June 22, 2011

"We're everywhere as symbol of death," says ISI site

The Terrorland Analysis

The symbol of terror in Pakistan
THE number of people using Facebook may have dropped in the West recently, but in Pakistan, the social networking website is doing great. That is why the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has also started an official Facebook fan page

This is the first official presence of the country’s premier spy agency in the cyberspace but still the mainstream media has not taken notice of it.

Currently, the ISI is facing the wrath of the 180 million people of the country as it is being accused of committing crimes against its own public.

Unlike the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the ISI never claims running any official website, but is supervising hundreds of propaganda websites, run through different brigades of “cyber jihadists” especially the one under the command of Zaid Hamid and his lieutenant Ahmed Quraishi.

For journalists, the ISI Facebook page is very important. It has all the ingredients of the sick culture the spy agencies have developed in the country. The page eulogizes and glamorizes ISI chief Lt-Gen. Ahmad Shuja Pasha, and uses Time Magazine's meaningful portrait of the General in a very stupid manner... without citing the original source. (Who cares for such minor things in the Land of the Pure!)

The comments section and posts say many things particularly about the assassinated Governor Punjab Salman Taseer and Minority Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, and others. ISI's evil guru Lt-Gen. Hamid Gul has been given a proper space quoting him: "Fear is No Police, Surrender is No Option." 

The introduction page gives a history of the ISI: "The Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence (also Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI) is the largest intelligence service in Pakistan. It is one of the three main branches of Pakistan's intelligence agencies."

The major departments within the ISI counted are: Joint Intelligence X (JIX), Joint Intelligence Bureau (JIB), Joint Counter Intelligence Bureau (JCIB), Joint Intelligence North (JIN), Joint Intelligence Miscellaneous (JIM), Joint Signal Intelligence Bureau (JSIB) and Joint Intelligence Technical (JIT). But there is no mention of the Information Management Wing, where slain journalist Saleem Shahzad was reportedly called and threatened to mend his ways!

The ‘About’ section of the page says: “Purpose of the Fan Page is only to Praise ISI Heroes, and to Update the Fans about the Current Problems facing Pakistan.”

The ‘Introduction’ section says all about the reign of terror. “Inter-Services Intelligence does not need to be Introduced. It is a Death Sign for Enemies. Only three words for enemies and they would Run away...ISI.” However, the ISI page doesn't explain who is an enemy: journalists, writers and common Pakistanis probably. It indicates the mentality of the secret agency: the ISI agents have assumed killing as their main task not intelligence/information gathering. That is why the agency has shamed the country and has confessed to its failure in the Parliament. Still it wants to be praised like God as the Pakistan Amy did even after the fall of Dhaka.

While talking about the ISI officers, the fan page says: “He could be posing as a ‘rayrhi wala’ (street vendor), coming everyday around your area, and you wouldn't note. He could be someone unloading the luggage from a busy bus terminal. He could be as professional in his undercover espionage, as can be. Who is it? An ISI officer.”    

But where are the ISI guys when terrorists attack or why they let them attack? Questions like this including the Osama bin Laden, have not been answered. May be because they are universal truth now!
How tactfully the military establishment uses verses of the Holly Quran in their own favor, just read this:

“Is it they who would portion out the Mercy of thy Lord? It is We Who portion out between them their livelihood in the life of this world: and We raise some of them above others in ranks, so that some may command work from others. But the Mercy of thy Lord is better than the (wealth) which they amass.” [Al-Qur'an, (Az-Zukhruf [Ornaments of Gold, Luxury]) Ayah 32]

ISI chief Gen Shuja Pasha--Time
Then the ISI fan page tries to interpret the Quranic verses. It says: “Since the creation of Pakistan in 1947, Allah Has been sending forth pious, humble men from amongst our own ranks to watch over us, take care of us. We never bother to note. Since the inception of the "awaara" (not azaad) media in 2002 onwards, the Pakistani masses have been constantly fed a combination of mixed emotions, stories. All either confusing, sometimes plain provocative, some very bizarre. Behind all these facades, are those men. In ordinary kameez shalwar, they often roam about gathering information from sensitive points for reconnaissance and updates. They do not care about ‘fame’ or ‘fortune’.”

Then there is the traditional religious rhetoric in Urdu mixed with English. Religion has nothing to do with their practical lives as people believe the secret agencies use religion to legalize their illegal actions in a criminal way. The ISI is working against the spirit of Islam, which teaches love and peace.

Looking at the rhetoric, one wonders if it’s the so-called fan page of some clergyman or a secret agency?

Just try to understand these paragraphs:

[And from the most part of them, 5 waqt k namaazi, jo Allah k huzoor girgira kar Pakistan k liye din raat duaen maangte hain aur undercover rehte huwe hi iske liye din raat apna waqt aur apni koshishein sarf karte hain. In one diplomatic and bureaucratic circle, we had an astounding personality of Qudratullah Shahab, a faqeer of Allah who was amongst the echelons but his true identity and status was noticed and fully realized after he passed away.

Kitne hi log hain, Institute mein, kuch maujooda, kuch retired, jo naik niyyati se aur jazbe se mulk o qaum ki khidmat kar rahe hain. Jin ki shaklein aap ne TV pe nahin dekhi hongi, jin ki awaz aap ne kabhi suni nai hogi. So much and more. Maybe you did come across them, or they happened to pass you by in their regular clothes and kameez shalwaar, and you would never have even hinted or noticed who they really are.

They are those who do not want a name. All they know is that for you to sleep peacefully at night and be alive the next day to spend time with your loved ones, to make this possible they have to sacrifice their time for you. Even at 3 a.m. early morning, when everyone is sound asleep, they observe and monitor internal/external threats 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all round the year. Their existence is our living. Allah Has blessed many of them with the power of special insight and caution.]

Then the ISI page tries to be ‘practical’ instead of ‘spiritual’ and mentions the current critical phase it is facing inside and outside Pakistan particularly after the death of Osama bin Laden last month. It says: “The Armed Forces operate by devising strategies based on information gathered from the ISI and MI (Military Intelligence). And today, these same unnoticed, unsung heroes, are also being targeted and getting martyred by those who claim to be ‘Muslims’, whereas their sole intent is nothing but fasaad. They can be among you, and you wouldn't know. Unsung heroes, determined to protect you all and Pakistan from vile enemies.”

Military Media Manipulator
Gen Athar Abbas--ISPR
Then there is a confessional paragraph about the "bad guys" inside the ISI. “There are good and bad people in every organization. Both. What people forget, is that as long as even a handful of few noble and dedicated Men of Allah are in the ranks of an institute, Allah will never abandon or punish that jamaat. Alhamdulillah, so is the Institute and it's officers. They are humans too. They fail sometimes, but that does not mean they have made mistakes after which people should start wrongfully cursing them or doubting their loyalty and jazba. Ask the officer who is near the border at 2 a.m. night-time in frosting cold, posing undercover as a member of some group who are against Pakistan, and he stays with them just so that he can get firsthand information to transmit.”

After the “silent revolution,” now the Pakistani nation is determined to start an “operation clean-up” to restore the credibility of the military and secret agencies as constitutional organizations under the control of an elected civilian government. The military men are public servants not masters.

Then the ISI gives a brief history of espionage in the context of Islamic history. It says:

[Espionage (spying) is not a crime. There are wonderful examples in Islamic History:

RasulAllah sallallaho alayhi wasallam used informants in most of his expeditions. As Abu Sufyan's caravan, that was coming from Damascus, was approaching, RasulAllah sallallaho alayhi wasallam wanted to know the caravan's destination. While the prophet was in Madina, he sent Talha Ibn Obaidallah and Said Ibn Zaid to the Damascus route to gather information about the caravan. On their way back to Madina, and at the conclusion of the Badr battle, they met RasulAllah sallallaho alayhi wassallam in Terban, as he was descending from Badr to take Madina.

Omar Ibn Al-Khattab radi allaho ta'ala anho advised his commander Saad Ibn Abi Waqqas -may Allah be pleased with him -saying, “If you step foot on your enemies’ land, get spies for them. Choose those whom you count on for their truthfulness and advice, whether Arabs or inhabitants of that land. Liars' accounts would not benefit you, even if some of them were true; the deceiver is a spy against you and not for you. "Khaled Ibn Al-Walid -may Allah be pleased with him -used to take informants and spies with him in each of his wars against the Christian Orthodox. He chose them carefully and treated them well.

Concerning the issue of clothing and appearance (appearance of true religion), Ibn Taymiyyah said, "If a Muslim is in a combat or godless area, he is not obligated to have a different appearance from (those around him).The (Muslim) man may prefer or even be obligated to look like them, provided his action brings a religious benefit of preaching to them, learning their secrets and informing Muslims, preventing their harm, or some other beneficial goal."

At the end, I would like to say, if you disagree with the Institute as a whole, you are being ungrateful from your part. You should always remember those in prayer who are sincere and just. And as long as there are hidden gems of Allah in the land, you cannot point fingers at them as a whole. Learn to be grateful, appreciative and helpful.]

In the ‘Questions’ section, the ISI page has asked three tricky questions and has found the answers, which are:
1- Who is responsible for Drone attacks in Pakistan?
a- Terrorists (41);
b- Pakistani Political Government (1105);
[one can ask if there is a parallel military government as well?]
c- USA (104)

2- Do you want to join Inter Services Intelligence?
Yes (688);
No (76);
Will think (51)

3- People's of Pakistan:
Love ISI (38);
Like ISI (14);
Proud of ISI (264);
All (351) 

The ISI fan page has over 13,000 members and is being moderated by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), headed by Maj-Gen. Athar Abbas, the military's media manipulator and chief spokesman of the military as well as the ISI. Let us see what changes could be seen in the collective behavior of the military and ISI, and in this so-called fan page with the passage of time.


  1. Quran"You are the best of the nations raised up for
    (the benefit of)men: you enjoin what is right and
    forbid the wrong and believe in Allah." (3:llO)

  2. ISI neither has any official website nor any Facebook page. The Facebook page referenced by you is by some fanboys. So your article is factually incorrect and misleading.