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  • Why The Pakistani Military Cannot Be Trusted

    04/03/2012 12:23:48 AM PDT · by U-238 · 11 replies
    The Strategy Pahe ^ | 3/2/2012 | The Strategy Page
    Pakistan recently demanded, again, that the United States halt the use of CIA UAVs to attack Islamic terrorists in the Pakistani tribal territories along the Afghan border. Pakistan, however, offered a compromise this time. If the Americans would tell Pakistan where U.S. intelligence had located terrorists, Pakistan would send one of its F-16s and use a smart bomb to do the deed. The U.S. turned this down for several reasons, the main one being that the Pakistanis would "miss" (or simply not be able to find) terrorists who were working for the Pakistani Army. The Pakistanis could also sell protection...
  • The Pakistan army's Af-Ind strategy

    05/11/2011 8:23:40 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    India Today ^ | May 11, 2011 | Sandeep Unnithan
    The Pakistan army's Af-Ind strategy Sandeep Unnithan | New Delhi, May 11, 2011 | Updated 19:12 IST There are two worldviews of Pakistan: as victim and as villain. The first view sees Pakistan as Chaos-istan. A bankrupt failed state torn by sectarian strife, teetering on the precipice and no control over terrorists. Its implosion would mean Islamic fundamentalists would spill across its borders or worse, get control of its nuclear weapons. The other more studied view is of the state as villain. From General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, the Pakistan army holds the country in its grip like a parasite...
  • The ISI and Terrorism: Behind the Accusations

    05/04/2011 9:49:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | May 4, 2011 | Jayshree Bajoria, Eben Kaplan
    The ISI and Terrorism: Behind the Accusations Authors: Jayshree Bajoria, Senior Staff Writer Eben Kaplan Updated: May 4, 2011 Introduction Pakistan's military intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has long faced accusations of meddling in the affairs of its neighbors. A range of officials inside and outside Pakistan have stepped up suggestions of links between the ISI and terrorist groups in recent years. In fall 2006, a leaked report by a British Defense Ministry think tank charged, "Indirectly Pakistan (through the ISI) has been supporting terrorism and extremism--whether in London on 7/7 [the July 2005 attacks on London's transit system],...
  • Pakistan - a rogue state with a rogue army

    12/04/2010 9:06:34 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    Sify ^ | 2010-12-04 | Amulya Ganguli
    Pakistan - a rogue state with a rogue army 2010-12-04 05:30:00 Perhaps the most disturbing piece of information available from the latest Wikileaks disclosures is the United States' realisation about the durability of the links between the Pakistan Army and terrorists. As Anne Paterson, the US ambassador in Islamabad, has noted, no amount of aid from Washington will make the army cut its ties with religious extremists. Post 26/11, Pak would have responded to an Indian attack: Wikileaks Equally upsetting for India is its belief that closer Indo-US ties will increase Pakistan's paranoia and make it move closer to the...
  • Q+A-U.S. cables show Pakistan military's political strength

    12/02/2010 7:16:12 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 2, 2010 | Augustine Anthony
    Q+A-U.S. cables show Pakistan military's political strength Thu Dec 2, 2010 By Augustine Anthony ISLAMABAD Dec 2 (Reuters) - U.S. diplomatic cables released by whistle-blower WikiLeaks underscore the clout Pakistan's army has in shaping politics in one of Washington's most strategic allies. Here are some of questions and answers on the issues raised by dispatches posted on the website of Britain's Guardian newspaper. HOW TIGHT IS THE PAKISTANI MILITARY'S GRIP ON POWER? Generals have led Pakistan for more than half of its 63-year history. The military has maintained wide sway foreign and security polices even during civilian rule. Although the...
  • FBI raid at meat processor believed tied to immigration irregularities [UPDATE:TERROR PLOT -ARRESTS]

    10/21/2009 12:39:00 AM PDT · by Cindy · 162 replies · 5,266+ views
    CHICAGO ^ | October 20, 2009 | Tribune staff report
    SNIPPET: "Search at Grundy County plant called part of ongoing probe" SNIPPET: "But a source said the owner of the plant, which processes lamb and goat, was taken into custody at his home in Chicago. Documents and records were taken from the plant and from a Chicago travel agency on West Devon Avenue, also owned by the same person, the source said."
  • India expresses concern over US support to Pak army

    03/08/2010 9:01:13 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 111+ views ^ | 03/06/2010 |
    Government expressed serious concern over the US equipping Pakistan army with modern weapons and asked Washington to ensure that they were not used against India. "United States decision to provide sophisticated weapons (to Pakistan) is a matter of serious concern to India. The US should ensure that these weapons are not targeted against India", Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here Saturday. Noting that the issue had already been taken up with the US defence weapons, Pakistan , US, army Secretary during his visit to India recently, he said the American explanation that Pakistan army has to be strengthened...
  • Pakistan-India Peace Strategically Impossible

    01/24/2010 2:00:07 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 444+ views
    South Asia Analysis Group ^ | 1/21/2010 | Dr. Subhash Kapila
    India is hardly a year removed from the horrendous Pakistan-based and Pakistan Army-facilitated commando style attacks of Mumbai 26/11 which were similar to the Pakistani attacks on the Parliament House in December 2001. India on both occasions under different political dispensations failed to hold Pakistan to account. India's political leadership, policy establishment and its liberalist glitterati of different hues, in a total disconnect with Indian public’s pronounced opinions went ahead earlier and now advocating once again the resumption of India-Pakistan Composite Peace Dialogue. There are some who have advocated Sub-Composite Peace Dialogue – whatever it means. Once again, in January...
  • Pakistani army: No new offensive for 6-12 months

    01/21/2010 2:33:11 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 295+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 01/21/2010 | AP
    The Pakistani army says it can't launch any new offensives against militants for six months to a year to give it time to stabilize existing gains. Army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas revealed the news to reporters traveling with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday. The U.S. has pressed Pakistan to target militants using its territory to launch cross-border attacks against coalition troops in Afghanistan. But Abbas' comments make clear that Pakistan will remain focused in the short-term on operations targeting militants waging war against the state. The Pakistani army launched a major ground offensive against the Pakistani Taliban's...
  • The Pakistani Paradox

    12/18/2009 2:23:34 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 495+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 12/18/2009 | The Strategy Page
    A recent exchange of intelligence information between India and the U.S. revealed that an American Moslem (whose father was a Pakistani diplomat) under arrest for plotting Islamic terrorism, admitted that he had witnessed Pakistani Army officers working with Islamic terrorists, while he was undergoing terrorist training in Pakistan. While there have been many such reports, Pakistan always responds by claiming that they are "rogue officers." But American intelligence and military officials, who have worked have worked with the Pakistanis, report encountering many Pakistani officers who were openly favoring Islamic terrorism. Thus the Pakistani protests carry less and less weight. For...
  • Pakistan's president facing military anger over his U.S. ties

    11/26/2009 10:23:40 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 400+ views
    McClatchy News ^ | 11/26/2009 | Saeed Shah
    Suspicions by Pakistan's powerful army that the country's civilian leadership is growing too close to the United States are fueling a political crisis that analysts here believe threatens the survival of the government and could divert attention from the battle against Islamic extremists. Military officials believe that secretly taped conversations between Pakistani President Asif Zardari and his ambassador in Washington, prove that it was at Zardari's insistence that a $1.5 billion U.S. aid package passed by Congress in September contained several provisions that angered the Pakistani military. The military publicly protested the aid package last month. "The reaction (from the...
  • US aid to Pakistan splits army, government

    10/08/2009 11:28:26 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 227+ views
    Space War ^ | 10/9/2009 | Staff Writers
    Pakistan's parliament resumed debate on a massive US aid package Thursday, after rifts opened up between the military and the government over strings attached to the funding. In an unusual public statement late Wednesday, top military commanders including the army chief said they had "serious concerns" about the bill, which hinges some aid on hard-up Pakistan's efforts to battle Islamist extremism. US Congress last week voted to triple aid to Pakistan to 7.5 billion dollars over the next five years, part of US President Barack Obama's plan to battle militancy through development and fostering democratic institutions. Opposition MP Faisal Saleh...
  • Sri Lanka to train Pakistani army to fight Taliban

    08/22/2009 10:48:41 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 3 replies · 413+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 6:56PM BST 21 Aug 2009 | Dean Nelson
    Sri Lanka is to train Pakistan army officers to fight the Taliban insurgency with lessons from its devastating defeat of the Tamil Tigers. By Dean Nelson in Islamabad Published: 6:56PM BST 21 Aug 2009 Colombo has been inundated with training requests since it finally put down the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elaam's (LTTE) 26-year rebellion in a final onslaught which claimed the lives of more than 10,000 civilians and left 300,000 displaced by the fighting. The apparent accolade for the Sri Lankan forces will cause alarm among human rights groups which have accused the government in Colombo of war crimes...
  • Benazir shot by three sniper teams(Russian report)

    01/02/2008 8:33:24 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 38 replies · 331+ views
    Daily News & Analysis,India ^ | January 03, 2008 | Amir Mir
    Benazir shot by three sniper teams Amir Mir Thursday, January 03, 2008 03:32 IST The Special Service Group of the Pakistani Army is the only organisation capable of mounting such an operation in Pakistan LAHORE: Benazir Bhutto, the slain chairperson of the Pakistan Peoples Party, was fired upon by no less than three separate sniper teams of the Special Services Group of the Pakistan Army. They fired more than six times, which was followed by two simultaneous rocket-propelled grenades designed to destroy the scene of the assassination. The central media office of the Pakistan Peoples Party, led by Farhatullah Babar,...
  • Benazir's Assassination: Q & A (B.Raman)

    01/02/2008 4:33:20 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 282+ views
    South Asia Analysis Group ^ | 02-Jan.-2008 | B. Raman
    Benazir's Assassination: Q & A - International Terrorism Monitor--Paper No. 343 By B. Raman (I have received a number of questions from the readers of my articles on the assassination of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto at Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007. I have attempted to answer them in this article) Q. Could President Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistan Army have had a hand in the assassination of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto? A. Unlikely. Musharraf and other senior Army officers were unhappy with her confrontational style after the first attack on her at Karachi on October 18, 2007. They were also unhappy about...
  • Benazir's Death: Army, ISI Keep Low Profile

    01/01/2008 4:06:38 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 269+ views
    South Asia Analysis Group ^ | 01-Jan.-2008 | B. Raman
    Paper no. 2530 01-Jan.-2008 Benazir's Death: Army, ISI Keep Low Profile - International Terrorism Monitor: Paper No. 341 by B. Raman The Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) have been maintaining a discreet silence on the assassination of Mrs. Benazir Bhutto by as yet unidentified elements at Rawalpindi on December 27,2007. Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), was on a visit to Army establishments in Karachi at the time of her assassination. He immediately cancelled his engagements and returned to Rawalpindi. He and his officers in the General Headquarters (GHQ) as well as in the...
  • Snaring the N-Jihadi

    01/01/2008 12:28:33 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 98+ views
    The Hindustan Times ^ | Washington, December 30, 2007 | Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
    Snaring the N-Jihadi Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Hindustan Times Washington, December 30, 2007 Nothing worries the world more than the combination of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, its political instability and its past record of proliferation. More than the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, however, it has been recent evidence of jihadi infiltration of the Pakistani military that have resurrected fears of an "atomic Taliban" scenario. There is a clear divide over how to handle Pakistan's nuclear problem. Non-proliferation and counter-terrorism experts argue nothing is more important than securing Pakistan's arsenal. This means putting one's eggs in the military basket and backing dictators like...
  • Pak Govt makes U-turn on cause of Bhutto's death

    01/01/2008 12:15:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 61 replies · 98+ views
    Press Trust of India ^ | January 01, 2008 | Rezaul H Laskar
    Pak Govt makes U-turn on cause of Bhutto's death Rezaul H Laskar, Press Trust Of India January 01, In a dramatic U-turn, Pakistan government has "apologised" for claiming that former premier Benazir Bhutto died of a skull fracture after hitting the sunroof of her car during a suicide attack. Caretaker Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz Khan has asked the media and people to "forgive and ignore" comments made by his ministry's spokesman Javed Iqbal Cheema which were slammed by her Pakistan People's Party as "lies" and led to an uproar at home and abroad. The Interior Minister made the apology during...
  • Ajai Shukla: Will Pakistan look into the mirror?

    12/31/2007 8:33:39 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 93+ views
    Business-Standard,India ^ | January 1, 2008 | Ajai Shukla
    Ajai Shukla: Will Pakistan look into the mirror? BROADSWORD Ajai Shukla / New Delhi January 1, 2008 Pakistani editor Najam Sethi told NDTV, after Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, that the former prime minister’s legacy could be to “force Pakistan to stare into its soul”. Sethi, it would seem, is being extraordinarily optimistic. Psychologists describe a stage of obesity when one shuns mirrors because of the hopelessness of what one sees. It’s easier to just look away and reach for another Mars bar. For Pakistan, the image in the mirror may already be too chilling to confront. The sheer complexity of Pakistan’s...
  • Intel Community: 'Military killed Bhutto'

    12/31/2007 5:01:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies · 329+ views
    Middle East Times,Egypt ^ | December 31, 2007 | CLAUDE SALHANI
    Intel Community: 'Military killed Bhutto' By CLAUDE SALHANI (Editor, Middle East Times) Published: December 31, 2007 Lower and middle level officers of the Pakistani army and the Pakistani air force were involved in the killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, according to various intelligence sources, including members of India's counter-intelligence service. Well-informed sources have told the Middle East Times that these rogue elements of the Pakistani military support the jihadis and share their extremist views of an ultra-conservative form of Islam. One former CIA official told a Middle East Times source that, "It's worrying when half of your lower...
  • Pakistan's flawed and feudal princess

    12/30/2007 9:43:35 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 27+ views
    The Observer,U.K ^ | December 30, 2007 | William Dalrymple
    Pakistan's flawed and feudal princess It's wrong for the West simply to mourn Benazir Bhutto as a martyred democrat, says this acclaimed south Asia expert. Her legacy is far murkier and more complex William Dalrymple Sunday December 30, 2007 The Observer One of Benazir Bhutto's more dubious legacies to Pakistan is the Prime Minister's house in the middle of Islamabad. The building is a giddy, pseudo-Mexican ranch house with white walls and a red tile roof. There is nothing remotely Islamic about the building ..... Which is, of course, exactly why the West always had a soft spot for Benazir...
  • Pakistan may not make it

    12/30/2007 9:32:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies · 217+ views
    The Guardian,U.K ^ | December 31, 2007 | Peter Galbraith
    Pakistan may not make it The country's future now depends on a power struggle between the army and Bhutto's son Peter Galbraith Monday December 31, 2007 The Guardian With the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's survival depends on the outcome of a struggle between the army and Bhutto's Pakistan People's party, now headed by her 19-year-old son Bilawal. The protagonists are mismatched and the odds are that Pakistan will not make it. For all its flaws, the PPP is Pakistan's only true national institution. As well as overwhelming support in the Bhutto family's home province of Sindh, it has substantial...
  • ANALYSIS-"Failed state" Pakistan raises nuclear threat

    12/28/2007 9:41:25 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 16 replies · 163+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Dec 28, 2007 | Luke Baker
    ANALYSIS-"Failed state" Pakistan raises nuclear threat Fri Dec 28, 2007 11:41am EST By Luke Baker LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Security experts fear Pakistan's nuclear materials could fall into the hands of Islamic militants as the country's instability deepens in the wake of Benazir Bhutto's assassination. In early 2005, a joint security assessment by the CIA and the U.S. National Intelligence Council predicted Pakistan would become "a failed state, ripe with civil war, bloodshed, inter-provincial rivalries and a struggle for control of its nuclear weapons and complete Talibanisation" by 2015. Following Bhutto's death in Rawalpindi on Thursday, some experts believe...
  • Pakistan’s heart of darkness

    12/28/2007 9:06:55 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies · 98+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | December 29,2007 | C. Uday Bhaskar
    Pakistan’s heart of darkness C. Uday Bhaskar Saturday, December 29, 2007 Benazir Bhutto’s assassination has brought into relief the multiple security challenges the country faces. The tragic but not unexpected assassination of Benazir Bhutto at an election rally in Rawalpindi has pushed Pakistan into far greater internal political turbulence and societal discord than ever before. Civil society in Pakistan is shell-shocked and the possibility of a protracted civil war-like situation cannot be ruled out. The fallout of this dastardly event will add to the many challenges that a beleaguered President Musharraf and the Pakistan military are already facing. Unconfirmed reports...
  • Al Qaeda is right under Musharraf's nose

    12/28/2007 7:35:28 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies · 107+ views
    Rediff ^ | December 28, 2007 | B Raman
    Al Qaeda is right under Musharraf's nose December 28, 2007 Since 9/11, there has been hardly any jihadi terrorist strike anywhere in the world in which there was no Pakistani connection. Since 2002, there has been hardly any jihadi terrorist strike in Pakistani territory in which there was no connection of the Pakistan army's general headquarters. By GHQ, one does not mean the entire army; one means some elements in the GHQ. The first wake-up call about the possible presence of one or more sleeper cells of Al Qaeda [Images] in Rawalpindi came in March 2003. Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who...
  • Pakistan military can deliver security, but not a long-term solution

    12/28/2007 7:22:58 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 17 replies · 253+ views
    The Times,U.K ^ | December 28, 2007 | Bronwen Maddox
    Times Online December 28, 2007 Pakistan military can deliver security, but not a long-term solution Bronwen Maddox, Chief Foreign Commentator of The Times The burning barricades set up across Karachi today by Benazir Bhutto's supporters do not have to presage civil war. Pakistan has gone through a year of crisis, as eight years of military rule has unravelled, yet enough of the country's institutions work well to have provided a powerful steadying influence through the growing turmoil. The military itself, the strongest organisation in the country, is the biggest insurance against widespread sectarian violence. The civil service, the judiciary (even...
  • After the shock( of Bhutto's death)

    12/28/2007 7:19:04 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies · 52+ views
    The Australian ^ | December 29, 2007 | Greg Sheridan
    After the shock Greg Sheridan, foreign editor | December 29, 2007 The West is failing to keep alive its friends in the Muslim world. Foreign editor Greg Sheridan writes that Thursday's murder also underlines the failures of Pakistan's dictatorial President THE assassination of Benazir Bhutto is a catastrophe for Pakistani democracy and society. It is also a savage setback in the larger war on terror. To assassinate a two-time prime minister, a moderate and liberal woman leader in the world's only Islamic nuclear power, is a signal victory for the terrorists. Bhutto's assassination also has wide geo-strategic consequences. It leaves...
  • Impact of US wargames on Pakistan N-arms ‘negative’

    12/03/2007 7:20:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 76+ views
    Dawn,Pakistan ^ | December 03, 2007 | Anwar Iqbal
    Impact of US wargames on Pakistan N-arms ‘negative’ By Anwar Iqbal WASHINGTON, Dec 2: US-sponsored wargames that simulate capturing Pakistan’s nuclear weapons to prevent them from falling into wrong hands are having a negative impact, experts say. On Sunday, The Washington Post carried a detailed report on such exercises, pointing out that the all such games came to the same conclusion: Pakistan’s cooperation -- particularly that of its military – was crucial. According to the Post, the US government has conducted several such games in recent years, examining various options and scenarios for Pakistan’s nuclear weapons: How many troops might...
  • Pakistan’s been here before

    11/29/2007 9:14:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 113+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | November 30, 2007 | MURTAZA RAZVI
    Pakistan’s been here before MURTAZA RAZVI Friday, November 30, 2007 at 0000 hrs It’s only the generals riding the fanciest horses who find this political merry-go-round ride enthralling. What ails Pakistan today is not Pervez Musharraf, in or out of uniform, nor indeed the lack of a stable political system. These are but symptoms of the graver malaise eating away at the heart of the state: the continued stranglehold of the armed forces over all power. The proposed palliatives — the bitter pills in the form of Musharraf as a civilian president, Benazir Bhutto, Nawaz Sharif or the erstwhile king’s...
  • American Connection (Pakistani article)

    11/29/2007 8:30:39 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 122+ views
    Asian Tribune ^ | 2007-11-30 | Asif Haroon
    American Connection Fri, 2007-11-30 02:51 By Asif Haroon American connection has all along remained a key element of our foreign policy and has experienced several vicissitudes. All our political and military leaders apart from Quaid-e-Azam have pursued US centric policies. Major reasons for this tilt towards US camp have been our security concerns coupled with economic woes. Pakistan joined the US sponsored defence treaties in the early fifties to thwart Indian as well as Afghanistan and former Soviet Union aggressive designs and to possibly find a solution to the Kashmir dispute. The SEATO and CENTO pacts were in actuality meant...
  • Chinese president congratulates Musharraf on re-election

    11/29/2007 8:26:13 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 59+ views ^ | 2007-11-29
    Chinese president congratulates Musharraf on re-election 2007-11-29 19:59:41 Print Special report: Pakistani Situation  BEIJING, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao Thursday sent a message to Pervez Musharraf, congratulating him on his re-election as Pakistan's president. In the message, Hu said that China and Pakistan have always respected, understood, trusted and supported each other on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence since the two countries established diplomatic ties more than five decades ago. He said that Pakistan is China's good friend, neighbor, partner and brother all in one, noting that the two countries have forged...
  • Will Benazir have control of nukes if returns to power?

    11/26/2007 9:23:25 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies · 239+ views
    Daily Times,Pakistan ^ | November 27, 2007 | Khalid Hasan
    Will Benazir have control of nukes if returns to power? * Report says Benazir saw Dr AQ Khan as a potential ally * She reacted differently to sharing N-technology with Iran, N Korea By Khalid Hasan WASHINGTON: If Benazir Bhutto assumed power, it remains an open question if she would be willing to exert civilian control over Pakistan’s nuclear programme, or would even have the ability to do so, according to a report published here. According to an article by Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins in Foreign Policy, published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on a 1989 visit...
  • Can Pakistan's Military Be Trusted?

    11/23/2007 7:15:13 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies · 57+ views
    Time ^ | Nov. 09, 2007 | ROBERT BAER
    Can Pakistan's Military Be Trusted? Friday, Nov. 09, 2007 By ROBERT BAER The mess in Pakistan should make us miss the Cold War — really miss it. There was a time when Washington could call up Islamabad and order a jihad on the Red Army occupying Afghanistan — and Islamabad would salute. Islamabad was our loyal ally in the Cold War. Granted, no one in Washington was happy when Pakistan started developing a nuclear bomb in the '70s. Or when it finally tested one in May 1998. But still, we slept nights knowing that Pakistan's pro-American, Western-trained generals, our generals,...
  • Can Pakistan’s nukes get loose?

    11/23/2007 4:35:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 157+ views
    Daily News & Analysis,India ^ | November 21, 2007 | Seema Guha
    Can Pakistan’s nukes get loose? Seema Guha Wednesday, November 21, 2007 Unlikely, say Indian strategic experts. The army is still in control NEW DELHI: Alarm bells about Pakistan’s nuclear weapons falling into the hands of jihadi elements in that country have been ringing for quite sometime now. In fact, with the growing Talibanisation of the frontier region of Pakistan, the US and the rest of the Western world have been worried. The New York Times’ recent report about the Bush administration spending up to $1 million to keep Pakistan’s nuclear weapons secure created quite a stir in India. The government...
  • If only Pervez Musharraf were more like Indonesia's Suharto

    11/21/2007 7:41:09 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 78+ views
    The Australian ^ | November 08, 2007 | Greg Sheridan
    If only Pervez were more like Suharto Greg Sheridan, Foreign editor | November 08, 2007 PAKISTAN'S Pervez Musharraf is a weak, ineffective and foolish dictator. He is a dangerous friend and an impotent enemy. Long a trafficker in terrorism himself, he now justifies a second military coup by raising the spectre of further terrorism. Nowhere in the world today is more important, more dangerous or more fluid than Pakistan. And it is all of that in part because of the personality and performance of its dictator. Sometimes the word dictator can prevent clear thinking in the Western liberal mind, as...
  • Pak spent bulk of US aid on arming against India

    11/20/2007 10:53:16 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies · 109+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | November 21, 2007
    Pak spent bulk of US aid on arming against India Agencies Silicon Valley, November 21: Pakistan has used a significant portion of the US aid since September 11 attack to arm itself for a confrontation with India instead of conducting war on terrorism, according to a strategic think tank. Most of the USD 10 billion US aid is supposed to compensate the Pakistani government for sending its 80,000 or so soldiers to the Northwest Frontier Province and providing support to the US war in Afghanistan. However the money has been used for procuring high-tech weaponry to arm the military for...
  • PAKISTAN: Critical & Catastrophic Scenarios

    11/20/2007 11:10:22 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies · 112+ views
    South Asia Analysis Group (SAAG) ^ | 18-Nov-2007 | B. Raman
    PAKISTAN: Critical & Catastrophic Scenarios - International Terrorism Monitor: Paper No. 307 By B. Raman Pakistan has been in a state of unstable equilibrium due to the erratic decisions and actions of President Pervez Musharraf since March, 2007, and his inaction against pro-Al Qaeda jihadi terrorist elements in the tribal areas, which has led to the emergence of a de facto jihadi state in the South and North Waziristan areas of the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and in the Swat Valley of the Provincially-Administered Tribal Areas (PATA) of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). 2. The Mehsud tribe, headed by Baitullah...
  • Since ‘war on terror,’Pakistan imported more arms from US than previous 50 yrs

    11/19/2007 4:27:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies · 127+ views
    The Indian Express ^ | Sunday, November 18, 2007 | Manu Pubby
    Since ‘war on terror,’ Pakistan imported more arms from US than previous 50 yrs New Delhi, November 17:It's well-known how high the stakes are for the United States in Pakistan amid the political crisis and the violence in the Waziristan region but for the first time, there are numbers to show how heavily Washington has invested in Islamabad: the total value of Pakistan’s arms purchase from the US since the war on terror began in 2001 is almost 20% more than the that of the previous 50 years put together. This startling data figures in a report prepared for the...
  • Pakistan's nuclear-armed army faces its sternest test yet

    11/18/2007 9:46:47 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies · 207+ views
    India Abroad News Service(IANS) ^ | November 19, 2007 | Rahul Bedi
    Pakistan's nuclear-armed army faces its sternest test yet By Rahul Bedi. Asia Pacific, 10:30 AM IST As Pakistan slips further into anarchy, it is its omnipotent 500,000-strong army that deserves attention as it remains the only institution, however imperfect, capable of providing a modicum of stability amidst grave turbulence. Events on the ground, however, indicate that like Pakistan's politics, its judiciary and civil society, disturbing cracks are also emerging in its nuclear-armed army that has directly or indirectly ruled the country for most of the country's 60 years. And, as it increasingly engages jehadis in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas...
  • Military rule will not quell Pakistan’s Islamists

    11/16/2007 3:29:49 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies · 39+ views
    The Financial Times ^ | November 15 2007 | Robert Templer
    Military rule will not quell Pakistan’s Islamists By Robert Templer Published: November 15 2007 18:50 | Last updated: November 15 2007 18:50 However the tempestuous politics of Pakistan play out, one thing is certain. General Pervez Musharraf can no longer claim any legitimacy to lead his country. His approval rating is just over 20 per cent, most Pakistanis do not want him to be president again and the Supreme Court was expected to declare his candidacy illegal before he threw the judges out. He may be able to rig elections due in the new year but he and his regime...
  • The Pakistani Army-Dominant Since The Nation was Born

    11/11/2007 8:57:51 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies · 221+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 11/11/2007 | STEPHEN GRAHAM
    Pakistan Army Dominant Since Nation Born By STEPHEN GRAHAM – 9 hours ago ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's army has led the country for more than half of its 60-year history and dominated — or ended — the fragile rule of the few civilian governments to take office. The country's position on the front line of America's war on terror and the army's increasing involvement in the economy suggest the generals are well-equipped to defend their privileges — and may be reluctant to share them in the name of democracy. Officers and their families have their own upscale schools, hospitals...
  • Pakistan's Musharraf-FRIEND OR FOE?

    11/11/2007 6:07:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies · 95+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, November 11, 2007 | Adrian Levy & Catherine Scott-Clark
    FRIEND OR FOE? Washington hails Musharraf as an ally in the war on terror, but critics make a case that Pakistani leader is a terrorist Adrian Levy,Catherine Scott-Clark Sunday, November 11, 2007 Although an epicenter for global instability for many decades, Pakistan has in recent days been anointed "the most dangerous place on Earth." Some point to an unfortunate trick of geography, with Pakistan bordering Iran, Afghanistan and its perennial enemy, India. Others blame the country's explosive social topography: The nation straddles many racial and religious fault lines, with the impoverished majority Sunni population rubbing up against a minority of...
  • Pakistan's final arbiter: the Army

    11/09/2007 3:51:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies · 66+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | November 9, 2007 | Shahan Mufti
    Pakistan's final arbiter: the Army The military is Musharraf's chief remaining constituency. By Shahan Mufti | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor from the November 9, 2007 edition Islamabad, Pakistan - The last time President Pervez Musharraf suspended the Constitution, sacked Supreme Court judges, and cracked down on political parties – in 1999 – he found support in all the right quarters: his Army's top brass, key Western capitals, the business elite, and the educated middle classes. Much of that domestic support has eroded as the war on terror pushed him closer to Washington. But General Musharraf continued to dominate...
  • Khan's visit to Timbuktu was to prospect for uranium - dissident

    02/23/2004 6:56:39 PM PST · by piasa · 16 replies · 1,816+ views
    Gulf News ^ | February 19, 2004 | Shyam Bhatia
    A London accountant has described how Pakistan's disgraced nuclear hero Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan visited the West African state of Mali on three occasions between 1998 and 2000. Abdul Ma'bood Siddiqui accompanied A.Q. Khan on three mystery trips  between 1998 and 2000. Their final destination was Timbuktu, a remote outpost in the desert that has always been a magnet for explorers and adventurers from around the world. The mystery behind the visits has deepened following recent revelations that Khan is also the owner of a small hotel in the town that he has named after Hendrina, his Dutch-born wife and...