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How We Defend Our Homeland – Pakistani Special Forces:The SSG

 
Soldiers of Special Services Group march past during a ceremony of Pakistan National Day. PHOTO: APP

Soldiers of Special Services Group march past during a ceremony of Pakistan National Day. PHOTO: APP

Pakistan’s elite special forces unit, army’s Special Services Group (SSG) has been listed as the best special forces group, ahead of units such as the US Navy SEALs and the British Special Air Service group.

The list, by Business Insider Australia ranked Pakistani commandos as the best of the nine top elite forces from around the world.

Called the ‘Black Storks’, due to the unique headgear worn, soldiers in the unit have to complete a 36-mile march in just 12 hours and a five-mile run in 20 minutes in full gear.

For operational reference, it mentioned the 2009 operation that the SSG conducted to rescue the 39 people held hostage by suspected Taliban militants who had attacked the army’s headquarters in Rawalpindi.

The SSG have been deployed in a number of operations in Pakistan from prison takeovers to fighting terrorists in North Waziristan.

Other forces making the list

Coming in second on the list were Spain’s Naval Special Warfare Force, and was called as one of Europe’s best respected special forces.

Next in line was Russia’s Naval Special Warfare Force ‘Alpha Group’, serving as the nation’s elite anti-terrorism unit.

France’s fabled 200-strong National Gendarmerie Intervention Group (GIGN), trained especially to respond to hostage situations, came in on four.

Israel’s Sayeret Matkal made it to the fifth spot. Its primary purpose is intelligence-gathering and operating deep behind enemy lines. Along with Mossad, it is suspected to have aided in carrying out a hit in Dubai using falsified passports.

The British Special Air Service (SAS), who have the famous motto ‘Who dares wins’, were listed on number six.

The UK equivalent of the Navy SEALs, Special Boat Service, came in on number seven. The unit specializes in intense training and interrogation.

The US Navy SEALS, a special unit of which carried out Operation Neptune Spear to kill Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in 2011 were listed on eight.

To join the SEALS, one has to prove they are the toughest warriors around and they are asked to prove this by completing a minimum of 42 push-ups in two minutes, 50 sit-ups in two minutes, and run 1.5 miles in 11 minutes before they even start training.

Read: The phantom soldiers

The last one on the list are the US Marines. It is an odd listing since they are not considered an elite unit.

They have a reputation for being pretty tough in their own right.

Marines undergo weeks of rigorous training exercises specially designed to overcome those who cannot hit their exacting standards.

The article first appeared on Business Insider Australia

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THE COMING WORLD ORDER FOR ALL HUMANITY Dr. Khalid Abu al Saud : Futurist, Poet, and Global Thinker from Saudi Arabia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First. The 21st century is the most critical time in the history and will decide if humans, especially the 1% elites, will follow their greediness and primitive instinct, which will lead to global  total destruction through nuclear wars, or will awake collectively, at the last moment and will decide collectively to create the coming global empathic planetary civilization. This will guarantee their survival with dignity and prosperity in the next thousands of centuries and accordingly they will implement the agenda 2030 for all humanity not for the 1% elites only.

Second.the main goals of the world order for all humanity, not for the 1% elites only,  are

  1. To prevent collectively, the coming nuclear wars.
  2. To prevent collectively, the coming collapse of American dollars, manipulated by the 1% elites, the implosion of America, will lead into global economic disasters.
  3. To solve collectively, the deadly dilemma of the 21st century—the 1% elites, representing certain secret organizations and military,oil, financial, political ,religious organizations and corporations, controlling super scientific-technological and military technologies, still controlled by old tribal greed, egoism, sexual and killing instinct, eager to ignite wars, even nuclear wars for more power and money.
  4. To stop collectively, the fluoridation of water, the deforestation, the global warming and the lies regarding the alien abduction and the planet Nibiru. ..
  5. To stop collectively, the attempt to control and harm the minds and health of humans in West and East.
  6. To replace collectively, the civilization of corporations with a civilization of humanity.
  7. To discourage and replace collectively, films and TV programs glorifying wars, brutality, egoism, promiscuity, Satanism, infidel secularism and Western or Eastern superiority and consumerism with films and TV programs glorifying peace, empathy, altruism, good morality, family values, global cooperation, faithful secularism, and sustainability.
  8. To create collectively, the optimal conditions, to prevent that elected leaders become corrupt.
  9. To replace collectively, indirect democracy with direct democracy.
  10. To awake people and to create for them a new meaning of life and death.
  11. To replace collectively culture of consumerism with a culture of sustainability.
  12. To create new perceptions of themselves, God, Prophets, religions, spirituality, nationality, life, death, the past, the present, the future, the family, the goals of life.
  13. To replace collectively, the predatory capitalism of the 1% elites, who consider themselves as legitimate predators, considering America, Europe, and the whole world as preys, considering global peace as the loss of opportunity to make giant profits from wars, even nuclear wars, with social moral capitalism.
  14. To prepare humanity collectively, for the coming technological singularity, when humans will be able to create super robots, millions time more intelligent than humans, able to improve and replicate themselves exponentially before 2050, the end of human civilization, the beginning of robot civilization —-unless!
  15. To prevent collectively, the Collision with an asteroid and the coming global biological and environmental disasters caused by the misuse of  CRISPR  and HAARP.
  16. To eradicate collectively, the roots of poverty, corruption, wars, organized crimes, civil wars, terrorism, ISIS, ALQAEDA and the Fitnah between religions and the population decline in developed countries.
  17. To convert collectively, desert regions into green regions using seawater directly.
  18. To replace collectively, all strategies of domination with strategies of cooperation ,to allow the use of 80 % of global  military budgets for peace projects and for converting Earth into the green planet of peace , justice, solidarity, happiness and abundance for 9bill  civilized humans  before 2050, using existing technologies, to prevent the coming global self-destruction.
  19. To replace collectively, the strategy to create the great Israel with the strategy to convert Israel into Singapore of the Middle East, surrounded by prosperous Palestine and Arab countries, within the Middle East common market, able to participate actively in shaping the coming WORLD ORDER for all humanity.
  20. To convert collectively, GCC  into the great gulf union ,consisting of GCC, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, can become the global economic power NR 4-5 before 2035,the best way to survive with dignity and prosperity after the end of oil economy, the only way to prevent the coming wars between Iran and its neighbouring countries .
  21. To unite collectively, North Korea with South Korea to prevent the coming nuclear wars between North Korea and South Korea and America and China.
  22. To prevent collectively, the coming nuclear war between India and Pakistan, which will lead into global nuclear war.
  23. To stop collectively, the Cold War, the information and cyber wars by all means.
  24. To stop collectively, the depopulation programs of the 1% elites.
  25. To destroy 95  % of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons in the world.
  26. To convert 80% of military companies into civilian companies.
  27. To explore and develop colonies in space and on Moon and Mars.
  28. To develop collectively electrical power plants using fusion energy.
  29. To spread the fourth industrial revolution.
  30. To prevent that the need of the present generations to compromise the need for the future generations.
  31. To prevent and forbid the misuse of manipulated domination and war games as the way to create extra big profits and wealth and to get rid of boringness.

 

Third. Teach people and leaders comprehensive, analytical, integral histories of the negative and positive historical events in the past and in the present, which will influence the future of their countries and the world.

  1. -To know objectively in detail—-what, how, why—with no propagandas.
  2. To solve and to prevent the negative events in the future
  3. To repeat and improve the positive events in the future.

 

Fourth.  Before 2050 humans will be able to produce super smart robots much more intelligent than humans, able to improve and replicate themselves exponentially, the beginning of technological singularity and the robot civilization, while the brains of humans are developing linearly. The seeds of consciousness and the will to exist and survive and the love for power and nature were implanted by humans inside the artificial brains of the super robots, which allowed the development of robot civilization, although super robots practically do not need humans and nature.If the elites and their super scientists would be more empathic and wise, the situation would change dramatically, in this case, humans would have much better future.

Fifth . Following to be considered, to understand the wars in Iraq and Syria.

  1. -The strategy to destabilize the Middle East to create the great Israel, which forced millions to migrate to Europe.(Will destabilize also Europe)
  2. The strategy to control the giant oil and gas wells on the shores of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, and Palestine.
  3. The strategy to market Iranian gas to Europe, through a pipeline from Iran through Iraq and Syria.
  4. The strategy of giant military companies to market weapons.
  5. Why America has accepted the trillions USD loss for wars in the middle east.
  6. Russia, surrounded by NATO, needs allies in the Middle East.
  7. Who are the real creators and supporters of ISIS and ALQAEDA—why.?
  8. Read the report—the new American century.

 

Sixth. How to convert millions of Muslim refugees in Europe into important parts of the solution of the European population decline.

  • Removing the political and economical reasons, which forced those poor people to migrate to Europe, leaving their lovely homes.
  • Forcing refugees’ children to be educated and trained by qualified teachers, to become productive and creative citizens.
  • Forcing adult refugees to be educated and trained by reputable teachers to become qualified farmers, workers, and technicians.
  • Supporting refugees to create good families and to become active members of sport, social clubs, and political parties.

 

Seventh .  The new world order for all humanity, not for the 1% elites only, will develop modern principles of Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and integrating them together wisely, based on modern interpretations of the holy books according to the goals and wisdom of the holy books and the requirements of the 21st century, to convert religions into important  parts of the solution not of the cause of   religious wars, fanatism, dogmatism and terrorism.

 

Eighth. How will the coming WORLD ORDER for all humanity be developed?

  1. -Through convincing Jesuits ,Illuminati ,Freemason, Bilderberg , CFR and the leaders of America ,Europe, Russia , China —that the planet Earth is big enough for 9 billion civilized humans, but not enough for one million greedy humans seeking world domination and  to replace  their old visions of their world order for the 1% elites with the world order for all humanity .
  2. Through converting UN into the world government for all nations and religions.
  3. Through spreading the idea of the world order for all humanity in schools, universities, conferences, TV, social media, newspaper.
  4. Through replacing all strategies of domination with strategies of cooperation.
  5. Through replacing the PREDATORY capitalism of the 1% elites, who consider themselves as legitimate predators, considering America, Europe, and the whole world as preys, considering global peace as the loss of opportunity to make giant profits from wars even nuclear wars, with social moral capitalism.

 

Ninth. .The coming WORLD ORDER for all humanity will be developed based on

  1. Pro-freedom with responsibility, justice, democracy, meritocracy, rule of law, good morality, human rights, diversities, tolerance, solidarity, global peace, ecology, faithful secularism, family values, coexistence between all religions.
  2. Anti wars, fanatism, terrorism, corruption, oppression, monopoly, injustice, organized crimes, dictatorship, all forms of slavery.
  3. Integral spiritual, intellectual vision and world centric consciousness.
  4. The fourth industrial revolution and the cultural, intellectual and spiritual revolution to awaken leaders, thinkers, scholars, and people in West and East.
  5. The survival of humanity and planet Earth to be considered as priority NR 1.
  6. The new world order will convert UN into the world government as the Confederal Republic of Earth, with its own constitution, currency, military  forces , executive ,legislative and judicial powers ,respecting  the Sovereignty of  all nations  , to be financed by certain percentage of the budgets of all countries and extra VAT  taxes of all products and services sold in all countries and 3-15 % extra  income tax .
  7. The world government will develop super education tablets with education programs, can be used for face to face and online learning and as virtual super laboratory simulators, for one bill children in the world, especially for poor children, to be given freely, financed by rich countries.
  8. The world government will organize the development of facilities to produce electricity using clean energy, fusion energy and to produce in vitro healthy meat and leather in huge quantity cheaply, using stem cell technology, saving 95 % of water and agricultural lands.
  9. The world government will implement the AGENDA 21 wisely and fairly, for the planet Earth and for all humanity, not only for the 1% elites only.

 

 Tenth. The new world order for all humanity must differentiate between JUDAISM as an old religion, believing in one God and Moses as His messenger and the ten commandments— and Zionism  as political ideology, created before HITLER, seeking to convert Judaism into fanatic nationalism through creating the great Zionist Israel, to  control oil of the Middle East,  exploiting Jews, Judaism, leaders in America, Europe, and the Middle East, has ignited many wars and willing to ignite even the next nuclear wars. There are millions of Jews against Zionism  (Rabbi Dovid Weiss, Miko Peled, Anna Baltzer).There are millions Christian Zionists who are not Jews, manipulating America, willing to sacrifice America for Israel. Therefore the world must differentiate between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism. Will America say GOODBYE to the Middle East and Israel after the end of oil economy?

Eleventh .  Unwise leaders individually and collectively, are making decisions and actions,  according to their egos, emotions and subconscious minds, refusing rational bits of advice, will lead usually into wars and disasters. Wise leaders are using rational conscious minds and good morality and accepting rational pieces of advice,  to make decisions and actions, leading usually to peace and prosperity. The main benefits of rational, free discussions and dialogues before making important decisions and actions within a real democracy.

Twelfth    . How should the world be in the year 2050?

Humans should congratulate themselves, that they could prevent collectively, the total destruction, caused mainly by nuclear wars, the melting of North and South Poles and biological and environmental disasters, caused by the misuse of HAARP and CRISPR — thank to the last moment awakening of millions humans in West and East and especially  the 1% elites.

  1. -The world will be populated by 9 billion civilized, happy humans, who can live actively and healthy for more than 200 years.
  2. They will be governed by the democratic Confederal world government, representing all sovereign democratic countries and different religions.
  3. They will live in new thousands self-sustainable green cities and floating cities and dome cities covered by transparent solar panels, to keep the temperature optimal day and night, in summer and winter.
  4. They will eat in vitro meat and other food, produced by themselves, in their aeroponic and hydroponic farming integrated with fish and algae farming, accordingly 70% of big agricultural lands will be returned back to nature.
  5. They will produce by themselves many products using 3D printers.
  6. They will use Atomic precision manufacturing technology APMT, super robots, stem cell technology and genetics to produce 95% of the required products—the coming industrial, medical and agricultural revolutions.
  7. Most of their jobs will be executed by super smart robots.
  8. They will use driverless electrical cars, buses and flying cars and busses.
  9. They will use Hall Weather Machines to change the global weather.
  10. They will use Foglets (utility fog) to develop changeable cities and buildings.
  11. They will be prepared brain wise and politically, economically, socially and technologically to live and will be adjusted themselves with TECHNOLOGICAL SINGULARITY, when humans will be able to create super robots much more intelligent than humans, able to improve and replicate themselves exponentially.
  12. 90% of military companies will be converted into civilian companies.
  13. 95% of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons will be destroyed.
  14. They will use electricity produced by fusion energy and other clean energy.
  15. Their super-children will be educated by super teachers using special education tablets with education programs, can be used for face to face and online learning and as virtual super laboratory simulators.
  16. They will start to explore and colonize space and other planets and moons.
  17. They will implement new paradigm and philosophy of living, based on sustainability, solidarity , cooperation, diversities, tolerance, transparency, equality, rule of law, direct democracy, altruism,  ecology, to be implanted deep in their conscious and subconscious minds, through education and special films and TV programs.
  18. They must believe, that humans of different ethnics and religions are brothers and sisters, are the vicegerents of the Almighty, on their common journey through the space, inside one common space ship the planet Earth and will survive only— if they will cooperate together closely, as one humanity,  avoiding nuclear wars and global self-destruction.
  19. They must believe that the only one planet Earth is big enough for 9-10 bill civilized, not greedy humans, using modern nanotechnology, stem cell technology, super smart robots, digital biology, quantum physics, fusion energy  (the fourth and fifth industrial, educational, medical and agricultural revolutions),but too small for one million greedy, immoral elites, seeking world domination and to be trillionaires beyond laws.
  20. Only now in the year 2050, humans will be succeeding to develop the global empathic planetary civilization and will be starting to develop the coming star civilization, which will guarantee the survival of the new humanity, supported but not dominated by super intelligent robots, in the next thousands of centuries.

 

Dr. Khalid Abu al-Saud 

Futurist, Poet and Global Thinker from Saudi Arabia

 Drkhalidsaud@gmail.com     00966505461 523          28 Jan 2017

                             


 

 

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The Untold Wealth of Ishaq Dar by Sabena Siddiqi

 

Ishaq Dar is highly regarded for his financial expertise and has twice served as federal minister for finance, economic affairs, revenue, and statistics. Considered a PML-N stalwart, he has headed the party’s international affairs office since 2002. Apart from being elected a MNA thrice, Dar has been elected Senator three times along with being appointed as PML-N’s parliamentary leader in the upper house each time.

In February 2014 in Dubai on an official visit as Finance Minister of Pakistan again, he said: “We inherited three bad ‘Es’ — bad economy, energy, and extremism — from the previous government but we have managed to control the situation within seven months since we took over last year.”

He announced that Pakistan was open for business once again but it seems more likely he was expanding his own business. Surreptitiously, on the sidelines, Ishaq Dar has built himself a business empire, reportedly managed by his two sons Hasnain Dar and Ali Dar. HDS Tower in Cluster F of Jumeirah Lakes Tower is only one of the 34 story buildings that belong to the mighty HDS Group. Several other buildings in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Business Bay, and International City, like the HDS Sunstar Towers, are also owned by the millionaire brothers.

The owners of HDS Group, Ali Dar, and Hasnain Dar manage everything perfectly for Ishaq Dar. It’s worth mentioning here that the elder son Ali Dar is also the son-in-law of Mian Nawaz Sharif. Real estate business and development are the main concentration of the HDS group, moreover owning various commercial and residential towers in JLT, Business Bay and Central Business District of International City in Dubai.

 

 

 

 

The HDS Group flagship project has 2 million square feet built up area and is currently under construction in the Burj Khalifa area, this project alone is a million of dirhams worth. Such projects make this group one of the foremost property developers in UAE.  The group even survived the economic downfall of 2008.

Reportedly, Bahria Town Dubai office is located on the top floor of JLT Business Towers owned by HDS. It is rumored that some space has also been kept free for a future office for Asif Ali Zardari, ex-President of Pakistan. Recently, Ishaq Dar introduced his sons to the ruling family and top authorities of UAE for the propagation of future business interests on an official visit there.

Here is a list of the main assets owned by HDS Group:

1.HDS Tower, a 39 storey commercial and retail tower located in the F cluster of Jumeirah Lakes Towers was constructed in 2008, the tower consists of small, medium and large apartments and offices. Its monetary worth is billions of dirhams.

2.HDS Business Centre, it was completed in 2011, its grand lobby is its main highlight and is one of the finest in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, it is beautifully designed with the best granite and marble finishes and its current market value is billions of dirhams.

3.HDS Sunstar 1 and 2 is a 10 storey residential building in the central business district of International City, Dubai.Luxury rooftop swimming pools and gymnasium assured rental of the 120 apartments within a month of its completion, this project is also priced at billions of dollars.

4.Sobha Ivory 1 and 2 is in the heart of Business Bay, UAE s prime business location. This property has easy access from Sheikh Zayed Road and is one of the most wanted business addresses in Dubai.

5.Take a Break is a semi-serviced coffee shop on the ground floor of HDS Tower in Jumeirah Lakes Towers launched in December 2011.

6.HDS Mini Golf was launched in the end of 2013, the chief guest was H.E.Ahmed bin Sulayman. It is an entertainment hotspot located at Lake Level of HDS Business Tower in cluster M of Jumeirah Lakes Towers.

7.HDS Owners Association Management Company is a licensed facility management company.

8.HDS Rent a Car is one of the first rent car companies in the Middle East to launch the exotic Lamborghini Aventador LP 700 and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 in the rent a car industry.They also provide the finest Rolls Royce Phantom, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, May Bech, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW. The uniqueness of the car rental company lies in its array of niche car manufacturers and models of cars unavailable to the market. HDS Rent a Car owns the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4, Mercedes-Benz SLS 63 AMG Gullwing, apart from the more economy cars such as Peugeots and Renaults. Some of the many exotic, luxury and SUVs in the lineup are the Ferrari Berlinetta F12 and the McLaren F1.

The owners are offering such exotic services in Dubai, which even the local Emiratis fail to afford. Ishaq Dar made hundreds of real estate transactions with a Hindu RAW Agent Madhu Bhindari, an Indian billionaire entrepreneur, who is on a run from Dubai, after losing 150 million dirhams in the 2008 crisis. However, the finance minister’s buildings and investments are still earning him a hefty income.

 

 

 

 

A Pakistani real estate agent related how a lot of Pakistani bureaucrats and politicians have properties worth millions in Dubai. “The son of a serving government officer from Sindh government invested a huge amount of money in real estate here in 2008, and I carried out transactions for him,” the agent claimed.

“Where are these politicians getting the money from?” asked a Pakistani in Dubai, who came to know that the building he lived in is owned by Ali and Hasnain Dar’s HDS Group.

“If they have billions of dollars and so much money, why is it not in Pakistan?

These politicians talk about the welfare of Pakistani people, but all they can think about is themselves!”

Director Swiss Bank had stated some years back that Pakistan has around 97 billion dollars only in Swiss Banks. But the reality is that Pakistani politicians and businessmen have much more than 97 billion dollars outside Swiss Banks, invested in various countries and financial centers like Dubai. According to the Swiss Bank director, if the money is spent on Pakistan and its people, then Pakistan could have a tax-free budget for next 30 years, it could create 60 million jobs, could carpet four lanes road from any village to Islamabad, provide endless power supply, every citizen could get a Rs. 20,000 salary for the next 60 years and there would be no need to take loans from IMF or the World Bank.

By: Sabena Siddiqi

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India’s Great Power game by AMB. MUNIR AKRAM

 Editors Note: We apologize for the poor formatting of this article.

India’s Great Power game

The writer is a former Pakistan ambassador to the UN.
The writer is a former Pakistan ambassador to the UN.

THE election of Narendra Modi as prime minister and geopolitical developments — particularly the US pivot to Asia and the Russia’s new Cold War with the West — have revived India’s prospects of achieving Great Power status. In quick succession, Modi has visited Japan’s ‘nationalistic’ prime minister; hosted China’s president; and will be received this week by the US president in Washington.

The US obviously wishes to embrace India as a partner in containing a rising China, responding to a resurgent Russia and fighting ‘Islamic terrorism’.

It is prepared to bend over backwards to secure India’s partnership. During his Washington visit, Modi is likely to be offered the most advanced American defence equipment; military training and intelligence cooperation; endorsement of India’s position on ‘terrorism’; investment, including in India’s defence industries; nuclear reactor sales; support for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, and a prominent role in Afghanistan after US-Nato withdrawal. There will be no mention of the Kashmir dispute, nor of past or current human rights violations in India.

The reticence, if any, in this love fest is likely to emanate from India rather than the US. While seeking all the advantages of a strategic partnership with the US, India is unwilling to relinquish the benefits of its relationships with Russia, China, Iran and other power players.

India’s evolving relationship with China is complex. Both Asian giants see the benefits of trade and investment cooperation and want to ‘democratise’ the post-Second World War economic order dominated by America. During President Xi Jinping’s recent visit China offered to invest $20 billion in industrial parks including in Modi’s home state of Gujarat and to support India’s infrastructure development.


The most proximate impediment to India’s quest for Great Power status remains Pakistan.


Yet, there are obvious limitations in the Sino-Indian relationship. Memories of its defeat in the 1962 border war with China still rankle in India. The border dispute has been managed but not resolved. There is an expectation of future strategic rivalry, felt more strongly in India than China. New Delhi wishes to become China’s military and economic equal in Asia and the world. In particular, India desires an end to China’s strategic relationship with and support to Pakistan — a price Beijing is unwilling to pay.

Without compromising its strategic options, China is prepared to adopt a benign posture towards India, in part to prevent its incorporation in the US-led Asian alliances around China’s periphery. As some Chinese officials put it: “When you have the wolf [US] at the front door, you do not worry about the fox [India] at the back door.” If India does eventually emerge as a US strategic partner, Beijing will exercise its options to neutralize it including through greater support to Pakistan. For the present, China’s advice to Pakistan is to avoid a confrontation with India.

The complexity of the Sino-Indian relationship was on display during President Xi’s visit when news surfaced of a face-off between Chinese and Indian troops on China’s border with India-held Kashmir. It is unlikely that the Chinese would have instigated the incident while their president was in India. According to Indian sources, the “robust” Indian troop deployment to confront Chinese border forces could only have been authorized by the Indian prime minister. Was this then a demonstration of Modi’s muscular credentials meant for his hardline domestic constituency or perhaps a message of common cause to the US on the eve of Modi’s Washington visit?

The new Russia-West Cold War over Ukraine will enhance the ability of India (and other non-aligned countries) to play the two sides against each other. But it will also lower the tolerance of both protagonists for third-party positions that are seen as inimical to their vital interests.

So far, the Russians have been quite accommodative of India’s developing relationship with the US and the growing diversification of India’s huge arms purchases away from Russia.

Until now, Moscow has maintained its undeclared embargo on defense supplies to Pakistan in deference to its long-standing relationship with India. However, given India’s closer relationship with the US, Russia’s reinforced strategic cooperation with China, and the slow divorce between Pakistan and the US, the Russian reticence towards Pakistan, and its emotional bond with India, are receding. Moscow is now more likely to adopt a more ‘balanced’ posture towards India and Pakistan on defense and other issues, including Afghanistan.

The most proximate impediment to India’s quest for Great Power status remains Pakistan. So long as Pakistan does not accept India’s regional pre-eminence, other South Asian states will also resist Indian diktat. India cannot feel free to play a great global power role so long as it is strategically tied down in South Asia by Pakistan.

India under Modi has maintained the multifaceted Indian strategy to break down Pakistan’s will and capacity to resist Indian domination.

This strategy includes: building overwhelming military superiority, conventional and nuclear, against Pakistan; isolating Pakistan by portraying it as the ‘epicentre’ of terrorism; encouraging

Baloch separatism and TTP terrorism (through Afghanistan) to destabilize Pakistan; convincing Pakistan’s elite of the economic and cultural benefits of ‘cooperation’ on India’s terms.

In this endeavor, India is being actively assisted by certain quarters in the West.

Insufficient thought has been given in New Delhi and Western capitals to the unintended consequences of this strategy. It has strengthened the political position of the nationalists and the Islamic extremists in Pakistan. Islamabad’s vacillation in confronting the TTP was evidence of this. Further, the growing asymmetry in India-Pakistan conventional defense capabilities has obliged Pakistan to rely increasingly on the nuclear option to maintain credible deterrence.

The combination of unresolved disputes,especially Kashmir, the likelihood of terrorist incidents and a nuclear hair-trigger military environment, has made the India-Pakistan impasse the single greatest threat to international peace and security.

New Delhi’s bid for Great Power status could be quickly compromised if another war broke out, by design or accident, with Pakistan.

The writer is a former Pakistan ambassador to the UN.

Published in Dawn, September 28th, 2014

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Pak-India Water Dispute Accelerates By Sajjad Shaukat

Pak-India Water Dispute Accelerates

Sajjad Shaukat

 

Pakistan is a grave victim of water scarcity, because of being on lower riparian in relation to the rivers emanating from the Indian-Held Kashmir (IHK). India has never missed an opportunity to harm Pakistan since its inception; it is creating deliberate water shortages for Pakistan with the aim to impair Pakistan agriculturally. Historically, India has been trying to establish her hegemony in the region by controlling water sources and damaging agricultural economies of her neighbouring states. India has water disputes with Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Indian extremist Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has given the concerned departments to continue construction of dams has ordered diverting water of Chenab River to Beas, which is a serious violation of the Indus Water Treaty of 1960. Therefore Pak-India water dispute has accelerated.

 

 

 

 

 

In this regard, an article By: Zofeen T. Ebrahim, Joydeep Gupta (Co-Authors) under the caption, “India resists World Bank move to resolve Indus Water Treaty dispute”, published in The Third Pole and reproduced-updated by a Pakistan’s renowned daily on January 6, 2017 is notable.

 

Zofeen T. Ebrahim and Joydeep Gupta wrote, “India has asked the World Bank not to rush in to resolve a dispute with Pakistan over the Kishanganga and Ratle hydropower projects. Indian officials told a World Bank representative in New Delhi on January 5 that any differences over the projects can be resolved bilaterally or through a neutral expert. Pakistan has objected to the projects–being built by India in Jammu and Kashmir–on the grounds that they violate the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) between the two countries. After India rejected the charge, Pakistan has gone to the World Bank–the designated IWT mediator.”

 

 

1 The Indus Waters Treaty was signed on September 19, 1960 by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Pakistan’s President Ayub Khan.

 

They indicated, “Islamabad has also asked the United States (US) government to intervene, and has added the component of water security to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) agreement. Of the rivers in the Indus basin, the Indus and the Sutlej start in China and flow through India before reaching Pakistan. The other four rivers–Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Beas – start in India and flow to Pakistan”.

 

The writers pointed out, “The Kishanganga project is on a tributary of the Jhelum, while the Ratle project is on the Chenab. The State Department in Washington has already said it wants India and Pakistan to resolve all outstanding issues bilaterally, a route favoured by India.”

 

Zofeen T. Ebrahim and Joydeep Gupta elaborated, “As the dispute flared up, the World Bank had recently suspended all proceedings–the setting up of a court of arbitration or the appointment of a neutral expert. On January 5, World Bank representative Ian H Solomon met officials of India’s External Affairs and Water Resources ministries in New Delhi in an effort to break the deadlock.The Indian delegation, led by Gopal Baglay, Joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, made a detailed a presentation on the two projects to support their argument that neither project violated the IWT. After the meeting, a government official told journalists that the Indian side had described the objections raised by Pakistan as “technical”, and therefore they would be best resolved by a neutral expert.”

 

They wrote, “Pakistan has dismissed this suggestion earlier, and is seeking a full court of arbitration. The World Bank had agreed to a court of arbitration and then to the appointment of a neutral expert, leading to objections by both countries. That was when both processes were suspended. Explore: World Bank pauses dam arbitration to ‘protect Indus Waters Treaty.’ At the January 5 meeting, Solomon did not raise any question on the designs of the two projects, according to the Press Trust of India news agency. Instead, he explored ways to resolve the dispute. With nothing decided, the World Bank official is going from New Delhi to Islamabad to continue this effort. The official added that India is fully conscious of its international obligations and is ready to engage in further consultations to resolve the differences regarding the two projects. Under the IWT, India is allowed only non-consumptive use of water from the three western rivers in the Indus basin–Indus, Jhelum and Chenab.”

 

The co-authors mentioned, “The Kishanganga and Ratle projects are on the western rivers. They are run-of-the-river hydropower projects that do not hold back any water, though Pakistan’s objection is about the height of the gates in the dams from which water is allowed to flow downstream. The three eastern rivers–Ravi, Beas and Sutlej–are reserved for the use of India. Meanwhile, in Pakistan. The Pakistani government approached the World Bank last September, saying the design of the Kishanganga project was not in line with the criteria laid down under IWT, and sought the appointment of a court of arbitration. Since the Kishanganga project has been going on for years, the “inordinate” delay by Islamabad to approach the World Bank would give India more time to complete its projects, Jamait Ali Shah, former Indus Water Commissioner on behalf of the Pakistani government, told thethirdpole.net”.

 

Their article pointed out, “However, Pakistan’s Finance Minister Ishaq Dar wrote to the World Bank on December 23, stressing that it was not withdrawing its request to set up a court of arbitration. This was followed by a call from the outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry to Dar, saying that the US would like to see an amicable solution to the transboundary water row. Karachi-based newspaper…quoted diplomatic observers in Washington to say, “seriousness of this dispute, particularly the fear that it may harm the treaty, forced Mr. Kerry to make this call.”

 

The writers explained, “For a while now Pakistan has also wanted to bring China into the picture. At the sixth meeting of the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of the CPEC which was held in Beijing on December 29, a special group on water storage was formed to pre-empt any “severe water crisis” impacting economic and food security of Pakistan, an official statement said. After a Chinese delegation visits Pakistan later this month, the JCC – the highest policy-making forum of the CPEC – may consider including the Diamer-Bhasha dam into the CPEC agreement. Planned at an estimated cost of around USD 15 billion, if Pakistan succeeds in getting the dam financed under CPEC, planning and development minister Ahsan Iqbal would consider it a “landmark achievement”. Both the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank have refused to lend money to Pakistan for this hydropower project. Pakistani experts react leading lawyer and former federal law minister, Ahmer Bilal Soofi termed the inclusion of water security into CPEC essentially a |political choice for Pakistan and China” though the issue does not “squarely fall within the otherwise commercial mandate of CPEC”.

 

Zofeen T. Ebrahim and Joydeep Gupta wrote, “Speaking to thethirdpole.net, Soofi said Pakistan and China need to exchange notes on a “contradicting state practice of India as an upper riparian to Pakistan and a lower riparian to China, that will help both the states to confront India.” He further added that Pakistan should raise its voice at an international level that “India’s building of reservoir and fully utilising the water storage capacity under the treaty poses a serious threat to Pakistan in particular backdrop of India’s present posturing as it improves India’s capability to manipulate water flows into Pakistan.” This was echoed by former commissioner Shah who said the international community should be duly briefed about the “dilution of the violation of the provisions of the treaty” by India. At the same time, he said both countries should continue to work closely and quietly to resolve the grievances and find a middle ground”.

 

They added, “The recent stance by India where it “lobbied aggressively and influenced” the World Bank, he feared, had further undermined the already “fragile” treaty. “The WB needs to take the right action–which is to act as arbitrator in this matter, as it has done before,” pointed out water expert Simi Kamal.The reason why the IWT, 74 pages long with 12 articles and 8 annexures and has no expiry date, has worked so far, she said was partly because the Bank acted as a third party. “The Bank needs to maintain this role and not back off now, when its arbitration role is most required in the face of a belligerent Indian government.”

 

According to the writers, “Kamal further said the solution lay not in the pause by the Bank “or for hawks to call for dismantling the treaty”, but for both governments to act responsibly and for the Bank to play its role in “containing adventurism by either government–in this matter the Indian government”. Shah also felt when Pakistan plans to proceed with such cases, it never does its homework thoroughly and therefore always appears the weaker party. The same was endorsed by noted economist Kaiser Bengali when he told thethirdpole.net that he found “the intellectually deficient and politically inane manner in which Pakistan has been pursuing the matter”, criminal. Bengali had little confidence in the Pakistan IWT team. He said, “It has no strategy on dealing with water issues with India. Pakistan’s chief negotiator for more than a decade and a half had limited intellectual capacity to lead on such a strategically life and death issue,” he said”.

 

They indicated, “He said Pakistan keeps harping on the “spirit” of the agreement. “Four decades after a treaty is signed, what matters is the letter of the print, not the spirit of the time when the document was signed.” Bengali believed India was not violating the letter of the agreement. “India has been building power plants on western rivers, but not diverting any water”. Nor, he said, were Pakistan’s contentions on the design “substantive enough to warrant a full scale confrontation”. He also observed, like Shah, that differences can and should be resolved in a more “low key” manner. He feared that since India was not violating the treaty per se, if Pakistan does take the latter to court, it will meet the same fate as the Baglihar Dam case of 2007”.

 

Zofeen T. Ebrahim and Joydeep Gupta maintained, “While Indian officials maintain that they are sticking to the IWT, the government has hardened its stand in recent months after attacks on Indian Army camps in Kashmir by suspected militants. (Read: South Kashmir’s role in anti-India struggle) New Delhi had earlier said it was setting up a task force to examine what projects it could undertake in the three western rivers of the Indus basin under the ambit of the IWT. In the last week of 2016, the government announced that the task force would be headed by Nripendra Mishra, principal secretary to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

 

Nevertheless in light of the above article, it is mentionable that since the 9/11 tragedy, international community has been taking war against terrorism seriously, while there are also other forms of bloodless wars, being waged in the world and the same are like terrorism. Political experts opine that modern terrorism has many meanings like violent acts, economic terrorism etc., but its main aim is to achieve political, economic and social ends. Judging in these terms, Pak-India water dispute which has become serious needs special attention of the US and other major powers, as India remains stern on her illegitimate stand in this respect.

 

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