May 31, 2011

World No Tobacco Day — Gen Kayani, it's time to quit!

By Habib R. Sulemani 

TODAY is the World No Tobacco Day. The theme for this year is: Time to quit! I think that in Pakistan, this day should be dedicated to the most powerful man of the country, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who is famously known as a chain-smoker.

General Kayani is the son of a former non-commissioned officer of the Rawalpindi region, who luckily got admission to the Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, Abbottabad, where American commandos killed Osama bin Laden earlier this month.

Here is the metamorphosis of General Kayani! His rise to power is presented in pictures, retrieved from the Google images. And it's my sincere advise to the Army Chief: General Kayan, it's time to quit! It would be in the best interest of the Pakistan Army and the country besides a good thing for your own health. 

Gen Kayani as an army cadet at Kakul in 1970s.

Kayani as a Lieutenant-General in 2000s.

Gen Kayani with his mentor Gen Musharraf.

Gen Kayani with his trusted man, ISI chief Lt-Gen
Pasha, listen to their US counterparts in a meeting.  

Gen Kayani meets with Pakistan Army soldiers.

Gen Kayani smokes during his visit to the US
last year while Foreign Minister Qureshi, 
some journalists and others look on respectfully.


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May 30, 2011

Writer Habib Sulemani enters 15th month of solitary confinement


 A VIEW of the outside world from the prison-cell-like room of journalist/writer Habib R. Sulemani in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, where he lives in solitary confinement for the last 14 month after attempt on his life. If you’re not aware of the details, then, please read the archives of The Terrorland group blogs.—The Terrorland Team

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May 27, 2011

Anti-Americanism & tribalism – President Zardari starts new game

By Habib R. Sulemani

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari
TODAY US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, during a joint meeting with Pakistani leadership in Islamabad, has for the first time focused on the root cause of terrorism in our unfortunate region.  

President Asif Zardari, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt-Gen. Shuja Pasha, Foreign Minister Hina Khar and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir were present on the occasion.

After the meeting, Ms. Clinton addressed a news conference and said that Pakistan needs to understand that anti-Americanism and conspiracy theories will not end its problems. Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen also spoke on the occasion.

Ironically, soon after the American leadership’s news conference, the Pakistani Presidency announced that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari – son of President Zardari and chairman of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) – had been made head of the Zardari Tribe. 

It’s an insult to democracy and has exposed the current face of the PPP!

Anyway, this was a typical symbolic answer (intentionally or unintentionally) to the Obama administration that the policy of “anti-Americanism and conspiracy theories” will continue at public level despite our 'friendship' at official level. This double game, with the help of the local media, has been the center of the covert strategy of the ISI regarding relations with successive American administrations.

Islam, not at all—tribalism is actually the main reason behind the suffering of the over one billion Muslims in the world, especially in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Tribalism negates democracy. It's an inhuman and ancient philosophy, which has made the entire world to suffer in one way or the other.

In the 1990s, the ISI used tribalism to create the Taliban in Afghanistan, and when the Taliban snatched power, they invited Osama bin Laden (OBL) to Kabul and the rest is history!

Due to tribalism, Balochistan province could not get its due rights within the confederation of Pakistan since independence. The current militancy in this unfortunate province and in the Federally-Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) is due to the brutal forms of tribalism. 

Despite the decision of the government, the military establishment is reluctant to merge Fata with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province due to its ‘hidden’ anti-Americanism strategy, which has killed hundreds of thousands of innocent citizens, and displaced many more. The Parliament is helpless and parliamentarians, due to fear of the ISI, keep silent!

After the death of OBL in an American commando action inside Pakistan this month, the Zardari-Gilani-led government has formally become a part of the almighty military establishment. And now, the announcement of Bilawal Zardari’s tribal position has formally made the once anti-establishment PPP a political wing of the Pakistan Army.

The American funds can’t reach the common people in Pakistan until the menace of tribalism comes to an end, and real democracy takes roots in our society. Instead of tribalism, the Parliament should be taken out of the influence of the Army and made an independent legislative body.

When and how the military establishment will become a professional security agency and abandon its unconstitutional behind-the-scene role in politics? This is possible by spreading awareness among the people through a free media and pressure from the global community.

It’s a dilemma that the American administration is thinking about the welfare of Pakistani people while our  civilian and military establishments only think about personal gain.
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May 16, 2011

The Kakul Syndrome

(for the silent revolution in Pakistan)

By Habib Sulemani

God Almighty! Generals fake
They've put country at stake
Generals mean personal gain
The armed forces're in pain!

Generals're bloody fool
Take a bath an' be cool!

Military men’re public servants
Not masters from the heavens!
But they’re arrogant an' cruel
Don't care for common people

Generals're bloody fool
Take a bath an' be cool!

You own huge firms an' agriland
Turning country into terrorland! 
No-one among you bothers at all
Where the terrified people stand!

Suffering from the Kakul Syndrome 
You're always outeven if at home
By providing terrorists sanctuary
You've failed to protect country

Still you behave like intellectuals
Not men behind petty squabbles! 
You've lost every single battle
Yet foolishly believe: you rattle!

Generals're bloody fool
Take a bath an' be cool!

After failure on geographical borders
You champion ideological frontiers
It's easy to fight on ambiguous front 
Cos you like a lavish bedroom stint! 

Using a pawn religious leader
Or an ISI-paid TV anchor
You can make storm in teacup
Change systemdown to up!

The generals’ve taken refuge
In ideological war an' abuse!
Don't try to fool world anymore!
Don't you see outside an uproar?

Generals're bloody fool
Take a bath an' be cool!

See the writing on the wall
Only you’re sick not we all
The military is vanguard
Of a scary fanatic world!
The nation wants to know your aim
You've multiplied the double game!

You’re soldiers or businessmen?
Playing tricks on the politician! 
You didn't defend country borders
With broken oath, you’re traitors!

There is no escape from the law
Dug earth with your filthy paw!
You can’t deceive the tax payers
God has heard people’s prayers!

You’ve lied to the nation 
Not once, again an' again
You've neither mind nor a soul
An' you’re always playing foul!

Generals're bloody fool
Take a bath an' be cool!

It’s time to take a dose of wisdom!
Stop violation of our basic freedom 
Respect democracy at home
Or face the doom an’ gloom!
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NOTE: Anyone, especially websites, newspapers and magazines, can use this spontaneous poem to spread awareness among the people. © Habib R. Sulemani
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Read an explanatory article about this poem: Military men are dumb stupid animals or intellectuals?
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Habib Sulemani’s other poems  
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May 15, 2011

Military men are dumb stupid animals or intellectuals?

Special Report

Pak Army Chief Gen. Kayani (2nd from right),
spy chief Gen. Pasha with US commander 
Admiral Michael Mullen.
"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy." This is what former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has been quoted widely [The Final Days by Bob Woodward].

However, according to The Kakul Syndrome, a poem written by Habib R. Sulemani (which could not be published immediately: The Terrorland Team), in Pakistan, the military uses the Foreign Office as a pawn—and military men, especially generals, consider themselves 'intellectuals' instead of professional soldiers. That is why Pakistan has lost every war since the very beginning. However, the generals have always conquered their own armless people whenever they wanted. And the same they did on May 13, 2011 in a new fascist fashion during the so-called in-camera session of the Parliament as Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani reportedly came to the Parliament House like a despot king and acted inside the house as a despot ruler. The general considered it humiliating to answer the questions of the 'terrorized' parliamentarians most of whom the secret agencies had already warned to behave 'friendly' otherwise...

Gen. Athar Abbas: PR means lies?
Due to illusions or mental disorder (as it appears from the unique title of the poem), the generals have failed our military as a top security agency to protect our nuclear-state and its citizens. Instead of the security of the country, dirty politics has become the aim of the leading generals, which is a dilemma in the history of military in the modern times. 

The poem says that the generals have failed on the geographical frontiers and thus have created an imaginary ideological frontier for themselves. Because it's easy to fight on this new frontier with pawns and terrorist outfits, named as strategic assets.

"The Army Chief in Pakistan is like a despot king," Mr. Sulemani says, "who can kick the Constitution aside anytime or change the Parliament into a committee with the indication of his Command Stick! And many parliamentarian, out of fear, vow to support the generals in every condition! Today, this is ground reality in our National Security State, known as the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I don't know how historian will describe our current politicians, generals, judges and journalists in the future!"

Gen. Beg: evil guru?
The poem says that Pakistani generals have taken refuge in an ambiguous ideological warfare, declaring the military vanguard of a fanatic ideological frontier—indeed, inherited from former dictator General Zia through members of the ISI Think Tanks, like generals Mirza Aslam Beg and Hamid Gul. They promote extremism through their pawns in and outside the Parliament—especially the Zaid Hamid and Ahmed Quraishi multimillion company, and some camouflaged perpetrators in the media.

These people are the real enemies of the people and Pakistan. But they paint themselves as military-type patriots (although they are civilians but paid by the military establishment). They always lick the dirty boots of the generals, and insult the civilian leadership—They've no loyalty to anyone at all. They just love their perks and privileges for doing nothing but developing foolish conspiracy theories (spreading in the cyberspace) and proving that our military men are just dumb stupid animals!

Thus these intellectual morons bring a bad name to our security forces and country. The secret agencies reportedly publish their bullshit in newspapers and make their appearance sure on the electronic media. They also train the cyber jihadists! From the political establishment to media tycoons, no one can stop them as they're the blue-eyed boys of the military establishment, controlled by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

"Generals! Finish this bullshit now otherwise the morons are going to finish you—before time in the explosion of social media networks!"

Gen. Gul, the sick mind?
According to Mr. Sulemani, the Army cadets are being trained according to the "ISI version of Islam and civilian citizens" at the Pakistan Military Academy Kakul—situated in Abbottabad garrison city, where Osama bin Laden (OBL) was killed during an American commando action recently.

The term of "bloody civilians" is what military officers often use for rest of the population in Pakistan. And this mindset is the reason behind the long military dictatorship in the country, and the common people are suffering at the hands of some generals who take wrong decisions on the part of the 180 million helpless people of this begging nuclear power.

"Military dictators have snatched half of Pakistan's history by ruling the country directly," Mr. Sulemani said, "while rest of the years, the generals kept terrorizing the elected governments, and through the secret agencies, successive civilian administrations and elected parliaments were forced to follow dictation from the General Headquarters Rawalpindi. The post-OBL Parliament session is the most recent example.

Zaid Hamid - spy-intellectual?
"When the secret agencies especially the ISI and MI (Military Intelligence) are busy in dirty politics and double games – from harassing and killing their own citizens, declaring terrorist groups strategic assets while terming independent and liberal writers as traitors – then what else the nation can expect other than global embarrassment—like the OBL episode."   

That is a universal truth!

Readers of The Terrorland know how group bloggers have been asking the 'almighty' generals to stay away from politics and human rights violations from the very beginning. In a poem, A blasphemy case in the court of God, Mr. Sulemani had said:

There is immense domestic and global pressure on our military.
Still the Army Chief is the de facto President of our democratic country.
But the de jure (businessman) President is happy
for being inside the lavish President House of a poor country!

Desi kicks of ISI chief run the robotic Prime Minister... 
ISPR boss is struggling hard to occupy the Army,
an Army Chief's shortcut to the Presidency!

Ahmed Quraishi, spy-journo?
Last year, he had said in a post War between peace & terror in Pakistan:

“But why it (ISI) has failed to control terrorism in Pakistan? Why are people accusing it (ISI) for playing double game? Why its officers are involved in crimes against humanity—cases of missing persons and the attacks on me and my family members are just few examples. Only a fool would believe that the Pakistan Army can’t defeat the Taliban, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups some of them it created along with the CIA. It’s time to change our bloody ‘jihad’ strategy. Get rid of General Hamid Gul-like ‘warmongers’ who plundered billions and still act as chief of the ISI. Gentlemen! Enough is enough! Now let democracy work in Pakistan.”

General Kayani! Get retirement and join politics openly. Otherwise, let democracy work in Pakistan. Only in this way our military as an organization can get back public respect and Pakistan will win global respect.
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(Image via Google)


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May 14, 2011

What kind of army Pakistan needs?


THE article, given below, was posted by Webmaster to The Terrorland at 5/12/2011 05:04:00 AM, Pakistan time. After its publication, we received four notices from the government for publishing “prohibited content”. Then suddenly, this article disappeared from our site as the Pakistani secret agencies hacked and deleted the article along with other damages. If the officials disagree with a point of view, they should send us their written reaction instead of indulging in illegal tactics—we're ready to publish everything as we believe in freedom of thought and freedom of expression. This is what Pakistan dearly needs today.—The Terrorland Team

OBL aftermath: Pakistan needs a professional Army not policy-dictating agency


By Habib R. Sulemani

Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani
THE discovery of Osama bin Laden (OBL) deep inside Pakistan, and his killing during a commando action by the American forces from the neighboring Afghanistan, is the main news around the world for over a week now.

I had expressed my feelings in a spontaneous poem, but don’t know why The Terrorland Team is hesitating to publish it so far.

Therefore, I'm compelled to write something in prose so that it could get a space amid threats and legal notices from the government and pawns of the secret agencies. Anyway, I want the public to analyze recent events regarding the greatest news story of the century so that they could reach the truth. Here, as a layman, I'm analyzing a few incidents.

On April 30, 2011, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani addressed a gathering at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. It was telecast by the government-run PTV, followed by private news channels. In the next day, it was the lead of the vernacular newspapers while some English language newspapers missed it as the official news agency, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), for some reasons, didn’t report it.

I saw the event live on TV. I observed that during the Army Chief’s speech, Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naik, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and other civilian leaders' faces were grim—they seemed terrorized!

On the occasion, General Kayani, in full uniform with a dozen badges and in the presence of a smart contingent of armed personnel, looked like a despot king! His speech seemed the statement of a political leader not the Army Chief, who is legally under the Defense Secretary who works under the Defense Minister.

Read excerpts from the press release of the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR):

ISI chief Lt-Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha
COAS (General Kayani) reminded that Pakistan is an ideological Islamic State with a strong foundation that has been further strengthened by the sacrifices of its martyrs.

COAS highlighted that these are challenging times for the nation. He said that it is a historical fact that the nations do pass through difficult times.  However, nations with spirit and resolve to defend their freedom, confront and over come these challenges. These kind of experiences give confidence and place the nation on the path of progress and prosperity.

COAS emphasized the need for each one of us to fully realize our duties and responsibilities and shed off despondency and hopelessness. This is only possible when we keep our national spirit and hope alive. We must not lose sight of a prosperous Pakistan, which is possible with the spirit of sacrifice and hard work.  For that we need to rise above our narrow interests to make Pakistan stronger. ''I have a firm believe that as a nation, we have all the potential to achieve that''. He added.

COAS reiterated that Pakistan is a peaceful country and wants to maintain good and friendly relations with all other countries. He said that we fully realize that only a prosperous Pakistan is a guarantee for a stronger Pakistan. Therefore, all our efforts should be towards making our people prosperous and secure. But we cannot sacrifice our honour and dignity for the sake of prosperity. 

Frankly speaking, General Kayani looked like Prime Minister Z.A. Bhutto, who was hanged by his Army Chief after a bloodless coup in 1970s. General Kayani behaved like the President of Pakistan. And his destination seems the Presidency!

I don’t know it was the fault of the Army Chief's scholarly speech writers at the ISPR or is the actual behavior of General Kayani. Whatever, Pakistani politicians, from cradle to grave, keep dreaming about the premiership while generals can wage war on anyone just to become the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan!  

When the American forces were conducting operation inside Pakistan, the Army Chief and Chief Minister Punjab were talking political gimmicks at the Army House in Rawalpindi. On May 2, 2011, daily Dawn, considered a mouthpiece of the ISPR, reported:

RAWALPINDI: Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif held a meeting with Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani here at the Army House on Sunday night, a reliable source told Dawn.

The source said Mr Shahbaz Sharif landed at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport on a special flight at around 9.45pm along with his private secretary. Later, Mr Shahbaz set aside police protocol and left for the meeting without his secretary.
The meeting between Shahbaz Sharif and the army chief was held at a time when President Asif Ali Zardari was in his first session with leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q at the Presidency.

According to Samaa TV, The meeting was three-hour long. It means from 9:45 PM to 12:45 AM—when a global event was going on inside Pakistan but the Army Chief was reportedly not aware of it. The New York Times reported:

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the most devastating attack on American soil in modern times and the most hunted man in the world, was killed in a firefight with United States forces in Pakistan on Sunday, President Obama announced.

In a dramatic late-night appearance in the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama declared that “justice has been done” as he disclosed that American military and C.I.A. operatives had finally cornered Bin Laden, the Al Qaeda leader who had eluded them for nearly a decade. American officials said Bin Laden resisted and was shot in the head. He was later buried at sea.

After a long silence, on May 5, 2011 the ISPR came out of hibernation and said:

138th Corps Commanders’ Conference was held today at General Headquarters Rawalpindi. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) chaired the meeting.

COAS made it very clear that any similar action, violating the sovereignty of Pakistan, will warrant a review on the level of military / intelligence cooperation with the United States.

The Corps Commanders were informed about the decision to reduce the strength of US military personnel in Pakistan to the minimum essential.

The Forum, taking serious note of the assertions made by Indian military leadership about conducting similar operations, made it very clear that any misadventure of this kind will be responded to very strongly. There should be no doubt about it.

Then there was the news that Army Chief General Kayani had invited a group of local journalists/anchors at the GHQ for an of-the-record briefing. However, on May 9, 2011, the ISPR said:

General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) addressed the officers at Rawalpindi, Kharian and Sialkot garrisons today.

He discussed one point agenda of Abbottabad incident. He said that Abbottabad incident has been in sharp public focus. Incomplete information and lack of technical details have resulted in speculations and misreporting. Public dismay and despondency has also been aggravated due to insufficient formal response. It is believed that people of Pakistan need to be taken into confidence through their honourable elected representatives.

Chief of Army Staff said that he has requested the honourable Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani to kindly consider convening of a joint session of the Parliament for briefing on security issues as related to Abbottabad incident.
Here General Kayani sounds more than an Army Chief. Indeed, a statesman and the de fecto President of Pakistan—as I had mentioned in a poem: A blasphemy case in the court of God. And then Prime Minister Gilani announced the same as had been ordered. The announcement of a commission, led by a three-star serving general, has been mocked by many people, and there is an increasing demand for an independent commission to investigate the OBL episode.   

ISPR chief Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas
One point, when the Army Chief said: “Incomplete information and lack of technical details have resulted in speculations and misreporting.” This means, it was his leadership’s fault or incompetence—therefore, the Army leadership including the Army, ISPR, ISI and MI chiefs should be held responsible for everything regarding the OBL episode. And this is what the people of Pakistan are demanding but the mainstream media is yet not presenting the gospel truth.  

OBL's presence in Pakistan is now a global and violation of sovereignty is a national issue. General Kayani seems in a critical position—he stands there where his predecessor General Musharraf was before the end of his tyrant rule.

Desperate efforts are being made by the Army leadership to save their ‘extended’ jobs. The Air Force Chief or civilian leadership couldn’t be made scapegoats easily in this regard. The nation wants to hear the truth and then punishment of the persons responsible for sheltering OBL near the Kakul Military Academy and then failing in their prime duty to protect the boarders of the nuclear power country.

People in Pakistan want a new Army, working under the democratically elected government. The Army should be a professional security agency not a policy-dictating body. Only in this way Pakistan can come out of the economical, social and political crises. Islam and Pakistan both are safe. However, criminal elements in the ruling class of the country are in danger.
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ISI scandalizes mental condition & female relatives of critics

By Habib R. Sulemani

THEY RULE: Army Chief Gen. Kayani
with ISI chief Gen. Pasha (right)
RECENTLY Presidential Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that apparently there was no law in Pakistan to hold intelligence agencies accountable. It means our spies can do anything they want. And they're doing everything! Some spymasters are on record confessing that they had made their uniforms very dirty!

Evidences show that it's a traditional nasty method of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to spread rumors about the mental condition of unmanageable critics and the female family members of assumed enemies. In my case, they did both.

The unscrupulous spymasters had waged psychological warfare against some people of the ruling class in the past, and they 'won' the dirty games mostly as the victims didn't dare to fight back for many reasons. Some of them wanted to stay in power while others hoped to grab power with the help of their tormentors! Yes! No one can survive in Pakistan without bowing before the ISI, the self-appointed vanguard of the 'ideology' of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The Zardari/Gilani-led incumbent civilian government is a living example, and you may've seen a glimpse of it in my poetry!

Many people are aware of the rumors about the 'mental condition' of incumbent Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari besides some other power-players. A former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, had also faced similar allegations when he was in office. To abuse opponents/critics or declare them 'schizophrenic' is in vogue in Pakistan as it was in the erstwhile Soviet Union. Today it's the soft weapon of oppressive regimes in many Third World countries including the Arab world.

In the past, female leaders of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Nusrat Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, faced character assassination campaigns. Like the powerful victims, others also keep silent whenever they face a typical tactic of humiliation through the media or otherwise. They can't say anything even to those who commit crimes in the name of the ISI-developed ghairat a criminally coined sense of honor in our confused society. None of the victims have dared to bring the 'real' culprits in a court of law so far. The courts seem helpless as well!

Zardari is a ‘schizophrenic’
President of Pakistan?
"You'll never get justice," someone told me when I insisted on legal action against the powerful accused in my case. "From the President to the Supreme Court of Pakistan, no one can do anything against the criminals hiding in the ranks of the Pakistan Army and ISI."

He gave the example of Justice Javed Iqbal of the apex court, who was hearing a case against the ISI and his parents were found dead after a judicial remark few months back.

"If a Major of the ISI went to a judge, justice would get killed instantly," he said, adding that I should refrain from a legal battle with the powerful accused whom a policeman declared Station House Officers (SHOs) of Pakistan.

Unfortunately, they've told my parents and other family members the same harassing thing—thus they're very afraid of the secret agencies, their pawns. Therefore, my traumatized father, who underwent a head surgery recently, has started counting different reasons for his 'mild' brain hemorrhage instead of the 13-month long torture.

"I want to knock the door of the court," I had told the management of my employees, Dawn Media Group, when Senior Manager Human Resources Khurshid Aizid and Senior General Manager Tahir Owais came to my home with a carrot-and-stick strategy. "My case is a test of the independent judiciary too."

Through the legal system, I really want an end to this nasty spy culture in Pakistan where common citizens are being targeted and terrorized while terrorists are being protected and used as pawns. I want to ask the judges why our security agencies are being used against innocent citizens. Why is there state-sponsored acts of terror? I'll do this taboo thing come what may.

If you've read my previous blogs, you would be aware of the details of the ongoing psychological warfare against my family and me. In this post, let's try to understand the nasty spy culture in Pakistan.

In December 2010, two rival political parties – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – attacked party chiefs of each otherregarding their 'mental condition' and 'character' of female family members!! It was a big news in our falsely 'honor-conscious' Islamic Republic. It happened outside the Parliament and thus got live media coverage.

Sajjad Ali Shah was a
‘schizophrenic’ chief justice?
The self-styled moralist local media termed the rants of the rival lawmakers as 'irresponsible' and 'unparliamentary'. According to The Express Tribune, a leader of the PML-N said that Altaf Hussain – MQM’s British passport-holder leader who controls Pakistan from London – was involved in politics of 'hypocrisy' and 'bullets,' making allusions to Mr. Hussain's troubled marital life and his 'mental' condition.

“We can produce a certificate from a London rehabilitation center where Altaf was treated for a mental disorder,” the newspaper reported, saying that the MQM parliamentarians were even more vicious in the verbal skullduggery. The MQM lawmakers did not spare the daughters of the Sharif family, and resorted to 'crude' and ‘uncivilized’ language to castigate the PML-N leaders. “We know whose daughter had run away with whom,” a leader was quoted. “We know whose daughters have been flirting with whom… and we are also aware of what was recovered from (ex-prime minister) Nawaz Sharif’s bedroom after military coup in 1999—the nation knows that when (Chief Minister Punjab) Shahbaz Sharif was arrested, sex-enhancement tools and drugs were recovered from his room.”

After hearing a TV debate of PML-N and MQM participants, I felt as if criticizing their leaders, particularly Altaf Hussain, is like committing 'blasphemy' for which Pakistan has capital punishment! The leaders of both parties were the brainchild of a military dictator, thus their parties are unofficially political wings of the military, controlled through the ISI. They both are camouflaging parties but can't hide their tilt towards the 'rightist' ideologues.

Unfortunately, on this occasion, the PML-N and MQM both became victims of a nasty trick which they had been using against others for a long time! They became victims of the visionless ISI strategy like Colonel Imam and Khalid Khwaja – two former ISI officials and mentors of the Taliban, who were reportedly killed by their own 'jihadist' protégés. 

Altaf Hussain being treated
for mental disorder?
Then one day, Sindh Home Minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza told lawmakers in the Provincial Assembly how a gangster had sexually abused Pakistan media tycoon and owner of the Jang Group, Mir Shakilur Rehman. The minister announced that if the Jang Group continued its ‘campaign’ against the so-called anti-establishment PPP government, he would make the Mir's photos (in compromising position) public. However, he couldn't do that as he lost his ministry. 

Earlier, The Terrorland blogs had revealed the shocking news how ISI officials kidnapped an investigative journalist, Umer Cheema, and "sexually abused him on camera". This was the typical way of humiliating an investigative reporter in our militarized and Talibanized society. Mr. Cheema has sought justice but nothing has been done so far. Forget it nothing will happen: this is the traditional advice for similar victims in Pakistan.

Sharif Brothers lead ISI 'ghairat'
and rumors brigades in Punjab?
"Name any journalist or anchorperson, I'll tell you at least one spicy story about him/her or any of their female family member," a media person once quoted a spymaster as saying. "We keep full record of journalists but use them only when they get the virus of professional honesty!"

Many journalists say that the ISI was completely involved in the recent election of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and Pervez Shoukat was reselected along with his nephew Adeel Raza of Dawn.

So how can the so-called apex journalistic body raise its voice against the spy agencies which are involved in kidnapping, torturing and killing of journalists especially in Balochistan province. In such a situation, we can only sing Martin Niemöller's poem First they came... although PFUJ president can't understand it—professional and truthful journalists have been sidelined. Today morons, morally and intellectually bankrupt, agents of secret agencies, real estate agents and professional criminals have become leaders of journalists. And Pakistan has become the most dangerous place for journalists in the world. Indeed it's a great dilemma! 

Anyway, I'll no more accuse and abuse anyone! Use of abusive language is a part of the military culture. As the military has ruled Pakistan most of the time since 1947, so, psychologically, the civilian members of the ruling class also try to copy their masters without wearing the graceful khaki uniform. The same are doing some journalists now especially the militarized Urdu columnists.

Such a behavior is not new in our society especially in the corridors of power. However, the common people, who are always kept at a distance by the ruling class, were first shocked by the recent incidents but now they seem confused. Some seem amused!
Mir Shakilur Rehman is a victim
of Pakistan's ‘free’ media?

The ISI should change its traditional inhuman tactics which are destroying generations in Pakistan. This thing is also damaging for the Armed Forces and the country itself too. The policies of military dictators like General Zia and General Musharraf should be abandoned. The coming military leadership should disassociate itself from the current and retired generals especially generals Aslam Baig and Hameed Gul, who are the real narcissist and schizophrenic people on earth. They've lied and made an entire institution sick. Why the serving generals act like God in Pakistan? Why even the retired generals, who made billions at the cost of the nation, couldn't be hold accountable for their crimes?

The ISI should stop funding the so-called religious and journalistic televangelists, and the cyber networks that are working in Pakistan, North America and Europegetting millions every month for doing nothing. They should also abandon the networks which make foolish propaganda material and get millions from the tax payers.

These so-called friends of the military establishment in the mainstream media are actually enemies of the nation. Sources say that some of them have even written books about the foolishness of the generalsand are waiting for their 'demise' to publish their ‘best seller’ memoirs.

Wake up, generals! It’s the second decade of the 21st century! Killing and harassment of innocent people and journalists will not work anymore. You may think no one is daring to ask any question—but remember: you're under the global microscope! Everything is being monitored by the global community in a globalized world.

Promotion of cruelty and visionless agenda of the military establishment in their traditional foolish ways will not work anymore. As a student of social psychology, I think change in the behavior of the military leadership can repair the damages. Let Pakistan out of your clutches as policymakers. Be true and professional soldiers. Real democracy can make Pakistan a global leader. (Images via Google )
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2- Home Minister Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza speaks in Sindh Assembly 



3- On live TV a politician addresses the other: "You, motherf.....!"

 

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May 8, 2011

Mother’s Day – my illiterate mom is wiser than Army & ISI chiefs

Special Report
 
Mr. Sulemani's mother (TTT)
TODAY the world is celebrating the Mother’s Day. We wish all mothers on earth, a very happy day. We pray: may God grant you all long lives, good health and prosper families.

Here we’re giving remarks of journalist/writer Habib R. Sulemani and his family members. Mr. Sulemani is facing tyranny and oppression for the last 13 months in Pakistan as he lives in solitary confinement after attempts on his life. How his family members have been targeted, and are being harassed by a group of criminals, backed by secret agencies, you may get a sense of it by reading the given links at the end of this post.  

Due to continuous harassment and psychological war, Mr. Sulemani’s father has undergone a brain surgery while his mother has become a blood pressure patient. Readers of The Terrorland are aware of the story of his sisters Nasira and Hassina, and brothers  Rehman and  Karim and other family members. Many things about the persecution have not been published due to fear of life of many relatives and other people.—The Terrorland Team (TTT)

Karim Rehman: Today, I am missing you so much, mom. I love you so much. May Allah Almighty keep your shadow upon us and give you good health and long life. Ameen

Nasira Parveen: Whenever I get worried or am bored, it's my mom who lightens my face with her courageous voice. When I lose my heart, she gives me the ray of hope. She is the one who guides me in life. You are the greatest mom on earth. There is no one like you. May God give you long life and good health. Ameen.   

Ghulam Rehman: On this occasion, I specially wish and pray for my courageous mother who is living in my native village Gulmit, Hunza. She is always praying and encouraging the whole family in suffering. She hides her woes and illness from us especially my elder brother (Habib Sulemani), whose own health is being affected after the attacks on our family. My mother’s blood pressure is alarmingly high and doctors have advised her to take precautionary measures.  
  
Habib Sulemani: Although my mother is illiterate, but she is wiser than the Army and ISI chiefs. She has never expressed her anger, but prays that those who have targeted our innocent family, will never ever get peace of mind. Neither can they escape from the wrath of God, nor the national and international laws.

I’ve already said, and today I want to remind it to the world: “Our legal fight against the masterminds of heinous crimes and the brains behind the Taliban and Al Qaeda will go on! However, if something happens to me or any member of my family, then Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt-Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha will be responsible for it.”  

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May 6, 2011

We need to focus our energy on building a new world

By Johanne Gallagher

PEOPLE must wake up and see that we have all been lied to. Even here in the west we are slowly being starved and if we don't pay the high food prices and electricity bills, we don't eat or keep warm.

All our time and energy is devoted to basic existence and paying all these outrageous bills. It is insane and very unsustainable. People in my world seem to be mostly brainwashed and hypnotized by consumerism and numbed into complacency by a fanatical emphasis on beer and football.

The result of government mandates all over the world are keeping the majority dis-empowered. They tell us that the blame lies elsewhere, on another land or people so we need to go to war. Something does not make sense to me.

Extreme unconscious reaction turns into terror and is pushed by the media to create fear and distrust among the people. Anyone with any intelligence should see it is all about fear mongering to control money, oil, state of health and food. The result is to force masses of weakened scared people into extinction either through war, poverty, disease and starvation.

I refer to the history of Ireland, my own country where terror had people in its grip. People killing each other over religion. It has nothing to do with God. It was always about power of money, power and weapons. Never in my life can I condone that. We managed to speak up as a united people that we do not condone it. Of course the extremists try to keep it going but we have decided in unity to live in peace. At least we have taken a step in the right direction even though Ireland has a LONG way to go to be sustainable and resilient.

In Ireland people are very vulnerable and when the oil industry finally collapses because we are so dependent of import of food. We produce only a fraction of what is required to feed the nation. This is a global concern as we are all affected so get prepared. We need to learn to be self-sufficient and resilient. Back to the old ways again. In order to overcome this approaching reality, we need to stand together side by side, like they did in Egypt.

People world wide need to stand united and share or write intelligent articles to remind people that we are powerful as ONE. We need a beautiful vision for the future! We need to focus our energy on building the new world based on sustainability and a sharing community. We need to learn how to live in peace and love together as we are are intended and designed by God to do. We need to really be civilized. And spiritually aware. Let Us Be that!

We need to act now. All this distraction using terror tactics is just taking up our precious energy focus and co-creative power to unite and make necessary and heart desired change!

I do so really and with all my Being want to live in an empowered sustainable society living a new heaven on a new earth.

Power to Pakistan!
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We're thankful to Ms. Gallagher for her contribution and appreciating our group blogs.—The Terrorland Team

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