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Wash my blood stained bag, mama

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on December 23, 2014

“Please don’t switch the light on, my brother has just fallen asleep” Waqar Amin whispered to us as we tiptoed into orthopedic ward number 7 where many of the young boys with bone-wounds were being kept.

It was nearly two in the morning when I reached Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital after a school came under attack on Tuesday. Waqar told us that two of his brothers went to the Army Public School and both of them had been shot – one in the waist and the other in the head. Waqar’s a police constable and his family sent the boys to the military run school for better education. Despite attacks on schools and civilians no one in Pakistan expected children would be massacred in the heart of one of the most secure areas in the city of Peshawar.

Waqar says he received a call from his brother asking him to come to the school as ‘terrorists’ have entered the premises, he was scared and there was heavy firing in the background. Then the line disconnected and Waqar feared the worst had happened. He rushed to the school where a few military guards were standing helplessly before help arrived. They saw children lying on the ground in the distance but no one could do anything for them as bullets whizzed past them when they tried to get close. “Then the phone rang after I had called it a hundred times” said Waqar “my brother told me that he’s been shot and everyone around him was dead except for one of his friends. His friend was scared too and then my brother said I have to hang up someone is coming”. It was one of the worst places to be, Waqar was standing outside the school knowing full well that his brother is in imminent danger inside and he could do nothing – Waqar welled up as he described what went on. “Then the phone rang again, my brother said they were checking if anyone was playing dead by putting the hot barrels of their guns on their necks. Anyone who made a noise was shot. My brother turned his phone to silent and played dead too. There was so much blood coming out of his bullet wound that they didn’t bother to check if he was alive. This time he was really scared. He said don’t come to get me or they will kill you too. They just killed my friend.” Waqar spoke to his brother a few times after that in brief whispers as they feared the attackers would return. Heavy firing continued with intermittent blasts. Both brothers feared each blast and each volley of bullets. Several hours went by as the cat and mouse game continued between the attackers and the military. Finally the army said the school was clear. Waqar pleaded with the guards to allow him in but they said it was still too risky. Waqar then borrowed an ambulance volunteer’s hat to gain access to the school. He says they waded through several pools of blood. It was gruesome; bodies were scattered everywhere, freshly spilt blood of young boys and girls who should’ve been out in the playground. Waqar then saw his brother being helped by a soldier,  limping and bleeding…his face looked very pale. But he was alive.

In the cold corridor of the hospital, people were sleeping on the uncomfortable chairs, perhaps exhausted physically and mentally. Peshawar is a conservative city and everyone we spoke to said that humans are incapable of committing such barbarism and expressed disbelief that people who claim to be close to Islam be capable of such depravity. The doctor too sounded defeated. He told me that they were doing all they could for the wounded but for far too many they could do nothing.  Ever in his life he said he’d seen this many young deaths. He qualified that statement by aging “I have worked in Lady Reading hospital for years and being in Peshawar we get victims of terror attacks on a daily basis”. It was nearly 3am so we headed to the hotel.

The unbelievable brutality of Tuesday morphed into the agony of Wednesday at some point. Small coffins were delivered to many cities of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 142 funerals were taking place. In Mansehra 6 year old Khaula was laid to rest. She had left to take admission in army public school. She had prepared for the competitive entry test and everyone was excited for her. I was told her mother was inconsolable. Back in Peshawar among dozens of other families, Dr Shabbir Awan buried his teenage nephew Abdullah.

He too had an agonizing tale. But despite his composure he was angry. ” if they don’t have the resources to protect us, we accept it. But they too shouldn’t be secured with tax payers money buying them long motorcades and bomb-proof cars.” Shabbir told us as he wanted to convey his message to the government, “If the govt can’t protect the children if they can’t make the army stand infront of the schools, there should be no army in front of the corps commander house, at the PM house, there should be no security for them. They should be like us”.

It was early afternoon and the military took journalists to Army public school. When you enter the school there is a certain smell of death. The blood stained floors and charred rooms are signs of the massacre which happened there. Classrooms are riddled with bullets.. Books and shoes scattered after the mayhem. There are so many pools of blood. Outside someone had collected body parts, a picture no one can be prepared for regardless of their years of experience and training. The children were taking the exam in one of the main halls and there was an event taking place in the auditorium. Some children saw their principal being set on fire after she was shot. Some saw the last breaths of their closest friends. It looked like an abattoir not a school.

In the political corridors, the tragedy jolted the government. The prime minister and the army chief, two of Pakistan’s most powerful men, were in Peshawar and the bitterly divided politicians had all huddled together. Sensing that mere words won’t work, everyone in charge seemed wanting to prove that they were hurting too. The PM lifted the moratorium on death penalty for terrorism convicts and formed a national counter terrorism task force to devise an action plan within a week. Opposition politician Imran Khan ended his prolonged sit-in and planned anti-government protests. And the army chief flew to Kabul with the intelligence chief to shore up support from across the border as they intend to hunt down the leadership of the Pakistani Taliban believed to be based in Afghanistan. But Mulla Fazlullah’s men of the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan seem unfazed of the building consensus against them. A TTP release glorified the attackers and they sent me pictures of dead children who they say have been killed by the Pakistani army in military operations against them in the tribal areas. For them, the slaughter of children who included some from military families, is a way to inflict pain on the enemy in revenge. “It’s been a tough news story to cover as a Journalist and as a parent” a colleague confessed to me as she took long drags of her cigarette. “I don’t think I have ever cried this much while gathering news. I cried when I spoke to the families and I cried when I spoke to my newsroom” she told me that she kept thinking of her girls who she didn’t meet as she rushed out when the news of the school attack broke. She had said goodbye to them in the morning in another city but they were also wearing a school uniform the last time she saw them.

I just spoke to a grandfather who used to wait in the lawn by the front gate reading the paper and drinking tea as his grand kids would come home and kiss him hello. They would then run to their mother who’d been waiting to hear about their day, laugh at their silliness, be angry at their mischief, yell at them for not washing their hands and tuck them in every night. He lost his teenage grandson and says it’s an irreparable loss. To him the attackers have taken away bits of Pakistan’s future.

A friend has spoken to his son in a military school in another city. The nine year old boy says he isn’t scared but he’s been thinking of the last moments of the kids who died. He asked his dad would they have seen their dreams flash in front of their eyes and pop like balloons? Would they have been thinking of their ambitions? What if they fought with their mom and dad that day? How would they apologize? I asked him will he pull him out of the school and he says no.

As I board the plane to leave a resilient city, I’m reading this poetry in the local paper

Wash my bag mama – author unknown

Please don’t be cross- my bag’s got stains of blood All my books are red They’re lost and have become pictures of the past What happened to me how I long to tell you I travelled from your lap To a sea of knowledge in my school Explosions replaced the ringing of the bell Bullets were raining down from all directions That short moment of agony became so long In the chaos I saw that man A savage beast carrying a gun The messenger of hate in the cloak of religion He declared war as he entered our room of unarmed boys Waved his gun and lined all of us up And painted the walls with our blood Be proud of me mama I took the bullet in the head Did not waver did not falter did not fear

Please don’t be cross

The forehead you used to kiss goodbye

Has a hole and is covered in blood

I remember your words when I left in the morning Don’t forget to finish you lunch son Little did you know it was my last breakfast My creator chose my time was up Now I’m with my friends and eat with them Please don’t worry for me Please don’t forget me Please don’t be cross – my bag’s got stains of blood

I just called Waqar Amin. His brother Mian Amir Ali who was shot in the waist has underwent more surgery and his brother  Mian Ishaq Amir who was shot in the head just moved his body today – he’s not in a comma anymore. Waqar asked me to pray for their recovery.

http://blogs.aljazeera.com/blog/asia/wash-my-blood-stained-bag-mama

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PO Box: Taliban

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on June 23, 2013

What’s in a name? Well, if you’re not careful it can cause fissures in alliances, potentially cost billions in aid and result in mass confusion.

The much awaited declaration of the Taliban office in Doha, Qatar, was welcomed across the globe as a move that will pave way for peace in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

PUTTING UP THE SIGN

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Yet Afghanistan wasn’t among the countries cheering the fighters’ arrival at a formal negotiating table.

President Hamid Karzai took exception to the use of the term “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” – a name which reminds Afghans of the days when the Taliban was in charge and which was not cleared with the Taliban’s Qatari hosts.

Qatar’s state news agency clarified that the agreement was to open a political office of the Taliban, not that of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Karzai hit out not only at the Taliban but also at the US and suspended security talks, blaming foreigners interested in advancing only their own strategies and goals. Within hours, his threat seemed to have worked.

US secretary of State John Kerry has had to pick up the phone more than once to assure Karzai that the Afghan government was not being sidelined.

Taliban mission

The Taliban spokesman, for his part, told media that his group wanted to open the political office for five reasons:

1. To talk and improve relations with the international community through mutual understanding.

2. To back such a political and peaceful solution which ends the occupation of Afghanistan, establishes an independent Islamic government and brings true security which is the demand and genuine aspiration of the entire nation.

3. To have meetings with Afghans in due appropriate time.

4.To establish contact with the United Nations, international and regional organizations and non-governmental institutions.

5.To give political statements to the media on the ongoing political situation.

Taken together, they appear like a bold outline for future power-sharing in Afghanistan – and, therefore, objectionable to the authorities in Kabul.

The Karzai government also wants the talks to happen directly without any interlocutors such Pakistan, which played its part in the establishment of the Doha office by freeing Taliban prisoners and allowing others to travel freely to Qatar.

What is noteworthy is that that the Doha office hosts no decision makers but just intermediaries between the Taliban supreme council, the Afghan government and the Americans.

Zero-sum game

As far as the Taliban officials are concerned, they see the latest development as a victory of sorts. After the fall of their government in Afghanistan in 2001, this would be the first open, official acknowledgement of the group’s power base.

The Taliban’s progress naturally poses a diplomatic challenge for the Karzai government. It’s a unique case of one country having two representative offices in a foreign country (an embassy and a Taliban political office).

The Afghan government has to walk a fine line in making sure that its diplomats are relevant in the presence of an influential force capable of affecting the situation at home.

The Taliban does not recognise the Afghan government’s power to veto or amend its decisions. But the group must realise that it cannot wage war and talk peace at the same time for the sake of credibility.

US forces invaded Afghanistan and toppled the Taliban goverment because the group failed to sever its links with al-Qaeda, then operating from Afghan soil, in the aftermath of the September 11, 1001, attacks.

Although a Taliban official has said the group does not wish to harm other countries, it has to work hard to dispel international scepticism.

Deceived time and again

Meanwhile, members of the Afghan expatriate community in Qatar say they have been deceived by so many sides on so many fronts that they don’t know who to trust.

A businessmen told me: “We want peace at any cost and whoever can bring it. Our generations has suffered from the fighting.

“There needs to be an agreement before foreign troops leave. We don’t want to travel back in time – again.”

On Wednesday night, the policemen on guard outside the Doha villa at the centre of international attention said the Taliban office would open in the morning.

US officials have apparently assured the Karzai government that the plaque bearing the words “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”, to which it had taken offence, would be removed.

Howsoever shaky and tentative, peace, it would seem, has been given a sliver of chance in war-weary Afghanistan.

POLE SHORTENED BUT FLAG IS STILL UP

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Plaques on buildings can be taken off or be put put back on but this shaky and cautious peace process does offer some ‘hope’ – a commodity not abundant when it comes to Afghanistan after 2014.

http://blogs.aljazeera.com/blog/middle-east/po-box-taliban

 

SINCE THEN:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said

I want to thank and express the appreciation of President Obama and all of us working on this issue for Qatar’s willingness to host the Taliban office here in Doha in order to facilitate negotiations between the Afghan High Peace Council and the authorized representatives of the Taliban. Now it is obvious from just the early churning around the opening of that office that nothing comes easily in this endeavor, and we understand that. And the road ahead will be difficult, no question about it, if there is a road ahead. Clearly there’s been a challenge thus far, but I want to thank our friends in Qatar for having made the effort, having reached out, having gotten far enough to at least have an announcement made that there is an office.

And it is our hope that this could ultimately be an important step in reconciliation if it’s possible. We know that that – it may well not be possible, and it’s really up to the Taliban to make that choice. The High Peace Council is ready, the United States is ready, the Qataris are ready; all of them have lived up to their obligations thus far, and it remains to be seen in this very first test whether or not the Taliban are prepared to do their part.

So once again, I thank His Highness the Amir, His Highness Sheikh Tamim, and His Excellency the Prime Minister for hosting us here today and being willing to cooperate in these difficult endeavors. Thank you, sir.”

Afghan official in Doha said to me ..

“- We (the embassy in Doha) have not been informed about any talks which may happen tonight or later.
– U.S. officials have not informed us about the arrival of James Dobbins, we’re not aware if they have had any direct contact with the foreign office in Kabul.
– It is possible that the Americans are talking about the prisoner in Afghan custody and their men in Guantanamo bay
– We are not opposed to them talking BUT peace in Afghanistan HAS to be Afghan led.
– The talks are between the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban so it makes sense that both sides are taking part in any discussion about peace..”

AND Taliban told me

“We haven’t been told by the Americans about the arrival of James Dobbins (US special rep to Afghanistan and Pakistan)
We are willing to talk but in the light of recent events we have not yet agreed to having a meeting with the Americans.
Internal consultations are continuing about the scope of negotiations(in Doha and in Afghanistan).
This process will take time and we are hopeful that a solution can be worked out in due time.
Why do you ask us for a ceasefire as a precondition for talks? The Americans havent ceased fire, they havent left Afghanistan – this will take time.
Important thing is to bring peace to Afghanistan and get rid of foreigners occupying our land.
And in coming days, God willing, you’ll see that things will get better….”

Is the west training Syria’s rebels in Jordan?

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on March 15, 2013

As we mark two years of fighting, here’s one aspect of the world’s response to Syria …

U.S.-trained Syrian rebels returning to fight: senior rebel source  – www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-syria-crisis-rebelsbre92d15e-20130314,0,3920651.story

UK and French instructors involved in US-led effort to strengthen secular elements in Syria’s opposition, say sources – www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/08/west-training-syrian-rebels-jordan

The American and Jordanian militaries are jointly developing plans to secure what is believed to be Syria’s vast stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, said U.S. and Arab officials briefed on the discussions. – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203961204577269680793484776.html

The American troops have been stationed at a Jordanian military base north of Amman about 35 miles from the border since the end of a major joint exercise called Operation Eager Lion. –www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9598851/US-troops-operating-in-Jordan-near-Syria-border.html

The American mission in Jordan quietly began last summer. In May, the United States organized a major training exercise, which was dubbed Eager Lion. About 12,000 troops from 19 countries, including Special Forces troops, participated in the exercise. After it ended, the small American contingent stayed on and the task force was established at a Jordanian training center north of Amman. It includes communications specialists, logistics experts, planners, trainers and headquarters staff members, American officials said. An official from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugee Affairs and Migration is also assigned to the task force. –www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/world/middleeast/us-military-sent-to-jordan-on-syria-crisis.html?_r=0

Here’s an untitled image from the archives http://www.globalresearch.ca/articlePictures/reaganandmujahideen1.jpg and the rest is history…

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on January 30, 2013

Supreme Court of Pakistan -meddling disabler in collusion with parts of media OR champion of establishing rule of law? http://dawn.com/2013/01/29/bokharis-stunning-outburst-against-judiciary-media/

NADEEM MALIK ندیم ملک

NAB CHAIRMAN LETTER TO PRESIDENT ZARDARI

“Please accept my gratitude for supporting unhindered execution of my mandate. Large recoveries have been made (about Rs 25 Billion). The Prevention activity of focusing on the current procurements and projects of Rs. 1.5 Trillion to eliminate possible corrupt practices, and the disclosure of heavy daily wastage of revenue and state owned resources indicative of decade’s old systemic flaws is being addressed by the Government.


“However, I write to you at a critical juncture in the history of our country when our people anxiously await free and fair elections. At this juncture all political players appear unanimous and united to respond to the aspirations of their countrymen. There is broad consensus that non political players must not be allowed to derail the political process. The Military has made its position clear and firmly stands with the people.


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#WeAreAllHazara **

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on January 23, 2013

It’s unprecedented.
Women, children and elderly have been protesting with 86 dead bodies of their loved ones. The cold weather and similar treatment by the authorities have had no effect on their resolve. These are the Hazaras of Quetta. The city that saw more than a hundred deaths in a sectarian attack on January 10.

And their plight has gripped the Pakistani nation. Protests and sit-ins spread like wildfire in all major cities after the victims decided to stand their ground. Their demand is being echoed in all four provinces – the dismissal of the inept Balochistan government.

The bombing was indiscriminate, it took the lives of Shias, Sunnis, journalists, rescue workers and policemen I spoke to journalists and the civil society, who are all surprised at the utter incompetence of the concerned authorities. The Inspector General of police was reportedly present in the city but the death of nine police officers did not make him get out of a warm room. The Chief minister is abroad and after a grave tragedy, hasn’t considered cancelling his private business. And what can one say about the elected representatives. None of the 64 members of the provincial assembly, who by the way are all ministers, was present in the provincial capital.

And it’s this performance of the state machinery which has led the Hazaras to demand a military intervention. They want a surgical operation against the Lashkar I Jahngvi’s radical fighters who boasted about killing Shias. They want the governor of Balochistan to take charge and give the responsibility of maintain law and order to the corps commander.

The attempt to create a sectarian divide hasn’t worked – well at least so far. Leaders of the Hazara committee say Shia Hazaras have been targeted for the past 13 years. But they have existed peacefully and there is no Shia-Sunni divide. Their anger is aimed at a bunch of terrorists who – according to them – are being funded by foreign governments. They say these terrorists are anti-Pakistan and should be brought to justice. The demand seeking justice for killers is not unique to Quetta, victims in Swat, Karachi, Peshawar are all waiting.

All hope is not lost. A popular politician Imran Khan has made his way to Quetta to show solidarity. Pakistan’s biggest opposition party – the Muslim League Nawaz intends to join the protesters. Even government allies like the MQM have condemned the killings. And the country’s largest Islamic party, the Jamat I Islami has announced its support to stop the cleansing of Hazaras.
And Pakistan’s youth is also fed up. Activists from various parts of Pakistan and not just Shias are taking to the streets. In Lahore their chants haven’t stopped for over 48 hours, in Karachi they are occupying the encroached land in front or president Zardari’s palace and similar scenes can be seen across the country.

Maybe, just maybe, this tragedy can result in protecting the rights of the Hazaras and other minorities in Pakistan. There is only so long you can let your loved ones dead body remain on the road….

**The post was written before the dismissal of the Balochistan government To date the people who went missing after the attacks havent been found or heard from

A certain season of uncertainty in Pakistan

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on January 22, 2013

Just a few hundred meters away from the parliament, the presidency and the supreme court is the square in shape of the letter “D”.

This is where Canadian-Pakistani cleric Tahirul Qadri, intended to create his version of Egypt’s Tahrir square.

In a related but not directly linked development, the Supreme Court has given orders to arrest the prime minister on a corruption case pending since March.

The ruling has given new impetus to Qadri’s followers but the chief justice has made it clear that elections will be held on time and no unconstitutional force will be supported.

The prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is among 16 people who have been implicated in kickbacks involving rental power plants while he was the minister for water and power.

But nothing in Pakistan is simple, the supreme court’s decision has to go through the National Accountability Bureau or NAB. On Thursday, the court was angry at the NAB chairman for not carrying out its orders and issued a contempt of court notice against him  The supreme court said it had based the decision on documents provided by the government and was surprised at the argument of the NAB prosecutor who wanted time to further investigate the case. The court has told NAB to hand over all case records.The case has been adjourned till January 23rd.
For the last two years winters in Islamabad have seen a spike in political temperature.  In 2011-12 around the same time it was Imran Khan on the wave of change and rooting out corruption. This year it’s Qadri. Tahirul Qadri returned to Pakistan after getting his Canadian citizenship, which he says is permissible under Pakistani law.

He has previously been elected under Genaral Pervez Musharraf’s government and has also been part of the former military dictator Ziaul Haq’s martial law regime. But he says he has come back to Pakistan as an agent of change.

He hasn’t been able to achieve much but inadvertently brought together all political parties on the agenda of saving democracy. Even a coalition partner of the government, the MQM, took back its decision to take part in Qadri’s rally.

Political leaders in Pakistan have questioned his millions of dollars which are being spent on arranging rallies and massive publicity campaigns in all forms of media.

Tahirul Qadri’s Minhajul Quran international insists that funds have been collected by its network of followers in 90 countries.

But Qadri is using popular slogans and public frustration as the basis for his demand of “cleansing the political system”. In the last five years the PPP led coalition has been criticized for bad governance and a huge increase in corruption and inflation.

At an all parties conference convened under Nawaz Sharif’s PMLN, political parties agreed to not support Qadri but demanded that the government announce the schedule for elections and setup a caretaker govt.

The assemblies complete their tenure on March 16 and lections have been promised in two months after a caretaker government takes charge. Important announcements are expected in the national assembly session on January 21.

Qadri had made strong statements for the duration of his protest and the responded in kind. The minister for information said Qadri’s making vague demands. Qamar Zaman Kaira said if Qadri doesn’t calm down, political parties can also bring their crowds to the streets. But that war of words has now ended.

Qadri and the government called it their victory but none of his big demands were met. Both sides have agreed on a long march declaration. Some are saying that the establishment’s plan to shake up the political system has been achieved.

But the sit in is finally over and for Pakistanis it has come as a sigh of relief. Because a fragile democracy like Pakistan – after a decade of a military dictatorship – can ill afford showdowns.

PAKISTAN OFFICIALLY ADMITS ‘WE KNEW NOTHING’

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on May 3, 2011

Death of Osama bin Ladin-Respect for Pakistan’s Established Policy Parameters on Counter Terrorism

The Government of Pakistan recognizes that the death of Osama bin Ladin is an important milestone in fight against terrorism and that the Government of Pakistan and its state institutions have been making serious efforts to bring him to justice.

However, the Government of Pakistan categorically denies the media reports suggesting that its leadership, civil as well as military, had any prior knowledge of the US operation against Osama bin Ladin carried out in the early hours of 2nd May 2011.

Abbottabad and the surrounding areas have been under sharp focus of intelligence agencies since 2003 resulting in highly technical operation by ISI which led to the arrest of high value Al Qaeda target in 2004. As far as the target compound is concerned, ISI had been sharing information with CIA and other friendly intelligence agencies since 2009. The intelligence flow indicating some foreigners in the surroundings of Abbottabad, continued till mid April 2011. It is important to highlight that taking advantage of much superior technological assets, CIA exploited the intelligence leads given by us to identify and reach Osama bin Ladin, a fact also acknowledged by the US President and Secretary of State, in their statements. It is also important to mention that CIA and some other friendly intelligence agencies have benefitted a great deal from the intelligence provided by ISI. ISI’s own achievements against Al Qaeda and in War on Terror are more than any other intelligence agency in the World.

Reports about US helicopters taking off from Ghazi Airbase are absolutely false and incorrect. Neither any base or facility inside Pakistan was used by the US Forces, nor Pakistan Army provided any operational or logistic assistance to these operations conducted by the US Forces. US helicopters entered Pakistani airspace making use of blind spots in the radar coverage due to hilly terrain. US helicopters’ undetected flight into Pakistan was also facilitated by the mountainous terrain, efficacious use of latest technology and ‘nap of the earth’ flying techniques. It may not be realistic to draw an analogy between this undefended civilian area and some military / security installations which have elaborate local defence arrangements.

On receipt of information regarding the incident, PAF scrambled its jets within minutes. This has been corroborated by the White House Advisor Mr John Brennan who while replying to a question said, “We didn’t contact the Pakistanis until after all of our people, all of our aircraft were out of Pakistani airspace. At the time, the Pakistanis were reacting to an incident that they knew was taking place in Abbottabad. Therefore, they were scrambling some of their assets. Clearly, we were concerned that if the Pakistanis decided to scramble jets or whatever else, they didn’t know who were on those jets. They had no idea about who might have been on there, whether it be US or somebody else. So, we were watching and making sure that our people and our aircraft were able to get out of Pakistani airspace. And thankfully, there was no engagement with Pakistani forces. This operation was designed to minimize the prospects, the chances of engagement with Pakistani forces. It was done very well, and thankfully no Pakistani forces were engaged and there were no other individuals who were killed aside from those on the compound.”

There has been a lot of discussion about the nature of the targeted compound, particularly its high walls and its vicinity to the areas housing Pakistan Army elements. It needs to be appreciated that many houses occupied by the affectees of operations in FATA / KPK, have high boundary walls, in line with their culture of privacy and security. Houses with such layout and structural details are not a rarity.

Questions have also been asked about the whereabouts of the family members of Osama bin Ladin. They are all in safe hands and being looked after in accordance with law. Some of them needing medical care are under treatment in the best possible facilities. As per policy, they will be handed over to their countries of origin.

Notwithstanding the above, the Government of Pakistan expresses its deep concerns and reservations on the manner in which the Government of the United States carried out this operation without prior information or authorization from the Government of Pakistan.

This event of unauthorized unilateral action cannot be taken as a rule. The Government of Pakistan further affirms that such an event shall not serve as a future precedent for any state, including the US. Such actions undermine cooperation and may also sometime constitute threat to international peace and security.

Pakistan, being mindful of its international obligations, has been extending full and proper cooperation on all counter terrorism efforts including exchange of information and intelligence. Pursuant to such cooperation, Pakistan had arrested several high profile terrorists.

The Government of Pakistan and its Armed Forces consider support of the people of Pakistan to be its mainstay and actual strength. Any actions contrary to their aspirations, therefore, run against the very basis on which the edifice of national defence and security is based. Pakistan Army and intelligence agencies have played a pivotal role in breaking the back of Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations in Pakistan as well as around the World. Most of the successes achieved by the US and some other friendly countries have been the result of effective intelligence cooperation and extremely useful military support by Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan and its security forces have resolved to continue their fight against terrorism till people of Pakistan can live in peace and security.

HERE’S WHAT THEY IMMEDIATELY SAID AFTER THE KILLING

Mon, May 2, 2011 at 12:27 PM
Death of Osama bin Ladin

In an intelligence driven operation, Osama Bin Ladin was killed in the surroundings of Abbotabad in the early hours of this morning. This operation was conducted by the US forces in accordance with declared US policy that Osama bin Ladin will be eliminated in a direct action by the US forces, wherever found in the world.

Earlier today, President Obama telephoned President Zardari on the successful US operation which resulted in killing of Osama bin Ladin.

Osama bin Ladin’s death illustrates the resolve of the international community including Pakistan to fight and eliminate terrorism. It constitutes a major setback to terrorist organizations around the world.

Al-Qaeda had declared war on Pakistan. Scores of Al-Qaeda sponsored terrorist attacks resulted in deaths of thousands of innocent Pakistani men, women and children. Almost, 30,000 Pakistani civilians lost their lives in terrorist attacks in the last few years. More than 5,000 Pakistani security and armed forces officials have been martyred in Pakistan’s campaign against Al-Qaeda, other terrorist organizations and affiliates.

Pakistan has played a significant role in efforts to eliminate terrorism. We have had extremely effective intelligence sharing arrangements with several intelligence agencies including that of the US. We will continue to support international efforts against terrorism.

It is Pakistan’s stated policy that it will not allow its soil to be used in terrorist attacks against any country. Pakistan’s political leadership, parliament, state institutions and the whole nation are fully united in their resolve to eliminate terrorism.

Mr Malik and conspiracy theories … or are they?

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on April 18, 2011

The Pakistani interior minister has been called many things but a spy master is a new pseudonym. An elaborate account claims that he not only runs a spy agency but goes on to hint at his alleged involvement with the Benazir murder case. And of course Mr Malik denies all that.

A flawed relationship built on mistrust with Washington and Delhi, the recent handling of the Raymond Davis affair, claiming to have arrested all involved in the Benazir murder case and frequent statements on the inability to stop Drone attacks, all put Mr Malik in the limelight. Analysts believe Rehman Malik was told to stay clear of the Davis because of his love for the cameras. Some question his beginnings from an ordinary officer to the country’s top man on security. But whatever the case, he has proven to be a remarkable people’s man building bridges between political adversaries from Musharraf to MQM.

Mubarak’s Speech

Posted in Uncategorized by osamabinjavaid on April 10, 2011

This is the first time ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been heard after the people rose up and threw him out. The military has reaped the benefits as effectively it has been a military coup against a political government. Until they prove me wrong by holding free and fair elections in the coming months, there are lessons that other military establishments can learn by using public anger against elected representatives. Hello Isamabad!

Broadcast the "Arab", Sunday 04/10/2011, an audio tape of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, is his first since his estrangement from power. This text of the interview. "Brothers and sisters of the people of Egypt .. I was hurt a lot – and still – because of the accusations against me and my family, the unjust campaigns and false allegations of abuse designed to appeal to my reputation and my integrity in my attitude and the historical, pol … Read More

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The Other Story – Education Under threat

We have started a weekly news show “the other story” bringing you the untold elements of stories you hear every day.

We take a look at the untold stories in Pakistan and possible solutions to make things better.

This week we will be looking at one of the most fundamental building blocks for human development and sustenance. When given the opportunity to achieve their own goals, people are empowered to contribute fully to the development of their communities, societies, and economies.

The other story this week is Education Under Threat

We begin with Karachi. The threat to education is multipronged. Somewhere its terrorism, some places its negligence AND some places lack the infrastructure altogether. We have visited one of many government schools where the lack of basic facilities are threatening the very fabric of the provision of a fundamental right to the children.

Private schools have become a necessity for contemporary Pakistani society since the government has failed to provide quality education for its population.

A majority of parents, even those from lower income brackets, send their children to private schools so they can receive an education that will enable them to be competitive

Our correspondent Sophia Jamal visits a city govt run school in Karachi and reports about how imparting knowledge is under threat.

Throughout this week on dawn news we will ask the relevant policy makers on how to make things better. We then go to Quetta where repeated closure of educational institutions in Balochistan has severely affected students. Especially the students of winter zone of the province are affected with exams fast approaching.
Not just that but target killings of school and college principals has also brought the infrastructure of education to a halt. Syed Ali Shah INVESTIGATES.

Then we go to Lahore where ensuring the security of students has forced the Punjab government to close down school and universities alike. This unprecedented decision raised several questions not only about its impact on the students and the masses but also about how seriously the government is willing to fulfill its duties. Our correspondent Sana Saif takes up the issue.

We then go to Peshawar where almost every day we hear about a bomb or a suicide attack in the NWFP..the focus stays on security, counter-terror and emergency services. But is the younger generation being neglected, does anyone ever go back to the schools which were blown up my militants, what about the teachers who have to show up and are parents willing to send out their children. Mumtaz Bangash investigates the plight in the NWFP.

And finally we take a look at possible solutions and cross over to Islamabad where the federal minister for education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani joins us… We ask Mr Bijarani..

Q1.) Lets begin with the NWFP..Parents teachers and the very fabric of education is under threat…..Does the education ministry have a plan for the solution?

Q2.) There is a similar situation in Balochistan where educators are being targeted, institutions being threatened and a sense of insecurity clubbed with a lack of schools to begin with, what are you doing for Balochistan?

Q3.) Over in the Punjab the government says it cannot provide security to all schools so the institutions must come up with their own plans..Some schools have started charging additional fee for security do you have a check and balance system…how are you dealing with the situation there?

Q4.) But you do realize that the situation in Sindh is completely different. Education is under threat due to mismanagement and negligence. Unpaid teachers, lack of facilities, thousands upon thousands of ghost schools…What is being done for the province of Sindh?

Want to know what the education minister said…watch the other story on youtube…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNhxWnw9bko

DO WRITE IN AS THE OTHER STORY IS ABOUT YOUR ISSUE AND SOLUTIONS FOR YOU…

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