Saturday, July 14, 2018

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#Pakistan - Imran Khan: a Taliban Goebbels?

By —Dr Mohammad Taqi
Daily Times

The PTI and its leader are perhaps politically insignificant, but conceding space to such Ziaist propaganda has the potential to radicalise the nation, especially our youth. Fortunately, Mr Khan is not perceived as an American stooge — he is seen as a Taliban apologist.
“The lowest form of popular culture — lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people’s lives — has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage” — Carl Bernstein, US journalist.
Perhaps ordinary Pakistanis are not much better off either. But it is not just the journalists embedded with the jihadists who are peddling nonsense. Among the politicians, Mr Imran Khan keeps outdoing himself in the craft of black propaganda. He has been stuffing people with this Goebbels-speak for years and, unfortunately, the western print media is one such avenue he uses to push his outlandish assertions.
While the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman, Muslim Khan, had the dubious courage to clearly own up to the savagery of his outfit, Mr Imran Khan, who is the head and de facto chief spokesman of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, stoops to the lowest levels of skulduggery in defending Taliban atrocities. Sheer disinformation, misinformation, contempt for truth, and an utter disregard for the realities of people’s lives, particularly of the Pashtuns, are what Mr Khan’s spoken and written words are all about.
He seems to have perfected the art of repeating half-truths and quite often just plain lies over and over again. In his article ‘Don’t blame Pakistan for the failure of the war’ (The Times, UK, July 27, 2010), he has some real gems to share. He writes: “Before the West invaded Afghanistan, my country had no suicide bombers, no jihad and no Talibanisation.”
Perhaps Mr Khan had been too busy playing cricket to take note of al Qaeda’s activities in the early 1990s at Abdullah Azzam’s Maktab-al-Khidmat — a base camp in Peshawar for Arab jihadists. Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden met each other in Peshawar courtesy Professor Azzam. Suicide bombings were not a norm then, but Azzam himself was killed in a car bombing in November 1989, allegedly orchestrated by his more extremist friends. He disagreed with their concept of takfir, i.e. declaring people who did not meet their definition of Muslim as infidels, who they believed deserved to be murdered. Benazir Bhutto, Dr Najibullah, several Arab rulers and Muslim minorities were placed in this category.
The early 1990s were the formative years of world jihadism and these men in Peshawar were not confined to just Afghanistan. The Afghan-Arabs, as they became known, worked hand in glove with all varieties of Pakistani jihadists and after 1992, Afghan territory was used for their cause. For example, training and sanctuary were provided at the Al-Badr camp in Khost to terrorists who unleashed havoc in Pakistan and around the world.
Mr Khan has completely glossed over the terrorist acts of the jihadists trained in the Pak-Afghan border regions. Riaz Basra of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was one such figure who was involved in over 300 acts of terror on Pakistani soil, including an attempt on Mian Nawaz Sharif’s life, way before the US forces had set foot in Afghanistan. Along with Akram Lahori and Malik Ishaq, Basra had used the training facilities in Sarobi (near Jalalabad). This was the beginning of Talibanisation in Pakistan.
While the terrorist cadres were trained in Afghanistan, their leadership was groomed at various madrassas in Pakistan. However, Mr Imran Khan is either ignorant of this fact or is protecting such nefarious characters when he writes, “Until that point [army action in FATA in 2004], we had no militant Taliban in Pakistan. We had militant groups, but our own military establishment was able to control them. We had madrassas, but none of them produced militants intent on jihad until we became a frontline state in the war on terror.”
Only two entities from what is literally the Ivy League of the jihadist network need a mention to refute Mr Khan’s claim. Karachi’s Jamia Islamia aka Binori Mosque has produced hundreds of jihadist leaders that include Maulana Azam Tariq of Sipah-e-Sahaba, Qari Saifullah Akhtar and Maulana Fazlur Rahman Khalil, the leaders of Harkatul Jihad Al-Islami, and the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed, Maulana Masood Azhar. The association of this madrassa’s patron (Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai) with the Afghan Taliban, especially Mullah Omar, is well known.
It might not have dawned on Mr Imran Khan but Jalaluddin Haqqani carries the title Haqqani for a reason — he had spent six years at Darul-Uloom Haqqaniah in Akora Khattak. Among the top 32 officials in Mullah Omar’s government, 11 — including six top ministers — were educated in madrassas in Pakistan. Out of these 11, seven were students at the Haqqaniah seminary. The US was nowhere in the picture when the alumni of these madrassas were on a killing spree in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Mr Khan betters himself still when he claims, “After the WikiLeaks revelations yesterday, reports are being floated that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is aiding the Afghan militancy. The fact is that the ISI is not that powerful, but certainly in an environment of chaos and uncertainty Pakistan will need to protect its interests through all means necessary.” Even the ISI may take serious offence to this, as it is positioning itself as the power that can deliver the Taliban, especially the Haqqani network, provided the new set-up in Kabul is to its liking.
These assertions by Mr Khan might even be amusing if he was not capable of even worse assertions. Blaming the US for all ills is one thing, but he has as easily blamed the victims of terrorism. Writing about the Karsaz bombing in ‘Benazir Bhutto has only herself to blame’ (The Telegraph, UK, October 21, 2007), he noted, “I am sorry to say this, but the bombing of Benazir Bhutto’s cavalcade as she paraded through Karachi on Thursday night was a tragedy almost waiting to happen. You could argue it was is different for me campaigning in public, even in the frontier region, because I am not perceived as an American stooge, or a supporter of the war on terror.” Benazir and not the takfiris were to be blamed as per Mr Khan’s views!

The PTI and its leader are perhaps politically insignificant, but conceding space to such Ziaist propaganda has the potential to radicalise the nation, especially our youth. Fortunately, Mr Khan is not perceived as an American stooge — he is seen as a Taliban apologist.

#Pakistan - Elections And The Oppressed Media

Protesting against the intimidation of media houses and journalists, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and a mobilized civil society have joined in a much-needed countrywide strike against the disruption of Dawns transmission mediums.
The media stands to be the quintessential mode of communication for the electorate. A free and judicious media coveys political narratives without discrimination and allows analytical evaluation of such narratives for the unbiased assimilation of the public. When elements within the deep state and influential political lobbyists seek to reaffirm the status-quo through gagging the free press, the civil society must take a stand for it is the right of the electoral body to have unobstructed access to a factual representation of the socio-political realisms, this close to the voting process.
With elections a hair’s breadth away, such selective gagging of the media stands to strategically shade a true democratic election process. The constitutionally mandated freedom of the press is essential to allow an even playing field to all the contenders and to highlight the inherent discrepancies that seek to cloud the election. Especially at this pivotal junction, when the democratic government is in the process of a turnover, a free media holds the representatives accountable to their pledges and past legacies, countering conspiracy theories, misrepresentation and empty rhetoric. The mandated transparency of the media is crucial in streamlining the facts from the barrage of misinformation and political verbiage that comes with the frenzy leading up to the polls.
Tactics seeking to blackout pivotal political discourses, and mainstreaming choice political party narratives are tantamount to calculated rigging of the electoral process. In lieu of the independent press, TV talk shows- that peddle biased and bigoted views to be imbibed and recited by the general public- have been promoted as the new medium to influence the voter’s opinion. Such dissemination and regurgitation of of a charted political trope can be assumed, with PTI getting the lion’s share of media exposure, and a buffeted PML-N largely represented through a criminal lens. With the lens resolutely focused on the theatrical exchange between the two parties, other mainstream contenders- like the PPP have been curiously left bereft of coverage and alternative platforms such as the Awami Workers Party, and independent voices like Jibran Nasir, have been customarily sidelined.
Intimidating the media seeks to disseminate selective information, and construct an artificial electoral process with the façade of democracy. The coercion of media in Pakistan should be challenged as it will only result in compromising the public and national interest while maintaining the de facto status-quo.


Takfiri Wahhabi terrorist group Daesh (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing in the election campaign public meeting in Mastung district of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

Amaq news agency of the militant takfiri Daesh group confirmed their terrorist detonated in the election campaign public meeting in Mastung which left at least 129 dead and more than 250 injured.

#Mastung - Fears of more violence in #Pakistan election after bomber kills 130

A week of bombings on political rallies has shattered the relative peace of Pakistan’s general election campaign, culminating in a devastating suicide attack that killed at least 130 people at a rally in the southwestern Baluchistan province.

As campaigning intensifies, attacks in different areas of the country have stoked fear of more violence in the Muslim country of 208 million where political rallies can draw tens of thousands of people.
The July 25 election features dozens of parties, with two main contenders: ex-cricket hero Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehree-i-Insaf and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, which vows to win a second term despite the jailing of founder, ex-Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif, on a corruption conviction. Islamic State claimed responsibility for Friday night’s suicide bombing at a rally for the Baluchistan Awami Party (BAP). Among the 130 killed was the party’s provincial assembly candidate Siraj Raisani.
A video clip showed Raisani speaking just before the attack, greeting crowds seated on the ground under a large tent before the blast hit and the image cut off.
A senior party official said the attack would not dent its election hopes.
“It’s a big loss as far as Mr. Raisani is concerned for us ... But will it reverse the course of the political party? No,” said Anwar ul Haq Kakar, a BAP member of Pakistan’s Senate. Pakistan’s campaign until this week had been relatively peaceful, compared with frequent attacks by the Pakistani Taliban during the 2013 election, which saw 170 people killed, according to statistics from the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies.
Then, three attacks over four days killed at least 152 people. On Tuesday, a Pakistani Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up at a rally by the Awami National Party (ANP) in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing 20 people. Among the dead in Peshawar was ANP candidate Haroon Bilour, whose father, senior ANP leader Bashir Bilour, was himself killed in a 2012 suicide bombing in the city. And on Friday, another bomb struck the convoy of the religious Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal party (MMA) in the northern town of Bannu, killing four people. Although overall violence has ebbed in Pakistan in recent years following an army offensive on militant strongholds in the northwest, both the Pakistani Taliban and Islamic State still launch attacks from across the border in Afghanistan.
Pakistan’s army will deploy about 371,000 troops on election day, almost three times the number in 2013, to protect the polling places.

Bilawal barred from holding rallies in KP as terror strikes country

Due to recent terror attacks in the country, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa administration has denied permission to Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for holding public rallies in Peshawar and Malakand. According to the details, the PPP has planned public rallies in Peshawar and Malakand in connection with the upcoming general elections-2018. Party Chairman, Bilawal Bhutto was already in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on a two-day visit. 

However, due to recent terror attacks in KP and Balochistan provinces, the administration has barred Bilawal from holding public rallies. The PPP chairman was also advised to stay within cantonment areas. It may be worthwhile to mention here that 22 people including ANP’s election candidate, Haroon Bilour were killed in Peshawar as suicide blast ripped a corner meeting. 

Yesterday, a suicide blast ripped an election meeting of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) in Mastung, in which, 128 people including PB-35 candidate and former CM Balochistan, Nawab Aslam Raisani’s brother, Nawabzada Siraj Raisani were killed.

#Pakistan - #PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari visits his constituency NA8 in Malakand

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Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has suspended his election campaign for 2 days due to the terrorist attack in Mastung and in solidarity with the martyrs of Mastung.
“After two days, Chairman Bilawal Bhutto will resume his election campaign from Rawalpindi,” said Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, Spokesman to Chairman PPP. Senator Khokhar said that despite security concerns, Chairman PPP will go to Punjab and other parts of the country.
Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto visited his constituency in Malakand on Saturday. He met local PPP leadership but suspended his election campaign in NA-8 in solidarity with the people of Balochistan. Mr Bhutto was told not to leave Peshawar Cantt by security officials. Despite the cancellation of jalsa in Malakand, thousands gathered in Malakand when Chairman PPP arrived there. In his short speech, Chairman Bilawal said, “Although I wanted to talk about various political and local issues, I will not because I have announced my solidarity with the people of Mastung. I will come again to Malakand after the elections whether I win this seat or not.” He asked his supporters to defeat the terrorists by voting for the PPP on Election Day. Chairman PPP will spend the night in Malakand.
“Those leaders who have shown no remorse for the martyrs of Mastung are not fit to be called national leaders. To be a national leader, you need to be sensitive and have pain for the nation,” said Senator Khokhar.
Senator Khokhar further said that it is not possible that on the one hand we are burying 130 martyrs and on the other we are holding jalsas. The PPP stands with the people of Pakistan, not vested interests.