Thursday, September 1, 2011

Condemning MQM & Sparing General Musharraf's Military Regime.


ISLAMABAD, May 12: President Gen Pervez Musharraf on Saturday declared that the pro-government rallies held in Karachi and the federal capital were a clear demonstration of support for him and his policies, and said the killings and violence witnessed in Karachi was mainly because Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry refused to adhere to the administration’s advice of not going to the port city. Addressing a big rally from behind a highly-guarded bullet-proof dais as the prime minister and a host of other government leaders also sat under a protected glass wall, President Musharraf declared that the overwhelming majority in the country was with him. “The people of Pakistan are with me, therefore, I do not see any justification whatsoever to impose emergency,” he said. “But what has happened today in Karachi is because of the chief justice who went there ignoring the advice of the government over the issue,” he asserted. Justifying what he described as his government’s move to counter the opposition-backed chief justice’s campaign of the past few weeks, President Musharraf said it was unfortunate that such a large number of people were killed or maimed in Karachi. But he was quick to hold the opposition parties, and in a way the chief justice, responsible for the violence. They refused to listen to the government’s advice, he said, and what happened in Karachi was the direct result of the adamant attitude of the few who have been running the present campaign against the government. “If they think they are powerful, then they should know that the people’s power is with us,” the president said while describing those attending his rally outside the presidency in Islamabad.


The president dispelled the impression that he was thinking of imposing emergency in the country. And though he described the violent events of Karachi as unfortunate, and the protest campaign by chief justice’s supporters as unreal and unreasonable, he categorically rejected the idea of emergency. “This is the election year, and instead of taking any other action, I am determined to hold free and fair elections for the formation of the next government,” he said. The public gathering in Islamabad, and the president’s justification of the rally organised by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement in Karachi, was a clear demonstration of the government’s latest policy to counter the pro-CJ opposition parties with street power. The rally was attended by tens of thousands of people who had been brought from Punjab and the NWFP by PML leaders and the local government institutions on hundred of buses, wagons and cars.However, the organisers of the pro-Musharraf rally kept claiming that half a million people were attending the public meeting in Islamabad. The president termed the rally as the biggest ever he has seen in his whole life. However, the rally lacked enthusiasm as the people did not respond so loudly to the slogans even chanted by the prime minister and Sheikh Rashid. A fully bullet-proof 19-foot high stage was set for the rally which was also addressed by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, PML president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Illahi, Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Yousuf, Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad, PML’s NWFP chief Amir Moqam and PML Women Wing president Sumeria Malik. Street lights and powers lights in and around the parliament building, President’s House, Prime Minister’s House, Constitution Avenue and the Blue area remained on almost throughout the day, making the mockery of the government’s decision to conserve energy in the wake of worsening power crisis across Pakistan. The journalist community also protested during the rally over the attack on a private channel in Karachi for which the organisers, especially the Punjab chief minister and Sheikh Rashid condemned the incident and assured that the government would look into the issue. President Musharraf said he believed in rule of law and the supremacy of the judiciary and would readily accept the decision of the Supreme Court over the issue of the chief justice. “Now that the full court will be deciding the issue, the lawyers’ fraternity should stop protesting and stop playing in hands of some disgruntled and unwise people,” he said.He claimed that he enjoyed support of the people and would continue to stand firm against those who were out to play politics by forgetting the national interest. “My heart is weeping over what has happened in Karachi today and beside the death of many people, there have been a loss of property and vehicles.” What was the fault of those poor people whose motorcycles were burnt in Karachi, he asked. He said if the lawyers’ community believed in the independence of the judiciary so did he and that let both work together for what he termed a “noble cause”. He called upon opposition parties to wait for 2007 elections which he assured would be held in a free and fair manner and in accordance with the Constitution. “After a few months, I will be contesting for the second term in office and then the elections of the national and provincial assemblies will be held.” The country, he pointed out, needed to be pulled out from the existing crises and to save the people from extremism which he said was posing a grave threat to everybody. “I am still exercising restraints and avoiding exposing some people,” he said, adding that he was being forced to demonstrate his popularity and strength by holding rallies and public meetings. The president said he did not have any personal agenda to pursue and that he wanted to serve Pakistan for a few more years so that democracy could be strengthened and the fruits of the improved economy could go to the common man. REFERENCE: Musharraf blames CJ for violence By Ihtasham ul Haque May 13, 2007 Sunday Rabi-us-Sani 25, 1428 http://archives.dawn.com/dawnftp/72.249.57.55/dawnftp/2007/05/13/top2.htm 

General Pervez Musharraf 12 May 2007 Speech

video

http://youtu.be/AdirmVfYYg0



ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 13 — A day after political clashes claimed 39 lives in Karachi, political analysts said the violence — and accusations that the government had done little to stop the killings — had badly damaged the Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf. News reports said government troops had been in the southern port city, but had not taken action to separate armed bands of pro-government and opposition groups who were shooting at each other. Dawn, an English-language newspaper in Karachi, said troops had “suddenly disappeared from the troubled spots.” The government has not responded to those assertions. The unrest eased Sunday as paramilitary troops patrolled Karachi, the country’s financial hub, and provincial leaders banned public gatherings. But three more people died in sporadic clashes, according to hospital officials. The violent clashes were set off Saturday by the arrival of Pakistan’s suspended Supreme Court chief justice, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who had come to address lawyers of the provincial bar association. In March, Mr. Musharraf suspended the justice, who was known for his willingness to take on the government, setting off mostly peaceful protests by lawyers who accused the government of attacking the judiciary’s independence. The president accused the justice of a misuse of power and nepotism, charges that Mr. Chaudhry denies. Analysts said Sunday that the violence in Karachi had significantly worsened the political crisis caused by the justice’s suspension and further weakened Mr. Musharraf. “I think he has completely ruined himself,” said Dr. Rasul Baksh Rais, the head of the department of social sciences at Lahore University of Management Sciences. “The scenes were brutally contrasting. Young men were dying, collapsing before camera in Karachi while people were dancing on the beat of drums in front of the national Parliament,” Mr. Rais said, referring to a state-managed rally arranged by political allies of President Musharraf in Islamabad on Saturday evening. A Sunday editorial in The Daily Times, a leading newspaper in Lahore, said, “The question now is: what course of action is General Musharraf planning to take?” “The possibility of any compromise to correct the original mistake,” the paper said, “has vanished now.” It added that “the ante has been upped by the government.” Karachi has a history of extreme urban violence, including during election campaigns. The clashes on Saturday were between armed groups of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a political party that controls Karachi and is allied with President Musharraf, and opposition political parties. On Sunday, pro-government and opposition political parties and lawyers for Mr. Chaudhry traded bitter accusations over who was responsible for the weekend’s violence. At a news conference in Islamabad, Mr. Chaudhry’s lawyers blamed the federal government and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement for the bloodshed and said a deliberate attempt had been made to thwart a peaceful address by the justice. “Not a single lamp post was broken during the previous addresses of the chief justice,” said Munir A. Malik, one of Mr. Chaudhry’s lawyers, referring to recent visits by the justice to bar associations across the country. Mr. Malik also said the justice was shoved by government officials at the Karachi airport on Saturday, and he contended that the government officials tried to “kidnap” him by asking him to board a government helicopter. Mr. Malik said Mr. Chaudhry’s lawyers surrounded him, and the confrontation stopped. Retired Brig. Ghulam Mohammad Mohatarem, home secretary of Sindh Province, denied the charges and said the chief justice was “not stopped, but guided” at the airport, according to reports in the local media. Leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement at a news conference in Karachi blamed the violence on the opposition political parties of Pakistan People’s Party, the Pakistan Muslim League, Jamaat-e-Islami, Awami National Party and Sunni Tehreek. The three people who died Sunday were shot during separate incidents of rioting, news reports said. Some reports said one person was killed when police fired to disperse a crowd, but police officials put the blame for the death on “unknown miscreants.” During his time on the bench, Mr. Chaudhry agreed to hear cases involving “forced disappearances.” Those cases were brought by families that believed their relatives were taken by intelligence agencies without due process. The Pakistani Supreme Court was also expected to hear a number of other politically charged cases this year, including one challenging the legality of General Musharraf’s holding the posts of president and army chief simultaneously, and one on whether the present Parliament can re-elect him president. Mr. Musharraf seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999. Previous public stances taken by Mr. Chaudhry implied that the court was unlikely to favor the government line on the president’s maintaining his command of the army and the government. REFERENCES: Pakistani Leader Assailed for Deadly Clashes By SALMAN MASOOD Published: May 13, 2007 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/world/asia/13cnd-pakistan.html?hp  Riots in Karachi leave dozens dead Published: Sunday, May 13, 2007 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/world/asia/13iht-pakistan.5.5692979.html  Strike to Protest 39 Deaths Shuts Down Karachi By SALMAN MASOOD Published: May 14, 2007 http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/14/world/asia/14cnd-stan.html?_r=1&hp%3Cbr%3E&oref=slogin  Deadly violence erupts in Pakistan May 12, 2007|From Syed Mohsin Naqvi CNN http://articles.cnn.com/2007-05-12/world/pakistan.strife_1_chief-justice-iftikhar-chaudhry-karachi-pakistani-people?_s=PM:WORLD 

Way Back in 2007: KARACHI, May 12: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain on Saturday asked Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to resign from his post for violating his oath of office. “Mr Chief Justice, you had breached the oath taken under the Constitution by taking another oath under the Provisional Constitutional Order. I demand that you make an apology to the whole nation for this act, tender resignation and then come forward for the cause of the independence of the judiciary,” he said while addressing a rally called by the party against what was described as political jugglery in the name of the independence of the judiciary.  Mr Hussain was of the view that opposition political and religious parties were using the issue of CJ for dissolution of the government. “This should be stopped forthwith as solidarity of Pakistan lies in a true democratic government,” he added.A large number of people reached M.A. Jinnah Road to take part in the MQM rally. Mr Hussain, who was sad and grieved over the loss of lives on Saturday, said that no untoward incident had taken place in any part of the city but with the landing of CJ’s flight at Karachi Airport the situation started deteriorating. “After noon when the CJ’s plane landed in Karachi, terrorists started targeting MQM rallies in different areas by firing indiscriminately.” He informed the participants that over a dozen workers of the MQM were targeted while hundreds of workers and supporters were injured. However, he declared that nothing could stop the struggle of the MQM for the rights of the oppressed people. The MQM leader said that the Sindh Home Department requested the CJ to cancel his visit to Karachi on the basis of certain intelligence reports but he did not accede to the request. “I believe now you [the Chief Justice] are feeling relaxed after so many people lost their lives due to your programme.” “Mr Chief Justice, kindly recognise political jugglers around you. On the occasion of your arrival, miscreants and enemies of the country killed innocent people,” he said. He wondered why the participants of a procession in Punjab to welcome the CJ in Lahore were raising the slogans of “Go Musharraf Go” instead of “Go Military Go”.

He also asked the legal fraternity why they did not hold rallies and demonstrations when former chief justice Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui and other honorable judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts were asked to take another oath on the PCO which they refused. He said that MQM would support the CJ if he apologised to the nation for taking another oath under the PCO and tender resignation for doing an unconstitutional act. Mr Hussain said that opposition political and religious parties were jealous of rapid development work in Karachi. “Miscreants in the name of the independence of the judiciary tried to engineer Pakhtoon-Mohajir riots in the city but they will not succeed in their evil designs,” he said. He demanded that the judiciary be given independence and all institutions be restricted to their assigned tasks only. He asked the participants to disperse peacefully and not be provoked. REFERENCE: KARACHI: Altaf wants CJ to tender resignation By Our Staff Reporter May 13, 2007 Sunday Rabi-us-Sani 25, 1428 http://archives.dawn.com/dawnftp/72.249.57.55/dawnftp/2007/05/13/local3.htm


ISLAMABAD: The man who has ruled Sindh as a de facto chief minister for many years finally lost his powers on Saturday. Brigadier Huda, who was an ISI commander in Sindh, was in fact the caretaker of the MQM-PML-Q provincial coalition government. He was responsible for running the coalition in a smooth manner. All major decisions were taken after his consultation. He resolved the differences between former CM Arbab Ghulam Rahim and the MQM many a time. Many provincial ministers even used to say “ooper Khuda aur neechay Huda”. The brigadier’s name figured in the power circles of Islamabad in the evening of May 12, 2007. Brigadier Huda was given credit for the show of massive government power in Karachi on that day. Initially, the MQM was reluctant to hold a rally in Karachi on May 12. The then ISI DG Gen Ashfaq Kayani also had the same opinion that the MQM should not come out on the streets when Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would visit Karachi. It was Huda who played an important role in convincing the MQM not to cancel its rally. He assured the MQM leadership that there will be no riots on that day though he was proved wrong. He was supposed to be very close to the then Army chief General Pervez Musharraf. However, no action was taken against him. REFERENCE: De facto Sindh CM finally transferred Monday, April 21, 2008 By Hamid Mir http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=14221&Cat=13&dt=4/21/2008


The blasts in the rally of Benazir Bhutto on October 18, 2007 in Karachi were another failure of Brigadier Huda. He was responsible for the security of Benazir Bhutto on that day more than anybody else. However, he was not transferred despite his repeated failures. His downfall started on April 9, 2008, when many people including lawyers were killed in the Karachi violence. It was another failure on the part of Huda. The new PPP government in Sindh felt that Brigadier Huda was still having immense political influence. It believed that he was in contact with the anti-PPP forces. Many important bureaucrats reported to the provincial government that Huda was interfering in different departments. He was more interested in “political makings and breakings” than doing his security job. After the episode of April 9, PPP leaders asked ISI Director General Lt Gen Nadeem Taj through the prime minister that Huda must be transferred. It took just a few days and Huda was transferred. He was replaced by another brigadier. The PPP gave a message that it means business and it will not tolerate any ambitious spymasters. There are rumors in the capital that the ISI DG will also be transferred soon but highly-placed sources in the new government dispelled all these rumours. “The prime minister has the authority to change the ISI DG anytime but right now we don’t need to change him,” claimed a top PPP leader. REFERENCE: De facto Sindh CM finally transferred Monday, April 21, 2008 By Hamid Mir http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=14221&Cat=13&dt=4/21/2008


ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A Pakistani court has ordered that former President Pervez Musharraf’s property be seized and his bank accounts frozen in connection with the legal case concerning the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The court order was issued Saturday by Judge Shahid Raffique at a hearing in Rawalpindi, the garrison city next to Islamabad where Mrs. Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack on Dec. 27, 2007. Mr. Musharraf was charged in the case earlier this year, but he left the country in 2008 under threat of impeachment and has been living in exile in London and Dubai. He has not appeared at any court hearing in the case. During the hearing on Saturday, the judge ordered the Federal Investigation Agency to confiscate all of Mr. Musharraf’s property for failing to respond to subpoenas. At the time of the assassination, Mr. Musharraf’s government had accused the Taliban and Al Qaeda of being behind the plot to kill Mrs. Bhutto, his political rival. A United Nations report released in April 2010 suggested that Pakistani authorities had deliberately failed to effectively investigate the killing, but it did not say who it believed to be responsible for her death. Last October, Mr. Musharraf apologized to Pakistan for what he characterized as mistakes he made in office, and he said he would return to the country in time for elections due by 2013. A spokesman for Mr. Musharraf said that the court’s ruling was “politically motivated.” “We expect no justice from the existing judiciary, which has a strong bias against our leader,” Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for Mr. Musharraf’s new political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League, was quoted as saying by the local news media. “We will respond to such bias in the people’s court,” he said. REFERENCE: In Pakistan, Court Moves to Punish Ex-President By SALMAN MASOOD Published: August 28, 2011 A version of this article appeared in print on August 29, 2011, on page A6 of the New York edition with the headline: In Pakistan, Court Moves To Punish Ex-President. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/29/world/asia/29musharraf.html 

 London riots spread to Midlands and north-west on fourth night of trouble - Rioting and looting has spread to towns and cities throughout England, 24 hours after police were accused of losing control of the streets of London. Officers were fighting disturbances in Manchester and Birmingham involving hundreds of youths who set fire to shops and smashed store windows. The fourth night of riots came after David Cameron returned early from his holiday and called on police to be more robust in their response. The Prime Minister announced that the number of officers on the streets of the capital would rise from 6,000 to 16,000 in a bid to stamp out escalating lawlessness. The Metropolitan Police also said it would consider firing plastic bullets, never before used on the mainland, against the rampaging gangs, while police leave was cancelled and special constables drafted in. The Army’s emergency infantry battalion, known as the Spearhead Lead Element, has been put on standby should the civil unrest worsen, The Daily Telegraph has learned. London was placed in lockdown after three nights of anarchy with shops being boarded up early in the afternoon and office workers hurrying home before dark as rumours swirled that mobs were forming at locations throughout the city. But as police officers from 30 forces poured into the capital it became increasingly clear that the tactic had left the provinces exposed. By early evening a number of outbreaks of violence were confirmed. REFERENCE: London riots spread to Midlands and north-west on fourth night of trouble By Martin Beckford, Andrew Hough and Mark Hughes 10:00PM BST 09 Aug 2011 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/8692178/London-riots-spread-to-Midlands-and-north-west-on-fourth-night-of-trouble.html 


UK riots Fourth night of violence spreads north

video
http://youtu.be/iLfIGFkCTgo


London riots spread

video
http://youtu.be/4PJnLE6PVoY

ISLAMABAD: The British government has refused to process warrants against former president Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case, issued by an anti-terrorism court of Pakistan, DawnNews reported. The British Foreign Office informed the Pakistani government that the arrest warrants cannot be processed because there is no official agreement signed between the two countries on prisoner exchange. However, the British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to Pakistan had assured Pakistan’s request would be processed. REFERENCES: UK refuses to handover Pervez Musharraf DAWN.COM April 19, 2011 http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/19/uk-refuses-to-handover-pervez-musharraf.html  Warrants issued for Musharraf By Mudassir Raja | From the Newspaper February 13, 2011 http://www.dawn.com/2011/02/13/warrants-issued-for-musharraf.html 




NEW YORK: President All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and former president Pervez Musharraf, criticizing PML-N’s Nawaz Shaif said, he made a blunder as he messed with four ex-army chiefs, two presidents and the chief justice during his government, Geo News reported Sunday. Musharraf was addressing APML’s mass gathering here on Sunday. Former President, responding to threats of filing a lawsuit incessantly posed to him by Nawaz Sharif, said, “As Nawaz knows that neither will he regain power nor will he be able to try me in a court of law therefore he takes resort to blow this trumpet time and again.” He said he doesn’t regret killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and attack on Lal Mosque and neither will he seek apology over those actions, adding that he was ready to replicate all what he did during his tenure in the face of similar situation. Musharraf said, on one hand Nawaz Sharif chant slogan of ‘Jaag Punjabi Jaag’ to accumulate votes in Punjab and on the other hand, he has worn criminal silence over killings of Punjabis in Balochistan. Also, Musharraf alleged Nawaz Sharif of handing refuge to Talal Bugti in Lahore whom (Bugti) he termed ‘lawbreaker’. The supporters of PML-N and APML were also present on the occasion and were chanting slogans against chiefs of both parties. REFERENCE: Don’t regret Bugti’s murder: Musharraf Updated at: 1150 PST, Sunday, November 07, 2010 http://www.thenews.com.pk/latest-news/4448.htm  Don’t regret Bugti’s murder: Musharraf Updated at: 1217 PST, Sunday, November 07, 2010 http://www.geo.tv/11-7-2010/74006.htm 

Former Chief of the Army Staff General (R) Pervez Musharraf Justifies the "Murder" of Sardar Akbar Bugti
video
COURTESY: AYANTVUS URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQK3N4dLz8w

The 132-page report documents dozens of enforced disappearances, in which the authorities take people into custody and then deny all responsibility or knowledge of their fate or whereabouts. The report details 45 alleged cases of enforced disappearances, the majority in 2009 and 2010. While hundreds of people have been forcibly disappeared in Balochistan since 2005, dozens of new enforced disappearances have occurred since Pakistan returned to civilian rule in 2008. REFERENCE: “We Can Torture, Kill, or Keep You for Years” Enforced Disappearances by Pakistan Security Forces in Balochistan July 28, 2011 http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/pakistan0711WebInside.pdf
http://www.hrw.org/reports/2011/07/28/we-can-torture-kill-or-keep-you-years 

 ISLAMABAD - British High Commissioner in Pakistan, Adam Thomson has clarified that MQM chief Altaf Hussain has not been arrested nor any restrictions have been placed on his movements. Talking to media at the British High Commission on Monday, the British High Commissioner informed that investigations regarding the murder of Imran Farooq were underway, and despite the fact that it had made some headway, it couldn’t be shared with media as yet. Terming the political situation in Pakistan as quite interesting, he expressed the keen desire of Britain to forge closer, stronger bilateral ties with Pakistan, and said that Pak-British strategic ties would also be further strengthened. Adam Thomson flatly denied any knowledge about any letter written by Altaf Hussain to former British Premier Tony Blair, and advised that it would be better that Altaf Hussain should be contacted in this regard. He said that Pakistani politicians frequently corresponded with the British High Commission, and there was nothing sensational about this fact. He also said that Pakistan was passing through difficult times, and Britain would never abandon Pakistan at this critical hour, and fervently hoped for a political stability in Pakistan. REFERENCE: Altaf neither arrested nor restricted: British HC Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 3:03 am http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/?p=117618 http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/08/altaf-neither-arrested-nor-restricted-uk-high-commissioner/

Karachi Killing is "Interesting" for the "Great Britain"!

URL: http://youtu.be/jbiUnRQd2Ms


BBC LONDON PUBLISHES THE LETTER:) ’الطاف حسین کا خط، خدمات اور مطالبات‘
آخری وقت اشاعت: منگل 30 اگست 2011 ,‭ 23:29 GMT 04:29 PST

































 "QUOTE"

BRITISH MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT URGE NOT TO REPEAT ARMY OPERATION AGAINST MUTTAHIDA QUAMI MOVEMENT (MQM)

5 December 2001

Members of the British Parliament moved an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons urging Her Majesty’s Government to press the Government of Pakistan not to repeat any army operation similar to that undertaken on 19th. June 1992 against Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM).

The EDM presented in the House of Commons on 3rd. December 2001 read as follows: “That this House looks forward to the return of Pakistan to full membership of the Commonwealth; recalls the commitment made by the President, General Musharraf of a return of democratic government in Pakistan; and urges Her Majesty’s Government to press the Government of Pakistan not to repeat any army operation similar to that undertaken on 19th. June 1992 which resulted in mass arrest, restriction including killing and movement of over 15,000 Mohajirs and supporters of Muttahida Quami Movement”. This appears in the Notices of Motions: 3rd December 2001 and the number of the item is 505.

House of Commons



Muttahida Quami Movement, having received the information of the launching of an “Army Operation”, more brutal then the one launched on 19th. June 1992 informed the Members of the British Parliament to take pro-active measures to stop the blood shed of innocent Mohajirs (Urdu-speaking Sindhis) in general and the leaders, office bearers, workers supporters and their relatives in particular. The “Army Operation” that was launched on 19th. June 1992 and continuing unabated in one form or the other resulted in the extra-judicial, summary and arbitrary executions of over 15,000 Mohajirs including the leaders, office bearers, workers, supporters and their relatives and Mr Nasir Hussain (66) and Mr Arif Hussain (28), brother and nephew of Mr Altaf Hussain, founder and leader of the MQM. During the Operation arbitrary arrests, torture in custody and custodial deaths were daily occurrences. “Disappearances” of Mohajirs in general and MQM workers and supporters was a daily routine. Siege and Search operations by the Army, Para-Military Rangers, Police, Frontier Constabulary and Intelligence Agencies were order of the day. Widespread rapes and gang rapes and extortion by the personnel of the Army, Para-Military Rangers, Police and other law enforcement agencies was committed and practiced. The “Army and State Operations” rendered millions of Mohajirs destitute and thousands of Mohajirs forcibly evicted and displaced from the “No-Go Areas” of Landhi, Lines Area, Malir, Korangi, Shah Faisal Colony and part of Liaquatabad in Karachi. Thousands of Mohajirs and MQM leaders, office bearers and workers were arbitrarily arrested and jailed without charges, concocted charges and without due process of law including the MQM parliamentarians, some of them are in arbitrary detention, even today. Thousands of Mohajirs and MQM leaders, office bearers and workers were and are forced to live in hiding or in exile for the fear of their life and liberty. Thousands have been maimed for life during torture in custody of the state.

MQM has always pressed on the demand to establish a genuine “Democratic Middle Class Order” and the end of the prevalent corrupt and kleptomaniac feudal-cum-military rule and manipulated “Democracy” in Pakistan. This rule and the system have repeatedly failed the people and the country during the testing hours of the nation. The creation and patronisation of Taliban, proliferation of terrorism in the name of Jihad, state terrorism inflicted on its ethno-linguistic and cultural nations of the smaller provinces particularly in Sindh and Balochistan provinces and the defeat of its foreign and military policy in Afghanistan are the glaring examples of the failings of the policymakers and the rulers of Pakistan.

The Members of the British Parliament who were already well informed about the brutalities and atrocities subjected to the Mohajirs and the MQM leaders and workers during the State terrorism committed since 19th. June 1992 were petrified having learnt the news of the fresh “Army Operation” against the MQM. The Members of the Co-ordination Committee expressed their gratitude to the Members of the British Parliament over their concerns and efforts to stop Mohajirs and MQM being subjected to the state terrorism, once again.


"UNQUOTE"


BACK TO HISTORY

A VERY DARK AND DIRTY SECTARIAN PAST OF GENERAL RETD. PERVEZ MUSHARRAF

"QUOTE"

Gen. Zia chose Gen. Musharraf (then a Brigadier) in 1987 to command a newly-raised Special Services Group (SSG) base at Khapalu in the Siachen area. To please Gen. Zia, Gen. Musharraf with his SSG commandos launched an attack on an Indian post at Bilfond La in September, 1987,and was beaten back. Despite this, he continued to enjoy the confidence of Zia.

Gen. Musharraf has since then spent seven years in two tenures with the SSG and prides himself on being an SSG commando and projects himself as the greatest expert of the Pakistan Army in mountain warfare. When he recently received Gen. Anthony Zinni, the Commanding Officer of the US Central Command, he was dressed as an SSG Commando. In May,1988, the Shias, who are in a majority in Gilgit, rose in revolt against the Sunni-dominated administration. Zia put an SSG group commanded by Gen. Musharraf in charge of suppressing the revolt. Gen. Musharraf transported a large number of Wahabi Pakhtoon tribesmen from the NWFP and Afghanistan, commanded by bin Laden, to Gilgit to teach the Shias a lesson. These tribesmen under bin Laden massacred hundreds of Shias. In its issue of May,1990, "Herald", the monthly journal of the "Dawn" group of publications of Karachi, wrote as follows: " In May,1988, low-intensity political rivalry and sectarian tension ignited into full-scale carnage as thousands of armed tribesmen from outside Gilgit district invaded Gilgit along the Karakoram Highway. Nobody stopped them. They destroyed crops and houses, lynched and burnt people to death in the villages around Gilgit town. The number of dead and injured was put in the hundreds. But numbers alone tell nothing of the savagery of the invading hordes and the chilling impact it has left on these peaceful valleys." Gen. Musharraf started a policy of bringing in Punjabis and Pakhtoons from outside and settling them down in Gilgit and Baltistan in order to reduce the Kashmiri Shias to a minority in their traditional land and this is continuing till today. The "Friday Times" of October 15-21, 1992, quoted Mr. Muhammad Yahya Shah, a local Shia leader, as saying: " We were ruled by the Whites during the British days. We are now being ruled by the Browns from the plains. The rapid settling-in of Punjabis and Pakhtoons from outside, particularly the trading classes, has created a sense of acute insecurity among the local Shias." Zia became the first victim of the carnage unleashed by Gen. Musharraf on the Shias of Gilgit. Though the Pakistani authorities have not released the report of the committee, which enquired into the crash of Zia's plane in August,1988, it is widely believed in Pakistan that a Shia airman from Gilgit, wanting to take revenge for the May,1988, carnage, was responsible for the crash. REFERENCE: Talibanisation of the heart — by Dr. Abbas Zaidi, The writer is a researcher and has a PhD in sociolinguistics DATED 24 August 2010 http://criticalppp.com/archives/21850 Biography of General Pervez Musharraf: His Past and Present http://www.angelfire.com/al4/terror/musharraf.htm

"QUOTE"

In 1988, there was a violent uprising of the Shias in Gilgit, which was ruthlessly suppressed by Musharraf, who was given the task of dealing with the revolt by Zia-ul-Haq. Musharraf had a large number of Sunni Pashtun tribesmen from the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) led by Osama bin Laden brought into Gilgit. They carried out a massacre of the Shias in the NA as well as the adjoining NWFP areas. It is believed by many in Pakistan that the crash of the aircraft in which Zia was travelling from Bahawalpur in August 1988 resulting in his death was caused by a Shia airman from Gilgit sympathetic to the TJP in retaliation for this massacre. To keep the Shias of Gilgit under control, Musharraf encouraged the the SSP, which had come into existence in the Punjab in the early 1980s at the instance of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to extend its activities amongst the Sunni population of Gilgit and to politically organise them against the the TJP. Since then, there have frequently been clashes between the TJP and the SSP followers in Gilgit, the latest outbreak of such violent incidents having taken place in June, 2001, before Musharraf's visit to India for the summit talks with Mr.A.B.Vajpayee, the Indian Prime Minister. REFERENCE: Musharraf�s Ban: An Analysis Author: B.Raman Publication: South Asia Analysis Group Date: January 18, 2002 URL: http://www.saag.org/papers4/paper395.html http://www.hvk.org/articles/0102/71.html The writer is Additional Secretary (retd), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, and, presently, Director,Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai.

"UNQUOTE"

General Musharraf's 12 October 1999 Mutiny (Baghawat)

video

http://youtu.be/pS5YRmE37iw

Why the Pakistani Military used to Support Taliban, Several Sectarian Outfits and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba before 911? And while the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi stand officially disbanded, their most militant son and leader, Maulana Azam Tariq, an accused in several cases of sectarian killing, contested elections from jail - albeit as an independent candidate - won his seat, and was released on bail shortly thereafter. Musharraf rewrote election rules to disqualify former Prime Ministers Mohammed Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, and threatened to toss them in jail if they returned from abroad, which badly undermined both Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League and Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP). Musharraf has plainly given the religious groups more free rein in the campaign than he has allowed the two big parties that were his main rivals. In Jhang city, in Punjab province, Maulana Azam Tariq, leader of an outlawed extremist group called Sipah-e-Sahaba, which has been linked to numerous sectarian killings, is being allowed to run as an independent despite election laws that disqualify any candidate who has criminal charges pending, or even those who did not earn a college degree. "It makes no sense that Benazir can't run in the election," says one Islamabad-based diplomat, "and this nasty guy can."

References: And this takes me back to Pervez Musharraf’s first visit to the US after his coup. At a meeting with a group of journalists among whom I was present, my dear and much lamented friend Tahir Mirza, then the Dawn correspondent, asked Musharraf why he was not acting against Lashkar-e Tayba and Jaish-e Muhammad. Musharraf went red in the face and shot back, “They are not doing anything in Pakistan. They are doing jihad outside.” Pakistani neocons and UN sanctions Khalid Hasan This entry was posted on Sunday, December 28th, 2008 at 6:00 pm. http://www.khalidhasan.net/2008/12/28/pakistani-neocons-and-un-sanctions/ For The 'General' Good By Sairah Irshad Khan Monthly Newsline January 2003 http://www.newsline.com.pk/newsJan2003/cover1jan2003.htm - General's Election By TIM MCGIRK / KHANA-KHEL Monday, Oct. 07, 2002 http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,361788,00.html - MORE DETAILS: General Musharraf, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Brigadier [R] Usman Khalid & Deobandi Taliban. http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/02/general-musharraf-colonel-muammar.html


We can easily say that the the latest reveleation is the last nail in the coffin of our so-called Startegic Depth. REFERENCE: Passport of 9/11 conspirator found in Waziristan By Zahid Hussain Friday, 30 Oct, 2009 http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/06-passport-of-9-11-conspirator-found-in-waziristan-rs-02 The 9-11 Commission Report
Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Official Government Edition http://www.gpoaccess.gov/911/index.html



German intelligence is periodically tapping suspected al-Qaeda operative Mohammed Haydar Zammar’s telephone. On this day, investigators hear a caller being told Zammar is at a meeting with “Mohamed, Ramzi, and Said,” and can be reached at the phone number of the Marienstrasse apartment where all three of them live. This refers to Mohamed Atta, Ramzi Bin al-Shibh, and Said Bahaji, all members of the Hamburg al-Qaeda cell. However, apparently the German police fail to grasp the importance of these names, even though Said Bahaji is also under investigation. [ASSOCIATED PRESS, 6/22/2002; NEW YORK TIMES, 1/18/2003] Atta’s last name is given as well. Agents check the phone number and confirm the street address, but it is not known what they make of the information. [DER SPIEGEL (HAMBURG), 2/3/2003]. REFERENCE: Context of 'February 17, 1999: Germans Intercept Al-Qaeda Calls, One Mentions Atta’s Name' http://www.historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a021799phonecalls#a021799phonecalls


Pakistan’s chief spy Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad “was in the US when the attacks occurred.” He arrived in the US on the 4th of September, a full week before the attacks. He had meetings at the State Department “after” the attacks on the WTC. But he also had “a regular visit of consultations” with his US counterparts at the CIA and the Pentagon during the week prior to September 11. REFERENCE: Cover-up or Complicity of the Bush Administration? The Role of Pakistan’s Military Intelligence (ISI) in the September 11 Attacks by Michel Chossudovsky Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), Montréal Posted at globalresearch.ca 2 November 2001 http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/CHO111A.html


Michel Chossudovsky is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa. TFF Associates http://www.transnational.org/SAJT/tff/people/m_chossudovsky.html

AFTER 9/11.

In the afternoon, Mahmood was invited to CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia, where he told George Tenet, the CIA director, that in his view Mullah Omar, the Taliban chief, was a religious man with humanitarian instincts and not a man of violence! This was a bit difficult for the CIA officials to digest and rightly so as the Taliban’s track record, especially in the realm of human rights, was no secret. General Mahmood was told politely but firmly that Mullah Omar and the Taliban would have to face US Military might if Osama Bin Laden along with other Al-Qaeda leaders were not handed over without delay. To send the message across clearly, Richard Armitage held a second meeting with Mahmood the same day, informing him that he would soon be handed specific American demands, to which Mahmood reiterated that Pakistan would cooperate. {Bush at War by Bob Woodward, published by Simon & Schuster, 2002, New York}, p 32. {Pakistan: Eye of the Storm by Owen Bennett Jones, published by New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002}, p. 2.

General Mahmood on September 13, 2001, was handed a formal list of the US demands by Mr. Armitage and was asked to convey these to Musharraf and was also duly informed, for the sake of emphasis, that these were “not negotiable.” Colin Powell, Richard Armitage, and the assisstant secretary of state, Christina Rocca, had drafted the list in the shape of a “non-paper”. It categorically asked Pakistan:

Stop Al-Qaeda operatives coming from Afghanistan to Pakistan, intercept arms shipments through Pakistan, and end ALL logistical support for Osama Bin Laden.

Give blanket overflight and landing rights to US aircraft.

Give the US access to Pakistani Naval and Air Bases and to the border areas betweeen Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Turn over all the intelligence and immigration information.

Condemn the September 11 attacks and curb all domestic expressions of support for terrorism.

Cut off all shipments of fuel to the Talibans, and stop Pakistani volunteers from going into Afghanistan to join the Taliban. Note that, should the evidence strongly implicate Osama Bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda Network in Afghanistan, and should the Taliban continue to harbour him and his accomplices, Pakistan will break diplomatic relations with the Taliban regime, end support for the Taliban, and assist the US in the aforementioned ways to destroy Osama and his network.

Having gone through the list, Mahmood declared that he was quite clear on the subject and that “he knew how the President thought, and the President would accept these points.” {Bush at War by Bob Woodward, published by Simon & Schuster, 2002, New York}, p 58-59. Interview: Richard Armitage, “Campaign Against Terror,” PBS (Frontline), April 19, 2002}

Mahmood then faxed the document to Musharraf. While the latter was going through it and in the process of weighing the pros and cons of each demand, his aide de camp that Colin Powell was on the line. Musharraf liked and respected Powell, and the conversation was not going to be a problem. He told him that he understood and appreciated the US position, but he would respond to the US demands after having discussed these with his associates. Powell was far too polite to remind him that he in fact was the government, but did inform him that his General in Washington had already assured them that these demands would be acceptable to the government of Pakistan. {Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism : Allah, the Army, and America’s War on Terror by Hassan Abbas, published by An East Gate Book , M.E. Sharpe Armonk, New York. London, England.}. NOTES/REFERENCES - Pakistan: Eye of the Storm by Owen Bennett Jones, published by New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002. Interview: Richard Armitage, “Campaign Against Terror,” PBS (Frontline), April 19, 2002; last accessed June 2, 2003, at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/campaign/interviews/armitage.htm Bush at War by Bob Woodward, published by Simon & Schuster, 2002, New York. Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism : Allah, the Army, and America’s War on Terror by Hassan Abbas, published by An East Gate Book , M.E. Sharpe Armonk, New York. London, England

Well here we go again, another general (shorn of his uniform) has suddenly found 'ghairat (Honour)' and now is 'feeling' the waters in the media so that he also can be considered as a defence analyst like many others before him but this 'johnny' has gone a step further by claiming that the corps commanders of the army were not 'consulted' by Gen. Musharraf (who was CoAS and Chief Executive at the time of 911) and he [Lt. General (Retd). Shahid Aziz] did not agree with the decision of the CoAS and Chief Executive to throw Pakistan's support behind the US war on terror (ref; DAWN-TV program In Focus dated 9-12-2009). When in the army you are allowed to 'disagree' or 'agree'. After serving 38 years in the army and ending as CGS at his last posting, he still doesn't understand the fact that in the army the culture is 'Top Down' and you obey the orders or you are shown the bloody door. Person who opposed his chief in some high profile decision then why didn't he resigned before his term as Corps Commander or how could he later became the head of his accountable institution?

Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight - 1 (13th May 2010)

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6kpHJTh9hU

Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight - 2 (13th May 2010)

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ds4QVemRyJI

Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight - 3 (13th May 2010)

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gtmYLclKRs

Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight - 4 (13th May 2010)

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0m-p5soEjNo

Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight - 5 (13th May 2010)

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjKNhDpYYfo


Lieutenant General Shahid Aziz is a retired Pakistan Army general who served as the commander of the IV Corps (Lahore) from December 2003 to October 2005. After retiring from the army, he was appointed Chairman of the National Accountability Bureau, a post he left in May 2007. His illustrious military career has placed him in pivotal posts during critical periods in Pakistan over the last decade. In 1998, he found himself involved in Pakistan’s nuclear tests as Director of Military Operations. During the Kargil conflict of 1999, he served as DG of the ISI’s Analysis Wing. That same year, he was appointed to the role of DG Military Operations where he played a crucial role in the counter-coup that brought President Musharraf to power. After the events of 9/11, he was serving as Chief of General Staff at GHQ when the US deployed its forces to Afghanistan. He finally retired from the army in 2005 after having held the post of Lahore Corps Commander for two years. REFERENCE: THE INSIDER BRIEF - Lt. Gen. Shahid Aziz http://www.pakintel.com/guests/shahid-aziz/

As per 1973 Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan

"QUOTE"

PART I

6. (1) Any person who abrogates or attempts or conspires to abrogate, subverts or attempts or conspires to subvert the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.

(2) Any person aiding or abetting the acts mentioned in clause (1) shall likewise be guilty of high treason.

(3) [Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament)] shall by law provide for the punishment of persons found guilty of high treason.

"UNQUOTE"

Definition of Accomplice: An accomplice is a person who actively participates in the commission of a crime, even though they take no part in the actual criminal offense.

Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight - 1 (1st Dec 2009)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89ccLMFONks

Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight - 2 (1st Dec 2009)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhypOCODmds

Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight - 3 (1st Dec 2009)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtpaTkJW_Ec

Gen (R) Shahid Aziz in Islamabad Tonight - 4 (1st Dec 2009)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbcHMggvjJY


Lt. Gen (Retd) Shahid Aziz too is a relative of President General Pervez Musharraf. A fact Gen Musharraf has himself mentioned in his memoir 'In the Line of Fire' (page 121). Gen Musharraf dubbed Shahid Aziz as the centre for the counter coup operation in 1999 after whose success General Musharraf took over. Musharraf wrote: "The DGMO -- in this case Shahid Aziz -- is the officer on whose orders the army moves, for his advice is regarded as orders from the chief. REFERENCE: A new civilian face The first time in eight years a civil bureaucrat has been appointed as chairman NAB. A review of the bureau's performance so far By Nadeem Iqbal http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/jul2007-weekly/nos-22-07-2007/enc.htm#1



Lets see as to how General Musharraf and his Illegal and Rampant Military Regime conducted the Across the Board Accountability and that too after violating article 6 of 1973 Constitution of Pakistan i.e. by Imposing Martial Law and sacking an Elected Government of Mr Nawaz Sharif. The National Accountability Bureau is Pakistan's apex anti-corruption organization. It is charged with the responsibility of elimination of corruption through a holistic approach of awareness, prevention and enforcement. It operates under the National Accountability Ordinance-1999, with its headquarter at Islamabad. REFERENCES: http://www.nab.gov.pk/ MORE DETAILS ON DRACONIAN NATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY BUREAU: Human Rights Developments http://www.hrw.org/legacy/wr2k1/asia/pakistan.html Special Corruption Courts in Asia http://www.u4.no/helpdesk/helpdesk/queries/query19.cfm Pakistan Country Reports on Human Rights Practices Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor 2002 March 31, 2003 http://www.state.gov/g/drl/rls/hrrpt/2002/18314.htm

Watch the video clip and then go through every line [do read the same General praising General Musharraf in Daily Jang DATED Tuesday, September 16, 2008, Ramazan 15, 1429 A.H http://jang.com.pk/jang/sep2008-daily/16-09-2008/main3.htm right after the video clip and see for yourself that this General changes colour faster than Chameleon!

"QUOTE"

Lt. Gen Shahid Aziz reveal truth about Musharraf on US Air Bases
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFIqcAvLSIg [Same General praising General Musharraf in Daily Jang DATED Tuesday, September 16, 2008, Ramazan 15, 1429 A.H http://jang.com.pk/jang/sep2008-daily/16-09-2008/main3.htm] Same General under enquiry for misuse of Power while in National Accountability Bureau Daily Jang Dated Tuesday, December 08, 2009, Zil'Hajj 20, 1430 A.H http://jang.com.pk/jang/dec2009-daily/08-12-2009/main4.htm "UNQUOTE" Why didn’t Shahid Aziz resign? He kept on serving the same Musharraf for Five more years. Isn’t it strange? Lt. Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz who, after having served as Chief of General Staff (CGS) and Corps Commdander under Gen Musharraf, was appointed Chairman of NAB, believes had he and the accountability bureau been given an opportunity to proceed against corrupt politicians and their cronies, the future of the country would have been secured. - Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz was removed from the post of chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) because he was about to expose names of top politicians involved in major scandals, informed sources told Dawn on Wednesday. They said the former NAB chairman was investigating involvement of some top politicians, including President Asif Ali Zardari, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Shahbaz Sharif, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Humayum Akhtar in scams relating to sugar, edible oil, stock exchange and petroleum products. - ‘Tariq Aziz called me up again to say that we have discussed and decided that if you don’t close the cases, you can resign. I asked who these ‘we’ who have decided so are. Tariq Aziz said, Tariq Aziz, Gen Hamid Javed and Gen Kiyani (the then ISI chief). He, however requested that instead of destabilising the government through resignation, you (Gen Aziz) should go on a two-month leave on medical grounds and then resign. - ISLAMABAD, Dec 6: The decision to allow US forces to use Pakistani airports and other facilities for operations against Taliban in Afghanistan was taken by former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf unilaterally without taking corps commanders into confidence.This has been revealed by former chief of general staff and corps commander Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz in an interview with Dawn. He said in fact most of the decisions regarding Pakistan’s support to the US were taken by the former president without the knowledge of top military brass. He said that Gen Musharraf had not taken corps commanders into confidence before giving control of Jacobabad and Pasni airports to the US. He said the then director-general military operations, the CGS (Shahid Aziz), and the DGs of ISI and MI were told about giving only “touch down” facilities to US helicopters in case of emergency landing for medical reasons and that too when Jacobabad airport had already been handed over to the US forces. REFERENCES: ‘Former NAB chief removed to protect top politicians’ By Syed Irfan Raza Thursday, 26 Nov, 2009  http://archives.dawn.com/archives/133712  - Musharraf stopped probes, says ex-chief of NAB By Khaleeq Kiani Sunday, 06 Dec, 2009  http://archives.dawn.com/archives/37897  - Musharraf alone took decision to let US use airports By Our Staff Reporter Monday, 07 Dec, 2009  http://archives.dawn.com/archives/128172  NOW READ THE SAME GENERAL IN 2008: ISLAMABAD: Ex-CGS Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz gives more facts about Army-US relations Former chief of the general staff Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz on Monday issued a statement in continuation of his interview with Ansar Abbasi of The News, published on Sunday. He said: “The US invasion of Afghanistan and our involvement in this war were very difficult events to handle. The U-turn after 9/11 was a complex and historic decision. There were great reservations within the Army with what we had to do, but it was understood that in the national interest we had to take the events into account and do what was to be done. Within such psychological dynamics, Gen Musharraf had to handle the nation as well as the armed forces, and pull us through the crisis. What pressures and compulsions he had to balance cannot be understood by those who have not been in that position. Those were unique times and had their unique compulsions. “There was no formal agreement undertaken by the Army for operations in Fata. If there was any such agreement at the government level, the GHQ was not aware of it. When decisions were made at the government level, departments concerned, including the Army, were informed of their part in the process. All that transpired between Washington and Islamabad on the war on terror was not shared with the Army, since the canvas at the national level was far wider than that of the Army. This does not imply that the Army as an institution was kept in the dark. Regular corps commanders’ conferences were held in which the president talked at length on these important issues.  Capital Talk - Part 1 (7 Dec 2009) URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4UI1TBwkFc  Capital Talk - Part 2 (7 Dec 2009) URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWx3rRyOAaQ “In my capacity as chief of the general staff, I was handling a selected sphere of issues related to the war on terror. I could only speak from my purview. The government had its own very wide perspective, and the ISI had its own mandate. To ask me if I was aware of the Pakistanis which were handed over by us to the US, I could only respond that the militant prisoners taken by the Army were handed over to the ISI for interrogation. Beyond that is not in my knowledge. “However, one thing is sure that it was Gen Musharraf’s stated policy that no Pakistani would be handed over to the Americans. As for the foreigners, the policy was that they would be handed over to their respective countries. It was much later that one read of Pakistani prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, and yes we all felt very bad about it. “These were, most likely, those arrested from Afghanistan; however, if ISI was involved in their handing over, it was certainly in violation of the government policy. Gen Musharraf was quite emphatic about this policy of not handing over Pakistanis to any foreign country. In fact a team led by an Army colonel visited Guantanamo to find out if any Pakistanis were imprisoned there and to arrange for their release and return to their homes. Likewise, the cooperation with the CIA, through the ISI, did provide the Army useful information regarding the presence of foreigners in Fata. This was necessitated because of the superiority of their technical intelligence means, which also included drones flown over Fata for intelligence purposes. These were tactical matters coordinated at lower levels, and did not require presidential clearance. Despite our reservations, there was little we could do to prevent this. “The colour of the article, as it has appeared in the paper, is much different than what I had meant or even implied. Gen Musharraf has a great contribution in leading the nation through a critical juncture of our history, and we should thank him, at least, for buying us the additional time to make us strategically a far stronger nation than we were seven years ago. Those who are concerned with Pakistan’s security will realise this and the fact that he refused to be pushed beyond a certain point under continuous US pressure on Pakistan “to do more”. Ansar Abbasi adds: Since Lt-Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz has not denied the content of his interview and since he has reconfirmed most of its points, there will be no point in stating that The News and I stand by our report. Source: Ex-CGS gives more facts about Army-US relations News Desk Tuesday, September 16, 2008 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=136075&Cat=2&dt=9/16/2008 The News, 16/9/2008 http://www.opfblog.com/4584/islamabad-ghq-had-strongly-opposed-handing-over-pakistanis-to-us-says-lt-gen-retd-shahid-aziz-2/
ISLAMABAD: GHQ had strongly opposed handing over Pakistanis to US, says Lt Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz By Ansar Abbasi Lt Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz, who served as the Chief of General Staff (CGS) from Oct 2001 to Dec 2003, revealed that the Army as an institution was in complete dark about what was going on between Washington and Islamabad on the war on terror and the GHQ and top Army commanders had strongly opposed the handing over of Pakistanis to the US, but Musharraf did so on his own. Shahid Aziz confirmed that though the office of the CGS in the GHQ was considered to be the nerve centre in the Army, the GHQ did not know most of the controversial things Musharraf did, including the handing over of Pakistani nationals to the Americans. All attempts to get an official version of the Pakistan Army through the director general of the ISPR could not succeed until the filing of this report. The retired general told The News on Saturday that while the Pakistan Army used to catch the targeted foreigners and locals and handed them over to the ISI for interrogation, they were handed over to the Americans without the knowledge of the Army. The Army, he said, had made it clear that no Pakistani would be delivered to the US authorities while the problematic Arabs would be deported to their respective countries. “We did not know for a long time that the Pakistani nationals were being handed over to the Americans by the ISI,” he said, adding that it caused a lot of resentment in the top echelons of the Pakistan Army when they found this was happening. He said that Musharraf had got the ISI engaged to collaborate with the American CIA without the knowledge of the rest of Pakistan Army. Capital Talk - Part 3 (7 Dec 2009) URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJTn02yKo_4 Capital Talk - Part 4 (7 Dec 2009) URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H12LR48hE0 Musharraf, during his rule, had also allowed the US drones to use the Pakistani airspace for intelligence sharing besides permitting the American intelligence agencies, the CIA and the FBI, to recruit their agents in the tribal belt of Pakistan, he said. Shahid Aziz disclosed that the drones were permitted to use the country’s airspace despite strong opposition from the GHQ, but still General Musharraf granted this permission. Interestingly, the same drones have carried out most of the US-led coalition strikes inside Pakistan, killing hundreds of people, including innocent women and children. He disclosed that during his tenure, there had been no agreement between the Pakistan Army and Washington on the war on terror, rather Musharraf was directly dealing with the Americans. Shahid Aziz, who enjoyed an exceptional reputation in the Army, disclosed that when initially consulted after 9/11, the top commanders had decided that the Pakistan Army would remain out of the conflict. However, later because of compromises by Musharraf, the Army was dragged in and the situation was such that one hand of the Pakistan Army did not know what the other hand was assigned or doing. Musharraf had compartmentalised the Army to such an extent that even the CGS would not know many things directly assigned by the Army chief to other departments. Shahid Aziz, who also served as the chairman NAB but resigned early last year when asked to close the special NAB cell probing corruption cases against Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, explained that since the former Army chief was also in the government, the Army as an institution was not consulted on many things that were being agreed between Islamabad and Washington. After 9/11, he said, the Army was told that Washington did not want foreigners like Arabs, Uzbeks, Tajiks, etc in the tribal areas of Pakistan. When the issue was discussed in the GHQ, he said, the Army decided to ensure that these foreigners, most of them had settled in Pakistan, were forced to remain quiet. REFERENCE: GHQ had strongly opposed handing over Pakistanis to US Ansar Abbasi Sunday, September 14, 2008 http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=17248&Cat=13&dt=9/14/2008 The News, 14/9/2008 http://www.opfblog.com/4582/islamabad-ghq-had-strongly-opposed-handing-over-pakistanis-to-us-says-lt-gen-retd-shahid-aziz/
NOW READ THIS ON THE SAME GENERAL AND ANSAR ABBASI: Obviously many must have missed the clarification, and obviously Ansar Abbasi and many others like him have succeeded in doing propaganda full of lies, but still it is nice to expose them and their true stinking faces. Read what Ansar Abbasi wrote - Now, here is what clarification came from Shahid Azia. Why clarification was needed is obvious, because Ansar Abbasi twisted the interview. Purpose of Ansar Abbasi was to misguide innocent readers, and obviously those who trust Ansar Abbasi (unwittingly) and had no opportunity to read what Shahid Aziz Actually said, would get misguided. Things to note from what Lt Gen Shahid Aziz said (against lies what Ansar Abbasi propagates) is that: It was policy of president Musharraf that Musharraf vigorously emphasised to all that ... no Pakistani would be handed over to Americans, plus Pakistan would try to send all foreigners first their own country (actually, what I know is that Musharraf gave general amnesty to all foreigners if they surrender and want to live in Pakistan. Only those foreigners were attested who did not surrendered, and when arrested their country were approached to take them and when their contrary declined to take them than only they were handed over to Americans). Shahid Aziz also said that when we learned of Pakistanis in Guantanamo Bay, we felt remorse. According to Shahid Aziz, the possibility of these Pakistanis in Guantanamo Bay is that they must have got arrested in Afghanistan. Lt Gen Shahid Aziz also said that at no point military was unaware of anything that was related to Military and military was involved. He also said that decision to ditch Taliban was made with careful consideration and taking all pros and con into equation, something only those could understand who were in the position at that time.  Capital Talk - Part 5 (7 Dec 2009) URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbjpIWlQUMg Throughout Lt Gen Shahid Aziz not only defendend President Musharrad decisions but appreciated it showing high regards of the decisions and role or President Musharraf throughout. He also said that Pakistanis should be thankful of President Musharraf that he steered Pakistan out of crises getting us 7 valuable years after 9/11 and made Pakistan stronger strategically today. He further said that Musharraf only cooperated with USA to certain limit, and never cooperated beyond that limit. Now it is sad and disgusting that Ansar Abbasi twisted everything what Shahid Aziz said and did all to misguide innocent Pakistanis so that he can fulfil his agenda of using Shahid Aziz. From what Shahid Aziz wrote and the reality, one can judge the character of Ansar Abbasi, and people like him in Journalism as well as in other places. Worse is that, many Pakistanis are becoming victim of such propaganda and lies by number of thugs like Abbas Ansari in Journalism and becoming misguided. http://jang.com.pk/jang/sep2008-daily/16-09-2008/main3.htm NOW IN 2009 THE SAME GENERAL UNDER CORRUPTION PROBE FOR MISUSING THE POWERS AND WHAT A FUN NEWS IS FILED IN THE SAME JANG GROUP OF NEWSPAPERS!
ISLAMABAD: Investigation into alleged misuse of powers by the former chairman of the NAB Let Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz have been started. According to sources, Shahid Aziz had allotted quota of LPG for himself, while his son-in-law purchased a few plots from three housing societies for a few lakhs and sold it for millions of rupees, while the societies had allegedly given his son-in-law special discount. He has also been accused that he had gotten five-kanal house, whose market monthly rent was Rs 0.4 or 0.5 million, on monthly rent of 60,000 and had taken away its furniture of Rs 15 million when he left it. According to sources, a fraud has been detected in registry of the land on which the former chairman is constructing a house. The government ordered an investigation against the former NAB chairman and while the NAB has received all details of his steps and the cases closed during his tenure. Shahid rejected all the allegations being levelled against him. He said after his removal as NAB chairman, he got money of his son-in-law with great difficulty and the market rent of the house was Rs500,00, which was shown as 0.4 or 0.5 million rupees. The house was also not furnished. He said the house had air conditioners and heaters, rented it at Rs 70,000 per month instead of Rs 50,000 rupees and its rent was paid by the NAB. He rejected the allegation that he had stolen furniture while vacating the house. He said he had no house when he was transferred to Lahore and used to live at the house of his daughter. REFERENCE: Probe against Gen Shahid Aziz begins Wednesday, December 09, 2009  http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=212442&Cat=2&dt=12/9/2009  CLRIFICATION OF THE SAME GENERAL IN THE SAME NEWSPAPER - DAILY JANG - WHAT A JOKE! http://jang.com.pk/jang/sep2008-daily/16-09-2008/main3.htm

No comments: