No one knows what Pakistani establishment has in its mind & what it is planning & planning for whom’s benefits? But we say surely not for people of Pakistan. However, one thing’s for sure, that it’s leading us towards death & destruction, as: James Jones, former US general and National Security Adviser, has said that Pakistan is hell-bent on self-destruction.
He said that Pakistan was not taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the US and others countries that can lead to a dramatic changes in the Pakistani society.
The level of animosity between Islamabad and Washington has spiked in the days since the raid on Abbottabad, and after then Admiral Michael Mullen’s explosive statement that “the Haqqani militant network is a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s powerful ISI intelligence service”, memogate issue & now plunged into a new low after a Nato attack on a Pakistani check post that killed 24 soldiers.
US has accused Pakistan of not doing everything it could to rein in the Pakistani Taliban especially Haqqani network & it’s officials have stated publicly that these insurgent groups are working with either the implicit or the explicit sanctioning of Pakistan’s intelligence agency; now it’s administration wants to put forth one clear message, & one message has been delivered today as Washington attaches strings to military aid. We need to understand message. We should also keep in mind that the US is the largest donor in Pakistan and has provided over USD 1.1 billion to Islamabad
As a result of the ill-advised and ill-concieved policies designed & enacted by the establishment; through which state-created insurgent groups as an instrument of its foreign policy all this has now come to hunt our own cities & citizens. It not only taking a heavy toll on innocent Pakistani masses, today, but also the main reason of animosity with our neighbour countries. So no regional cooperation, no regional trade & we are in iron curtain countries list. Furthermore, by boycotting Bonn Conference on Afghanistan future in reaction to the attack we are hurting our benefits and space within region.
Virtually everybody, even our friends are angry; a few weeks earlier a renowned Pakistan expert, Professor Anatol Lieven who is also considered as a friend of Pakistan suggested to count Pakistan as an “Enemy State” for better output . He writes in his article, “With a Friend Like This“:
“If Washington wishes to improve relations with Pakistan, it needs to stop regarding Pakistan as an ally, and to start regarding it as an enemy — at least as far as the Afghan War is concerned.
Seeing Pakistan as an ally has not only obscured the reality of the situation, but has bred exaggerated bitterness at Pakistani “treachery.” And since Pakistanis also believe that America has “betrayed” them, the result is a thin veneer of friendship over a morass of mutual distrust and even hatred.
It would be far better from every point of view to admit that the two countries’ policies over Afghanistan are opposed to the point of limited conflict — and then seek ways to negotiate an end to that conflict.”
Anatol concluded that there is no prospect at all of the Pakistani military abandoning its support for the Afghan Taliban or the Haqqani network. The most that U.S. aid and pressure can achieve will be to keep Pakistani support fairly covert and limited.
“Instead of pushing at a Pakistani door that will never open, the Obama administration instead should treat Pakistan as a sponsor of the Taliban and on that basis involve Pakistan in talks on Afghanistan.
An essential part of such negotiations should be to force both Pakistan and the United States to place on the table their own terms for an Afghan settlement and their minimum conditions as far as their own interests are concerned. On that basis, and on that basis alone, it may be possible for these two de facto enemies to make peace with each other. If that is not possible, at least the U.S. will be clearer about the realities of the Afghan War.”
We are very much concerned with the prevailing internal political situation in Pakistan and the conduct of the country’s institutions particularly the Judiciary, which was not free in the past and it is not independent now & representative political parties whose leaders are more effective in serving the undemocratic forces. Another key political figure & two-time prime minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has now turned his back on representative democratic forces & parliament. He appeared in person before the Supreme Court bench in the petition filed by him. He contended that the memo gate issue was of national importance as the sovereignty and integrity of the country had been threatened. The Ex prime minister ignored the realities of the chequered political history of Pakistan. He ignored the Judicial murder of country’s first elected prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, he ignored during the 90s, the two governments of Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif were dismissed by civilian and military dictators. And on top of all that he ignored Kargil war, a conspiracy against his govt, on the basis of his govt was overthrown and he faced exile. Basically just like Kargil the memorandum issue is a conspiracy against the PPP’s civilian govt.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khrusheed Ahmed Shah has said that conspiracies were always hatched against the democracy and the government of Pakistan Peoples Party and even those who signed the Charter of Democracy were trying to weaken the parliament by approaching the Supreme Court instead of discussing the issues in the parliament. SAFMA Secretary General & senior journalist Imtiaz Alam terms memo third Kargil against PPP govt.
An old but effective tool against democracy.
Political parties doubt Nawaz Sharif’s intentions of taking the memogate to the Supreme Court, saying that Nawaz Sharif should have waited for the outcome of the parliamentary committee.
Kamil Ali Agha, spokesman of PML-Q, while talking to News, said that when Parliament had already taken notice of the memogate issue then it should not have been taken to the Supreme Court. “Everyone must recognize the supremacy of Parliament because the lawmakers are deemed to be more responsible than others,” Kamil said. He mentioned that Tariq Khosa was not superior to Parliament.
“Raza Rabbani is a man of character; therefore, the findings of his committee should have been awaited.” The Awami National Party says that those who have taken the memogate scandal to the Supreme Court will be responsible for the positive and negative outcomes of it. “Every Pakistani has right to knock the doors of the supreme court but the onus of consequences of taking the memogate scandal to the apex court lies on Nawaz Sharif,” Haji Adeel, Senior Vice President of the ANP, said when approached.
He said that Parliament had made a committee and a person who has trust in the collective wisdom of 180 million Pakistanis, then he should have gone to Parliament rather than the 17 judges. “A person who has resigned before the investigation and is prima facia innocent and has come to Pakistan to face the investigation while in this country no one resigns even he is proven guilty in fact people run abroad in such situations, but Husain Haqqani has come back,” ANP leader said.
He said that he could not comprehend why all believe an American citizen who is of dubious character. Though SC has formed a commission but such matters should not have been taken to the courts, Haji Adeel said.
He said that the courts have formed commissions in the past as well and has given judgments as well and were attacked by politicians in the 90s, but it seems people have forgotten these things.
In a country that has achieved only modestly in the realms of democracy & freedom, where the security establishment remains the main decision-maker and state pillars(judiciary & media)act as a veritable arm of state’s intelligence institution. Notably, these negative undemocratic political trends leading us towards self destruction.