Friday, July 31, 2009

Mr. Ansar Abbasi, The News, GEO TV and Plots.

Ansar Abbasi - investigative editor for one of the leading newspapers from Pakistan, The News International/Jang Group of Newspapers and GEO TV. He used to work for Daily Dawn.
Profile of Ansar Abbasi - MA Mass Communication Class of 1998 - Goldsmith MA Journalism - Department of Media & Communications Goldsmiths University of London New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

Mr Ansar Abbasi often quote wiretaps to give weight to his stories. I wonder who provide him the wiretaps??? Why this "generosity" of providing "wiretaps" is not shown to other journalists??? Why only him???? Nazir Naji caught Abusing Journalist Posted by Teeth Maestro April 20, 2009

Since Judiciary is restored and you can check PLD that what the Judiciary has to say about Wiretapping and Eavesdropping

In 1997 the Supreme Court directed the Government to seek its permission before carrying out wiretapping or eavesdropping operations; however, the judiciary’s directive has been ignored widely. No action was taken during the year 2001 on the case of 12 government agencies accused of tapping and monitoring citizens’ phone calls, which has been pending since 1996, and no additional action the case was expected.

Pakistan Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2003 February 25, 2004

The Supreme Court directed the Government to seek its permission before carrying out wiretapping or eavesdropping operations; however, the degree of compliance with this ruling was unclear at year’s end.

“The government acted in violation of Article 190 of the constitution, which says all executive and judicial authorities in Pakistan shall act in aid of the Supreme Court. Instead of readily and honestly complying with the Supreme Court verdict in the Judges’ case, the prime minister castigated the ridiculed it and implemented it reluctantly in phases. Then there was the allegation of wiretapping of state functionaries, which is also a violation of a fundamental right.”[Dawn 30.1.1997]

Do note the wording “wiretapping/intercepting of anybody not just state officials” Pakistan Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor 1999 February 23, 2000

In 1997 the Supreme Court directed the federal Government to seek the Court’s permission before carrying out any future wiretapping or eavesdropping operations. Nonetheless, that same year, a lawyer for a former director of the Intelligence Bureau, charged with illegal wiretapping during Benazir Bhutto’s second term in office, presented the Supreme Court with a list of 12 government agencies that still tapped and monitored telephone calls of citizens.

Why these tapes have appeared [if genuine] so suddenly just after Mr Ansar Abbasi [Editor Investigations - The News International/Jang/GEO] surrendered his own plot and “managed to file” a particular story on this surrender??

1 – Senior journalist returns plot to government By our correspondent Saturday, April 18, 2009

If I am not fogetting there was an Accountability Case in Sindh in late 90s or in early 2000/2001 wherein an Audio Tape and a Video Tape was produced before the Judge as an evidence of bribery but court didn’t allow the evidence and court’s observation was that anybody good at acting can do that. I hope if any lawyer on this forum can educate us on the admittance of such evidence in the Court of Law in Pakistan.

Recently on Justice Bilal Case in Aaj Kamran Khan Kay Sath on GEO TV, Mr Ansar Abbasi had openly admitted that he usually tapes the conversation of the people he talks with on any particular story. When Kamran Khan asked that “is it not against Journalism’s Ethics, Mr Ansar said, that investigative journalists would have to have some evidence to support the story so that the subject couldn’t deny the facts in future. Generally, journalists do inform the subject [when they break any sensational story] that he/she is on tape but that rarely happened in Pakistan and that is the Violation of Fundamental Rights i.e. Invasion of Privacy , illication of private information through unfair means. There is a difference between Journalist, Police Officer and Intelligence Officer. Journalists should avoid being Intelligence Officers because Intelligence Officers often do things which are not allowed under any Law.


Press Conference on Ansar Abbasi in National Press Club Islamabad - Pakistan

RIUJ resents Ansar Abbasi’s move of ‘surrendering’ his plot DATED Friday 24th April, 2009

ISLAMABAD: RIUJ (Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists) has taken strong notice of, the fact that Mr. Ansar Abbasi has written a letter to Chief Minister Punjab, in which acting as a very honest person, has returned his plot allotted to him in Media Town, Rawalpindi as a member of Press Club. He was more than welcome if his intentions were good, but unfortunately he also asked CM Shahbaz Sharif to cancel all the plots given to members of Rwp/Islamabad Press Club. In his letter he said that journalists in Pakistan belong to privileged class, while in fact 98 % of Pakistani journalists deserve sympathy of people, as they are the most depressed class of the society.

The journalists in Pakistan are getting the wages of 1996. In most of newspapers they don’t even get their salary even after three months; over 400 journalists were terminated without notice across the country from various newspapers and TV Channels. He never raised voice against this, though he remember to give safe side to media owners.

Ansar Abbasi wrote in his letter that he does not feel good because this plot was given by the government, but he never asked his bosses to move out of the GEO building because this plot was also given to Mir Shakil by the then government. He did not tell the people that previous government gave the status of MODEL VILLAGE to his native town and his brother was given the contract, besides not confess that he resides in a luxury house in the posh sector of Islamabad, and neither that someone gifted three hotels to him at Faizabad. This is not the move of ANSAR ABBASI, but of the media owners to avoid implementation on 7th wage award. IS there anyone to raise voice against this man?

Ansar Abbasi backing Qabza group in Murree: affectees DATED Friday 24th April, 2009

ISLAMABAD: One Shazia Shah, a school teacher has alleged leading journalist Ansar Abbasi is backing “Qabza” group in Murree adding bother in law and some other relatives of Ansar Abbasi are part of this group. She said this along with other members of affected family while addressing a press conference here Wednesday in Islamabad Press Club. “My family belongs to Bhurbun and the Qabza group which is patronized by brother in law of Ansar Abbasi has illegally occupied a land tract of 14 kanal owned by my family”, she charged. This land valued Rs 2 Lac per canal, she added. About 50 to 60 hooligans attacked our home a few days earlier and abused our family publicly, she told. Some people also attacked my car when I was traveling from Murree to Islamabad by my car a week before and I made a marrow escape”, she blamed. Waqar who is brother of Shazia Shah alleged Qabza group had refused to accept the decision of Jirga. He appealed to chief minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to take immediate notice of this illegal occupation and take action for ensuring early return of land to his family from the illegal occupants.




Courtesy: ALAIWAH


Hye Plot, Hye Plot: Ansar Abbasi Sells His Soul for a Plot July 28, 2009 at 6:43 am

In his interview while referring to Quarnic verses, Ansar Abbasi of the News Islamabad time and again lebelled the people ignorant urging them to at least learn what Quran says. But, this self-styled scholar of the Holy Book had to apologize later on for misquoting Quran in one of his columns published in Urdu daily Jang.

Irrefutable evidences have surfaced about Editor Investigation of The News, Ansar Abbasi’s lust for land grabbing. And unlike any other honourable person, Ansar Abbasi used his wife to plead the case for a government plot in Islamabad worth millions of rupees by falsifying and concealing information.

These official documents emerged after Ansar Abbasi, tried to hoodwink the public by returning a 250 square yard plot of the Punjab government.

According to the details gleaned from official documents, the self proclaimed moralist of Pakistani journalism Ansar Ahmed Abbasi, son of Mohammad Sajawal, sought from Musharraf regime a one Kanal (500 square yards) plot worth millions of rupees at throwaway price in Islamabad’s sector G-14 in 2004.

Ansar Abbasi was then the Bureau Chief of The News in Islamabad. He was among the few journalists who rushed to apply for the one kanal plot in sector G- 14 and subsequently deposited Rs125,000 with the Ministry of Information.

The government had established an eligibility criterion that only those journalists were eligible against three per cent quota for journalists who did not own any plot or house in the federal capital, Islamabad. It was to meant to provide roof to the journalists in dire need of shelter.

He who is greedy is always in want

Ansar Abbasi did not care for this important clause and submitted an affidavit on oath knowingly, that he was giving a false oath on the Holy Book, Quran, not withstanding his self claimed righteousness and championship (read demagoguery) of Islamic values. Mr Abbasi concealed the information that he lived in a house in the most posh sector of Islamabad in House No 217, Street 100, Sector I 8/4 Islamabad.

This house is owned by Ansar Abbasi himself where he lives with his brother Ejaz Abbasi.Sources close to Ansar Abbasi say that Ejaz Abbasi acts as a front man for the acts of omission and commission of his journalist brother. The sources say Ansar Abbasi and Ejaz Abbasi have joint stakes in many a businesses including hotels and petrol pumps.

In the personal affidavit submitted by Ansar Abbasi to the Ministry of Information, he claimed that he did not have any house in his name at all. In the forms submitted to the Ministry of Information, Abbasi cleverly mentioned in the column where it was required to be mentioned whether he owned a house in Islamabad or not, that he had a shared property in I-8/4.

He did not mention that he actually owns a house. Had he admitted the ownership of his house, then he might have been deprived of his right to even apply for the plot. But he hid the truth from the authorities in the application form.

“Corruption of the best becomes the worst”

Ansar Abbasi’s craving for a plot on throwaway price shocked the officials at the Ministry of Information when he submitted an affidavit of his wife, Zeba Abbasi. He was the only journalist in Pakistan whose wife submitted the affidavit, literally kneeling down to beg for a plot for her husband in sector G-14. No other journalist ever submitted such affidavit of their better half.

In her affidavit, she wrote

“I, Zeba Ansar Abbasi, wife of Ansar Ahmed Abbasi NIC 6110-9436395-8 has been nominated by Ansar Abbasi, in respect of the plot to be allotted to him. In this regard, I undertake to bear all liabilities in respect of plot to be allotted to him, in event of his death without prejudice to the rights of the legal heir under the relevant laws”.

The Information ministry officials were dumbfounded shocked as according to them they did not expect Ansar Abbasi to become so crazy for a piece of land that he could even submit a false oath or an affidavit of his wife. The officials were taken aback to know that Mr Abbasi’s wife wanted the plot even in the event of her husband’s death and pay the installments after her husband’s death.

Snowball effect

But, Ansar Abbasi felt that despite his own affidavit and that of his wife Zeba Abbasi’s, he still needed to do more to convince the Musharraf regime to allot him one Kanal Plot in Sector G-14 of Islamabad. Therefore, he prepared another affidavit to get this plot.

This time, Abbasi narrated how he was inducted in the profession of journalism through some tabloid newspaper which was closed down soon after he joined it. Then he joined Pakistan Times, but interestingly, this too was closed down once Mr Abbasi became its part.

Now, Abbasi wrote that he did not have any experience certificates of these two newspaper papers which were the requirement to show that his experience in the journalism was more than 15 years to qualify for the plot. Thus, he could not produce those certificates of his relevant experiences.

In a laughable move, Abbasi however attached the “press cards” of Pakistan Times and Democrat to lay claim over the plot in G-14. To convince (read mislead) the government about his eligibility in his lust for the plot, Abbasi crossed the limits of absurdity as far as references are concerned. In a more laughable manner, Mr abbasi wrote the name of a photographer, Ishaq Chaudhry, to establish his credentials.

Had the editors of the closed down publications been alive, they might have confirmed or denied if they knew anyone by the name of Ansar Abbasi and if the closure of the publications was due to non-professional extremist instincts of Abbasi.

Abbasi was so desperate to get the government plot that he had even offered to produce some evidences in the shape of senior journalist of Dawn Mohammad Ilyas who according to Abbasi was the chief reporter of The Pakistan Times when he joined the newspapers. Sadly, after a few days of submission of third affidavit by Abbasi, Mr Ilyas also died.

Ironically, by a hand of fate or sleight of shrewdness, all the journalists Mr Abbasi mentioned as references had been died, except for photographer Ishaq Chaudhry.

A man’s heart deviseth his way, but …

The committee constituted by the government to scrutinize eligibility though believed the words of Abbasi but with a pinch of salt and recommended him for a category-II plot in G-14. A letter was sent to Mr Abbasi telling him that he was not eligible for the Category-I plot for which he had applied.

Upon this, Abbasi wrote back to Ministry of Information that he was ready to accept anything thrown at him, even if the category in which he was being allotted a plot was being down graded.


For Further Reading:

Ansar Abbasi, Black Mailing, Mudslinging & The News International

Ansar Abbasi, Swat Flogging, The News International and CJ Lahore High Court

Ansar Abbasi, Nazir Naji, Nazir Laghari, Swat Flogging and The News International

Ansar Abbasi, Shariah Court, Supreme Court and The News International

Swat Flogging and Samar Minallah - 1

Swat Flogging and Samar Minallah - 2

Swat Flogging and Samar Minallah - 3

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 1

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 2

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 3

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 4

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 5

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 6

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 7

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 8

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 9

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 10

Swat Flogging, The News International & Ansar Abbasi - 11

Ansar Abbasi's Excellent Knowledge of Islam

Ansar Abbasi, Lies & The News International/Jang Group

GEO TV, Kamran Khan and Yellow Journalism - 1

GEO TV, Kamran Khan and Yellow Journalism - 2

GEO TV, Kamran Khan and Yellow Journalism - 3

GEO TV, Kamran Khan and Yellow Journalism - 4

GEO TV's Paedophile/Child Molester Correspondent in USA

Mr. Shaheen Shebai [Former Correspondent of Daily Dawn Pakistan, Former Editor of The News International, Ex Director News of ARY ONE TV Channel, Former Director of GEO News Network, and presently on of the many Editors of The News International, Jang Group of Newspapers, Pakistan] I hope you remember the background of Mr Shahin Sehbai [One of the Editor of The News International and earlier he was in Dawn], he had escaped from Pakistan [to save himself from the wrath of the Establishment headed by General Musharraf and Co particularly after the Controversy of Shaheen Sehbai's Story on the Murder of Daniel Pearl after the start of War on Terror] and Mr Shaheen used to run a Web Based News Service i.e. South Asia Tribune but suddenly Mr Shaheen Sehbai reappeared and closed his website [whereas Mr Shaheen during his self imposed exile in USA used to raise hue and cry against the Military Establishment that he and his family member's life is in danger] he returned to Pakistan and that too under the same Martial Law of General Musharraf and joined ARY TV Channel then GEO and then The News International [where he is presently working].

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 1

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 2

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 3

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 4

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 5

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 6

Shaheen Sehbai, Ansar Abbasi and Ahmed Quraishi - 7

Hamid Mir Calamity & Geo TV.

Nawaz Sharif, GEO TV and Jang Group of Newspapers

Nawaz Sharif, Kamran Khan, National Interest & Geo TV

Trial of Musharraf, Treason, Lawyers Movement & Judiciary.

General Pervez Musharraf, Former Martial Law Administrator and President of Pakistan - [1999 - 2008] Alleged Trial of General Pervez Musharraf!

Public memory anywhere is short-lived. In Pakistan it is also steered by the shortsightedness of those who insist on erasing it from the record altogether. The transition to democracy is hardly a fait accompli as we speak. Democratic institutions weakened by Gen Musharraf’s tinkering with the constitution are far from being stable entities today. While anyone in their right mind must blame the general for the mess at hand, the judiciary should also show the moral courage to shoulder its part of the blame. The fact that it was the Supreme Court headed by the same honourable chief justice which gave Gen Musharraf the right to amend the constitution single-handedly in May 2000 cannot be overlooked. This was far more than what the then chief executive had expected to get from the apex court; he had just sought indemnity for the circumstances under which the Oct 12, 1999 coup took place. The general himself did not stage the coup from mid-air, aboard a PIA commercial flight which was not even in Pakistani airspace when the 111 Brigade struck to depose the prime minister. Reference: Why Musharraf alone? By Murtaza Razvi Thursday, 30 Jul, 2009 08:27 AM PST

Here goes the Lawyers Movement for the Restoration of Independent Judiciary!!!

Aitzaz Ahsan - Born on September 27, 1945 at Murree, Punjab, Aitzaz Ahsan was elected to the National Assembly as a PPPP candidate. He has previously been elected as MNA for the terms of 1988, 1991 and 1993. He was also elected as Senator for the term of 1994-1999. Aitzaz Ahsan was elected as MPA in Punjab in 1976-77, and held the portfolios of Information, Planning and Development, Culture and Tourism as provincial minister. Later, he served as federal minister for Law and Justice; Interior, Narcotics Control and Education. Aitzaz Ahsan received his masters degree from Cambridge University, U.K. in 1967. A Barrister-at-Law by profession, he is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Posessing a literary penchant, he has also authored the book “The Indus Saga and the Making of Pakistan” and its Urdu translation, “Sindh Sagar Aur Qyam-e-Pakistan” which present the cultural history of Pakistan. Married, he is the father of two daughters and a son.

Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani - Profile - Rise of Pakistan's 'quiet man' By Syed Shoaib Hasan BBC News, Islamabad Page last updated at 17:56 GMT, Wednesday, 17 June 2009 18:56 UK

ISLAMABAD: Top lawyers’ movement leader and senior PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan has confirmed his meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani while declaring that he is firm on democracy. When contacted by The News, Aitzaz said that when the Army chief spoke to him on March 16, he invited him for a cup of tea. Aitzaz said he accepted the invitation but could not meet him till 10 days ago. Aitzaz said, “It was purely a private meeting.” Reference: Aitzaz confirms meeting Kayani, firm on democracy – Thursday, July 30, 2009 By Muhammad Ahmad Noorani


Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan - Hon'ble Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s top judge turned down a request on Thursday to launch a treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, saying the Supreme Court lacked the authority. Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s remarks could reassure both the fragile civilian government and military establishment, as they can ill-afford any fresh crisis at a time when the country is fighting a Taliban insurgency in parts of the northwest. “This is not the proper forum to initiate such case. We are not authorized to do so,” Chaudhry told the court. Reference: Pakistan judge says won’t try Musharraf for treason Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:47am EDT

Background of this dubious decision

CJ suspended, escorted home: • Justice Iftikhar summoned by SJC on 13th for reference hearing • Ex-judges call it a blow to judiciary’s independence; minister defends decision • Whither judicial activism? By Nasir Iqbal March 10, 2007 Saturday Safar 20, 1428

Justice Iftikhar said his entire house had been bugged, all his activities were being monitored, and `everything and everyone’ in and around his residence was being watched through a listening post set up at the nearby Sindh House.

He did not say in the affidavit if he had been summoned to the Army House by President General Pervez Musharraf or whether he had made a request to meet the president. “When I reached the Army House, President Musharraf, wearing military uniform, told him he had received a complaint against him from a judge of the Peshawar High Court..“I replied that it was not based on facts as my case was decided by a two-member bench and that attempts are being made to maliciously involve the other member of the Bench as well.” After this, the president said there were a few more complaints as well, directing his staff to call the ‘other persons’.

The ‘other persons’ entered the room immediately. They were: Prime Minster Shaukat Aziz, the Directors General of Military Intelligence (MI), Director General of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), Director General Intelligence Bureau (IB), Chief of Staff(COS) and another official. All officials (except the IB chief and the COS) were in uniform. The officials, however, alleged that Justice Iftikhar had used his influence to get his son admitted in Bolan Medical College, Quetta, when he was serving as a judge of the Balochistan High Court. The ISI and MI heads persisted in their demand for resignation, the CJ said. “I refused, saying that the demand has a collateral purpose.” Reference: Reference: CJ says chiefs of MI, ISI asked him to quit: Affidavit on March 9 camp office event By Iftikhar A. Khan May 30, 2007, Wednesday, Jamadi-ul-Awwal 13 1428


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Richard Holbrooke, USA, Taliban, Karzai, Zalmay Khalilzad & Narcotics

Richard Holbrooke, US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Profile:

BRUSSELS: Taliban militants are receiving more funding from their sympathisers abroad than from Afghanistan’s illegal drug trade, the US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan said on Tuesday. “What I believe happens is that the Taliban funds local operations in the Pashtun belt out of drug money, but the overall effort gets massive amounts of money from outside Afghanistan,” Holbrooke said. A Nato official said it was a well-established fact that the militants continue to receive substantial amounts of cash from overseas. Drug money represents only a portion of their operational funding, but it is not known how large that sum is compared with overseas donations, the official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. Gulf, Europe funding Taliban: Holbrooke, Dated Wednesday, July 29, 2009 Task force to probe flow of money to insurgents; calls for more EU aid for Swat IDPs

One must go through some history of Afghan War.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) remarked in 1939 for a Latin American Dictator [American Backed] "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch."


Before 911

U.S. officials announced that Washington was giving $43 million to the Taliban for its role in reducing the cultivation of opium poppies, despite the Taliban’s heinous human rights record and its sheltering of Islamic terrorists of many nationalities. Doesn’t this make the U.S. government guilty of supporting a country that harbors terrorists? Do you think your obsession with the “war on drugs” has distorted U.S. foreign policy in Southwest Asia and other regions?

Mullah Omar [Courtesy: US National Security Archive]

Even the U.S. State Department acknowledges that in July 2000, Mullah Omar of the Taliban ordered a ban on poppy cultivation in all Taliban controlled regions of Afghanistan. That State Department Fact Sheet, published after Jan 1, 2000, however, expresses U.S. disbelief in the ban's effectiveness. This position is, however, flatly contradicted by some very credible sources, including Secretary of State Colin Powell. He gave the Taliban $43 million this May to replace the income lost to Afghani farmers as a result of the ban. Their wheat crops had failed due to the drought and they had no money from opium harvests to buy food. The middlemen who had stockpiled the opium had income. But the farmers, who had harvested in the summer of 2000, had already been paid. Reference: The Lies About Taliban Heroin - Russia and Oil the Real Objectives With Heroin As A Weapon of War - A Replay of CIA's Vietnam-era Drug Dealing - FTW Revises Its Map On Economic Impacts - by Michael C. Ruppert

For further reading: The Taliban And The Afghan Drug Trade Released by the Bureau of South Asian Affairs U.S. Department of State Washington, DC January 20, 2001.


The United Nations Security Council Resolution introduced on December 7, 2000, calls on all parties in Afghanistan to observe the existing international conventions to work for the elimination of illicit cultivation of opium poppy. Further, the resolution includes a measure to ban the export to Afghanistan of a precursor chemical, acetic anhydride, which is used to manufacture heroin.

The international community agrees that these further measures are necessary because Afghan territory under Taliban control is now the largest producer in the world of illicit opium, which is refined into heroin. Narcotics-related income strengthens the Taliban's capacity to provide support for international terrorism.

The Taliban benefit directly from poppy cultivation by imposing a tax on the opium crop, and they also profit indirectly from its processing and trafficking.

The Taliban's support for, or acquiescence to, poppy cultivation and narcotics manufacture and trade has further exacerbated the humanitarian crisis of the Afghan people. The explosion of poppy cultivation under the Taliban has reduced agricultural land available for food crops at the very time that Afghanistan is suffering the worst drought in a generation.

In recent years, the Taliban have announced several bans on poppy cultivation, but there has been little evidence that these bans are credible.

Massive Poppy Cultivation Harms The Afghan People

Afghanistan's opium crop of 3,656 metric tons accounted for 72 percent of the world's illicit opium in 2000.

Since 1997 over 96 percent of the opium-poppy crop has been cultivated in Taliban-controlled areas.

Opium-poppy cultivation in Afghanistan continues to increase, in spite of a devastating drought and decrees from the Taliban leadership banning poppy cultivation.

Poppy is cultivated at the expense of wheat and other food crops, desperately needed by the people of Afghanistan, and is planted on the best available land with productive soils, irrigation, and fertilizer, not on previously uncultivated or marginal lands.

The Explosion Of Poppy Cultivation Under The Taliban

In 1992-93, Afghanistan's poppy cultivation stood at about 20,000 hectares, mostly in Nangarhar province, which is located between Pakistan's North West Frontier province and Kabul in Afghanistan.

Poppy then began to invade Helmand province where it has increased 800 percent since 1993.

Helmand borders on Qandahar province, the Taliban's power base, and harbors traditional smuggling routes to Pakistan and Iran.

Helmand also contains the HAVA irrigation system built by the United States Agency for International Development in the 1950's. This irrigated area has been modern Afghanistan's breadbasket.

Massive poppy cultivation in Helmand has developed since the Taliban took control of the area, and with the full knowledge of Taliban authorities.

The irrigation system minimizes the effects of drought and supports high-yielding opium poppy from year to year.

Poppy cultivation overall for Afghanistan has climbed from 41,720 hectares in 1998 to 64,510 hectares in 2000, mainly as a result of increases in Helmand. Taliban-controlled Helmand province alone now accounts for 39 percent of the world's illicit opium.

Taliban's Bans on Poppy Cultivation Lack Credibility

The United States funded a non-governmental organization to improve this irrigation system for alternative crops in 1998 and 1999 in a failed effort to test the Taliban leadership's sincerity on narcotics control.

The Taliban decreed a ban on opium in August 1997 and in 1999 ordered a one-third decrease in poppy cultivation. No positive results were reported from either action.

On July 28, 2000, Taliban leader Mullah Omar issued a ban on the cultivation and trafficking of opium and repeated this ban in October, ordering the Taliban to plow up fields planted to poppy. The international community will monitor these developments closely.

There have been media reports that the Taliban have arrested some farmers in Nangarhar province for sowing poppy (but not in Helmand). Even so, credible reports from counter-narcotics officials in neighboring states report that drugs from Afghanistan are "bursting" across their borders.

The Afghan drug trade is deeply entrenched globally. After two years of bumper crops, opium stocks are likely to be at record levels.

According to the UNDCP, farmgate prices for fresh opium declined from about $40/kg in 1999 to $30/kg in 2000, a significant drop in price, further indicating increasing cultivation of opium, despite UNDCP claims that production fell in 2000.

Under the Taliban, the international community has not been able to employ the appropriate monitoring means required to verify the Taliban's claims of enforcement action against drugs.

In one example in April 2000, the Taliban publicly plowed under some poppy crops in the presence of media observers. However, the size of the crop destroyed was greatly exaggerated and may have already been harvested. Independent experts have not verified the Taliban's claims.

The Taliban admit to imposing the same ushr, a 10 percent tax, on poppy as they impose on other agricultural crops. This tax can be paid in cash or kind. This is clear evidence that Taliban officials have to handle opium and, from the viewpoint of farmers, is a green light to cultivate an illicit crop.

The media have reported sizeable narcotics processing complexes in Helmand, and open opium markets in Nangarhar. Both exist in full view of Taliban authorities.

[end of document]


Hamid Karzai - Incumbent President of Afghanistan Assumed office 22 December 2001
Acting until 7 December 2004 - Profile: Hamid Karzai became the first popularly elected president of Aghanistan in 2004 - nearly three years after being appointed the country's interim leader. After taking up power in December 2001, he survived an early assassination attempt and infighting among ethnic groups to carve out a reputation as a shrewd statesman.

He also served as deputy foreign minister [Pakistani Establishment Backed and concocted Afghan government] in the Afghan government from 1992 to 1994 after the mujahedeen defeated the Soviets. But he grew weary of the fierce infighting between rival Afghan factions and initially supported the Taliban, who tried to name him as their ambassador to the United Nations. Now please dont deny that Pakistani Establishment particularly Rogue General Zia and Bunch weren't go between Afghan Mujahideen and US Central Intelligence:


Karzai was a member of the Mujahideen and took active part in driving the Soviets out of Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion in the 1980s. The Mujahideen were secretly supplied and funded by the United States, and Karzai was a top contact for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) at the time. He had close personal contact with CIA Director William Casey and George H. W. Bush, who was Vice President of the United States.

When the Taliban emerged in the 1990s, Karzai was at first one of their supporters but later he broke with them and refused to serve as their U.N. ambassador. However on August 20, 1998, after an attempt by the United States to kill Osama bin Laden with a cruise missile, Karzai praised the Taliban saying,

“ ...there were many wonderful people in the Taliban.


a b Marlowe, Ann (February 11, 2008). "Two Myths About Afghanistan", The Washington Post, p. A13. Retrieved on 2008-02-11. "On Aug. 20, 1998, the day the United States sent cruise missiles to kill Osama bin Laden, Karzai told The Post that "there were many wonderful people in the Taliban. ...So he spent much of the fall offering to negotiate with Taliban chief Mohammad Omar and the vicious warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar."

The same Karzai and his mentor Zalmay Khalilzad were the ones who used to negotiate Oil Pipeline Deal on behalf of UNOCAL AND HALLIBURTON [M/S Dick Cheney and James Baker] with the Rampant Deobandi Mullahs of Talebans!


Ilene R. Prusher, Scott Baldauf, and Edward Girardet (June 10, 2002 edition). "Afghan power brokers" (HTML). pub. Retrieved on 2007-12-11. “Cool and worldly, Karzai is a former employee of US oil company Unocal – one of two main oil companies that was bidding for the lucrative contract to build an oil pipeline from Uzbekistan through Afghanistan to seaports in Pakistan – and the son of a former Afghan parliament speaker.”

Tom Turnipseed (January 10, 2002). "A Creeping Collapse in Credibility at the White House:" (HTML). counterpunch. Retrieved on 2007-12-11. “As reported in Le Monde, the new Afghan government's head, Hamid Karzai, formerly served as a UNOCAL consultant. Only nine days after Karzai's ascension, President Bush nominated another UNOCAL consultant and former Taliban defender, Zalmay Khalilzad, as his special envoy to Afghanistan.”

"Hamid Karzai" globalsecurity (2007). Retrieved on 2007-12-11. “The claim appears to have originated in the December 9, 2001 issue of the French newspaper Le Monde. Some have suggested that Karzai was confused with U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad.”

Zalmay Khalilzad - Ambassador to Iraq - Term of Appointment: 06/22/2005 to present

Profile: Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad was confirmed on June 16, 2005 and sworn in on June 22, 2005 as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. Dr. Khalilzad was U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005 and also served as Special Presidential Envoy to Afghanistan. Before becoming Ambassador to Afghanistan, he served at the National Security Council as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Islamic Outreach and Southwest Asia Initiatives, and prior to that as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Southwest Asia, Near East, and North African Affairs. He also has been a Special Presidential Envoy and Ambassador at Large for the Free Iraqis. Dr. Khalilzad headed the Bush-Cheney transition team for the Department of Defense and has been a Counselor to Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld.

To assure that the pipeline project will proceed apace, the Afghani-American Zalmay Khalilzad, a previous member of the CentGas project, became President Bush's Special National Security Assistant. Khalilzad has recently been named presidential Special Envoy for Afghanistan. Khalilzad is a Pashtun and the son of a former government official under King Mohammed Zahir Shah. Along with being a consultant to the RAND Corporation, he was a special liaison between UNOCAL and the Taliban government. Khalilzad also worked on various risk analyses for the project under the direction of National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, a former member of the board of Chevron.

How would one explain this Saudi-Karzai talks with the Talibans and Iran's Role in Funding A Ferocious Jamat-e-Islami [Read Butcher] Gulbadin Hikmatyar. We are back to square one when USSR had left Afghanistan and these Afghan Mullah Mafia were at each others Throat from 1989 till 2001 i.e. 9/11 despites of the Fact that these Warlords had taken oath in Makkah for restoring peace but they didn't fulfill that promise and killed more Afghans than the Soviet Russia. Same game is afoot again only the actors are changed earlier Saudi Government tried to make peace between those US/CIA/Pakistan Backed Afghan Warlords [Jamat-e-Islami/Muslim Brotherhood Gang] who fought USSR [1979-1989], then the very same Saudi Government supported and accepted the US CIA/Pakistani backed Deobandi Anarchy i.e. Taliban and the same Saudi Goverment helped the US to destroy the very same Taliban after 9/11 because as per a book [Steve Coll's Ghost Wars] Mullah Omar allegedly misbehaved with Prince Turki Al Faisal [Saudi Intelligence Chief] before US attack on Afghanistan in 2001 because Prince had ordered Mullah Omar to withdraw Taliban support from Laden and Arab Gangs. Even if that was not enough Irani Government was financing a JI/Muslim Brotherhood Butcher of Kabul i.e. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. I wonder if Taliban are to be restored to War than what was the need of so-much bloodshed in the name of War on Terror and that too when a Minister in Taliban government [1996-2001] as per BBC Report [mentioned below number 6, 7 and 8], had warned US [before 9/11] in advance that there was a threat of Terrorist Attack in USA. If the Peace Talk with the Taliban was to be held then what was the need to exploit the Cock and Bull Story that Mullah Omar used to have dreams having indications from Mohammad [PBUH] as to how to Impose Shariah, what was the need to exploit the alleged shirt of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] which was allegedly shown [instead of Bread and Peace] to poor and innocent Afghans by Mullah Omar and this Deobandi Anarchy Taliban to get their sympathy vote above all why dont even take the Holy Name of Islami Shariah when one is indulged in every kind of unscrupulous acts. Read and lament

1 - Karzai’s brother confirms presence at Saudi talks

2 - Taliban and Afghan officials break bread

3 - S. Arabia brokering Kabul-Taliban talks: ‘Militia severs ties with Al Qaeda’

4 - US supports Taliban return to power By Anwar Iqbal

5 - Hekmatyar protected by Iran, says Spanish radio

6 - Taleban 'warned US of huge attack' by By Kate Clark - Former BBC correspondent in Kabul Saturday, 7 September, 2002, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK

7 - Taleban minister's 'peace role' mystery Wednesday, 17 October, 2001, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK

8 - Taleban 'turn on ex-minister' Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 October, 2003, 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK The hardline Islamic Taleban movement is reported to have disowned its former foreign minister in Afghanistan, Wakil Ahmad Mutawakil.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Enhancing national integration by Masood Sharif Khan Khattak

Mr Masood Sharif Khan Khattak, Former Director General of The Intelligence Bureau, Government of Pakistan

Enhancing national integration by Masood Sharif Khan Khattak, Dated Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Communication infrastructure, domestic tourism, undiluted provincial autonomy and bonding through the workplace play a vital role in the integration of a nation. Pakistan’s national integration has suffered immensely because these factors have never been crucially important to our leadership. Pakistan’s communication infrastructure is primitive, domestic tourism is non-existent, provincial autonomy only receives lip-service and bonding through the workplace is totally missing except in the armed forces. Uniform development across the country over the past sixty years would have solidly integrated the Pakistani nation but that did not happen due to absolute incompetence, poor leadership and corruption at all levels. The price Pakistan is paying for its neglect is in the shape of an internally disjointed nation forced to suffer the present-day indignities in the shape of terrorism and insurgency.

The political and military establishment must now understand that the military potential of any country is multiplied manifolds when it is backed by a nation that is well-integrated. An integrated nation can cover up for military shortfalls but military strength cannot cover up for the shortfalls of a nation that lacks integration and cohesion. The Soviet Union’s break-up in 1991 is an example that amply illustrates this aspect. Pakistan must, therefore, accord top priority to uniform development throughout the country in order to have a nation that can back its enviable military potential in a solid manner; if not, then all will be lost.

Nawaz Sharif deserves the credit for initiating the modern communication infrastructure of Pakistan that is so essential for the integration of a nation that lives in a country as big as Pakistan. The launching of the Lahore-Islamabad motorway by Nawaz Sharif in the early 90s was a huge step in the right direction. If the process had been initiated decades ago Pakistan today would have been a very cohesively integrated nation. I am hundred per cent sure that if someone had built a motorway connecting Peshawar, Islamabad and Swat, we would not have been battling today to restore the writ of Pakistan over Swat.

The initiative of Nawaz Sharif must now be picked up in right earnest so that within the shortest period of time Pakistan develops an enviable communication infrastructure.

Following the example of the armed forces it is necessary that Pakistanis learn to work with each other in all sectors of national life. Army units are formed on the basis of amalgamating soldiers from different areas. For example a battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment (FFR) does not consist of Pakhtuns alone but has a component of soldiers from other parts of Pakistan amalgamated with the Pakhtuns. Likewise, a Punjab Regiment battalion will always have the Punjabi component amalgamated with soldiers from other parts of Pakistan. Each unit does a three-year tour of duty at any one station and then moves to another area under a planned system which takes the unit, as an entity, all over the country and the multi-ethnic component of the unit, over a period, works and lives in each other’s native areas. Thus they become one solidly integrated entity – the Pakistan army. Pakhtun, Punjabi, Baloch, Sindhi and Kashmiri fellow soldiers posted anywhere in the country then willingly die for each other and for Pakistan; such is the level of integration. Sadly, one cannot say the same about the rest of Pakistan.

In the light of the military experience it just might be a good idea if all businesses, factories, corporate entities, service providers etc located in any province are made to follow a regulated system that absorbs people of other provinces so that a bonding interaction is brought about in the workplace. The idea, if refined, will have the people of all provinces working in a Pakistan they will all learn to love and care for. Workplace comradeship is something that truly cements people. It is essential for Pakistan to bring this about till it becomes something that happens on its own. The people of all the provinces of Pakistan must now be brought out of their segregation and made to interact and work together.

Lastly, it is time to understand that Pakistan can no longer be ruled from Islamabad by an ever-weakening, but imposingly dominant, centre. To continue doing this will be a step in the wrong direction. There is now no alternative to allowing complete, undiluted and effective autonomy to the provinces. The parting words will have to be that if we do not stop the decades-old practice of maligning the constitution and the rule of law we will fall into the big black hole that we are now looking into from the brink. Let us stop the rot while we still can and get on with the serious job of integrating our very fine nation before it gets too late.

The writer is a former director-general of the Intelligence Bureau and former vice-president of the PPP Parliamentarians. Email:

Source: The News International/Jang Group of Newspapers


Monday, July 27, 2009

Toofan - Hamideh: Iranian Baluchi Folk Song.

Toofan - Hamideh: Iranian Baluchi Folk Song.

General (R) Hamid Gul, Brigadier (R) Imtiaz & Jews

Lt General Retd. Hamid Gul [Former ISI and MI Chief]

ISLAMABAD: Former Chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul said the Jews have played a role in the campaign initiated by Brig. Imtiaz Billa to demonize him. Speaking over the current controversy that his outfit gave clearance to former military dictator Gen. Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq to fly to Bahawalpur in Air Force One, Gul told Arab News during an exclusive interview in Rawalpindi Friday that Billa is working with “my foes, who are indirectly the Jews” to blame him for the 1988 crash of Zia-ul-Haq’s plane, which also clamed the lives of US Ambassador to Pakistan Arnold L. Raphel and Brig. Gen. Herbert M. Wassom, the head of the Military Assistance Advisory Group at the US Embassy in Islamabad. Billa had spoken recently on TV implying that Gul played a role in the crash. “Musharraf placed me under house arrest,” said Gul. “Now my foes have selected Imtiaz to carry on my character assassination . . . It’s total rubbish that I cleared the flight of Air Force One. The PAF has its own complete intelligence which deals with the matter.” He also rejected claims that he played a role in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto or that he’s a Taleban operative. Reference: Hamid Gul: I am being demonized by Jews Azhar Masood Arab News Monday 27 July 2009 (05 Sha`ban 1430)§ion=0&article=124887&d=27&m=7&y=2009


Lt General Retd. Hamid Gul [Former ISI and MI Chief]

Read More Details: The Afghan Pipeline By Steve Galster. - 1 The Afghan Pipeline By Steve Galster. - 2
Ronald Reagan, William Casey and Jihad

Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz aka Billa - Former Number 2 of ISI - 1987 - 1989, and Director General Intelligence Bureau under Mian Nawaz Sharif's First Government - 1990 - 1993.

READ MORE DETAILS Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz: Another Multifaceted Fraud.

These TV Journalists [Salim Safi Type] of nowadays don’t even bother to even read the past history of the person they usually interview and that was the case of Brigadier Imtiaz in GEO TV Program Jirga.

RAWALPINDI, July 31: Former Intelligence Bureau chief Brig Imtiaz Ahmad was sentenced to eight years’ rigorous imprisonment and fined Rs7.1 million in a corruption case, by the Judge, accountability court III, Sakhi Hussain Bokhari. The co-accused, Adnan A. Khwaja, was awarded two years’ RI and fined Rs 200,000 and Nadeem Imtiaz,son of the ex-IB chief, was sentenced to three years’ RI under, section 31(a) of the NAB Ordinance, in absentia. The court directed Brig Imtiaz, who served as the director-general, IB, during the Nawaz Sharif government, to pay the fine within one month. He court also ordered forfeiture of all the properties, acquired in his name or in the name of his dependants, in favour of the government. The Islamabad properties, which will be confiscated, include house No 286 F-10/4, unit No 2 and 9, at I-S Plaza, F-10 Markaz; house No 7, Street No 20, F-7/2; and house No 6 on the 9th avenue, F-8/2.

The court granted the benefit of section 382(b) to both the convicts, which means that the conviction will be counted from May 26, 2000, the day on which the former IB chief was arrested. Brig Imtiaz was charged with amassing assets, both movable and immovable, which were disproportionate to his known source of income. The properties were in his own name and in the names of his wife, son ( Nadeem) and his front men, including Adnan and approvers Abdul Ghaffar Chauhan and Shamshad Ali.

The accused had also acquired properties as Benamidars and possessed foreign exchange bearer certificates, worth Rs20 million, which had been encashed by him, according to the case. Later, Brig Imtiaz told reporters that he would challenge his conviction in the high court, and added that, in his view, the punishment awarded by the court was quite stringent. He claimed that his conscience was clear as he had never committed any crime or compromised on principles. “During my 17 years of professional career, I served this country without fear or favour and countered both internal and external threats against the country and never allowed my personal interest or family matters to interfere in my duties,” he observed. He said he had no remorse for the troubles he was in or hardships his family was facing, because he had always considered his job a sacred duty. Ex-IB chief gets eight years’ RI in graft case by Staff Reporter – DAWN WIRE SERVICE – Week Ending : 4 August 2001 Issue : 07/31




Late Maj Gen Aboobaker Osman Mitha [The Only Memon General of Pakistan Army and he founded the Special Service Group (SSG - Commando Division of the Pakistan Army) posthumously published autobiography, Unlikely Beginnings.

According to Gen Mitha, it was Gul Hasan who saved Brig Zia-ul-Haq, as he then was, from being sacked. Zia was in Jordan. The year was 1971. Gen Yahya received a signal from Maj Gen Nawazish, the head of the Pakistan military mission in Amman, asking that Zia be court-martialled for disobeying GHQ orders by commanding a Jordanian armour division against the Palestinians in which thousands were slaughtered. That ignominious event is known as Operation Black September. It was Gul Hasan who interceded for Zia and had Yahya let him off. Mitha was treated very badly. His Hilal-i-Jurat was withdrawn in February 1972, something that also appears to have been Gul Hasan’s handiwork.



The most promising comparison between the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the Jewish State of Israel came from Gen. Zia ul-Haq. Lacking a political constituency, he skillfully exploited Islam to legitimize and consolidate his military dictatorship. Presenting himself as a simple, pious and devoted Muslim, he institutionalized religious radicalism in Pakistan. In so doing, he found Israel to be his strange ally. Toward the end of 1981, he remarked: Pakistan is like Israel, an ideological state. Take out the Judaism from Israel and it will fall like a house of cards. Take Islam out of Pakistan and make it a secular state; it would collapse. He likewise surprised many observers in March 1986, when he called on the PLO to recognize the Jewish state. As discussed elsewhere, he was actively involved both in the 1970 Black September massacre of the Palestinians in Jordan as well as in Egypts re-entry into the Islamic fold more than a decade later. From 1967 to 1970 our Commander of the Faithful Late. General Muhammad Ziaul Haq was in Jordan in Official Militray Capacity and he helped late. King Hussain of Jordan in cleansing the so-called Palestinian Insurgents, Zia and Hussain butchered many innocent Palestinians in the name of Operation against Black September {a militant organization of Palestinians}. The intensity of bloodletting by Zia ul Haq and King Hussain was such that one of the founder father of Israel Moshe Dayan said:

King Hussein (with help from Zia-ul-Haq of the Pakistani army) sent in his Bedouin army on 27 September to clear out the Palestinian bases in Jordan. A massacre of innumerable proportions ensued. Moshe Dayan noted that Hussein "killed more Palestinians in eleven days than Israel could kill in twenty years." Dayan is right in spirit, but it is hardly the case that anyone can tch the Sharonism in its brutality.

P. R. Kumaraswamy. Beyond the Veil: Israel-Pakistan Relations Jaffee Center for Strategic Studies (JCSS)

Charlie Wilson's War by George Crile during the so-called Afghan Jihad following things did happen;

He told Zia about his experience the previous year when the Israelis had shown him the vast stores of Soviet weapons they had captured from the PLO in Lebanon. The weapons were perfect for the Mujahideen, he told Zia. If Wilson could convince the CIA to buy them, would Zia have any problems passing them on to the Afghans? Zia, ever the pragmatist, smiled on the proposal, adding, Just don’t put any Stars of David on the boxes {Page 131-132}.


Friday, July 24, 2009

Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz: Another Multifaceted Fraud.

Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz aka Billa - Former Number 2 of ISI - 1987 - 1989, and Director General Intelligence Bureau under Mian Nawaz Sharif's First Government - 1990 - 1993.

Major Amir and Brigadier Imtiaz were the two main characters of “Operation Midnight Jackal” that was reportedly launched to topple the first Benazir Bhutto government in 1989. The ISI had reportedly launched the operation to make Pakistan People’s Party MNAs support a no-confidence motion against their own prime minister. Return of the ‘Midnight Jackal’? By Shahzad Raza Wednesday, 08 Apr, 2009 05:03 AM PST

Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz aka Billa - Former Number 2 of ISI - 1987 - 1989, and Director General Intelligence Bureau under Mian Nawaz Sharif's First Government - 1990 - 1993. A former intelligence chief in Pakistan has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment for corruption. The official, retired Brigadier Imtiaz Billa, who was director-general of the Intelligence Bureau during Nawaz Shariff's first government, was found guilty of large-scale corruption and misappropriation of funds. Former Pakistan intelligence chief sentenced: Tuesday, 31 July, 2001, 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz aka Billa - Former Number 2 of ISI - 1987 - 1989, and Director General Intelligence Bureau under Mian Nawaz Sharif's First Government - 1990 - 1993.

Brigadier mentioned below was fooling everybody on GEO TV in its program Jirga whereas the numskull host Salim Safi was “Summun, Bukmun, Umyun. At the end of the program Brigadier Imtiaz had again boasted that if he is given another chance, he will again distribute money amongst politicians [like in Mehran Bank Scam] to “save the country” and Salim Safi ‘forgot’ to ask this question about this news which was relayed by the same GEO TV. By the way Kamran Khan is the creation of Brigadier Imtiaz.

Brigadier Imtiaz in Front Line - 1 (6 Sep 2009)

Brigadier Imtiaz in Front Line - 2 (6 Sep 2009)

Brigadier Imtiaz in Front Line - 3 (6 Sep 2009)

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) has exonerated former chief of intelligence bureau, Brig. (Retd.) Imtiaz in illegal assets reference under NRO and also de-frozen his assets. FIA filed cases against Brig. (Retd.) Imtiaz, his son Nadeem and a man named Adnan Khawaja who were later convicted by an Accountability court. Brig. (Retd.) Imtiaz was charged with allegations of owning more assets than what his earnings can justify and that he acquired those assets through unscrupulous means. IHC acquits Brig. (R) Imtiaz under NRO Updated at: 1902 PST, Thursday, December 04, 2008 / IHC acquits Brig. (R) Imtiaz under NRO

Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz aka Billa - Former Number 2 of ISI - 1987 - 1989, and Director General Intelligence Bureau under Mian Nawaz Sharif's First Government - 1990 - 1993.

Newspaper of GEO TV have no sense at all on one hand they relay above news and on other they also ‘publish’ this to clean the track record of Brigadier Imtiaz:

Read and Lament

Brigadier Tirmizi had thoroughly exposed these bunch of James Bond i.e. Brigadier Imtiaz, Hamid Gul, Major Amir and General Akhter Abdul Rahman, in his book Profile of Intelligence and by the way Tirmizi was number 2 in ISI much before Brigadier Imtiaz. Brigadier Imtiaz’s had gotten his Tamgha Basalat through “Sifarish” and that is also mentioned in Profile of Intelligence and involvement of Hamid Gul in Narcotics Trade.

Shame on The News International as well and Rauf Klasra as well - How a jilted Karachi woman saved Pak N-programme Thursday, May 28, 2009 Brig Imtiaz reveals 30-year-old secret

LAHORE, May 21: Intelligence Bureau former director Brig Imtiaz (retired) was on Tuesday allowed bail on medical grounds by an accountability appellate bench of the Lahore High Court.He was asked to execute two bail bonds in the sum of Rs20 million each and his name was ordered to be placed on the exit control list. Serving term at Adiala Jail, Brig Imtiaz said in his application that he was suffering from angina and other ailments which could not be treated in the jail hospital.He was convicted by a Rawalpindi accountability court for possessing property entirely beyond known sources of his income.  By Our Staff Reporter May 22, 2002

Both Ms Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif have complained about the interference of the army. Ms Bhutto’s accusation is worth paying attention to because her party has never found favour with the army. In her first tenure she chose a retired general of her liking to head the ISI but the ISI officers ignored him and in fact isolated him in the organisation. General Qazi says that the ISI boss can fire his officers if they are insubordinate. But officers Brigadier Imtiaz Billa and Major Amir took it upon themselves to side with Nawaz Sharif and topple Ms Bhutto through the rigging of a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly. The officers were caught red-handed. Ms Bhutto was likewise able to prove to the army chief General Aslam Beg that the ISI chief Hameed Gul was involved in a conspiracy to topple her, whereupon the culprit was actually promoted as he was removed from the ISI command. That army officers posted again and again to the ISI tend to misuse it is proved by the likes of Brigadier Imtiaz Billa and Major Amir, as mentioned in Brigadier Tirmazi’s memoirs, Profiles of Intelligence. The other proof of the dereliction of duty of the ISI is that three ISI chiefs were prematurely retired from the army and two others went under a cloud of suspicion. The general’s defence of the ISI falls to the ground when he admits that three ISI chiefs were retired prematurely by the army chiefs because they violated the charter of their duties. If the tenure is three years for each chief then nine years in the life of the ISI should be considered lost. General Kallu was not a serving general when he was made the ISI chief but in his tenure the ISI was in a state of revolt and there was rampant insubordination by the likes of Brigadier Imtiaz Billa and Major Amir. Reference: How blameless is the ISI? The Friday Times , Pakistan ^ Khaled Ahmed March 28, 2002

Deputy Director of IB Masud Sharif Khattak was instrumental in laying the trap for ISI officers, Brigadier Imtiaz (by that time Imtiaz had left his powerful position in ISI and was posted in Risalpur) and Major Amir (he was in charge of Islamabad detachment of ISI). The scandal known as ‘Operation Midnight Jackals’ was about involvement of active duty military officers to bribe Benazir’s party members to switch loyalties and help in passing the no confidence motion against her. Nawaz Sharif during his first term (1990-93) tried to cover both bases by appointing Lt. General Javed Nasir to head ISI and Brigadier ® Imtiaz to head IB. However, when he created a constitutional crisis by directly confronting an equally stubborn President Ghulam Ishaque Khan, army Chief forced both of them to resign. Both Nasir and Imtiaz were removed immediately from their powerful positions after the ouster of Sharif. Reference: Undercover Chaos – Role of Pakistani Armed Forces Intelligence Agencies in Domestic Arena Published Defence Journal, December 2005. Dr. Hamid Hussain is an independent analyst based in New York. ‘It must also be pointed out that ISI’s extremely good performance in the external sphere was considerably marred by its undue involvement in domestic political affairs and this must be put to an immediate end’. Air Chief Marshal Rtd Zulfiqar Ali Khan Commission Report, March 27, 1989 Undercover Chaos by Dr. Hamid Hussain

Sardar Farooq Ahmad Khan Leghari, Former President of Pakistan - 14 November 1993 – 2December 1997


Five months later in February 1997, Benazir Bhutto, clarified the same before a three-member judicial tribunal headed by Justice Nasir Aslam Zahid, as a witness. She accused President Farooq Leghari of using Brig Imtiaz, who led an intelligence agencies, of hatching a conspiracy against the Bhuttos and especially to incite hatred against her. “First they killed Shahnawaz and blamed Murtaza for his murder and now they have targeted him and my husband, Zardari, is being co-accused,” she was stated as saying.Twelve years later, murder of the ‘Prince’ remains a mystery By Aroosa Masroor Saturday, September 20, 2008

Hussain Haqqani - 24th Pakistan Ambassador to the United States April 13, 2008 – current

Haqqani, a lethal propagandist, closely worked with Nawaz for years, but the latter’s well-placed distrust led him to get rid of Haqqani during his rule in a decent manner. There are multitudes of interesting anecdotes involving Haqqani, who does too many things at a time. Way back in 1993, to get him out of his office, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had appointed his special assistant on foreign media Haqqani as Pakistan’s high commissioner to Sri Lanka. At the time, the tension between Nawaz and the then chief of the Army staff Gen Asif Nawaz Janjua was at its peak and both sides were mulling extreme action to ditch the other. When Haqqani had met Intelligence Bureau (IB) Director Brig (retd) Imtiaz during his customary calls on important government personalities before taking his ambassadorial assignment, the IB chief gave him a highly loaded written questionnaire with a recording device to be secretly used by him when he would meet the Army chief a few days later. He was asked to bring the recorded answers to him. As Haqqani entered the general’s room at the General Headquarters for the call on him, he put the recording instrument and questions before him, saying he had been given all this by Imtiaz and forced to secretly record his answer. This further fuelled tension between the two.” New NA sets anti-Musharraf tone, softly but firmly Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz aka Billa - Former Number 2 of ISI - 1987 - 1989, and Director General Intelligence Bureau under Mian Nawaz Sharif's First Government - 1990 - 1993.

Genuine differences of opinion are one thing but when professional and personal jealousies cloud the thinking of the intelligence officers, the working relations can breakdown very quickly paralyzing the whole organization. One outgoing Director of Counter Intelligence Bureau of ISI (Tirmazi) has these words for his successor (Imtiaz), ‘I would personally inclined to agree that General Akhtar, to square-off some of his personal grievances against General Chisti, could have asked my successor, Brigadier Imtiaz to place General under occasional watch. Imtiaz was the kind who was always on the lookout to undertake such dirty jobs’. Immersed in self-righteous attitude, deterioration of professional codes and clouding of perspectives of intelligence officers can occur quite dramatically. One example will show the slippery slope of such intelligence matters. Colonel Shuja Khanzada served in ISI for 12 years. In the last two years of his service, he was posted to a cushy appointment in Pakistan embassy in Washington. He had some differences with the ambassador and was called back to Pakistan in 1994 on orders of then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Politicization of intelligence officers in inevitable when they are tasked with political duties while wearing the uniform. After shedding their uniform, these officers align with various political actors for political and personal reasons. Lt. General Khawaja Muhammad Azhar served in ISI during General Muhammad Ayub Khan’s Martial Law. In this capacity, he personally interrogated many prominent people who were not considered loyal to Ayub. After retirement he joined a religio-political party Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan and served as the party’s Secretary General and Vice President. Former DG ISI Hameed Gul, former Additional Director of Political wing of ISI Brigadier Imtiaz Ahmad and head of Islamabad section Major Amir were involved in cobbling the opposition to Pakistan’s Peoples Party. Later, they were implicated in trying to organize a no confidence motion against first Benazir government (1988-1990). Reference: Brigadier ® Syed A. I. Tirmazi. Profiles of Intelligence. (Lahore: Combined Printers, 1995, Second Edition)/Pakistan: State at a Crossroads by Mohsin Hamid /

Late. General Asif Nawaz Janjua, NI(M), SBt (Bar), afwc, psc (3 January 1937 - 8 January 1993) was the 10th Chief of Army Staff of the Pakistan Army from August 16, 1991 till January 8, 1993.The untimely demise of General Asif Nawaz fuelled much controversy, with FIRs being filed against Brigadier Imtiaz, the then Director Intelligence Bureau. The issue gathered momentum following General Nawaz's widow Nuzhat Janjua's filed a formal complaint to the then President Ghulam Ishaq Khan about the unnatural circumstances surrounding her husband's death. [Courtesy: Wikipedia]
Brigadier Retd. Imtiaz aka Billa - Former Number 2 of ISI - 1987 - 1989, and Director General Intelligence Bureau under Mian Nawaz Sharif's First Government - 1990 - 1993.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan [Central Leader Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Sharif and Present Leader of Opposition in Pakistani Parliament]

The Chief of Army Staff, General Asif Nawaz had begun to feel upset at many of Sharif's moves, most significant of them being his attempts to create rifts within the Army. Chaudhry Nisar Ahmad and Brig. Imtiaz, the former ISI chief, were even accused by the late General of threatening to turn him into another Gul Hasan, the army chief who was sacked by Z.A. Bhutto and bundled into a car by Ghulam Mustafa Khar and taken to Lahore by road. It is said that just when General Mirza Aslam Beg was about to topple Nawaz Sharif at the fag end of his tenure in 1991, President Ghulam Ishaq Khan agreed to name General Asif Nawaz as the new COAS, three months before he was to take over. Just when General Asif Nawaz was getting seriously worried about the Nawaz Sharif government, he died quite suddenly in January, 1993Reference: Saga of intrigue and deceit by Shaheen Shebai - Dawn - 27.5.1993 / ISLAMIC PAKISTAN: ILLUSIONS & REALITY By Abdus Sattar Ghazali

’سو چوہے کھا کر بلی حج کو چلی۔‘

آخری وقت اشاعت: Friday, 24 july, 2009, 16:02 GMT 21:02 PST

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’برگیڈيئر بلا‘ دو دہائيوں کی خاموشی کے بعد ایران کونٹرا اسیکنڈل والے کرنل اولیور نارتھ کی طرح طوطا مینا ٹائيپ جنگي کہانیوں سے واپس آئے ہیں۔ میں اسے ’ویمپائر اسٹرائیکس بیک‘ کہوں گا

جس نے بھی یہ کہاوت کہی کیا خوب کہی تھی کہ ’سو چوہے کھا کر بلی حج کو چلی۔‘ ضیاء الحق سے لیکر نواز شریف کی حکومتوں تک پاکستان پرخفیہ ایجینسیوں کی حکومت کے ایک طاقتور کردار ریٹائرڈ بریگيڈئير امتیاز با المعروف ’برگیڈيئر بلا‘ دو دہائيوں کی خاموشی کے بعد ایران کونٹرا سیکنڈل والے کرنل اولیور نارتھ کی طرح طوطا مینا ٹائپ جنگي کہانیوں سے واپس آئے ہیں۔ میں اسے ’ویمپائر اسٹرائیکس بیک‘ کہوں گا۔

اب وہ اپنے متعلق کہتے ہیں کہ وہ ’آدھی شب کا گیدڑ نہیں بلکہ دن دہاڑے چیتا ہے۔‘

مجھے کوئی حیرت نہیں ہوگی کہ کسی صبح کوئي پاکستانی نجی چینل آن کرنے پر سدا امر آمر جنرل ضیاء الحق بھی بیٹھا کہہ رہا ہوگا کہ دنیا و دین کی بھلائی کے لیے وہ جان سے گزر گئے تھے۔ اور یہ کہ ’پاکستان میں آمر مرتے نہیں زندہ ہوتے ہیں۔‘ مرتے صرف بھٹو ہیں، نذیر عباسی ہیں، کہ یہ سولہ کروڑ گیدڑوں کا جنگل ہے جہاں نیم شب کی کوئی صبح نہیں۔ جہاں کی نجی چینلوں پر صبح شام کوئی میجر عامر، کوئي بریگیڈیر با اللہ، کوئی جنرل با پردہ ناصر، کو‏ئي حمید گل کوئی درانی بالم بنے بول رہے ہوتے ہیں۔

نذیر عباسی کون تھا؟

نذیر عباسی پاکستان کے بائيں بازو کا وہ طالبعلم رہنما تھا جسے دوران قید مبینہ طور پر کل کے سندھ میں آئي ایس آئی کے کرنل اسی بریگيڈيئر امتیاز کے حکم پر تشدد کر قتل کردیا گیا تھا۔ نذیر عباسی کے ساتھی اور دوست اور نذیر عباسی کی بیوہ حمیدہ گھانگرو کی طرف سے بینظیر بھٹو کے دوسرے دور حکومت میں انیس سو چورانوے میں کٹوائی جانے والی ایف آئی آر بھی یہی کہتی ہے۔ تیس جولائي انیس سو اسی کو کراچی کے نارتھ ناظم آباد کی ایک بستی کے ایک کوارٹر سے نذیرعباسی کو اپنے ساتھیوں بدر ابڑو (مصنف اور ماہر آثار قدیمہ)، سہیل سانگي (صحافی)، شبیر شر (اب سندھ میں انسانی حقوق کے وکیل)، احمد کمال وارثی (مزدور رہنما) اور پرفیسر جمال نقوی کو فوجی ایجنسی اور آئی ایس آئی کے اہلکاروں نے گرفتار کیا تھا۔

سندھ نیشنل سٹوڈنٹس فیڈریشن کے صدر نذیر عباسی کی وہ کئي دنوں سے تلاش میں تھے۔ ’آج بھی وری ہو فاشی کتا مونکھے قابو کن تھا‘، شیخ ایاز کی مشہور نظم ہے۔ (آج وہ فاشی کتے مجھے پھر قابو کرتے ہیں‘)۔ دبلا پتلا کنگلا لیکن خوبصورت شکل، خوبصورت آواز ذہن و دل والا نذیر عباسی جناح ہسپتال کے قریب قائم خفیہ ایجینسوں کے نیئپیر بیرکس نام کے عقوبت گھر میں مبینہ طور پر آٹھ اور نو اگست کے درمیاںتشدد کر قتل کردیاگیا۔ نذیر عباسی اور اسکے ساتھی، پاکستانی خفیہ ایجیسسیوں کی نظروں میں را، خاد، کے جی بیکے ایجنٹ تھے۔ نذیر عباسی کا جرم یہ تھا کہ وہ پاکستان سطح پر طالب علموں، مزدوروں، کسانوں کی رابطہ کمیٹی کومنظم کرنے میں سرگرم تھا۔

نذیر عباسی کے لیے بتایا گیا تھا کہ ’حوالات میں اس کی موت دل کا دورہ پڑنے سے ہوئي‘۔ معروف سماجی کارکن عبدالستار ایدھی جس نے نذیر عباسی کی لاش کو غسل دیا تھا کا کہنا تھا کہ ایسا لگتا تھا ‘جیسے کہ اس کے سر کو کسی شیشے سے ٹکرایا گیا ہو۔ ’وہ شخص جو شبخون میں مارا گیا ورنہ اس جیسا بہادرکوئی لشکر میں نہیں تھا‘ نذیر عباسی کے ریاستی قتل پر اس کے دوست شاعر معین قریشی نے کہا تھا۔ نذیر عباسی کا قتل ضیاء الحق کے آمرانہ دور میں پہلا ماورائے عدالت قتل تھا۔

پاکستان میں حزب مخالف خاموش کردینے کی کوشش کی گئي تھی اور ایسے میں یہ بڑی جرائتمندانہ آواز بیگم نصرت بھٹو کی تھی جس نے نذیر عباسی کے ضیا حکومت اور اس کی ایجینسیوں کے ہاتھوں تشدد میں قتل کی مذمت کی تھی جسے مجھے آج بھی یاد ہے بی بی سی نے نشر کیا تھا

کئي سال بعد شجاعت نام کے خفیہ ایجینسی کے اہلکار نے نذیر عباسی کے قتل کی تفتیش کرنے والے ادراے کے اہلکاروں کے سامنے بیان دیا تھا کہ ضمیر کے بوجھنے اسے چین سے رہنے نہیں دیا اور اسنے نذیر عباسی پر تشدد اس وقت کے آئي ایس آئي کے کرنل امتیاز کے حکم پر کیا تھا۔ کئي سال بعد انیس سو چورانوے میں نذیر عباسی کی بیوہ حمیدہ گانگھرو کی درخواست پر بینظیر بھٹو حکومت کے حکم پر سندھ پولیس نے برگیڈئیر امتیاز کے خلاف نذیر عباسی کے تحویل میں تشدد کے ذریعے مبینہ قتل کا مقدمہ درج کر کے ایف آئي آر سیل کردی تھی۔ ’اصل میں آج بینظیر بھٹو حکومت کا پہلا دن ہے‘، انیس سو چورانوے میں انٹیلیجنس بیورو کے اس سابق سربراہ کی گرفتاری کے وقت میرے صحافی دوست جاوید جیدی نے کہا تھا۔ اسکی گرفتاری کے دوسرے دن اسکی خبر کے ساتھ اخبارات میں پاکستان کے صحافیوں کی وہ فہرست بھی حکومت کی طرف سے جاری کی گئي تھی جو برگیڈيئر امتیاز اور اسکی انٹیلیجنس بیورو کے پے رول اور فوائد حاصل کرنے والوں میں شامل تھے۔

وہی برگیڈئیر امتیاز جو بعد میں نواز شریف کی پنجاب میں وزرات اعلیٰ اور پہلی وزرات اعظمیٰ کے دور میں اسکے کان اور آنکھیں تھا۔ وہ اصل میں اس وقت ’جیک دی رپر‘ ٹائپ کردار تھا۔

یہ جو کراچي اور سندھ دیکھ رہے ہو اس میں بشمول ایم کیو ایم کے ٹکڑے کروانے کے ان تمام فتنوں کے پیچھے دماغ اور پے رول برگیڈئیر امتیاز ہی بتائے جاتے ہیں۔ شاید اب بھی کسی بڑے کام کیلیے پھر اس گیدڑ نیم شب کو دن دیہاڑے چیتا بنایا گيا ہے