Posts Tagged ‘Afghanistan’
Now we know why The Pakistani ISI Chief and The Military are demanding that General Musharraf be treated respectfully in confinement.
“LONDON Former President Pervez Musharraf has said that most of the `missing persons` went `missing` on their own.
`They had joined various factions of jihadi outfits including Taliban without informing their families. Many had gone into Indian Kashmir to participate in Jihad and many went to Afghanistan to fight on the side of Taliban. Most were brainwashed.`
The former chief of the Pakistani Army, General Musharraf while participating in Aljazeera`s David Frost Show on Friday night rejected the perception that the Army and the ISI were somehow involved in making people disappear and said that Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry would finally come up with nothing in the case.
Answering a question on how he felt about the current situation in Pakistan he said he felt sad, despondent at whatever is happening in Pakistan today, `Pakistan is suffering.`
He, however, said Pakistan had the potential to fight back and all that is needed is for the government to win the confidence of the people in its ability to face terrorism and extremism and also in its ability to put the economy back on the rails.
In reply to another question he said he did not think there were more than 300-400 al Qaeda fighters holed up in the mountains of Pakistan`s tribal areas.
He said between the Taliban and al Qaeda he considered the former to be a more serious threat to Pakistan `because they are from among the population while the latter are foreigners and the local people are known to have supported the government in fighting them.`
He, however, said the Taliban could never overthrow the government in Islamabad, `Unless we commit a blunder. They should not be given any political space. If we keep giving them space they would keep gaining ground.`
“The judicial commission constituted for the recovery of the missing persons on Wednesday submitted it report in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, stating it has traced 378 missing persons cases while 633 are pending.
An apex court bench headed by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry continued the hearing of missing persons’ case.
In report submitted by before the bench, the commission said that 24 cases were completed in Sindh while 100 are still pending.”
- Pakistani police arrest Musharraf (bbc.co.uk)
Contrary to popular perception that Muslims favor Jihad, want women subjugated( this writer included), the Survey Findings lets us know that Muslims think as any one else.
What is needed by Muslims is to back up their collective Will to throw away the crazy Mullahs who preach the obnoxious concepts like Jihad,Slavery of women.
However Muslims have some more steps to take like emancipation of women and getting rid of Ghetto mentality of Pan Islamism.
For instance while Muslims in Islamic countries favored Sharia , they differed in its interpretations they want it applicable in select areas, Property Rights,Divorce,
‘The percentage of Muslims who say they want sharia to be “the official law of the land” varies widely around the world, from fewer than one-in-ten in Azerbaijan (8%) to near unanimity in Afghanistan (99%). But solid majorities in most of the countries surveyed across the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia favor the establishment of sharia, including 71% of Muslims in Nigeria, 72% in Indonesia, 74% in Egypt and 89% in the Palestinian territories.’
‘Few U.S. Muslims voice support for suicide bombing or other forms of violence against civilians in the name of Islam; 81% say such acts are never justified, while fewer than one-in-ten say violence against civilians either is often justified (1%) or is sometimes justified (7%) to defend Islam. Around the world, most Muslims also reject suicide bombing and other attacks against civilians. However, substantial minorities in several countries say such acts of violence are at least sometimes justified, including 26% of Muslims in Bangladesh, 29% in Egypt, 39% in Afghanistan and 40% in the Palestinian territories.’
On Freedom to practice other Religions in Islamic Countries.
‘At the same time, the survey finds that even in many countries where there is strong backing for sharia, most Muslims favor religious freedom for people of other faiths. In Pakistan, for example, three-quarters of Muslims say that non-Muslims are very free to practice their religion, and fully 96% of those who share this assessment say it is “a good thing.” Yet 84% of Pakistani Muslims favor enshrining sharia as official law. These seemingly divergent views are possible partly because most supporters of sharia in Pakistan – as in many other countries – think Islamic law should apply only to Muslims. Moreover, Muslims around the globe have differing understandings of what sharia means in practice.’
On Treatment of Women in Islam.’Burqa.
“In most countries surveyed, majorities of Muslim women as well as men agree that a wife is always obliged to obey her husband. Indeed, more than nine-in-ten Muslims in Iraq (92%), Morocco (92%), Tunisia (93%), Indonesia (93%), Afghanistan (94%) and Malaysia (96%) express this view. At the same time, majorities in many countries surveyed say a woman should be able to decide for herself whether to wear a veil.”
Conflict between Science ,Religion and Modern Society.
“Overall, the survey finds that most Muslims see no inherent tension between being religiously devout and living in a modern society. Nor do they see any conflict between religion and science. Many favor democracy over authoritarian rule, believe that humans and other living things have evolved over time and say they personally enjoy Western movies, music and television – even though most think Western popular culture undermines public morality’
American Muslims View.
‘The new survey also allows some comparisons with prior Pew Research Center surveys of Muslims in the United States. Like most Muslims worldwide, U.S. Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society. But American Muslims are much more likely than Muslims in other countries to have close friends who do not share their faith, and they are much more open to the idea that many religions – not only Islam – can lead to eternal life in heaven. At the same time, U.S. Muslims are less inclined than their co-religionists around the globe to believe in evolution; on this subject, they are closer to U.S. Christians.’
Full Report at The Source;
- Do Muslims Condemn Terrorism, Violence? (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
The US , while fighting terrorism, may actually be funding it, a Report reveals.
This is apart from the unknown Funds diverted by The CIA, whose Budget is tucked away neatly under innocuous Heads in such unexpected places like The Agriculture,Social Security ,Immigration Departments.
In the shadowy world of Counter terrorism, one can not trust any one, yet, trust one has to ,at times, and the result ,in some cases, is that the funds are used to fight the Donor!
The U.S. government may accidentally be funneling millions of dollars to the very terrorists and insurgents it’s fighting in Afghanistan through sloppy contracting regulations, according to a new government report.
The report, called “Contracting With the Enemy” and published Thursday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), examined the system designed to make sure that the U.S. reconstruction is not providing business for any individuals or groups associated with terrorist or insurgent organizations.
SIGAR said that due to “several weaknesses” in the long and complicated process, “millions of contracting dollars could be diverted to forces seeking to harm U.S. military and civilian personnel in Afghanistan and derail the multi-billion dollar reconstruction effort.”..
The report centered on what’s known as Section 841, part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that describes how the U.S. government is supposed to identify individuals or companies with suspected ties to insurgents, confirm that information, pass it along to the head of the contracting activity, then to the primary contractor and finally to the targeted subcontractors whose business deals would then be voided or restricted based on guidance from higher up.
SIGAR said Section 841 was part of a “variety of efforts” undertaken by the government to keep American contracting money out of terrorists’ hands in the wake of incidents like the $2.16 billion Host Nation Trucking contract. In that instance, SIGAR said, the U.S. government paid several companies to ship more than 70 percent of food and materiel to American troops in Afghanistan, only to realize that some of those funds were “widely believed to have been funneled to insurgents.”..
US Funds in Taliban .
A military-led investigation has found that US taxpayer money from trucking contracts in Afghanistan has indirectly found its way into Taliban coffers, the Pentagon confirmed today.
An internal assessment by Task Force 2010, established to examine allegations of corruption in contracting, has found the problem to be even greater than previously reported. According to reports it determined that funds from a $2.16 billion trucking contract eventually found their way to the Taliban through a payment form a subcontractor to a corrupt local official, who then paid money and guns to the Taliban.
Col Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, confirmed the broad findings of the investigation, which was completed in May but has yet to be released to the public, but would not go into specifics. He was unable to confirm how much American money ended up in Taliban hands.
According to the Washington Post, which first reported details of the investigation, in one case millions of dollars were traced through a web of subcontractors and eventually into the bank account of an Afghan National Police commander. Investigators then found that money was in turn used to provide weapons, explosives, and cash to insurgents.
Details of the report sparked outrage on Capitol Hill. Rep John Tierney, D-MA and the Ranking Member of the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security, called for immediate oversight hearings to investigate the matter.
“One year after Congress first demanded attention to these issues, we continue to hear from Pentagon officials that they are aggressively increasing oversight over these contracts and taxpayer money. But so far it has been all talk and no action,” Tierney said in a statement.
“It defeats all of our purposes to be funding the enemy in Afghanistan,” he added…(ABC News)
US Funds Terrorism In Syria.
Syrian authorities accused the United States on Saturday of financing terrorist groups in Syria and interfering with the country’s domestic affairs, diplomats said.
In its statement, the Syrian Foreign Ministry referred to State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland who “recommended that terrorists do not surrender to Syrian authorities” on Friday.
The Foreign Ministry called on the international community “to come out against such a policy that contradicts the international law and UN Security Council resolutions on the fight against terrorism and its funding.
I will be posting a series of Documents on the Assassination of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
These files have been declassified and give an insight into the operation against Osama Bin Laden.
“Washington, D.C., May 2, 2011 - The Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, killed in Pakistan by U.S. special operations forces yesterday, ranked as “one of the most significant financial sponsors of Islamic terrorist activities in the world” as early as 1996, according to declassified U.S. documents posted on the web today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University (www.nsarchive.org).
The Osama Bin Laden File includes the CIA’s 1996 biographic sketch [Transcription], the infamous President’s Daily Brief from 6 August 2001 warning “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US,” a State Department issue paper from 2005 reporting that “some Taliban leaders operate with relative impunity in some Pakistan cities,” the 400-page Sandia National Laboratories profile of Bin Laden focusing on the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the 2006 State Department cable on the Taliban’s regrouping in Pakistan’s tribal areas making them “a sanctuary beyond the reach of either Government,” the demands made on Pakistan right after 9/11 by Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, and theonly known conversation between the U.S. government and the Taliban leader Mullah Omar.
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One of the earlier publicly available documentary mentions of Bin Laden comes from a 1996 CIA bio sketch entitled “Usama Bin Laden: Islamic Extremist Financer” [Transcription]. It describes Bin Laden, “who joined the Afghan resistance movement in 1979,” as “one of the most significant financial sponsors of Islamic extremist activities in the world.” According to The New York Times, during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the CIA actually helped Bin Laden – who supplied construction equipment from his family’s company in Saudi Arabia – to construct the Tora Bora complex as a base to fight the Soviets. According to Bin Laden, “The [Mujahidin’s] weapons were supplied by the Americans, the money by the Saudis.”
Almost a decade later, Bin Laden would make good use of his earlier investment. A 1997 State Department cable reported that he had likely retreated into hiding at Tora Bora, stating “bin Ladin had lived in caves south of Jalalabad in Tora Bora and the Taliban had become suspicious.” In December 2001, US troops engaged in a fierce firefight at Tora Bora, hoping to smoke out the Al Qaeda leader. The Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters were overrun but Bin Laden was not among the killed or captured.
The earlier CIA bio indicates that after the 1989 victory over the Soviets, Bin Laden, while living in Saudi Arabia and Sudan, created “a network of al-Qaida recruitment centers and guesthouses in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan and has enlisted and sheltered thousands of Arab recruits.” The document also accused Bin Laden of “providing financial support” for the 1992 bombings against US servicemen in Somalia, “at least three terrorist training camps in Sudan” and one in Afghanistan, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
In mid-1996, Bin Laden moved from Sudan to Afghanistan where he lived and operated under the umbrella of the Taliban. From there, he plotted the August 1998 bombings of two American embassies, in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed hundreds and wounded thousands more. In response, President Bill Clinton authorized the first U.S. official attempt to kill him. The problem was how to find him. While CIA and U.S. military personnel tried to come up with actionable intelligence on his whereabouts, American diplomats in Afghanistan attempted to persuade Bin Laden’s Taliban hosts to give him up. AState Department cable provided an unusual window into the bizarre negotiations, including recording the suggestion by a Taliban intermediary that the U.S. “arrange for bin Laden to be assassinated” because the Taliban could do nothing to prevent it.
In 1999, Sandia National Laboratories compiled a 400-page profile of Bin Laden – far more comprehensive than the CIA’s brief 1996 sketch, and no doubt reflecting his stratospheric rise in importance to the United States. The report found that the African embassy attacks did not take the U.S. by surprise, given its existing counterterrorism intelligence capabilities. It added that the retaliatory cruise missile strikes orderd by Clinton – which unfortunately destroyed a Sudanese pharmaceutical plant and killed several suspected terrorists training in Afghanistan instead of their intended targets – “did little to help solve the problem posed by bin Laden and may ultimately prove to have done more harm than good.” The Sandia analysts concluded – chillingly – that the bombings showed “The ‘war’ on terrorism will never be ‘won.’”
On 25 January 2001 the National Security Council’s senior counterterroism adviser, Richard A. Clarke, sent a now-famous memo to incoming National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice which warned, “al Qida is not some narrow, little terrorist issue that needs to be included in broader regional policy.” The memo referenced the Al Qaeda suicide attack on USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden, which killed 17 sailors and injured 39 others. Clarke recommended that the United States “respond at a time, place, and manner of our own choosing,” pleading, “we urgently need … a Principals level review on the al Qida network [emphasis in original].”
Less than nine months later, nineteen Al Qaeda operative hijacked four planes and struck the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Between 1996 and the summer of 2001, the United States pressed the Taliban more than 30 times to expel Bin Laden from Afghanistan, according to a July 2001 State Department Report. Two days after the 1998 Cruise missile attack on Bin Laden’s camp, Mullah Omar initiated a phone call to Washington – the U.S. government’s only known direct contact with the Taliban leader – claiming that he did not believe “bin Laden had engaged in or planned any terrorist acts while on Afghan soil,” and that “getting rid” of him “would not end the problems posed to the US by the Islamic world.”
The following month, the President’s Daily Brief included one of the most famous documents that would come out on the Al Qaeda leader – the 6 August 2001 memo entitled “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US.” The document was marked “For the President Only” – perhaps a sign of a missed opportunity for intelligence sharing – and stated that FBI information “indicate[d] patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.” In testimony to the 9-11 Commission, Rice insisted that the PDB did not amount to a real warning. “[It] said nothing about an attack on America,” she testified. “It talked about intentions, about somebody who hated America – well, we knew that.”
Once 9/11 happened, the administration’s attitude lurched about abruptly. On 13 September 2001, two days after the attacks on New York and Washington, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage handed Pakistani Intelligence (ISI) Chief Mahmoud a list of seven terse demands, including stopping al-Qaeda at the border, proving blanket landing rights to conduct operations, providing intelligence, and helping the US to “Destroy Usama bin Laden.”
But the stepped-up pressure failed to produce all the desired results, and Pakistan soon became protected territory for the Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Immediately after September 11, according to an unnamed Pakistani security official, “the tribes were overawed by US firepower.” But by the time this quote was made to a senior State Department in Islamabad (reported in an embassy cable on 13 November 2002), “that window had closed.” The Federally Administered Tribal Areas were once again “no go areas.”
Three years later, in late 2005, the situation had not changed. Despite Pakistan’s formal denials that it was a safe haven for anti-American forces, a State Department Issue Paper for the Vice President confirmed that indeed “some Taliban leaders operate with relative impunity in some Pakistani cities, and may still enjoy support from the lower echelons of Pakistan’s ISI.”
- Pakistan Builds Fun Park Where Osama Bin Laden Was Killed (ramanan50.wordpress.com)