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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Plan To Topple Pakistan Military - By AHMED QURAISHI

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.


In Pakistan, the target is a Pakistani president who refuses to play ball with the United States on Afghanistan, China, and Dr. A.Q. Khan.

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 Washington’s war on terror and predicting his downfall.
  • 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.
  • U.S. 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.
  • 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 Lahore and Islamabad, 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.


As a starter, Islamabad blew the wind out of the visit of Mr. John Negroponte, the no. 2 man in the U.S. State Department, who came to Pakistan last week “to deliver a tough message” to the Pakistani president. Musharraf, to his credit, told him he won’t end emergency rule until all objectives are achieved.

These objectives include:

  • Cleaning up our northern and western parts of the country of all foreign operatives and their domestic pawns.
  • Ensuring that Washington’s plan for regime-change doesn’t succeed.
  • 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 Washington publicly that “Pakistan is more important than democracy or the constitution.” This is a bold position. This kind of boldness would have served Musharraf a lot had it come a little earlier. But even now, his media management team is unable to make the most out of it.

Washington will not stand by watching as its plan for regime change in Islamabad goes down the drain. In case the Americans insist on interfering in Pakistani affairs, Islamabad, according to my sources, is looking at some tough measures:

  • Cutting off oil supplies to U.S. military in Afghanistan. Pakistani officials are already enraged at how Afghanistan has turned into a staging ground for sabotage in Pakistan. If Islamabad continues to see Washington acting as a bully, Pakistani officials are seriously considering an announcement where Pakistan, for the first time since October 2001, will deny the United States use of Pakistani soil and air space to transport fuel to Afghanistan.
  • Reviewing Pakistan’s role in the war on terror. Islamabad needs to fight terrorists on its border with Afghanistan. But our methods need to be different to Washington’s when it comes to our domestic extremists. This is where Islamabad parts ways with 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. Pakistan has no quarrel with Afghanistan’s Taliban. They are Kabul’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 Islamabad does the same.


Blogger Almansi said...

From the Biography page of Mr. Quraishi's blog: "...Currently, Mr. Quraishi is hosting a weekly political talk show titled Worldview From Islamabad, which he created for state-run PTV News, Pakistan’s largest television network. "
Maybe there is a correlation with the post you cite?

November 23, 2007 6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jinnah to Armed Forces of Pakistan; (1947 / 1948)
“Do not forget that the armed forces are the servants of the people and you do not make national policy; it is we, the civilians, who decide these issues and it is your duty to carry out these tasks with which you are entrusted”.
After quoting the above saying of Jinnah, I will regret the thoughts / ideas floated in this article, but then it’s very obvious, what more can you expect from a person like Ahmed Quraishi – an employee of PTV “PervezTV”. You can well imagine his vision when just at the beginning of his article he is quoting that 1st shot was fired in Balochistan province in 2004, man seems to know little history of Pakistan what to say of Balochistan. But I will again say you shouldn’t expect more from him, born & brought up in Kuwait & then starting his career in journalism from Gulf region, he seems to be oblivious of the facts & history of Pakistan, or otherwise I must say he is distorting facts & presenting a twisted view under the influence of “Agencies Money”.
A major portion of his article is dedicated to justify the “Business Empire” of Pak Army & then indulging without any proof into character assassination of Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, writer of the famous book “Military Inc”, and it’s from here that you can “smell a rat” in his own words. As a matter of fact the launching ceremony of this book was cancelled & all the major hotels in Islamabad refused the author for any venue / booking for launching ceremony under the influence of the agencies. It looks as if “Agencies Activism” is at work. How ridiculous it seems to justify all the irrelevant businesses of the Pak Army knowing the fact that it has badly affected their professionalism, so much so that now even we the Pakistanis don’t have any faith on their abilities when it comes to fighting a war against the enemy of the motherland. Although they never had a record of winning the war against outsiders but still if you compare the results from 1948 to 1965 to 1971 & onwards to Siachin & Kargil a gradual downfall of the professional behavior is clearly observed.
The core problem seems to be that Armed forces are losing respect not for the reasons cited in this article but because of their own “Corrupt & Dishonest Behaviour”. They are mainly if not solely responsible for bringing the country to the present juncture & putting the whole nation into hopeless condition by destroying the institutions of the country the lastly being most important - Judiciary.
Why should anybody plan to target Pakistan when we are self sufficient & working hard in this field. For instance can anyone justify the statement of our President, who is also the Chief of the Armed forces, when he is addressing the international community & threatening that if he quits the power then the nuclear arsenal of the country can go in wrong hands, only a traitor can talk like this. Like Mr. Musharraf, Mr. Ahmed Quraishi (His Master’s Voice) is also giving the impression that Musharraf himself is the nation, pl. don't confuse Musharraf with Pakistan.
I must say at this juncture of history a real soul searching is required from all of us, specially from those who are in control of the country to question our behavior as a nation, otherwise as Hazrat Ali (R.A) has said that a society can’t survive without justice, what can we expect of our own society where the Chief Justice of the Nation is under house arrest, agencies are running the torture cells, people are kidnapped by those very persons who are custodian of law & are suppose to protect them. Still people like Ahmed Quraishi are misleading the public because of their selfish interests.

November 27, 2007 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear Mubasshar, can u plz give the source of Quaid's speech u have quoted.

February 13, 2008 1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahmad Quraishi is an apologist for the regime and pretty bad one at that.

I have a long email communication with him which I'd like to publish to show what kind of people are being forwarded by this Musharraf regime.

March 17, 2008 3:20 AM  

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