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ex IN officer confess Indian NUke tests! called it a failure..

May 13, 2009

http://www.xent.com/FoRK-archive/may98/0396.html

Dr. B. K. Subba Rao a former Indian Navy Captain, who holds a Ph.D. in Nuclear Technology from the I.I.T., has
charged the Department of Atomic Energy, Mumbai with passing off a thermonuclear device with the yield in
mere kilotonnes as a success while it was in fact a failure.

He says in a statement:

India alone, and not the rest of the world, will be the Books loser, if Indians are not able to know the true picture
about the nuclear explosions carried out at Pokhran on May 11 and May 13, 1998. The true picture should include
whether India planned a thermonuclear device (hydrogen bomb) in the usual order of megaton capacity but failed
to reach that capacity or the Indian nuclear scientists even after 24 years of their first nuclear explosion on
May 18, 1974, were not confident of reaching megaton capacity and so had to make a trial and error attempt
with a preposterous thermonuclear device of 45 kilotons. Claiming miniaturisation at 45 kilotons is meaningless,
because even the submarine launched (from underwater) compactified Polaris missile has a nuclear warhead of
one megaton (one megaton is 1,000 kilotons).

The success of a nuclear explosion is measured from the yield which results from the explosion. The yield or
total energy of a thermonuclear device, known in common parlance as hydrogen bomb, is expressed in megatons (one
megaton is one thousand kilotons and one kiloton is 1,000 tons of equivalent chemical explosive). One of the
early thermonuclear devices exploded by China yielded 6 megatons. Whereas, according to the reliable seismic
data from sensors abroad, the yield from the three Indian nuclear explosions on May 11 – a fission device,
a low yield device and thermonuclear device – was not even 30 kilotons. Mr. Gregory E. Van Der Vink, Director
of Planning at the Incorporated Research Institution of Seismology, who is also the expert advising U.S.
Congress and Clinton administration is reported having said, “From Monday’s tests (May 11) we have a seismic
signal of about magnitude 5.4. We think this corresponds roughly to an explosive yield of around 10 to 25
kilotons.” More or less the same yield was estimated by the Japanese scientists and British scientists. Thereby
showing that either the Indian thermonuclear device failed completely, and whatever yield that had been
recorded, was entirely from the boosted fission device. Alternatively, the thermonuclear device got extinguished
like a Deepavali cracker with initial noise and a bit of light without burning fully and could not go beyond 50
kilotons yield, the figure claimed by some Indian seismologists.

The waves of hysteric joy spread in the country by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party describing the triple
nuclear explosions a “spectacular success” contrasted with the doubts of international scientific community on
the so called success of India’s first thermonuclear explosion, compelled the Chairman of India’s Atomic
Energy Commission (AEC), Dr. R. Chidambaram, to address a press conference on May 17 at New Delhi. It was a
joint press conference with the participation of the Scientific Advisor to Defence Minister, Dr. A. P. J.
Abdul Kalam, and others. The entire press conference looked more like a damage control exercise. Dr.
Chidambaram’s attempts, during the press conference, to dispel the doubts on India’s success, gave birth to more
doubts and to many more valid questions.
During the press conference Dr. Chidambaram claimed that from the three explosions carried out on May 11, the
item by item yield obtained was, from the fission device 15 kilotons, from the low yield device 0.2 kilotons and
from the thermonuclear device which comprised of a fission trigger and a fusion device, the yield was from
the fission trigger 12 kilotons and the fusion device 45 kilotons. Dr. Chidambaram also stated that the two
sub-kiloton devices exploded on May 13 gave 0.5 kilotons and 0.3 kilotons respectively.

How far Dr. Chidambaram was able to dispel the doubts? According to Dr. Chidambaram, the reason for the low
values recorded by the international seismic sensors was the simultaneous triggering of the three devices – the
fission, the low yield and the thermonuclear device-on May 11. He meant that the simultaneous explosions caused
interference of shock waves traveling through the earth and resulted in low value seismic data at the
international seismic centers. If it is true, one can ask, how the shock waves had no interference at the
Indian seismic centers which recorded values more or less supporting the figures put out by Dr. Chidambaram
in his press conference. There is yet another angle from which one can see Dr. Chidambaram’s explanation to be
unscientific. During the press conference, he revealed that the two shafts containing separately the fission
device and the thermonuclear device were at a distance of only one kilometre. In such close configuration and
simultaneous explosion with fission device giving 15 kilotons and the thermonuclear (fusion device) giving 45
kilotons, the epicenter from which the shock waves travel will be more like from one location and the
possibility of interference of shock waves is almost nil. Dr. Chidambaram himself made his position quite
vulnerable. It looks there is a major science and technology scam in the claim on India’s first
thermonuclear explosion.
Dr. Abdul Kalam, who spoke in the same press conference, appeared to be far from truth when he said that the
nuclear tests conferred on the country “a capability to vacate nuclear threats.” The rave media coverage while
hailing India’s capability “to vacate nuclear threats”, has in fact vacated the boundary between a
political statement and scientific statement. A political statement can mean many things, but a
scientific statement has only one meaning. That is the characteristic of science, which distinguishes it from
other human pursuits. Both Dr. Chidambaram and Dr. Kalam appear to have ignored this distinguishing feature of
science.

When a launch by the Department of Space

fails, the failure is not hidden from the public. But the Department of Atomic

Energy (DAE), under the veil of secrecy, is privileged to hide its failure and

also to paint their failures as grand successes. Such a privilege, it appears, is

fully exercised in respect of india’s first thermonuclear

explosion.

There are two possibilities: The DAE scientists correctly informed the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari
Vajpayee, on the true state of the tests but the Prime Minister chose to hide the failure of the thermonuclear
explosion, or the DAE scientists misled the Prime Minister to believe that the tests were a total success
and the results were on expected lines. Only a debate in the Parliament followed by an inquiry by a Joint
Committee of the Parliament can resolve this issue. Such an inquiry will be in the national interest, because the
expected yield of a thermonuclear device is always in multiples of megatons.

After the three underground nuclear tests at Pokhran on May 11, the Prime Minister publicly announced, “The
tests were conducted with a fission device, a low yield device and a thermonuclear device. The measured yields
are in line with expected values.” The camouflage lies in the words “expected values”. The people of Indian
can not be faulted, if they believed that for some valid reasons, the correct yield values were not disclosed by
the Prime Minister.

What will happen to the BJP popularity if the public comes to know that the thermonuclear explosions are in
the range of megatons and not kilotons and the early thermonuclear explosion by China had a yield of 6
megatons where as India’s first thermonuclear explosion could not yield even 30 kilotons and so actually was a
failure? Who should be held responsible for the false propaganda converting the utter failure into a
`spectacular success’? Therefore, it is in public interest to discuss the distinction between a fission
device and a thermonuclear device which is also known as fusion device and also to understand where the failure
of Indian nuclear establishment lies.

A hydrogen bomb has vast destructive power. This type of fusion bomb is capable of devastating about 400 sq.km.
by blast, while its searing heat can extend to beyond 2000 sq.km. and its radiative fallout even farther. The
first publicised U.S. thermonuclear tests was in 1951, followed in 1953 by that of USSR and in 1957 by that of
United Kingdom. China exploded hydrogen bomb in the seventies. The yield of all these thermonuclear devices
was in the order of megatons. Since the perfection in fission technology has reached a stage going beyond 30
kilotons yield, there is no need to think of thermonuclear device if it is not in the range of
several megatons. What is the yield of India’s first thermonuclear explosion? It is not even 30 kilotons, if
we are to go by the seismic data gathered by reliable seismic centres of the world. Thus looking from the
yield angle, India’s first thermonuclear explosion is a failure. The scientists concerned owe an explanation to
the nation for getting it publicised as a `spectacular success’.

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Tehreek e taliban admits RAW link

May 13, 2009

Arrested militants name RAW, Afghan agency for funding

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

By MAK Lodhi

LAHORE: The three arrested members of a militants’ gang especially deputed by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan have disclosed that RAW has been funding suicide bomb attacks in Pakistan and that the Indian agency has funnelled Rs 680 million through its links with the Afghan secret agency.

The gang of three persons have brazenly admitted that they belong to the group of persons who had been deputed to ‘destabilise democratic Pakistan’ with the sole purpose of ‘enforcement of Shariah’ in the country.

Operators of an intelligence agency, working beyond the call of their duty, came into contact with a source ready for a tip-off against a reward and led to the arrest of Khurram Ishtiaq, Ghulam Mustafa and Shamim. The persons had been working under Qari Hussain, second-in-command to Baitullah Mehsud. All the three had been arrested on Aug 13 this year while they were on the prowl for a target. The militants had been arrested ‘red-handed’ as they possessed complete suicide kits, including two jackets and 70kg of explosives and detonators.

The accused were hardened militants and took a lot of time to break in and make confessions. They revealed that Qari Hussain had been working to help three adjutants—Farukh Usman alias Shahjee, Tayyab alias Baba; Ustad, the trainer to destabilise democratic government.

Qari Hussain, the leader, prepares suicide bombers and dispatches them throughout Pakistan. He also manages funds for the splinter groups from RAW which works in collusion with the Afghan intelligence agency RAM.

Farukh Usman works as Qari’s deputy and runs the sub-setup to carry out attacks in Lahore in particular and Punjab in general. He was the mastermind of suicide attacks on FIA building, Naval War College, Model Town, Lahore High Court and PAF bus in Sargodha, the investigation has revealed.

Tayyab alias Baba mainly deals with Rawalpindi/Islamabad. He was the man behind blasts at Aabpara Market and Marriott Hotel. The third person known only as Ustad is an expert of making bombs. He is said to be of Indian origin and he ‘works with a vengeance’. He is the man who leads suicide bombers to the marked site of the blast.

The investigation revealed that there are two sub-teams: three persons of one team work under Ustad. Two of the arrested persons—Shahmim Alam alias Sohail alias Kashif alias Uncle and Khurram Ishtiaq alias Ibrahim—have been active members of the TTP and worked under direct guidance of Ustad.

Shamim was the facilitator. His task was to distribute funds to suicide bombers at the behest of Qari Hussain and Tayyab@Baba. Being educated and a well-dressed civilian-look-alike, he was assigned another important job of providing ‘reconnaissance of the target area’.

He possesses the canny ability of mixing up with urbanites. Khurram Ishtiaq alias Ibrahim is a well-trained militant. His job is to harbour suicide bombers at a secret venue till they are led to the area of operation to carry out the job. The third person of this setup, Sajid, is a resident of Ali Khel, Waziristan. It is not certain whether his services were ‘utilized’ or made his escape good.

Another team which works under Farrukh Usman alias Shahjee includes Bablu, Rehan, Ghulam Mustafa @Asif (the third arrested person) and Abdul Rahim. Bablu’s assignment is to provide explosives at the nick of time when the suicide bombers have been finally prepared to perform the ‘sacred feat’.

Ghulam Mustafa and Abdul Rahim, a diehard Jehadi serve as guards and take care that none of perpetrators shows his back and become a deserter. In that case, there is only one choice left and that too leads one to heavens.

Former boss of the intelligence agency, Tariq Lodhi, had recommended a reward and commendation for the team who apprehended the culprits but they say their new boss Shoaib Suddle turned it down on the grounds that agency operators just did their job and no reward should be given for performing duty.

The team members disclosed that they had arrested two prime targets during Pervaiz Musharraf regime and they both had a head money of $5 million each but the reward money was shared by the two premier agencies instead passing it on to the individuals who had arrested them on their own initiative.

The team has long been working on the intelligence of militants but they got the culprits apprehended through a middleman who is ready to divulge more but “only if he is rewarded for the catch.”

The team claims that it could reach out to Qari Hussain and his gang and thus eliminate the danger of suicide blasts in Pakistan by 90 percent. Talking to The News on the condition of not divulging their names, they said, “We neither have free hand nor enough resources to break the hornet’s nest.”

CIA’s war against Pakistan gets into high gear

May 13, 2009

CIA’s war against Pakistan gets into high gear
NOV
3Written by: Zaid Hamid
11/3/2008 6:40 AM

For the first time, there is panic in Langley over success of Pakistani strategy in tribal areas. This seems bizarre but this is the reality of the dirty game being played by American and their proxies in Indian and Afghan secret services. The CIA’s game is falling apart in tribal areas and they are getting more and more ruthless and sinister.

Before we get onto details, let us refresh what we wrote last week. It is all building up and now dots can be easily connected.

We had written:

On the western front, US continue to create security issues for Pakistan . The US strategy is strange to say the least if not downright sinister. Within Afghanistan , US is involved in direct talks and dialogue with most hard core Taliban leaders. But in Pakistani tribal areas, where only the local Pakistan Taliban are based, US want Pakistan army to wage a full fledged war!! The fact of the matter is that local Pakistani Taliban like Baitullah Mehsud or his likes are only fighting the State of Pakistan and NOT the Americans inside Afghanistan . In fact, there is clear evidence to suggest that US and India are actually patronizing and protecting these terrorist assets operating against State of Pakistan. Also, these local Taliban or their allies are no threat to US or its allies anywhere in the world. So, why is US so keen to force Pakistan into a bloody war inside its own tribal areas? The reason is obvious it is another chapter in CIA’s dirty war to create enough anarchy in Pakistan to justify its case against Pakistan ‘s nuke assets.

It would be a tight balancing act for army and ISI. They know the CIA game plan and have been bitten seriously by their allies already in this secret covert war against the State. Army was forced and then duped to fight a war which was not its own.

US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan is NOT Pakistan ‘s war. The war by CIA’s backed militant assets against the State, army and ISI has been forced upon Pakistan due to US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan . The way to fight this war is NOT just to push it away from within but also to extinguish from its source the US invasion of Afghanistan . It seems that while Pakistan fights local Taliban it will also have to confront US on this fundamental issue.

For the past 7 years, it is Pakistan which was taking the losses in the tribal areas while Indians and CIA, based in Afghanistan, created their own assets and ruthless militias to draw in and fight Pakistan into a protracted war within its own borders.While Pakistan took the losses, Indians and CIA were happy at supporting, funding and pushing more and more funds, explosives and equipment to their assets in the tribal areas. It was around 2005 when Pakistani realized for the first time that it is being double crossed by its allies in the name of war on terror and shifted gears to identify the “good Taliban” from the “bad Taliban”. It was quickly established that out of hundreds of small and large groups operating in the tribal areas, they can be safely classified into 4 categories.

Afghan Taliban led by Mullah Omar, Jalal uddin Haqqani and Gulbadin hekmatyar. These are all Afghans and none of them have ever declared war against Pakistan despite some very harsh treatment meted out to them by Pakistan under Musharraf era.

The local “good Taliban” who were Pakistanis and had sympathies with Afghan Taliban but were not against the State of Pakistan and never wanted to fight the Pakistan army of the State. Peace deals were signed with nek Muhemmed in south Wazrisistan, Mullah Nazir in south Waziristan and Haji Gul Bahadur in North Waziristan . CIA immediately eliminated nek Muhemmed to be replaced with one of their own assets Baitullah mehsud !! That was the time when the CIA game was really exposed to ISI and Pakistani security establishment.

The “Bad Taliban”, CIA and RAW assets who were only fighting the State of Pakistan and not the US inside Afghanistan . Baitullah mehsud, Mullah fadlullah and Lal masjid brigade fell in this category. US have never attacked Baitullah mehsud even once and are protecting him with all their resources despite repeated requests by Pakistan to take out the most wanted terrorist.

Fourth category of militants were local brigands, gangsters, criminals and highway men who were exploiting the local environment and made their own gangs in the name of Taliban but were neither fighting the Americans nor wished to face Pakistan army. They just harassed local population and fought sectarian wars within. Mangal Bagh near Peshawar is one such a case to be noted. It was this Mangal Bagh threat which was presented by media as someone about to capture Peshawar J !

In the last one year or so, Pakistan has signed multiple peace deals with “Good Taliban”, isolated the bad guys and finally has struck the “Bad Taliban” very hard. This has brought the entire axis of CIA backed militants under severe pressure from two sides. Loyalist tribes and militants are now also attacking and isolating anti-Pakistan militants and for the first time, the TTP, the terrorist setup run by Baitullah mehsud is taking most severe beating. Baitullah’s own brother has been killed and their allies in Khar are considering surrender. Local tribes are now up in arms against them and the tide is finally turning in Pakistan ‘s favor.

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TTP suspends activities in Mamond
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By Anwarullah Khan
KHAR, Oct 31: Tehrik-i-Taliban has unilaterally suspended its activities in the Mamond area of Bajaur, according to a spokesman of the militia. “Yes, Taliban have unilaterally suspended their activities after negotiations with local elders, but it doesn’t mean that we have surrendered our weapons,” Maulvi Omar told Dawn on phone from an unspecified place on Friday….

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= nat1.htm&date=20081101

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Baitullah’s brother killed
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By Our Correspondent
BANNU, Oct 26: A younger brother of Baitullah Mehsud, the chief of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan , was killed by armed men in Bannu on Sunday morning. Police recovered the body from the ring road near Nullah Kashu…..

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top9.htm&date=20081027

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Bajaur militants agree to surrender unconditionally
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By Anwarullah Khan
KHAR, Oct 29: A number of militant commanders in Bajaur expressed willingness on Wednesday to unconditionally lay down arms and stop attacks on government personnel and installations. It is learnt that the commanders, who attended a jirga of Barmakazai and Oryazai tribes of Mamond tehsil, agreed to surrender and give an undertaking to the political authorities about their good conduct…..

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top3.htm&date=20081030

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Tribesmen stand up to Taliban; lose 12, kill 7
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By Hameedullah Khan
MINGORA, Oct 26: Twelve jirga members were executed and seven militants, including commander Mulla Shamsher, were killed in fighting between a tribal force and militants loyal to radical cleric Maulana Fazlullah in Swat valley on Sunday. Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan said Mulla Shamsher Ali, two other militants and 12 members of a Lashkar were killed in the clash….

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top3.htm&date=20081027

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Taliban supporters surrender
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By Anwarullah Khan
KHAR, Oct 28: A number of supporters of militants surrendered to the Mamond lashkar on Tuesday amid reports that tribal volunteers have consolidated their positions in the Bajaur region. Assistant Political Agent Mohammad Jamil told Dawn that Taliban’s supporters in Daber, Shakaro, Shahi Tangi and Kherkai areas of the Mamond subdivision had laid down arms before a jirga, renounced militancy and vowed to fight against the Taliban….. ..

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= nat2.htm&date=20081029

The entire CIA game plan was about to collapse. They had to spring into action and they did with vengeance. Now CIA is only targeting those militants who have signed peace deals with Pakistan and have joined hands with Pakistan army to isolate and hunt the terrorist TTP gangs. This is most sinister, ruthless and criminal betrayals of entire Pakistani State , society and nation by the CIA and US. It is not just CIA’s secret war. The entire US foreign policy is behind this dirty and sick plan.

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Official rationalises raids in ‘badlands’
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LONDON , Oct 31: A country should have the right to attack another if it is harbouring a potential terrorist threat, according to the US homeland security chief.
In remarks appearing to justify recent US raids in Pakistan and Syria , Michael Chertoff said international law should accommodate a country’s need to deter a possible threat abroad even if it meant taking pre-emptive action. His comments follow recent secret raids by US forces into Pakistan and Syria that drew condemnation from those countries… .

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top2.htm&date=20081101

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Suspected US strike kills seven
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ISLAMABAD , Oct 26: Suspected US spy drones fired missiles on Sunday into an alleged militant compound in a tribal area bordering Afghanistan , killing at least seven people, security officials said. The air strike in South Waziristan was the latest in a string of attacks on Pakistani soil that have raised tensions between Islamabad and Washington …..

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top2.htm&date=20081027

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Commander among 20 killed in US drone raid
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By Our Correspondent
WANA, Oct 27: An important Taliban commander, Muhammad Omar, was among 20 militants killed in a missile attack by a US drone in Shakai area of South Waziristan on Sunday night, sources said. They said that Omar’s two elder brothers, Eida Jan and Shakum, and three nephews were also killed in the midnight air strike. Eida Jan was also harbouring militants in the area……

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top8.htm&date=20081028

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US double blow kills 21 in Waziristan
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Dawn Report
MIRAMSHAH / WANA, Oct 31: An Al Qaeda militant was among at least 21 people killed in two missile attacks by US drones in North and South Waziristan on Friday night.
According to a security official, Iraqi national Abdur Rehman Abu Akash was among 20 people killed in the…

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top1.htm&date=20081101

Now that puts the client government of Mr. Zardari in a real fix. On one hand, they have been placed through a CIA orchestrated “free and fair” democratic elections to make sure that US gets what it wants but on the other hand, they have to present a face of some modesty as well against a hostile local mood. A tough balancing act for totally corrupt and subservient government.

US remains arrogant and have already dismisses the resolution passed by the weak rubber stamp parliament against the US raids. US have made it clear. It will continue to attack and kill all pro-Pakistan militants while protecting its assets to continue waging their war against Pakistan . The war has already been declared, even though hidden under the façade of diplomatic niceties.

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Strong protest lodged over drone attacks
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By Baqir Sajjad Syed
ISLAMABAD , Oct 29: The Foreign Office summoned US Ambassador Anne W. Patterson on Wednesday and lodged a protest against recent drone attacks on Pakistan ‘s territory.
Spokesman Mohammad Sadiq said that a ‘strong protest’ had been lodged with the ambassador.. ..

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top9.htm&date=20081030

The funny thing is that within Afghanistan, US is even willing to drop Mullah Omar from the list of wanted terrorists and have now initiated a peace process with Afghan Taliban !!. The US losses in Afghanistan are now staggeringly high and it is an unsustainable war for the US and NATO alliance. They have decided to change their tactics and strategy. Now Taliban are being lured into a dialogue process. It has already begun. Even friendly countries like Saudi Arabia and Turkey are getting involved. Pakistan is also considering initiating talks with Karzai and Mullah Omar. The condition of US is getting desperate and they want an end to fighting in Afghanistan . But this law does not apply in Pakistani tribal areas where CIA is waging a ruthless war.

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US willing to hold talks with Taliban, says report
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By Anwar Iqbal and Masood Haider
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Oct 28: The US is willing to hold direct talks with elements of the Taliban in an effort to quell unrest in Afghanistan, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing unidentified Bush administration officials.The Washington Post reported that Taliban leader Mullah Omar had shown openness to the idea of repudiating Al Qaeda, which encouraged the Bush administration to explore the possibility of holding direct talks with the militia….. .

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top4.htm&date=20081029

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Mini-jirga urges joint strategy to bring peace
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By Baqir Sajjad Syed
ISLAMABAD , Oct 27: A mini-jirga between Pakistan and Afghanistan began on Monday with calls for a joint strategy to bring peace to the two countries. At the inaugural session, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the participants: “Both Pakistan and Afghanistan need peace…..

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top4.htm&date=20081028

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Islamabad and Kabul agree on contacts with militants
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By Baqir Sajjad Syed
ISLAMABAD , Oct 28: The first Pak-Afghan mini-Jirga formally decided to hold talks with militants in their respective areas of control if the Taliban agreed to adhere to the countries’ constitutions. However, the jirga dropped the condition that militants should first renounce violence. Both Kabul and Islamabad had earlier insisted that talks with the Taliban would be possible only if the militants laid down arms and renounced violence. But, the declaration adopted at the end of the mini-jirga only talked about “urgent and imperative need of dialogue and negotiations with opposition groups in both countries with a view to finding a peaceful settlement of the ongoing conflict, upholding the supremacy of constitutions of both countries”… …

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top3.htm&date=20081029

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Turkish PM hosts talks between Gilani, Karzai
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ISTANBUL , Oct 30: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Afghan President Hamid Karzai discussed efforts to restore peace in the region at a meeting here on Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government wants to help mediate regional issues. The leaders met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum to discuss regional security issues, with focus on countering extremism and terrorism… .

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top3.htm&date=20081031

If anyone feels that our analysis is too hypothetical and poised at being biased, we would suggest them to read about operation Northwood, a classic CIA operation with all its sinister and dark attributes which the US spy master is capable of. For normal humans, these are unthinkable options. For CIA, this is daily business. The same is now being done in Pakistan and Pakistani tribal areas and these times their tool for mass slaughter and murder is TTP of Baitullah Mehsud, which is now under pressure from Pakistan army. There is a reason why these drones are operated by CIA and NOT by US military!!!

1. Operation Northwoods – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Operation Northwoods, or Northwoods, was a false flag conspiracy plan, proposed within the United States government in 1962. The plan called for CIA or …
en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods

2. OPERATION NORTHWOODS: US PLANNED FAKE TERROR ATTACKS ON CITIZENS …
Code named Operation Northwoods, the plan, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent …
whatreallyhappened. com/WRHARTICLES/northwoods.html

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Pakistan has very serious problem: US
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WASHINGTON, Oct 29: The United States said on Wednesday it was ready to discuss Pakistan’s “very serious problem” with extremism anytime authorities there wished to, but vowed no let-up in counter-terrorism efforts. Declining to comment specifically on suspected US strikes along the border with Afghanistan , White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said: “We are committed to working with Pakistan to beat back what is a common enemy in the terrorists.”. ..

http://www.dawn. com/cgi-bin/ dina.pl?file= top10.htm&date=20081030

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FO admits ties with US strained
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By Baqir Sajjad Syed
ISLAMABAD , Oct 31: The Foreign Office on Friday indirectly admitted that Islamabad ‘s relations with Washington were strained over the handling of militancy “politically and diplomatically” . “We are passing through a difficult period strategically, politically and, of course, the situation on the border with Afghanistan is complex,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Sadiq said during a press briefing in reply to a question about Pakistan-US relations… .

Pakistan expanding its nuclear capability

May 13, 2009

On the dusty plain 110 miles southwest of Islamabad, not far from an area controlled by the Taliban, two large new structures are rising, structures that in light of Pakistan’s internal troubles must be considered ominous for the stability of South Asia and, for that matter, the world.

Without any public U.S. reproach, Pakistan is building two of the developing world’s largest plutonium production reactors, which experts say could lead to improvements in the quantity and quality of the country’s nuclear arsenal, now estimated at 60 to 80 weapons.

What makes the project even more threatening is that it is unique.

“Pakistan is really the only country rapidly building up its nuclear forces,” says a U.S. intelligence official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the classified nature of the issue, noting that the nations that first developed nuclear weapons are now reducing their arsenals.

Moreover, he and other U.S. officials say, there long have been concerns about those who run the facility where the reactors are being built near the town of Khushab. They note that a month before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Khushab’s former director met with Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and offered a nuclear weapons tutorial around an Afghanistan campfire.

Then there are the billions in U.S. economic and military aid that have permitted Pakistan’s military to divert resources to nuclear and other weapons projects.

Bottom line: Khushab exemplifies all of the dangers posed by the Pakistani nuclear weapons program.
source : For more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30648446/

RAW network in Afghanistan behind Pak destabilisation

May 12, 2009

RAW network in Afghanistan behind Pak destabilisation
Akhtar Jamal
http://www.pakobserver.net/200812/30/news/topstories04.asp

IslamabadAccording to informed sources Indian intelligence officials working in the disguise of diplomats in Embassy and Consulates in Afghanistan have set up a vast network to destabilize FATA, Northern Areas and Balochistan engaging dozens of Afghan-Indians, drug dealers and Afghan warlords.
According to sources several agents hired by the RAW but captured recently in FATA, Waziristan and Southern Eastern areas have provided extensive details claiming that the Indians had managed to penetrate deeply in collaboration with allies in the region.
According to one spy who was recently killed by Taliban an Indian intelligence official named as C.R. Garg working as Attaché and P.S. to Indian Ambassador in Kabul had recently offered as much as US$2000-3200 per foreigner killed in Pakistan.
The spy was given a telephone number for urgent contacts. Another Indian senior official named as Malkit Chand also working as Third Secretary (Education) & Director (Indian Cultural Centre) was engaged in transferring Pakistani Baloch students from Afghanistan to India for special training and financial assistance. Balochi students particularly the children of Baloch refugees are being offered upto US$ 200-300 per month if they agree to proceed to India.
Chandra Mohan Mishra a Third Secretary at Indian Embassy in Kabul and J. Baby working as an Attaché (Technical) have also held several meetings with Blaoch militants during mid-2008.
Other Indian intelligence officials engaged in financing and sending Pakistani youths from tribal areas to several other Central Asian states and Middle East are posted in Consulate General of India, Mazar-i-Sharif are Dinesh Behari working as a Consul and D. N. Dutta working as a Vice Consul in Mazar-i-Sharif.
Two spies recently arrested in tribal areas were carrying Thuraya satellite phone numbers 00-873-763095858 and 00-873-763095867 and 0700501385 which belonged to Indian intelligence officials inside Afghanistan.
Another Indian agents Sanjay Asthana working as Vice Consul in Habibabad,, Jallalabad was in touch with his assets using phone/fax number as 0797638744.
An Indian official based in Herat, Manohar Gangesh working as Consul and is posted at the Indian Consulate. He was in contact with local agents who organize secret meetings and trainings for so-callled Islamic militants.
A militant leader claimed that he discovered the telephone number of a senior Indian Intelligence official Raju Balakrishnan working as a diplomat and Vice Consul in Herat as 0799427738 from the possession of a recently captured spy after his detailed interrogation.

Western troop build-up sows alarm in Pakistan

May 12, 2009

Western troop build-up sows alarm in Pakistan
Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:12pm BST
By Haji Mujtaba
MIRANSHAH, Pakistan (Reuters) – A build up of Western coalition forces on the Afghan border spread alarm on Tuesday among villagers in the Pakistani tribal region of North Waziristan, a known stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda militants.
The deployment will add to a mounting sense of foreboding in Pakistan that U.S. ground troops could be ordered into Pakistan on covert missions or hot pursuit to eliminate militants fuelling an insurgency in Afghanistan that appears stronger than ever.
An intelligence official, who requested anonymity, and villagers said hundreds of coalition troops had been airlifted to a border area opposite the village of Lowara Mandi.

“The movement of troops started last night,” the intelligence official said, adding that armoured vehicles and heavy weaponry had been brought in with them.

A villager said he could clearly see the troops.
“They were brought by helicopters. They are at the zero point,” Akmal Khan, a resident of Lowara Mandi, told Reuters, referring to the disputed international boundary.

“They haven’t moved towards this side.”

The deployment is in the vicinity of Camp Tillman, a forward operating base for U.S. forces that has come under regular rocket and mortar attack in the past.

The Pakistani military spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas said it was probably a routine movement and the media had created “unnecessary hype”.

Late last week a Pakistani newspaper, the News, reported large numbers of U.S. troops being moved close to the border between Afghanistan’s Khost province and Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region just to the northeast of North Waziristan.

A military spokesman at Bagram Air Base north of Kabul said the U.S.-led coalition did not comment on troop movements.

DEADLY FRONTIER

on Sunday, nine U.S. soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters overran their outpost near the border between the eastern Afghan province of Kunar and Bajaur, another militant-infested Pakistani tribal region.

The soldiers had only moved into the outpost days earlier and defences were not fully constructed. Their deaths marked the biggest single American loss in Afghanistan since 2005.

A Taliban spokesman in Bajaur welcomed the build up on the border as a chance to kill more Americans.

“It’s a gift that they’re coming here on our land and making it easy for us to kill our enemies, the enemies of Muslims,” Taliban spokesman, Maulvi Omar, told Reuters.
A series of incidents along the border, including drone aircraft missile attacks and cross-border firing, have fuelled fears in Pakistan that the U.S. military may be moving to a more offensive strategy having hitherto refrained from unleashing ground forces in Pakistani territory.
Western powers have been alarmed both by mounting casualties among troops in Afghanistan and by intelligence assessments that al Qaeda could organise strikes on Western soil having regrouped in tribal areas under Taliban protection.
U.S. operations inside Pakistan would risk turning more fiercely independent tribesmen towards militancy, and undermine Pakistani sovereignty at a time when a new civilian government is trying to assert authority in the turbulent nuclear-armed state.
The new government has sought the help of tribal elders to reach peace deals with militants, but there has been a spike in attacks in Afghanistan while Pakistan has held talks.
The U.S.-led coalition and NATO-led peacekeepers have around 71,000 troops in Afghanistan, 38 percent more than a year ago.
Pakistan has up to 90,000 troops stationed in border areas, and has lost more than 1,000 men fighting the militants since late 2003, yet it is dogged by accusations that it has failed to do enough to stop fighters crossing into Afghanistan.
For its part, Pakistan has said that Western and Afghan forces have failed to properly guard their side of the frontier.
Afghan officials suspect Pakistan has allowed the Taliban to survive in order to re-establish influence in Kabul once Western countries eventually withdraw their troops.
Pakistan denies the allegations, and successive governments have stated their desire to see Afghanistan stabilise.

(With reporting by Zeeshan Haider and Kamran Haider; writing by Simon Cameron-Moore; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

Raw backing Taliban

May 11, 2009


Arrested Afghan fighter reveals… RAW agents active in FATA unrest F.P. Report

“PARACHINAR: An Afghan fighter who was recently arrested by the local people has revealed that Indian RAW agents have been actively involved in the ongoing Taliban movement in FATA for fufilling thier own agenda. According to details this and many more secrets were revealed by him in front of representatives of civil society and mediamen at kurram Agency at Village Bugzai, the strongest hold of Taliban millitants. The arrested person told his name is Paayow Gul Mengal and he belongs to Paktia province of Afghanistan.

He further disclosed that he had come to Kurram Agency as fighter to fight for the Jihad along with Taliban.But he was caught by the brave local tribals of Kurram Agency. Mengal said that he and his family received two thousand US dollars per month from one of the centre of India in Paktia province.

He further said that he has already fought Jihad as partner with Taliban in Waziristan and Bajaur Agency prior to his third attempt to fight for Jihad in Kurram Agency against a particular sect but he was caught red handed this time. Mengal said, “I salute to the bravery of local population of Kurram Agency who are fighting with armed Lashkars from Waziristan,Kyber,Orakzai,Bajaur and other parts of FATA with addition to southren districts of NWFP and Khost plus Paktia province of neighbouring Afghanistan.

Paayow Gul Mengal further revealed that Taliban Tehrik Pakistan leadership and policies are actualy governed by India and that on Pak-Afghan border from Kurram, Khyber, Bajaur to Chaman in Balochistan dozens of Indian RAW centres are active both in Afghanistan and Pakistan where fighters are trained for Jihad, he added.

After these secrets gained from the RAW agents and many more documents and weapons recovered from the Taliban the local tribals said that our law enforcing agencies are silent spectator and failed to stop the armed Lashkar of Taliban millitants from other parts of FATA, Southren districts of NWFP with addition to Khost and Paktia Province of Afghnistan. The local tribals also showed suicide jackets and drugs used for addiction by Taliban militants with addition to heavy weapons.

Later on Payyow Gul Mengal was released according to tribal traditions as the man who lays down weapons and request for his life with addition to respect of holy month of Ramazan. The local tribals allowed him to go home when he assured that he will never do such act of terrorism again.

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/News.aspx?ncat=ts&nid=2202&ad=02-09-2008

PAKISTAN’S ROGUE NO 2: Rehman “Double Agent” Malik

May 11, 2009


Who is this Rehman Malik and why is he in the news for not so good reasons. And why is he still being kept in the government even when he can not be trusted as the items below will show:

Background:

“Rehman Malik rose to dizzying heights from a lowly grade 13 or 14 officer. Stories of Malik trying to worm his way through by bribing his seniors are still fresh in our minds. Come promotion time, he’d turn up at their homes with trays laden with designer suits. By golly, it worked!” [1]

Naseerullah Babar had tried to warn Benazir Bhutto to get a reliable security advisor as her potential murderers would have to come from within her party. He had advised against this third class officer to be part of her security chief. Malik was FIA chief and would report to Babar and his disapproval of Malik can be seen in the quoted article.

He was soon to replace Amin Fahim as Benazir’s dealer of the military and was the primary negotiator of the NRO: http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=66184

Rehman Malik and illegal money:
http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/print.asp?page=2007%5C05%5C31%5Cstory_31-5-2007_pg1_4

He is known to have a lot of money illegally during Benazir’s time through corruption and money laundering.

Links with Foreign Agents:

Rehman Malik had dealings with Mosad and FBI during Benazir’s government

http://www.fas.org/irp/world/pakistan/fia/index.html

Benazir Bhutto appointed Rehman Malik as chief of the Federal Investigation Agency which then launched a secret war against the Islamists, which amounted to a direct attack on the ISI. The Pakistani military was equally dismayed by reports of FIA contacts with the Israeli secret service, the MOSSAD, to investigate Islamist terrorists. The FIA leadership under Bhutto also angered Islamist elements because they allowed the extradited Ramzi Yousaf to the US for trial on the New York Trade Centre Bombing. One of the first acts of President Leghari after dismissing Benazir Bhutto on 05 November 1996 was to imprison the Ghulam Asghar, head of FIA, suspended on non specified corruption charges, and Rehman Malik, Addl. Director General FIA, was also arrested.

http://www.rense.com/general25/team.htm

Working for Ejaz Shah, Tariq Aziz and Nadeem Taj

Rehman Malik had established good relations with the Musharraf, DG MI Ashfaq Kiyani, DG ISI Nadeem Taj and other top brass of Pakistani Army. When Benazir mentioned that the notorious Ejaz Shah, who was DG IB, and also known as the “handler of Osama bin Laden”, might be involved in the attack on her, Malik was summoned by DG ISI Nadeem Taj. The security provided to him was unprecedented because Ejaz Shah had accompanied him to the GHQ in order to work things out with DG ISI Taj and Rehman Malik.

“Earlier, Rehman Malik was taken aback when he was given extraordinary protocol at the Islamabad airport. He found dozens of top security and protocol officers receiving him inside the plane. A bulletproof car was specially parked close to the plane and he was taken out of the Islamabad airport amid tight security, which is not even available to the federal ministers.” [2]

What was this secret meeting all about? Why was he flown to meet Ejaz Shah who was one of the possible killers of Benazir as said by her? Why was Ejaz Shah present at this meeting to discuss security of Benazir when he was being alleged to be behind Oct 18 attack on Benazir? Rehman Malik did not respond to journalists when they came to know about the meeting and asked for his opinion:

“Talking to The News, Rehman Malik confirmed his meeting with DG ISI, but refused to comment on the nature of his talks. On the issue of extraordinary security provided to him by the government, Malik said, they had some concerns about my security and they acted on their own.”

Rehman Malik was the chief negotiator of Musharraf-Benazir deal and had established many key connections which he uses till now.

Suspicious activities around Benazir’s Assassination

First Interview of Rehman Malik, within hours of BB’s Death:

All videos and details can be seen here: http://pkpolitics.com/2008/01/04/fishy-character-rehman-malik

* RM claims that his car was 4 feet away from BB’s car during incident and he also claims that he did not hear gunshots?
* Although being BB’s Chief Security Office (CSO), he did bother to call anyone in BB’s car [Naheed Khan, Amin Faheem, SP Major Imtiaz, Safdar Abbasi & 2 other persons]
* As per his understanding, BB was safe and this is what he told the Geo TV after the explosion.
* He says that they stopped at the Hospital and found that BB’s car was not coming. He took a U turn from there and found that BB’s car had already entered hospital and there was lots of crowd over there.
* He said that he was trying his best to get the custody of dead body As Soon As Possible from the Hospital. Why he wasn’t bothered about further investigation when he has been a Director General of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)?

Rauf Klasra of The News claims that:

* Brigadier Cheema officially told on TV that BB was safe after confirming from CSO RM, who himself said the same on Geo TV
* As the tire of BB’s car got burst after the explosion, Major Imtiaz moved BB to Shery’s car after traveling a short distance
* RM went directly to Bilawal House in Islamabad and confined himself there until Zardari reached Islamabad from Dubai
* Babar Awan sitting next to RM says that they directly went to Bilawal House in Islamabad assuming that BB was okay and she was directly following their car.
* Once Babar found that BB did not reach Islamabad, Babar immediately rushed back towards Rawalpindi and RM did not accompany him to Rawalpindi.

Babar’s statement (who was sitting next to RM) is in complete contradiction to RM’s claim that:

* They returned to hospital from next U-Turn (as told to Iftikhar of Geo)
* They stopped the car when they could not see lights of BB’s car anymore

Link to Rauf Klasra’s Article

Last but not least, the suspicious person with strange antics standing close to BB while she was addressing at Liaqat Baagh, was hired on special recommendation of Rehman Malik. This person, Khalid Shahinshah who was personal servant of BB, might have known about the explosion in the advance which could be the reason he rushed into the armored car before everyone else.

The Post says that:

PPP sources have reported that the moment Benazir ended her address, this (servant) man was the first one to dive into her bullet proof Land Cruiser; an unusual change from past routine whilst he always boarded the vehicle after Benazir, often hanging by the external pedestals of her Cruiser, as was evident in videos.

One other household servant and Dr Safdar Abbassi got seated in the rear portion of the Cruiser, and when the suicide bomber blew himself apart, Khalid was also present in the Cruiser. Afterwards he (Khalid) went over to the Zardari House, Islamabad where he lived for two days, and did not visit Naudero despite Benazir’s death, making it there on third day. When informed about the video of his antics he promptly disappeared from the scene, over the excuse of his mother’s death.

Post Assassination:

http://www.makepakistanbetter.com/Why_how_what_forum.asp?PageNo=&GroupID=5&ArticleID=2716

Rehman Malik is a buddy of Tariq Aziz. His wife runs Nasir Nursing Home in Rawalpindi and his brothers in law do not die their identity as being Qadyanis. Rehman Malik is thus a bridge between Musharraf and Zardari. Fatima Bhutto (Read her interview in today’s Nation newspaper) blames specifically Asif Zardari for assassinating Murtaza Bhutto. Rehman Malik was the right hand man of Zardari and hence his role due to his high position in FIA makes him even more suspicious.

Rehman Malik who drives very fast on Islamabad streets breaking all laws, is trying to be over-smart and trying to stop restoration of judges and sacking of thoroughly corrupt and yes men judges ( How can they be judges when are bootlickers of dictators?) Rehman Malik had in hand with Farooq Naik are toeing Uncle SAM’s dirty lines and policies which are in fact 100% Satanic and anti people. Uncle SAM (Sub-animal materialism) does not free judiciary and true democracy in any Muslim country. So through dirty and behind the scene games Human Satans are playing their dirty games. Certainly such people must not be in any Government position and must be fired. Mr. Nawaz Sharif as well as all other political parties must demand his immediate expulsion. Rehman Malik played key role in induction of terrorists in Sind Cabinet which now contains over 13 proven die hard terrorists as ministers! CIA and International Zionism played key role in induction of MQM terrorists who carried out May 12 2007 Karachi Carnage and burnt lawyers alive on 9th April, 2008 are in the folds of PPP Sind Government as Uncle SAM demanded. How people of Sind will live peacefully and progress amidst these fully protected terrorists? Against the Shar (Mischief) of all these human Satans and Jin Satans we take Allah’s protection who is the Rabb of Falak and People as well the King and the God of all human beings.

Prof. (Dr.) Anwar Ul Haque

Rehman Malik let Benazir’s killer and his close friend Ejaz Shah flee the country

Ejaz Shah Headed Downunder

April 29th, 2008 Arif Rafiq Posted in Ejaz Shah |

The previous Intelligence Bureau chief Ejaz Shah–accused by Benazir Bhutto of plotting the assassination attempt on her in Karachi–has been allowed to leave the country for Australia. The purpose and duration of his visit is unclear, but it’s worth noting that Pervez Musharraf, a close friend of his, attempted to post him as high commissioner to that country in 2004, but the Aussies seemed to have objected.

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message480663/pg1

Bhutto’s MOSSAD security detail Quote

Benazir Bhutto appointed Rehman Malik as chief of the Federal Investigation Agency which then launched a secret war against the Islamists, which amounted to a direct attack on the ISI. The Pakistani military was equally dismayed by reports of FIA contacts with the Israeli secret service, the MOSSAD, to investigate Islamist terrorists

visit http://www.globalsecurity.org

At her side today is Rehman Malik, a former Pakistan intelligence chief who followed Bhutto into exile and has become one of her key backers and advisers.

REHMAN MALIK, FORMER PAKISTANI INTELLIGENCE CHIEF: If you say people keep saying a lie, again and again, and again and again, it becomes true. And now it is our turn to say the truth again and again so people should know that she was not corrupt, she was never corrupt.

Malik has been central in negotiating her return and in negotiating an amnesty from any corruption charges with military ruler President Musharraf.

BENAZIR BHUTTO: We have not done any deal. We have held negotiations for the transition to democracy and certain initial positive developments have taken place in that regard.

Beyond the party faithful, her arrangement with General Musharraf has been viewed with cynicism. She’s portrayed as propping up a failing dictator to secure her own amnesty and share of power, but apparently they have more in common than many have assumed.

REPORTER: So there are similarities?

REHMAN MALIK: There are similarities. Moreover, we don’t want terrorism, General Musharraf doesn’t want terrorism, the international community doesn’t want terrorism. So this is a very common place thing, a very common issue?

news.sbs.com.au

It was Rehman Malik who initially told the press BB had been shot twice. In a bullet proof car?

Smells of double agent false flag assassination. Not Pervez despite 911 connection/ Remember FRAMED 7/7 Pakistani bombers. This is JWO region destabilisation and Balkanisation plan. Same as Iraq.

Plus

Paki nukes give falseflag terror a ramp up and excuse to invade

Rehman Malik goes to ALL major meetings even Negroponte, Peterson, etc

http://www.karachipage.com/news/Mar_08/032608.html

He does not know anything about the judges issue but is in the committee..

He also has been the one responsible for the delay of the polls.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=14559

EC confirms Malik’s key role in by-polls delay Thursday, May 08, 2008

By Ansar Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: The controversy behind the postponement of the by-elections deepened on Wednesday when the Election Commission Secretary Kanwar Dilshad revealed that he had received a phone call from Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik, who had asked for a delay. This confirms a similar claim by the NWFP government. As Dilshad’s statement to The News firmly established that Rehman Malik was the man who had successfully executed the controversial postponement, it was still unclear who, between the Zardari House and the presidency, actually authored the script of the so-called conspiracy.

Rehman Malik was involved either directly or indirectly in Benazir’s death

He is close friends with Musharraf’s aides

Close friends with Ejaz Shah, the person responsible for Benazir’s Assassination

Already known to have acted on a conspiracy for the Presidency.

[1] http://www.dawn.com/weekly/dmag/archive/071028/dmag16.htm
[2] http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=76915

References

http://united4justice.wordpress.com/2008/05/10/rehman-double-agent-malik-emergency-mailing-list/

Is Geo TV a CNN affiliate or is it the psy-ops wing of the CIA?

May 10, 2009


Just because it is in Urdu doesn’t make it true! Just because it was broadcast by a Pakistani channel doesn’t make it right! Just because it shows the Pakistani flag doesn’t mean it it loyal to Pakistan or patriotic.

By Moin Ansari

QUESTIONS GEO CANNOT ANSWER: Why does Geo collude with foreign media? Why does it focus on creating chaos and general discontent? Why does it act like an instrument of an political party? Why does Geo behave like the arm of a foreign force? Why did Geo deliberately broadcast false bad news about the economy when the stock market was booming? What hand did Geo play in scaring the foreign investors away from Pakistan? Why did Geo repeat the false news about the growth figures which led to the crash of the stock market? Why does Geo show wrong Pakistani maps? Why does Geo almost never cover the insurgencies in India? Why is Geo so infatuated with Anti-Pakistan Bollywood films? Why is Geo bent upon creating a “Indianization” of Pakistan? Why does Geo pay so much attention to Bollywood? Why does Geo show dead bodies? Is this all part of a psy-op or is it part of an agenda? Mr. Husain Haqqani of the Hudson institute is on the payroll of JINSA and AIPAC (public information posted on Rupee News) is a known neocon with his own agenda. His wife Ms. Isphani is involved with VOA and Geo pursuing the same Neocon agenda.

A company is known by the company it keeps. Geo certainty deals with some “colorful” characters. Its genesis, consultants, and affiliations leave much to be desired.

We have attempted to put together a thesis and a case on why Geo has exacerbated the conditions in Pakistan and why it is biased. The article discusses the origins of Geo and its connections with shady operatives. We present the actual proof of the affiliates of Geo. The information on the CIA psy-ops discusses how the CIA operates in other countries.

“There is a hidden hand in this” Sher Bukhsh Mazari

SUMMARY OF ARTICLE

The bottom line of this article is that Geo has connived with shady characters who are associated with foreign powers and have been up up to no good. Geo’s track record in showing dead bodies, and repeating nonsense on the economy, and providing place and comfort to the enemy. These facts are described in detail with actual quites, references and pointers.

1) Questions that Geo cannot answer

2) General discussion of CIA ops

3) CIA is active in Pakistan. NY Times report

4) CIA Dirty Tricks Department

5) Details on efforts to destabilize Pakistan

6) Strange happenings at Geo that cannot be explained

7) Geo origins and the people who helped in starting Geo. Geo’s connections to some ver un savory characters

8, Geo links with David Hazinski a known Neocon with deep links to Neocon organizaitons that have spoken up against Pakistan

9) Discussion of Weinberger’s his beliefs and his association with Geo and Mr. Hazinski

10) Discussion of the beliefs of Mr. Hazinski’s

11) Detailed discussion of the Media’s role in destabilizing Pakistan

12) Appendices, Farah Ispahani role in VOA and Geo, Resume of Mr. Hazinski

Additional Research:
The Plan To Topple Pakistan
The Great Game Continues

The Great Game Revisited
Video: Secrets of the CIA
Codename Operation Enduring Turmoil Exposed! – Neocon Plans for Pakistan and rest of the World

AMERICAN MEDIA WITH GEO AND ARY UNLEASHES ANTI-PAKISTAN CAMPAIGN ON CUE:
CIA PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS (PSY-OP) FROM THE MANUAL: The declassified documents are old, but it gives us a glimpse into what can happen. New techniques are more sophisticated.

(The implements of psychological warfare are: open propaganda, subversion, special operations (sabotage, guerrilla warfare, espionage), political and cultural pressures, economic pressures. The principal effects sought are persuasion, sympathy, terrorization, confusion, division and physical interference. These operations, ancient in origin, are modernly employed, notably by Italy, Germany, the Soviet Union and other principal powers. The programs are planned more or less centrally in all nations, but executed by a variety of agencies.
THE COVERT US INTERVENTION IN PAKISTAN IS CONFIRMED BY THE NY TIMES OF JAN 6th, 2008

“At the White House and the Pentagon, officials see an opportunity in the changing power structure for the Americans to advocate for the expanded authority in Pakistan, a nuclear-armed country. “After years of focusing on Afghanistan, we think the extremists now see a chance for the big prize – creating chaos in Pakistan itself,” one senior official said.

The new options for expanded covert operations include loosening restrictions on the C.I.A. to strike selected targets in Pakistan, in some cases using intelligence provided by Pakistani sources, officials said. Most counter-terrorism operations in Pakistan have been conducted by the C.I.A.; in Afghanistan, where military operations are under way, including some with NATO forces, the military can take the lead.

The legal status would not change if the administration decided to act more aggressively. However, if the C.I.A. were given broader authority, it could call for help from the military or deputize some forces of the Special Operations Command to act under the authority of the agency. NY Times Jan. 6th, 2007

In the 1980s, President Zia ul Haq was blown up in a military plane and Benazir Bhutto became the Prime Minister. However she was fired from her job for corruption.

ISLAMABAD: Was Benazir Bhutto’s assassination part of a larger international conspiracy to destabilise and de-nuclearise Pakistan? This is the question that boggles many minds even in the government circles.

Although, the government has fixed the responsibility on Baitullah Mehsud and al-Qaeda on the basis of a telephonic conversation reportedly monitored by intelligence agencies, some government officials really smell a rat.

“It is not important to see who is pulling the trigger, also don’t bother much about the hired assassin. What is really important is to reach the hand that pulled the strings,” an official source said, believing that foreign factor (not al-Qaeda) could not be ruled out in this high-profile assassination that has badly shaken Pakistan.

The Pakistan People’s Party and spokesmen of Baitullah Mehsud and al-Qaeda had already rejected the interior ministry’s assertion, which had been further contradicted by certain news reports that claimed that the slain leader was in contact with Mehsud.

A senior journalist, Hamid Mir, even confirmed this fact in his column in Jang that appeared on last Monday. He also revealed the startling fact he was told by Benazir Bhutto before her death that she was informed by the Americans that Washington did not want the restoration of deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

PPP spokesman Farhatullah Babar, when contacted, although did not rule out international dimension to Benazir’s killing but he was more convinced that it was a heinous plot hatched inside Pakistan. Ansar Abbasi in The News

OLD CIA DIRTY TRICKS DEPT. & CIA DOLLARS CREATE DEMONSTRATIONS: Tons of money was sent to Pakistan for a well organized campaign to launch street demonstrations against President Musharraf. Mr. Ahmed Quraishi has quoted $500 million in funds were disbursed. As in 1979, during the PNA demonstration millions of Dollars were dispersed among professional agitators. Uzbek and Tajiks were recruited to create mayhem in Pakistan.

* A shadowy group called the BLA, a Cold War relic, rose from the dead to restart a separatist war in southwestern Pakistan. . Bugti’s death was a blow to neo-BLA, but the shadowy group’s backers didn’t repent. His grandson, Brahmdagh Bugti, is currently enjoying a safe shelter in the Afghan capital, Kabul, where he continues to operate and remote-control his assets in Pakistan.
* Saboteurs trained in Afghanistan have been inserted into Pakistan to aggravate extremist passions here, especially after the Red Mosque operation.
* Chinese citizens continue to be targeted by individuals pretending to be Islamists, when no known Islamic group has claimed responsibility. . A succession of “religious rebels” with suspicious foreign links have suddenly emerged in Pakistan over the past months claiming to be “Pakistani Taliban”. Some of the names include Abdul Rashid Ghazi, Baitullah Mehsud, and now the Maulana of Swat. Some of them have used, and are using, encrypted communication equipment far superior to what the Pakistani military owns.
* Money and weapons have been fed into the religious movements and al-Qaeda remnants in the tribal areas.
* Exploiting the situation, assets within the Pakistani media started promoting the idea that the Pakistani military was killing its own people. The rest of the unsuspecting media quickly picked up this message. Some botched US and Pakistani military operations against al-Qaeda that caused civilian deaths accidentally fed this media campaign.This was the perfect timing for the launch of Military, Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy, a book authored by Ayesha Siddiqa Agha, a columnist for a Pakistani English-language paper and a correspondent for “Jane’s Defence Weekly”, a private intelligence service founded by experts close to British intelligence. (Ahmed Quraishi is an investigative reporter, currently hosting a weekly political talk show titled Worldview from Islamabad.)

The media has been unleashed about the so called “instability” in Pakistan creating a justification for continued and more abrasive offensive action in South Asia. This to create instability in Pakistan that will be used as an excuse to continue the perpetual mimetic warfare in the Muslim world. Pakistan has been facing the brunt of the US initiative to implement “Democracy” in Pakistan even though the credentials of the champions of democracy are very weak. Neither Egypt, nor Uganda, nor Congo, nor Haiti, nor Taiwan, nor China nor Israel nor Russia face the US medias pontification on how great democracy is. This expose of Geo origins has tries to uncover the reasons why Geo acts so strangely.

Geo employs a lot of good reporters, but it also employs program hosts whose credentials and loyalty to Pakistan is questionable. For example Mr. Shaharyar Azhar is a known follower of Neocon philosophy and ideas always highlighting the negative news about Pakistan and not taking India or other countries to task. There are reports in the press that Geo has been instrumental in the campaign of disinformation about Pakistan. It has become a willing or unwilling instrument of those who wanted to destabilize Pakistan. The governemnt of Pakistan and the ISI of Pakistan got wind of Geo plans and recommended to the President to take action against Geo. The Emergency imposed by the previous government was to thwart the campaign of disinformation that was running concurrently by Time magazine and Newsweek Magazine and the Neocon News agencies in the West.

Why does Geo generally show the Indian version of events and why does its news sound like a translation of CNN news? Geo’s dangerous general policies are the main reason that the Pakistan was not allowing Geo to resume its transmission. Amazingly Geo is now starting a new “English News” channel to continue its activities against the the country. Where is the funding for all this coming from?

Whether Geo is an unwilling victim of its sponsors and her affiliates in the USA or India, or is Geo running a planned campaign and got caught with its pants down.

All Geo viewers want to find out the truth!

THE DETAILS TO DESTABILIZE PAKISTAN ARE AVAILABLE IN THE MEDIA AND KNOWN TO THE PAKISTANI LEADERSHIP WHICH HAS TAKEN PREVENTATIVE ACTIONS
Professor Michel Chossudovsky sheds some light on the plan:

* “ It has been known for months that the Bush-Cheney administration and its allies have been maneuvering to strengthen their political control of Pakistan, paving the way for the expansion and deepening of the “war on terrorism” across the region.
* Various American destabilization plans, known for months by officials and analysts, proposed the toppling of Pakistan’s military…
* The assassination of Bhutto appears to have been anticipated. There were even reports of “chatter” among US officials about the possible assassinations of either Pervez Musharraf or Benazir Bhutto, well before the actual attempts took place. (Larry Chin, Global Research, 29 December 2007)
* “Regime change” with a view to ensuring continuity under military rule is no longer the main thrust of US foreign policy. The regime of Pervez Musharraf cannot prevail. Washington’s foreign policy course is to actively promote the political fragmentation and balkanization of Pakistan as a nation.
* A new political leadership is anticipated but in all likelihood it will take on a very different shape, in relation to previous US sponsored regimes. One can expect that Washington will push for a compliant political leadership, with no commitment to the national interest, a leadership which will serve US imperial interests, while concurrently contributing under the disguise of “decentralization”, to the weakening of the central government and the fracture of Pakistan’s fragile federal structure.
* The political impasse is deliberate. It is part of an evolving US foreign policy agenda, which favors disruption and disarray in the structures of the Pakistani State. Indirect rule by the Pakistani military and intelligence apparatus is to be replaced by more direct forms of US interference, including an expanded US military presence inside Pakistan.
* This expanded military presence is also dictated by the Middle East-Central Asia geopolitical situation and Washington’s ongoing plans to extend the Middle East war to a much broader area.
* “U.S. Special Forces are expected to vastly expand their presence in Pakistan, as part of an effort to train and support indigenous counter-insurgency forces and clandestine counterterrorism units” (William Arkin, Washington Post, December 2007).
* The official justification and pretext for an increased military presence in Pakistan is to extend the “war on terrorism”. Concurrently, to justify its counterrorism program, Washington is also beefing up its covert support to the “terrorists.”
* …Already in 2005, a report by the US National Intelligence Council and the CIA forecast a “Yugoslav-like fate” for Pakistan “in a decade with the country riven by civil war, bloodshed and inter-provincial rivalries, as seen recently in Balochistan.” (Energy Compass, 2 March 2005).
* ….Continuity, characterized by the dominant role of the Pakistani military and intelligence has been scrapped in favor of political breakup and balkanization.
* ….This US agenda for Pakistan is similar to that applied throughout the broader Middle East Central Asian region. US strategy, supported by covert intelligence operations, consists in triggering ethnic and religious strife, abetting and financing secessionist movements while also weakening the institutions of the central government. The broader objective is to fracture the Nation State and redraw the borders of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan Professor Michel Chossudovsky

STRANGE HEPPENINGS AT GEO THAT CANNOT BE EXPLAINED: Here are some facts about Geo and some example of how Geo demorolizes the population and the general body of the Pakistani dispora.

* GEO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRASH OF THE STOCK MARKET: Geo repeatedly telecasted false news about the Pakistani economy, the political situation and hence the stock market crashed in Pakistan In a pre-orchestrated campaign.
* Geo focuses on the negative news and instead of focusing on solutions it shows bodies of dead people in contradiction of PEMRA and all decency requirements.
* Geo focuses on petrol prices but does not inform the viewers that most private cars in Pakistan now run on CNG (liqufied petroluem gas) which costs $5 for a tank full. Most people driving cars are not affected by the rise in petrol (gasoline) prices.
* In a planned manner Geo supresses and ignores good news like 5.1 billion dollar of oil refinery in Pakistan
Geo usually ignores good news like $28 Billion Emar international island development
* Geo is averse to good news about Pakistan–there is no discussion of the Bullet Trains in Pakistan.
* Geo does not focus foreign interference in Pakistani affairs.
* Geo did not discuss the 89 separatist movements in India in 2007 …from Seven Northeastern sister states, to the Naxalite insurrection, to Bihar to Kashmir, to Assam etc…
* Geo Dramas: 50 percent of the dramas are Indian dramas on Geo and 25 percent are with mix cast (Indian and Pakistani) and Indian film
* Geo focuses on showing beheading of people and other depressing news.
* Why did Geo not focus on showing 250 million people sleeping on sidewalks in India?
* Geo did not cover for 36 hours the killing of 3000 Muslims in Gujrat?
* Urdu is not used by many hosts. Morning host shows are in English and “Urdlish” ( a horrible combination). The Younger generation is being spoiled by using them as instruments of hedonism.
* Some of the shows are way beyond the pale on being modern. Nudity is not modernity. Science and Technology is modernity.
* Geo plays into the hands of the opposition parties. It does not discuss opportunities for development.
When Mr. Shaharayar interviewed the President of Azad Kashmir he interrupted him and did not allow him to speak about the problems with the article of accession of Kashmir to India (which is now lost) if it ever existed.
* Geo continues to use Indian jargon like “partition”. Partition signifies a temporary dissection of the whole. India was never whole. Even during British times there were more than 500 states in the Subcontinent. Some of them banded together to make Pakistan and others banded together to make India.
* Discussion of Kashmir, Manvanagar, Junagarh are non-existent on Geo. Most Geo maps show Kashmir as part of Pakistan. Zad Kashmir is never shown. Some Geo maps sill show the Nothern Areas as part of India or partof Kashmir.
* Kamran Khan was getting RS 25 lakh per month. Income vs. salary? Dr. Shahid Mahmud used to get Rs 22 laks per month. He was a member of NSF student Hamid Mir the Editor of “Ausaf” get Rs. 22 Lakh per month.
* Nadia Khan gets Rs 6 lacs per month. Income vs. salary?When Geo was not able to broadcast the 8-hour cricket match, Geo said they lost 1 billion Rupees, After the ban Goo kept on broadcasting for 36 hours without any income?Let us investigate the players involved with Geo from information that is publicly available. We see these links which will be analyzed.

1) The controversial David Hazinski an ex US Navy Petty Officer with contacts with the State Department and the American Jewish Committee (AJC)

2) Who is Todd Fratz and why does Geo associate with such characters?

3) Casper Weinberger, Ronald Reagan’s indicted and pardoned Secretary of Defense who predicted the “Next War” with a rogue state like Iran. Why does Geo align itself with known war mongeres.

4) Geo has strategic links with SkyTV of the UK, CNN, IBN-CNN in India and the Voice of America (VOA). See article on VOA Geo alliance in Pakistan. http://www.usembassy.gov/pakistan/h05111301.html

ORIGINS OF GEO:

Geo was started with the help of an ex US Naval Petty Officer by the name of Hazinski who has links with Mr. Casper Weinberger and many Indian channels.

According to (http://www.intelligentmc.com/people.html) “Most recently, he re-designed the central International Broadcast Center for the Voice of America in Washington and is consulting on new network launches for the VOA”. Mr. Hazinski is the principal of the company called IntelligentMC (http://www.intelligentmc.com/Welcome.html,2870 Peachtree Road #713, Atlanta, GA 30305-2918, USA, email: info@intelligentmc.com, url: http://www.intelligentmc.com).the other principal of Intelligent MC is Mr. Todd Frantz. “Todd comes to IMC from 10 years at CNN in Atlanta”. He has links to “Cox Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research at The University of Georgia”

David Hazinski, associate professor at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, is the principle architect of GEO-TV and managed the station’s launch. Hazinski was contacted by the Jang Group, Pakistan’s largest newspaper publisher and GEO-TV’s owner, after he shepherded the successful launch of a similar station in India in January 2001. Aaj Tak, the first all-news, Hindi-language channel in India, now has a 60% share of the news audience in India.

As one of the owners of Intelligent Media Consultants, an Atlanta-based company that helps its clients design efficient and profitable network operations through the creative application of broadcast technology, Hazinski has worked all over the world launching news operations in markets starved for unbiased reporting. “This is really the cutting edge of technology and journalism,” says Hazinski, a former NBC news correspondent who says he and his partners have helped launch at least a dozen news operations in the last 10 years. “These are new markets. They haven’t been exposed to lots of TV.”

Because most of Intelligent Media’s clients are unfamiliar with broadcast news techniques, Hazinski says he is able to tailor unique approaches that maximize their limited budgets. “These people are willing to try new things because they don’t want to pay the outrageous costs associated with news production in the United States,” he says. “Right now, based on what we learned in Pakistan, we’re convinced we can launch a network today for half of what it would have cost three years ago. And no one would see any quality difference on the air – even if we aired it in the U.S.”

At GEO-TV’s main broadcast center in Karachi, Hazinski built a newsroom around 24 Mac G4s running Final Cut Pro. News footage is captured with 40 Sony PD150s and 15 PD100s. NewTek Video Toaster 2 systems are used at bureaus in Islamabad and Lahore to switch between the main broadcast center.

In addition to designing a systems approach for GEO-TV, Hazinski helped teach the station’s staff how to use the equipment and how to produce television news. Greg Pope, a freelance editor and producer formerly with CNN, spent one month in Karachi this summer training GEO-TV’s news staff, which primarily consists of newspaper journalists. “We basically had to convert people from print journalists to TV journalists,” says Pope, adding that he had never taught production techniques in a classroom setting to non-English speaking students. “These print people were basically issued cameras and editing equipment and within months were transformed from pen and paper to this new electronic media. Some of them didn’t even know how to use a keyboard when we started.”

Considering the steep learning curve for the Pakistani journalists, Pope says he was amazed at their perseverance and enthusiasm. “These people are tired of having Western news and government news shoved down their throats,” says Pope, who estimates that he taught 100 people to shoot and edit video. “They want their own voice. They want to represent themselves in their own way.”

But there is still a chance that the government will shut down GEO-TV. Pope says that while he was training the news staff, it was widely believed that there were spies for PTV within their ranks. However, in recent years the Jang Group has won many battles for freedom of the press, so there is hope that GEO-TV will succeed.

“If they have minimal government interference, [GEO-TV] will change the face of Pakistan,” says Pope.

http://digitalcontentproducer.com/broadcast/video_voice_people/

WHO IS DAVID DAVID HAZINSKI? Why did Geo hire a known Neocon for help in content?

He owns Intelligent Media Consultants, LLC, a company responsible for training the staffs and helping to launch eight television networks around the world, mostly on the sub-continent. These include Aaj Tak and CNN-IBN in India and GEO TV in Pakistan. He has also consulted for broadcasters and publishers such as the Voice of America, Gramedia in Indonesia, and Alsumaria in Beirut and Baghdad. While on the faculty, Hazinski spent two years as writer, co-host and technology advisor of the internationally syndicated World Business Review with Caspar Weinberger, the Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan. Before coming to UGA, Hazinski served six years as an international correspondent for NBC News, covering the U.S., Europe, and Central America — and ten years before that as a TV reporter with stations in Charlotte and Pittsburgh. Office: 139, Fax Number: (706) 542-2183, E-Mail Address: hazinski@grady.uga.edu

Hazinski holds a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the university’s highest teaching award and has been appointed a Senior Teaching Fellow and a member of the Teaching Academy. He has received more than a dozen local, state, and national journalism awards, including a Golden Quill for Investigative Reporting.

Mr. Hazinski has been advocating restricting what he calls “Citizenship jounalism” which he considers dangerous. (http://tinyurl.com/yvjoox),(http://tinyurl.com/26byuh)

Investigative reporters may scrutinize the details of Mr. resume posted at the bottom of this post. Also posted on (http://www.grady.uga.edu/CV/Hazinski.2005.pdf)

http://www.athensworld.com/2007/12/response-to-professor-david-hazinski.html

WHAT DOES THE GEO CONSULTANT MR. HAZINSKI BELIEVE IN? His address to the American Jewish Council dated 12/13/2007. You can read his article at the bottom of this page.

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/stories/2007/12/12/citizened_1213.html

WHO IS CASPER WEINBERGER? And why did Geo associate with a known war monger?

Caspar Willard “Cap” Weinberger (August 18, 1917 – March 28, 2006), was an American politician and Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan from January 21, 1981, until November 23, 1987, making him the third longest-serving defense secretary to date, after Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld. He is also known for his roles in the Strategic Defense Initiative program and the Iran-Contra Affair.

Following his resignation as Secretary of Defense, Weinberger was placed under indictment by Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh. The formal indictment charged Weinberger withseveral felony counts of lying to the Iran-Contra independent counsel during its investigation. Weinberger received a Presidential pardon from President George H.W. Bush on December 24, 1992, after Bush had failed to win a second term.

In 1996, Weinberger co-authored a book entitled The Next War, which raised questions about the adequacy of US military capabilities following the end of the Cold War. After he published his book, his colleagues from the Reagan administration broke contact and refused to speak with him.

Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (’GBE’) in 1988, awarded in recognition for an “outstanding and invaluable” contribution to military cooperation between the UK and the US, particularly during the Falklands War of 1982. Wikipedia

WEINBERGER DISCUSSES IRAN AND THE NEXT WAR: From Publishers Weekly
Weinberger, secretary of defense for most of the Reagan years, collaborates with Schweizer, president of the James Madison Institute, to present five possible near-future scenarios in which the U.S. goes to war. Scenario one is based on a North Korean invasion of South Korea that ends in stalemate after a limited nuclear exchange. Number two casts Iran as a rogue state using ballistic missiles to alter the Middle East’s balance of power. The third scenario postulates a radical Mexican government scapegoating the U.S. as the source of its country’s woes. A fourth describes the conquest of Europe by a resurgent Russia?again with the aid of nuclear weapons. In scenario five, the U.S. and Japan reignite the Pacific War of 1941-1945, this time using “cyberstrikes” against information systems, chemical warfare and a nuclear exchange. The authors tell their stories through the eyes of fictional participants. This format, familiar to readers of techno-thrillers, is an effective framework for dramatizing a set of pessimistic conclusions. Because of America’s reduction of its conventional armed forces and its failure to build a missile defense system, none of the scenarios have outcomes more positive than stalemate achieved at high cost. The authors’ lament for such a missile system and for the armed forces of the past won’t convince those who believe that the dominant modes of future conflict will be terrorism and guerrilla war, however. Weinberger and Schweizer nevertheless make a case deserving serious consideration by citizens and policy-makers alike. PUblisher’s Weekly posted on Amazon

DESTABILIZING PAKISTAN: Geo has been blamed for participating in and highlighting events per CNN instructions.

Why is Geo not reporting Gen. Kayani’s statement that he suspects a foreign hand in the assassination to destabilize and denuclearize Pakistan? The silence is deafening!

Saboteurs trained in Afghanistan have been inserted into Pakistan to aggravate extremist passions here, especially after the Red Mosque operation.

Chinese citizens continue to be targeted by individuals pretending to be Islamists, when no known Islamic group has claimed responsibility. . A succession of “religious rebels” with suspicious foreign links have suddenly emerged in Pakistan over the past months claiming to be “Pakistani Taliban”. Some of the names include Abdul Rashid Ghazi, Baitullah Mehsud, and now the Maulana of Swat. Some of them have used, and are using, encrypted communication equipment far superior to what the Pakistani military owns.

Money and weapons have been fed into the religious movements and al-Qaeda remnants in the tribal areas.
Exploiting the situation, assets within the Pakistani media started promoting the idea that the Pakistani military was killing its own people. The rest of the unsuspecting media quickly picked up this message. Some botched US and Pakistani military operations against al-Qaeda that caused civilian deaths accidentally fed this media campaign.This was the perfect timing for the launch of Military, Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy, a book authored by Ayesha Siddiqa Agha, a columnist for a Pakistani English-language paper and a correspondent for “Jane’s Defence Weekly”, a private intelligence service founded by experts close to British intelligence.
This compares Geo with ARY and PTV

http://siteanalytics.compete.com/ptv.com.pk+arydigitaltv.com+geo.tv/?metric=uv

This compares Geo with CNN and Foxnews websites.

http://siteanalytics.compete.com/cnn.com+foxnews.com+geo.tv/?metric=uv

Here are the statistics on the number of posts and discussion of Geo on various boards:

http://boardreader.com/tp/Geo+tv.html

If things do not change, Pakistanis should cancel Geo and let them suffer.

END OF ARTICLE

APPENDIX A

press releases: VOA Launches Urdu TV For Pakistan, 11/13/2005

Washington, D.C. – The Voice of America (VOA) will launch Beyond the Headlines-its new television program in Urdu-on Monday, Nov. 14. The half-hour program will air on GEO TV in Pakistan at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on selected international satellites, including AsiaSat (Virtual Channel 409) and IOR (Virtual Channel 420).

Beyond the Headlines (Khabron se Aage), a fast-paced, contemporary production designed with young and urban Pakistanis in mind, will continue VOA’s 63-year tradition of broadcasting accurate and balanced information. Programs will examine international developments, technology, politics, social issues, education, religion, sports, and entertainment.

“We look forward to opening this important new channel of communication between the American people and Pakistan,” said Steven J. Simmons, a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which oversees all United States international radio and television services. Simmons is chairman of the BBG’s Voice of America Committee, and has played a key role in increasing radio and TV service to Pakistan, including Beyond the Headlines.

“We’re particularly delighted with our partnership with GEO TV, the leading cable/satellite broadcaster in the Urdu language,” Simmons added. “This new program, together with our expanded radio service, demonstrates our growing commitment to reach the people of Pakistan with new, engaging programs on both radio and TV.”

“The links between Pakistan and the United States are strong and growing, and our new show is a reflection of that,” said VOA Director David S. Jackson. “Beyond the Headlines will focus not only on the big issues of the day, but also on features, business, and culture stories that illuminate the world we live in. For example, we’ll show how Pakistanis live and work and go to school in the U.S. We want to provide a unique mix of stories that viewers can’t find anywhere else.”

Farah Ispahani is the managing editor and executive producer for Beyond the Headlines. She joined VOA earlier this year, bringing more than 20 years of experience in print and television media at such news organizations as CNN, ABC, and NBC. Before she joined VOA, Ispahani, who is a fluent Urdu speaker, was instrumental in the launch of CNN’s Paula Zahn Now and Anderson Cooper 360.

Anchoring Beyond the Headlines will be Aneka Osman. A familiar face to Pakistanis, Osman worked as an English language news anchor on Pakistan Television. She has covered regional and national security issues, Pakistan-India relations, the conflict in the Middle East, and Pakistan’s general elections. She has also worked on Prime Television, the UK-based Pakistani channel, and on the Business Plus Channel.

Ayaz Gul is VOA Urdu’s Chief Reporter and Pakistan Coverage Coordinator for Radio Aap ki Dunyaa (Your World Radio), VOA’s Urdu radio service, and Beyond the Headlines. Gul, who is based in Pakistan, has been filing on-the-scene reports in Urdu and English for VOA since 1996, and his reports are translated into numerous languages throughout VOA. Prior to joining VOA, he worked for the Japanese network NHK and for the German news agency DPA as a reporter specializing in Pakistan’s foreign and domestic news.

VOA’s Urdu Service broadcasts 12 hours a day of news and information to millions of Pakistanis and other Urdu speakers on Radio Aap ki Dunyaa. The program is distributed by medium wave at 972 kHz, digital audio satellite, the Internet and a three-hour shortwave broadcast. The launch of Beyond the Headlines adds two-and-half hours of television to the Urdu Service’s weekly broadcast schedule.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 100 million people. Programs are produced in 44 languages.

For more information, call VOA’s Office of Public Affairs at or E-Mail publicaffairs@voa.gov

Unfettered ‘citizen journalism’ too risky By DAVID HAZINSKI, Published on: 12/13/07

You’re beginning to get a lot more news … from you.

It ranges from the CNN YouTube debates to political blogs to cellphone video of that sniper who opened fire at an Omaha Mall. These are all examples of so called “citizen journalism,” the hot new extension of the news business where the audience becomes the reporter.
David Hazinski, a former NBC correspondent, is an associate professor of telecommunications and head of broadcast news at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism.

Supporters of “citizen journalism” argue it provides independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media don’t provide. While it has its place, the reality is it really isn’t journalism at all, and it opens up information flow to the strong probability of fraud and abuse. The news industry should find some way to monitor and regulate this new trend.

The premise of citizen journalism is that regular people can now collect information and pictures with video cameras and cellphones, and distribute words and images over the Internet. Advocates argue that the acts of collecting and distributing makes these people “journalists.” This is like saying someone who carries a scalpel is a “citizen surgeon” or someone who can read a law book is a “citizen lawyer.” Tools are merely that. Education, skill and standards are really what make people into trusted professionals. Information without journalistic standards is called gossip.

But unlike those other professions, journalism – at least in the United States – has never adopted uniform self-regulating standards. There are commonly accepted ethical principles – two source confirmation of controversial information or the balanced reporting of both sides of a story, for example, but adhering to the principles is voluntary. There is no licensing, testing, mandatory education or boards of review. Most other professions do a poor job of self-regulation, but at least they have mechanisms to regulate themselves. Journalists do not.

So without any real standards, anyone has a right to declare himself or herself a journalist. Major media outlets also encourage it. Citizen journalism allows them to involve audiences, and it is a free source of information and video. But it is also ripe for abuse.

CNN’s last YouTube Republican debate included a question from a retired general who is on Hillary Clinton’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendersteering committee. False Internet rumors about Sen. Barack Obama attending a radical Muslim school became so widespread that CNN and other news agencies did stories debunking the rumors. There are literally hundreds of Internet hoaxes and false reports passed off as true stories, tracked by sites such as snopes.com.

Having just anyone produce widely distributed stories without control can have the reverse effect from what advocates intend. It’s just a matter of time before something like a faked Rodney King beating video appears on the air somewhere.

Journalism organizations should head that off. Citizen reports can be a valuable addition to news and information flow with some protections:

• Major news organizations must create standards to substantiate citizen-contributed information and video, and ensure its accuracy and authenticity.

• They should clarify and reinforce their own standards and work through trade organizations to enforce national standards so they have real meaning.

• Journalism schools such as mine at the University of Georgia should create mini-courses to certify citizen journalists in proper ethics and procedures, much as volunteer teachers, paramedics and sheriff’s auxiliaries are trained and certified.

Journalists generally don’t like any kind of standards or regulation. Many argue that standards could infringe on freedom of the press and journalism shouldn’t be regulated.

But we have already seen the line between news and entertainment blur enough to destroy significant credibility. Continuing to do nothing as information flow changes will further erode it. Journalism organizations who choose to do nothing may soon find the line between professional and citizen journalism gone as well as the trust of their audiences.
Associate Professor/Head, Broadcast News .

Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. 1987 to present. Teach upper level and graduate professional courses in radio/ television news production, broadcast news writing, documentary production and advanced television news. Leads a professional focused faculty which originated and administers student-produced, commercially broadcast college news and public affairs television programs.
NBC NEWS (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Correspondent, 1981-1987. International network news correspondent based in the Atlanta, Ga. bureau, responsible for primarily hard news coverage in the Southeastern United States and Central America. Reports appeared regularly on the TODAY SHOW, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, NBC Weekend News, and the NBC and The Source national radio networks. Also responsible for primary field-testing and implementation of the NBC News computer system.
WPXI-TV (PITTSBURGH, PA.)

Service on international issues including the return of the Iranian hostages, the installation of Pope John Paul II, the rise of Solidarity in Poland and the ongoing civil war in Northern Ireland.
WSOC-TV (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)

Reporter, 1973-1976. Political and general assignments reporter. Morning and elections anchor. Freelance assignments for NBC News, Newsweek TV, United Press International Television, and the TVN international syndication service.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

STAR ANANDA (KOLKATTA, INDIA), Associate Project Manager/Training Director, 12/2004 – 5/2005, Directed a team of international consultants who created, along with their Indian counterparts, a 24-hour local news and information channel in the Bengali language which launched in May, 2005. Took part in all levels of macro-planning. Specifically direct a two month staff training process which trained approximately 100 people in all phases of television news production.

PULS-TV (VIENNA, AUSTRIA), Associate Project Manager/Training Director, 4/2004- 7/2004. Co-direct a team of international consultants who created, along with their Austrian counterparts, a 24-hour local news and information city channel, the first in that country. Took part in all levels of macro-planning. Specifically direct a two-month staff training program which trained approximately 100 people in all phases of television production.

GEO-TV / JANG PUBLISHING GROUP (KARACHI, PAKISTAN), Associate Project Manager/Training Director, 4/2002- 9/2002. Co-direct a team of international consultants who created, along with their Pakistani counterparts, a 24-hour news channel based in Karachi, Pakistani with major centers in Islamabad, Lahore and Dubai, UAE. Took part in all levels of macro-planning. Specifically direct a three-month hiring and staff training process which processed 15,000 applicants and trained a staff of 300.

Vice President, 1985-present. Officer and part owner of a firm engaged in trucking, warehousing and freight consolidation with gross receipts exceeding three million dollars a year. Contributor to all levels of corporate decision making including future planning, personnel, equipment acquisition and finance.
VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (ATLANTA, GA.)

President, 1989-present. Chief Executive Officer and equity owner of a firm engaged in television production, media consulting, satellite distribution, the production of video news releases, and industrial and instructional video materials.
INTELLIGENT MEDIA CONSULTING, LLC (ATLANTA, GA.)

Principal, 1999-present. Owner and executive officer of a firm engaged in international television and media startups and systems design. Projects include Aaj Tak in India, Gramedia’s launch of Channel 7 in Indonesia, and the re-design of the U.S. Voice of America’s International Broadcasting Bureau in Washington, D.C.

BROADCAST PRODUCER/TALENT, 1987-present. Engaged as an independent writer, producer, narrator and/or on-camera performer for both broadcast and instructional information, education and public service programming.

Clients included:

•National Association of Retired Persons •IBM (instructional and national video news releases)

•National Air and Space Museum •Bass Anglers Sportsman Society

•United Way •Sioux Nations

•Government of Indonesia •Apple Computers

•Georgia Board of Education •U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

•Federal Bureau of Investigation •American Guernsey Association

•Sylvan Learning Centers •MIT

•Atlanta Committee For The Olympic Games •Lucent Technologies

•BellSouth •AT&T

•Sterling Commerce

EDUCATION

Masters of Education, Educational Communications and Technology, Graduate School of Education, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1980.

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1973.

MILITARY

U.S. Navy, Radioman, Second Class Petty Officer, discharged honorably, Da Nang, Republic of Viet Nam, 1968-70.

Navy Courses Completed:

– Basic Electronics and Electricity

– Radioman Class “A” program

COURSES TAUGHT

– Radio and Television News Production
– Advanced Radio and Television News Production
– Broadcast News Writing
– Documentary Production Management
– Broadcast Show Origination
– Television News Reporting
– originated CNN Newsource college affiliate program, made nationwide spring, 1990. 300 participating schools at this time.
– originated University News college news program, which on a half dozen commercial stations, with contributions from six other universities, 1987-1990. Superceded by a daily, live news program broadcast to three area counties, which continues.
– originated Broadcast News Bluejeans Workshop, bringing network level professionals to campus to work with students, 1988-present.
– originated, with Professor Al Wise, Camera South, magazine format entertainment program shown on commercial stations, spring, 1992.
– originated a broadcast news writing course now the foundation for the broadcast news sequence, 1990.
– created, with CNN Director of Technology Todd Fantz, a multimedia interactive program to teach broadcast news writing, 1994.
– principal faculty, with Clarke County School District, cooperative Micro-society Broadcasting Program, 1995.
– created, with Prof. Martha Cameron, Georgia GameDay, a student produced sports show, 1999.

– Initiated a new remote broadcasting system on campus which allows student journalists to report “live” via electric news vehicles and cable channel modulation, 2000.
– Initiated a joint venture with R/com Networks, inc. to certify distance learning courses and programs for adult education courses, 2000-present.
– Initiated remote field video editing for the construction of on-scene reports using laptop computers and digital cameras, 2001.
– Produced (to our knowledge), the first student television “live shots” over the internet, 2004.
– Expanded student “internet live shots’ to include wireless video-over-IP transmissions, 2005.
– Currently developing with IMC Principal Todd Fantz, an Apple-based newsroom information and video playback system that includes teleprompter, story management, rundown, news wire parcing, scripting and scheduling system.

* Management Consultant, Orange County Newschannel, 1990.
* Executive Producer, Production and Satellite Coverage, American Association of Retired Persons 1990 International Convention.
* Correspondent/Producer, American Association of Retired Persons 1988 International Convention.
* Executive Producer, TV satellite coverage, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society National Championship, 1987- 2000.
* Consultant, Office of the Attorney General of the United States, 1992-93.
* Consultant, Media Management & Crisis Communications, Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1990- 2000.
* Peabody Awards, faculty screening committee, 1987- 1999.
* National Association of Farm Cooperatives, judge, 1988-89.
* Golden Quill Awards, judge, 1986.
* Radio-Television News Directors Association, 1988- present.
* International Association of Business Communicators, judge, 1990.
* U.S. Army Headquarters, Forces Command, judge, Keith L. Ware Awards, September, 1991.
* Broadcast Education Association, 1993. Chair, National University News Network Committee.
* Broadcast Education Association, 1994-present, Co-chair, News Division.
* Executive Producer, CNN Broadcast News Training Program, 1993- 1995.
* Consultant, WJCL-TV, Savannah, Georgia, 1992-93.
* Consultant, new media systems design, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1995.
* Consultant, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, on media management and crisis communications, 1991-present.
* Education Task Force, Radio-Television News Directors Association, 1998-present.
* Turner Broadcasting/CNN Educational Committee, 1998-2000.
* Consultant, International Broadcast Bureau, Voice of America, 2001.
* Consultant, Gramedia International, Jakarta, Indonesia, 2001.
* Consultant, National Public Radio, Washington, D.C. 2002.
* Consultant, Weather News International, Tokyo & Norman, OK, 2004-present.
* Consultant, Alsumaria Television Network, Baghdad & Beirut, 2005-present.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

– “Video News Release Labels Go Unread”, Electronic Media, November 4, 1991.
– “Video News Releases That Work”, Outdoor ADventures, October, 1991.
– “Digital Compression’s Maiden Voyage”, Electronic Media, November 18, 1991.
– “A Powerful Tool For Publicity”, Outdoor ADventures, August, 1991.
– “Television Guide”, training pamphlet written for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, spring, 1990.
– “Equal Time”, Feedback, Broadcast Education Association, Winter, 1989.
– “Hi Tech/Low Cost College Computer Graphics”, American Journal of Commercial Art, February, 1990.
– “Women See Opportunities in TV News”, Electronic Media, September 24, 1990.
– “The Future of TV News”, Electronic Media, October, 1992.
– “Crisis Communications”, training pamphlet written for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, summer, 1993.
– “Throwing Money After High Tech No Help to News”, Electronic Media, December 12, 1994.
– “(Almost) Free Live Shots Using Apple iChat AV”, DL Quarterly, January, 2005
– “New Age Broadcast News Instruction”, DL Quarterly, January, 2005.

HONORS AND AWARDS
– Kappa Tau Alfa, Journalism Scholastic Honorary.

– Winner, Meigs Department Teaching Award, 1992.

– First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1975, North and South Carolina Radio and Television News Directors Association.

– Co-winner, Best News Story of The Year, 1977, Pittsburgh Chapter, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

– Winner, Best News Story of The Year, 1978, Pittsburgh Chapter, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

– Winner, Outstanding Use of Television, 1981, Pittsburgh Chapter, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

– Winner, Golden Quill Award, 1981, Enterprise/Investigative Reporting.

– Winner, San Francisco State Media Award, 1981, Investigative Reporting.

– Winner, Golden Phoenix, 1994, Public Relations Society of America, Best Video News Release.

– First Place, News Division, 1995 Broadcast Education Association, juried faculty production.

– First Place, 1995 American Corporate Video Awards, Best Video News Release.

– Finalist, 1995 International Mercury Awards, International Academy of Communications Arts & Sciences, Video News Release.

– Silver Award, 1995, International Mercury Awards, International Academy of Communications Arts & Sciences, Video News Release.

– Award of Excellence, 1996, Apex Awards For Publication Excellence, Communications Concepts, Video News Release.

– Silver Award, 1996, International Mercury Awards, International Academy of Communications Arts & Sciences, Video News Releases.

– Award of Distinction, 1997, International Merc Mercury Awards, International Academy of Communications Arts & Sciences, Video News Releases.

– Distinguished Teaching Award,, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003. University of Georgia.

– Awarded Joshua Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, 2004.

– Appointed, Senior Teaching Fellow, 2004.
– Appointed, Teaching Academy Member, 2004.

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

SELECTED GRANTS AND DONATIONS

�� Multi-machine video editing, University of Georgia, 1990, $23,000.

�� Apple Computer digital editing, $75,000, 1994.

�� CNN technology, $580,000, 1995.

Georgia lottery matching grant, $240,000, 1995

CNN Headline News set, $35,000, 1995.

Sony Corporation video switcher, $55,000, 1996.

Cox Broadcasting analog router, $220,000, 1997.

Georgia Public Television satellite truck, $400,000, 1998.
Fox Broadcasting Atlanta television set, $110,000. 1999�� Remote digital broadcasting, University of Georgia, $98,000, 2000.
VizRT Graphics Grant, University of Georgia/VizRt, $520,000, 2003.
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES

– Scholarship and Awards
– University Council
– University Unified Grievance Committee
– Faculty Affairs Committee
– Cox Center for International Training and Research
– Department Facilities Committee
– Joint Faculty/Staff Grievance Committee (Chair)
– National College News Network Committee, Broadcast Education Association, (Chair)
– Academic Honesty Committee
– 1999-2000 Facilities Self-Study
– University Technology Advisory Committee
– University CIO Search Committee
– University Provost’s IT Task Force Member
– Faculty Search Committee (Chair)
– College Informational Resources Committee (Chair)
– Department Admissions Committee

INNOVATIVE INSTRUCTION
CHARLOTTE BAY TRADING COMPANY (CHARLOTTE, N.C.)
MULTI MEDIA PRODUCTIONS “USA”, INC. (BOCA RATON, FLA.) Co-Host and Technology Advisor, World Business Review with Caspar Weinberger, 1996-1999. Write, co-host and advise the production of a weekly, internationally syndicated radio, television and Internet distributed program featuring interviews with CEO’s from Fortune 500 companies on their latest technology and business systems.
AAJ TAK / INDIA TODAY (NEW DELHI, INDIA) Project Manager, 4/2000-12/2000. In charge of an international team of consultants who created, along with their Indian counterparts, a new satellite and terrestrially distributed 24-hour national news channel in the Hindi language. Project involves creating a main facility from scratch, establishing 14 bureaus around the country, and the introduction of new technology and systems design. Project management included establishment of programming, policies and procedures, hiring and personnel guidelines, look and feel, contracted construction, the training of 250 initial staff, vendor oversight, and overall organizational structure and control.

David C. Hazinski

Indian Corps location and deplyment strategy

May 10, 2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

One must look at the India’s possible deployment vis-à-vis Pakistan, based mostly on the Indians’ Order of Battle (ORBAT) during the 2002 crisis. The Indian Army has five Commands. The Northern Command at Udhampur near Jammu looks after Kashmir, the Western Command, at Chandimandir, looks after Punjab and Rajasthan with the borderline at Bikaner, the Southern Command at Poona looks after Gujarat and Maharashtra, the Central Command at Lucknow has a Strike Corps, including the 31st Armoured Division meant for the western border and the Eastern Command at Calcutta looks after Counter-Insurgency in Assam and the NEFA border with China. The Pakistani Armed Forces essentially face India’s Northern, Western and Southern Commands. India has troops earmarked against Pakistan as Army Reserve in both the Central and Eastern Commands.

The Northern Command consists of three Corps: XV Corps at Srinagar comprising the 19th Infantry Division (at Baramula) and the 28th (Gurais). XIV Corps at Leh comprising 3rd Infantry Division (Leh) and 8th Mountain Division (Nimer). XVI Corps at Nagrota (Jammu) is a Corps plus with five Infantry Divisions, the 10th (Akhnur), the 25th (Rajauri), the 26th (Jammu), the 29th (Pathankot) and the 39th (Yol). It also has three Independent Armoured Brigades, the 2nd, the 3rd and the 16th. There is an Artillery Brigade with each Corps. The 39th Infantry Division and the three Armoured Brigades are engaged in Counter-Insurgency duties and form the Command Reserve. The other Divisions are all deployed at the Line of Control (LoC).

The Western Command consists of three Corps, XI Corps at Jullunder, deploying 7th Infantry Division (Ferozepur), 9th Infantry Division (Chandimandir) and 15th Infantry Division (Amritsar), 23rd Armoured Brigade and 55th Mechanised Brigade, the two Strike Corps being two Corps and X Corps at Ambala and Bhatinda, respectively. The 2 Corps has 1st Armoured Division, 14th RAPID Division, 22nd Infantry Division and 14th Independent Armoured Brigade while X Corps has the 18th and 24th RAPID Divisions, 16th Infantry Division and 6th Independent Armoured Brigade.

The Southern Command consists of the XII Corps (Jodhpur) with 11th and 12th Infantry Divisions deployed at Ahmedabad and Jodhpur and the XXI Strike Corps (Bhopal) with 33rd Armoured, 36th RAPID and 54th Infantry Division. There are three Direct Reporting Units, 30th Artillery Division, which usually moves to Western Command. The 50th Independent Parachute Brigade and 333rd Missile Groups (India’s nuclear artillery unit having Prithvi missiles) are meant to be deployed from the Southern Command Area to Punjab and Rajasthan. During the 2002 crisis some formations moved from the Eastern Command to areas facing Pakistan, 57 Mountain Division, 2nd Mountain Division and 27 Mountain Division.

The Indian Aerospace Forces (IAF) consists of five operational commands, Western Air Command (New Delhi) controlling air operations from Kashmir to North of Rajasthan, Southwestern Air Command located at Gandhinagar controlling air operations from Rajasthan to Maharashtra, Central Air Command at Allahabad, Eastern Air Command at Shillong and Southern Air Command at Trivandrum. Pakistan is primarily concerned with Western Air Command and Southwestern Command, with 8air deployments from the other Commands.

Western Air Command has an Air Operation Group at Udhampur (near Jammu) dedicated to occupied Jammu & Kashmir. Its fighting units are based at Leh, Srinagar, Udhampur, Jammu, and Pathankot (total 96 aircraft). In Punjab its bases are at Amritsar, Adampur 17, Halvara, Chandigarh, Ambala, Bathinda, Sirsa and Suratgarh (Total 332 Aircraft).

Southwestern Air Command was previously under operational control of Western Command, it now controls air operations in Rajasthan and Maharshtra. Its fighting units are based at Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Agra, Jodhpur, Uttarlai, Jamnagar and Pune (total 263 aircraft). To back these Central Air Command has two Squadrons of Mirage 2000H at Gwalior which can be switched to the other Commands facing Pakistan (36 aircraft). Total deployment against Pakistan in 2002 was in excess of 753 combat aircraft, almost the whole of the IAF.

India’s Navy has three Naval Commands. Western Naval Command at Mumbai provides naval defence of the Arabian Sea. A new naval base has come up between Mumbai and Cochin at Binaga Bay, with an advance base at Dwarka. The Navy’s Missile Boat HQ is at Colaba. Eastern Naval Command, is based at Vizagaptam with a submarine base, it provides naval defence of the Bay of Bengal. The Southern Naval Command at Kochi is mainly a training base. Both the Western and Eastern Naval Commands will be involved in operations against Pakistan. Their surface fleet consists of one aircraft-carrier, 7 guided-missile destroyers, 7 guided-missile frigates, 3 frigates, 4 corvettes, 10 large patrol craft, 5 fast patrol boats, 3 fast-attack missile boats and 18 minesweepers. They have 1 nuclear-powered submarine and 13 diesel-powered submarines in service (1 Foxtrot Class, 9 Sindhughosh Class and 3 Shashikumar Class). India’s Naval Air Arm with HQs at Goa consists of a squadron of Jaguars and Sea Harriers each, other than 6 Sea-Kings and 20 Cheetak helicopters. The Jaguar squadron (at Poona) is operated by the IAF.

The Indian Navy, which focuses on anti-ship capabilities with an emphasis on attack submarines, has the capacity to support a multi-service heliborne-cum-para-cum amphibious operation, provided it has adequate air cover. This amphibious capability is built around 304th Army Independent Brigade at Vizagapatam. Their Marine Commando Force (Marcos for short) is based at Mumbai, Cochin and Vizagapatam. The Indian Navy has a heavy lift capacity with 2 new 5,600-ton Magar Class Landing Vessels with 4 Landing Craft Vehicles and Personnel (LCVP). Four Polnochny-class vessels have helicopter platforms. They also have 7 locally built 500-ton Landing Craft Utility (LCU). They also have 11 Cosmos midget submarines of Italian origin that can ride the back of Foxtrot-class submarines.

The Indians can deploy four Strike Corps against Pakistan, one each against the Southern part of Azad Kashmir, Central Punjab, Southern Punjab and one against Sindh. They have the necessary balance to focus their attack in a combination of two or even three corps but time and space dictate they cannot move more than one strike corps on any axis and they have to cater for our counter-offensive. Since no ground offensive is possible in the desert without heavy air cover, their air deployment in 2002 suggested that the focus of their strike corps could well be in the south (Western and Southern Commands). One should expect a combined heliborne, para and/or amphibious operation. Both the Indian Strike Corps, 2 Corps from Western Command at Jaisalmer and 21 Corps at Barmer from Southern Command could be reinforced with additional Divisions from Eastern Command (moving through Jodhpur) and have integral Helicopter Attack Squadrons, Engineer, Artillery and Air Defence Brigades. The deployment of the Army’s Direct Reporting Unit, 30th Artillery Division will give the fulcrum of the lines of attack. Jodhpur in 2002 had a concentration of heavy lift MI-8/M-17 helicopters, supplemented by AN-32s at Agra, Gwalior and Chandigarh. Agra is the peace station for another Direct Reporting Unit, the 50th Independent Parachute Brigade.

With all 3 Armoured Divisions and all 4 RAPID Divisions and at least 2 out of 5 Independent Armoured Brigades concentrated in Rajasthan, the resource allocation makes their offensive targets obvious, along the Jaisalmer-Rahimyar Khan axis or along the Barmer-Mirpurkhas axis, most probably both. They could also possibly attempt helicopter troop transportation/amphibious LST and launch XXI Strike Corps for a link-up. They practiced this in 2002. The area between Badin and Sujawal east of the Indus thus becomes vulnerable. Given Pakistan’s counter-riposte potential this could end up being “a bridge too far.” The Indian Navy cannot blockade Karachi Port with the same impunity they did in 1971, our Exocet-armed Mirages and enhanced submarine fleet will keep them well off-shore, even outside our 200 miles territorial limit. Our Navy would love to get the Indian aircraft-carrier within combat aircraft range.

In 2002 Indians moved Directly Reporting Unit 333rd Missile Group consisting of 3 Prithvi Batteries with 4 launchers each to the border areas. Their two Strike Corps in the Rajasthan Desert (2 and XXI) provide a better target for a possible Pakistan tactical nuclear strike. If at anytime our conventional forces lose ground threatening our North-South communications, we will use the weapons at our disposal.

Pakistan has no desire for war but it may be forced on us. We will certainly have grievous casualties and horrific damage in a conventional war even without a nuclear exchange. Unfortunately, we have no option but to fight.

The writer is a defence and political

analyst. Email: isehgal@pathfinder9.com