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Alert: If Not Stopped, US Plans Will Lead To A Pakistani Civil War

October 25, 2009

US Plans Will Lead To A Pakistani Civil War

A pro-US fifth column inside Pakistan is now talking about southern Punjab as the hub of Al-Qaeda just as it earlier pointed to Balochistan in the same manner.  For those who had failed to connect the dots to the US grand design of targeting Pakistan a year ago, it should be easier today. There are covert US operatives now spread across the length and breadth of Pakistan; drone attacks have increased in frequency since Obama took office; aid packages are demanding unacceptable conditions; the military is being pushed on all fronts, with India increasing its deployments along the western border with Pakistan and aiding low intensity conflict through Afghanistan.
By THE NATION
Tuesday, 29 September 2009.
WWW.AHMEDQURAISHI.COM
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The US design to destabilize Pakistan is becoming clearer by the day, even for the most blinkered Pakistani.
As the US continues to be stalemated in Afghanistan, it has sought to move the centre of gravity of the “war on terror” to Pakistan.  Initially it was assumed that this shift would be restricted to FATA, but now it is evident that the US is seeking to engulf the whole of Pakistan in an asymmetric conflict, which will eventually pit the people against the state, especially the military.
Reports of a US plan to target Balochistan, including its capital city Quetta are, in all likelihood, correct – more so because the US has not issued even a half-hearted denial on this count.
Pakistani officials are admitting that the US has sought to extend drone attacks to Balochistan, especially Quetta.  Given the present government’s proclivity to accede to all US demands, it should not come as a surprise to soon see these drone attacks taking place.

However, for Pakistan such a development will be suicidal, given the prevailing instability in Balochistan and the continuing lack of trust between the Pakistani Baloch people and the Pakistani federation.  Worse still, Quetta is an urban centre with a concentration of population.  It is also a major military station with the Command and Staff College as well as other formations present in the heart of the city.
How far is our military prepared to accommodate the US desire to undermine the country’s sovereignty?
After all, the drones will push the separatists closer to their goal, while the US will think it can move towards its concept of Greater Balochistan through the breakup of Pakistan and Iran.
Unfortunately for the US, the Iranian leadership shows no signs of falling prey to such US designs, unlike their Pakistani counterparts.
Again, if today drones are allowed to target an expanded area of the country, what will stop the US from expanding into southern Punjab next?  With receding red lines, the whole country could be up for targeting by the US in its growing despair over the inevitable failure in Afghanistan.
There are many fifth columnists in our midst now talking of southern Punjab as the hub of Al-Qaeda just as earlier they pointed to Balochistan in the same manner. For those who had failed to connect the dots to the US grand design of targeting Pakistan a year ago, it should be easier today. There are covert US operatives now spread across the length and breadth of Pakistan; drone attacks have increased in frequency since Obama took office; aid packages are demanding unacceptable conditionalities; the military is being pushed on all fronts, with India increasing its deployments along the western border with Pakistan and aiding low intensity conflict through Afghanistan, and the US demanding we withdraw more troops from the eastern border to FATA and begin a premature conventional operation there; and the US-dominated IMF and World Bank pushing through threatening price hikes and taking charge of policy making in Balochistan and NWFP.
This editorial appeared today under the title, US War On Pakistan.
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Catholics fear Hindu ‘Taliban’

May 9, 2009


Amanda Hodge, South Asia Correspondent | April 27, 2009
Article from: The Australian

THE Catholic Church has warned that electoral victory for the conservative Bharatiya Janata Party next month could result in a Hindu-style “Talibanisation” of India and lead to the suppression of human rights for all religious minorities there.

Father Babu Joseph, a spokesman for the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, which represents 168 diocese, said the church feared the results of the current national elections, which are being held in five stages and conclude on May 13.

“They want to demolish secularism – they’re very clear there has to be a Hindu nation and only Hinduism is acceptable,” Father Joseph told The Australian. “Last time the BJP was in power, they began the process of amending the constitution of India to try and take away the rights of the minorities.”

The constitution enshrines the rights of minority groups and religions to establish institutions for their communities.

But Father Joseph said: “If that’s removed then tomorrow all our institutions, including our schools, could be taken over.”

Communalism has been a constant theme in Indian elections as parties seek to woo voters along religious lines.

One of the most startling moments in an otherwise lacklustre campaign this election was a hate speech delivered by Varun Gandhi, great-grandson of India’s founding prime minister and great secularist Jawarhalal Nehru. The young Gandhi was jailed for a fortnight after allegedly telling supporters he would cut off the hands of any Muslims who threatened Hindus.

In August and September last year, the Christian community was targeted in riots across the state of Orissa, triggered by the murder of a local hardline Hindu priest who preached radical Hindu exclusiveness among his followers.

Some 50,000 Christians – many of them converts from the socially backward Dalit caste – have been displaced in the violence, which claimed dozens of lives and saw thousands of Christian houses and churches burnt in villages across the state. Many have left the state but as many as 4000 Christians are still sheltering in refugee camps.

The riots occurred under the coalition state government of the BJP and former political ally the Biju Janata Dal.. But the BJD last month broke off its alliance and has since been trying to persuade people to rebuild their homes and their lives.

Father Joseph said a fraction of Christians displaced in the violence had returned to their villages to rebuild with the help of the Government and the church.

In some, reconciliation had also begun, as Hindus and Christians worked side by side in the reconstruction. But many others had been forcefully converted to Hinduism on their return.

“It’s like what is happening in Pakistan – trying to apply sharia law. This is the Hindu version of it,” he said, adding that Hindu nationalist parties such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were indoctrinating poor tribal people in Orissa against Christians.

“This is the worst we have seen so far but we wonder what is still to come depending on what kind of party comes into the centre,” Father Joseph said.

However, BJP MP and national party spokesman, Prakash Javadekar, dismissed the church’s concerns as “political propaganda”, pointing to the success of BJP governments in Christian-dominated states such as Goa.

Mr Javadekar told The Australian yesterday that Indian minorities were safer under a BJP government than under the Congress party, which he said had been responsible in 1984 for inciting India’s worst communal violence since independence following the assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25389187-25837,00.html