people belonging to all sects and faiths will play their due rule in maintaining peace and harmony during Muharram mourning processions. We are with our Shia brothers and sisters in expressing human anguish, and staging protest against tyranny and oppression in society.
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December 2, 2011

English language gives birth to Roman Urdu

By Habib R. Sulemani

IN this era of information technology, for successive governments, politicians and scholars, it's not that easy to impose a language of their own choice on the masses against their will! It's the people and the environment, especially the economic conditions around, which choose a language, dialect or script for the masses to communicate at large. But, if an elected governments and scholars are enough intelligent, they can influence the masses and give them a correct direction, which can benefit all of them and their coming generations.

I read Dr. Rauf Parekh’s article: "Roman Urdu? No!" published in the daily Dawn on January 19, 2003. The learned author has adopted a judgmental way of expression... and has strongly opposed a Roman script for Urdu, which is being developed in the "cyber world." He has presented his critique in a very emotional way! I can’t question his scholarly ability, sincerity and love for the cultural ethos and the traditional script of the national language of Pakistan. I agree with him on the merits of the original Arabic script, which is the essence of Urdu language. It should be continued, but looking at the current global situation, I think, besides Arabic and Devanagari (Hindi), Urdu language needs a Roman script as well. We can’t ignore the ground realities of the 21st century. Therefore, I want to raise some points totally on practical grounds in an objective way.

December 1, 2011

Habib Sulemani — 20 months of solitary confinement

The cage-bird twitters while the writer twits... and says: “My twits are for liberty!”  

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Facsimile of Habib Sulemani's Twitter official account.
HABIB R. Sulemani has completed 20 months of solitary confinement and has entered in the 21st month but yet the Pakistani civilian government is silent. The human rights and journalistic bodies are also keeping mum due to the terror of the secret agencies.

Mr. Sulemani, a writer and journalist who lives in Rawalpindi, has never come out of his home since  March 29, 2010, when the first attempt on his life was made, details of which have been given in the previous posts of The Terrorland group blogs.

November 29, 2011

Delusion of communism: Pakistan Army uses leftists as weapon

By Habib R. Sulemani 

FRENCH writer Jean-Paul Sartre with philosopher partner
Simone de Beauvoir meet Che Guevara in 1960. (Wikipedia)
FORGET about Faiz Ahmed Faiz and his desi tribe, just look at that French public intellectual, existentialist philosopher and globally admired writer who refused Nobel Prize in Literature but played rugby with Marxism – the immature sociopolitical worldview! Yes, I'm talking about Jean-Paul Sartre.

Sartre didn't go to Stockholm to receive the prestigious prize from the Swedish King but with his philosopher partner Simone de Beauvoir went to Cuba probably for a political debate with the like-minded revolutionists! There Sartre sits obediently before an uncanny young Taliban-like communist warrior, Che Guevara. This is what I've seen in a thought-provoking black-and-white photograph and it appears that the warrior talks mostly while the intellectual couple listens silently!

November 27, 2011

Global village — internet will play vital role in next elections

 "Pakistan’s 70 per cent rural population is also joining the cyber world, and with the use of the internet ‘urbanisation’ is taking place rapidly, and the ‘great divide’ between the rural and urban societies is taking a new shape. Now, at least in the field of information, a ‘rural guy’ is not more equal than a ‘shehri babu’ or urban guy. The internet has made the world a ‘Global Village’ in the real sense."

By Habib R. Sulemani

November 26, 2011

Writers and poets are founders of globalization

By Habib R. Sulemani

Writers, poets and other creative people are actually founders of the concept of globalization not business tycoons of recent times. Thus William Shakespeare, Mir Taqi Mir, Khwaja Ghulam Farid, Emily Dickinson and many other creative geniuses are part of the total intellectual asset of the human race on planet earth. With this vision, how to promote art and literature in our militarized and terrorized Pakistan? The answer to this question can guarantee peace and prosperity.

November 23, 2011

Resistance literature: Pakistani writers are powerful than generals

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HRS for The Terrorland
THE four-day 4th International Urdu Conference has started in Pakistan’s business capital Karachi. Senior writers, poets, critics and journalists, as usual, are urging their favorite targets government and the youth to promote Urdu language and literature, particularly stressing on the need to translate scientific works into the national language (without any contribution to the sciences).

These elderly guys have gathered to talk bookish, eat lavishly and go away hopefully to meet again next year. This is the general impression among the youth, and it's the way people often do at such conferences in Pakistan. The gurus of “organized literature” and leaders of “organized religions" work in almost the same authoritarian way especially under the influence of an unknown fear within! And thus the condition of both is crystal clear in our polarized world.

Ah! Urdu language and literature! 

November 20, 2011

People seek global action against Pakistani leaders

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IN an amateur caricature, being circulated on the Facebook, a Pakistan public artist explains what the common people think about the almighty military and political leaders' relationship with the United States of America.

Four Pakistani leaders - starting with the heavyweight Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, MQM chief Altaf Hussain, President Asif Zardari, former premier Nawaz Sharif - are on the left side of President Barack Obama while another four - Home Minister Rehman Malik, Prime Minister Gilani, former military dictator Gen. Musharraf and Moulana Fazl Rehman - are on the right side of the American President.

A caption in Urdu reads: "These leaders have the same interest, ideology and mission... but their ways of committing crime differ..." 

November 19, 2011

Global peace — countries need women as leaders

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A woman is a peace-maker and man is worrier by nature, and our world needs independent female leaders today. 

November 18, 2011

Leadership – women can resolve issue of Kashmir

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MLA Shaheen Kausar Dar
IF there were even a single woman leader in either part of Jammu and Kashmir, the issue would have been resolved so far. Traditionally, both India and Pakistan use stooge men with conservative and liberal looks to suppress demands of the people of the divided region. They are handicapped... not allowed to be able to decide their fate freely... to join any of the two fighting neighboring countries or stay as an independent nation state in South Asia. 

Although there are some female leaders on either side of the divide, but they are not independent enough to make own decisions as leaders. They mostly depend on their male relatives in politics or some secret agencies of the oppressive powers on either side of the Line of Control. 

November 16, 2011

Stalinism & Police Services of Pakistan

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21st century Pakistani Stalin versus 20th century Russian Stalin
"STALINISM," according to Encyclopædia Britannic, "is associated with a regime of terror and totalitarian rule."

Wikipedia says: "It's characterized by a high degree of centralization, totalitarianism, the use of a secret police, propaganda, and especially brutal tactics of political coercion."

This term is associated with Joseph Stalin (1879-1953) who was leader of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), which came into existence in 1922 and disintegrated in1991. As a communist leader, Stalin was known for creating a totalitarian state out of Russia by purging all opposition.

November 15, 2011

Leadership crisis — where are women of Balochistan?

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Young and energetic Provincial Minister 
Raheela Durrani can fill the leadership 
vacuum in Balochistan if allowed.
ONCE upon a time there were some important woman leaders in Islamabad. Today there is none. The few seen around are either someone's wife, relative or in relationship with someone in the corridors of power!

Among the vanished women leaders are Dr. Noor Jehan Panezai and Zubaida Jalal who represented Balochistan in the federal capital of Pakistan. They both have disappeared from the political scene, and no one seems interested in the whereabouts of the lost women leaders of a province that is bleeding!

Dr. Panezai, a medical doctor, was Deputy Chairperson of the Senate of Pakistan in the early 1990's. She had been a member of the National Assembly and a Minister for Health and Women Division as well. She was the only female senator in Pakistan in the late 1980's.

November 14, 2011

Imran Khan & ISI-gifted paradise in hell

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Two-faced Imran Khan (by Habib Sulemani-1995)
LATELY, some readers have asked why The Terrorland ignored the recent “political somersault” of former cricketer-turned-philanthropist-turned-politician, Imran Khan. 

Well, it’s an understandable phenomenon!

Anyone, with a little bit understanding of the Pakistani military establishment's mindset and political tactics, knows the reason that Imran Khan, 59, is a puppet of the generals. So, instead of writing about the puppets (which the mainstream media is doing very well to please the military) why not talk about the puppet-players (generals)? And that is what The Terrorland Team has been doing since the beginning of this group blog.

Imran Khan is an ambitious and greedy poor soul with a lavish lifestyle! And this is the criteria for a political puppet in Pakistan. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is happy for having such a puppet that is equally famous in- and outside Pakistan. 

To be frank, the generals have made Mr. Khan their spy-bridge to the hearts of the liberal West and the conservative Islamic East! Being an excellent chameleon – like any member of the Pakistani ruling class especially in dealings with the West – Imran Khan is “Mr. Brown” in London and a clean-shaven “Mullah” in Islamabad.  

November 12, 2011

Warning: Pakistan's brinkmanship game could be a global disaster

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BRINKMANSHIP strategy of the Pakistan Army has created a very dangerous situation in the country, and people fear that the incompetent and coward generals can further let it ‘loose’ in an effort to protect their own lives and properties; so there could be a situation like Bosnia and Rwanda if global leaders kept silent spectators.

November 11, 2011

Global Music Therapy – Balochistan to the heart of Europe

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MUSIC Therapy of Nations series started with Pashto music and relations among Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States of America. The post, while talking about a song of famous singer Naghma, said: “A wrong interpretation of the song can cause a global war and a truthful understanding of it can make the world a real heaven!

November 10, 2011

Kashmiri music - Gilgit-Baltistan wants no less than Parliament

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HOW the 'oppressed' Kashmiris have become an 'oppressor' in the case of Gilgit-Baltistan, locals say, that can be witnessed by the statements of Kashmiri leaders especially from the Azad Kashmir. And the socio-historical background of this notion has been discussed in detail by bloggers of The Terrorland, particularly in the popular post: Gilgit-Baltistan in search of hijacked independence for 64 years.

November 9, 2011

Khowar music unites people of Chitral & Gilgit-Baltistan

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PAKISTANI military establishment, through a traditional puppet government, separated Chitral from Gilgit-Baltistan after the so-called independence, and gave it to the NWFP (now officially called Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, don't know what will be tomorrow its name?).

November 8, 2011

Burushaski - a unique language & music in Gilgit-Baltistan

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BURUSHASKI, according to experts, is a language isolate, not known to be related to any other language of the world. It's spoken only in parts of Gilgit-Baltistan. It has three dialects in Hunza, Nagar and Yasin valley. Rough estimates say there are about 100,000 native speakers known as Brusho or Hunzakuts.

November 7, 2011

Shina music & resistance literature in Gilgit-Baltistan

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RESISTANCE literature and Shina language seem synonymous in Gilgit-Baltistan. This thing has greatly influenced other languages in the region especially Burushaski, Wakhi, Khowar and Balti. Thus it makes the people proud of Shina language no matter they live in Pakistan or any other part of the world.

November 6, 2011

Wakhi music: don't doubt strength of bridge to China & Central Asia

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THERE are, according to some natives, about 100,000 Wakhi-speaking people in the world today. A large number of them lives in Pakistan; mainly in Gilgit-Baltistan's upper Hunza area known as Gojal and Ishkoman valley in Ghizar district. Some Wakhis also live in Chitral district of Pakhtunkhwa province.

November 5, 2011

Balti music can do what the bloody 'strategic assets' can't

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PASHTO music can improve Af-Pak-US relations! Yes! This post was appreciated and there were demands of similar posts to make the tribal narrow minds of the people-in-power broader... to meet challenges of the globalized world in the Cyber Age! 

November 2, 2011

95% Pakistanis don't know Gilgit-Baltistan's story: F. M. Khan

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F.M. Khan - historian and a
veteran of Gilgit-Baltistan's 
liberation war 1947.
RESEARCHERS and historians are aware of the name of F. M. Khan (1930–2002). His only book, The Story of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral, is a must-read for those who want to know the real story of the strategically important region.

The book was still in the press when the author died in Gilgit city. Habib Sulemani says: "I was contacted to compile and edit Mr. Khan's book. I worked hard on it as he was not in good health, and badly wanted to see his book published. The Pakistani style publication plus, as is said, haste makes waste, the proofreading and font errors couldn't be corrected at the other end."

However, many historian believe, still the book is a big achievement regarding the local perspective on their history and political issues. The flap of the book introduces the author in this way: