Here is a long article by Mr Ahmed Quraishi in support of the occupying army. He appears authoritative ("according to my sources"). I must confess I had read Mr. Quraishi prior to this. He is critical of NGOs, Geo, Hamid Mir etc. Judge for yourself. To read the full article click on the heading.
To get rid of him, an impressive operation is underway:
- A carefully crafted media blitzkrieg launched early this year assailing the Pakistani president from all sides, questioning his power, his role in
’s war on terror and predicting his downfall. Washington
- Money pumped into the country to pay for organized dissent.
- Willing activists assigned to mobilize and organize accessible social groups.
- A campaign waged on Internet where tens of mailing lists and ‘news agencies’ have sprung up from nowhere, all demonizing Musharraf and the Pakistani military.
- European- and American-funded Pakistani NGOs taking a temporary leave from their real jobs to work as a makeshift anti-government mobilization machine.
government agencies directly funding some private Pakistani television networks; the channels go into an open anti-government mode, cashing in on some manufactured and other real public grievances regarding inflation and corruption. U.S.
- Some of Musharraf’s shady and corrupt political allies feed this campaign, hoping to stay in power under a weakened president.
- All this groundwork completed and chips in place when the judicial crisis breaks out in March 2007. Even Pakistani politicians surprised at a well-greased and well-organized lawyers campaign, complete with flyers, rented cars and buses, excellent event-management and media outreach.
- Currently, students are being recruited and organized into a street movement. The work is ongoing and urban Pakistani students are being cultivated, especially using popular Internet Web sites and ‘online hangouts’. The people behind this effort are mostly unknown and faceless, limiting themselves to organizing sporadic, small student gatherings in
and Lahore , complete with banners, placards and little babies with arm bands for maximum media effect. No major student association has announced yet that it is behind these student protests, which is a very interesting fact glossed over by most journalists covering this story. Only a few students from affluent schools have responded so far and it’s not because the Pakistani government’s countermeasures are effective. They’re not. The reason is that social activism attracts people from affluent backgrounds, closely reflecting a uniquely Pakistani phenomenon where local NGOs are mostly founded and run by rich, westernized Pakistanis. Islamabad
As a starter,
These objectives include:
- Cleaning up our northern and western parts of the country of all foreign operatives and their domestic pawns.
- Ensuring that
’s plan for regime-change doesn’t succeed. Washington
- Purging the Pakistani media of all those elements that were willing or unwilling accomplices in the plan to destabilize the country.
Musharraf has also told
- Cutting off oil supplies to U.S. military in Afghanistan. Pakistani officials are already enraged at how
has turned into a staging ground for sabotage in Afghanistan . If Pakistan continues to see Islamabad acting as a bully, Pakistani officials are seriously considering an announcement where Washington , for the first time since October 2001, will deny the Pakistan use of Pakistani soil and air space to transport fuel to United States . Afghanistan
’s role in the war on terror. Pakistan needs to fight terrorists on its border with Islamabad . But our methods need to be different to Afghanistan ’s when it comes to our domestic extremists. This is where Washington parts ways with Islamabad Washington. Pakistani officials are conisdering the option of withdrawing from the war on terror while maintining Pakistan's own war against the terrorists along Afghanistan's border.
- Talks with the Taliban.
has no quarrel with Pakistan ’s Taliban. They are Afghanistan ’s internal problem. But if reaching out to Afghan Taliban’s Mullah Omar can have a positive impact on rebellious Pakistani extremists, then this step should be taken. The South Koreans can talk to the Taliban. Karzai has also called for talks with them. It is time that Kabul does the same. Islamabad