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Who is Behind Afghanistan’s Blame Game against Pakistan? by Sajjad Shaukat

Who is Behind Afghanistan’s Blame Game against Pakistan?
By Sajjad Shaukat


When any terror attack occurs in Afghanistan, Afghan government revives old blame game
against Pakistan.
On May 31, this year, a massive truck bombing of the Afghan capital’s diplomatic section killed
more than 150 people and injured hundreds of others, including foreigners. It was the deadliest
terror attack in the 16-year- old conflict.
Taliban denied responsibility for the terror attack. But, Afghanistan’s intelligence service
accused the Haqqani network by saying that a Taliban-affiliated group in Pakistan, carried out
the attack. Addressing the conference-the “Kabul Process on Peace and Security Cooperation”,
held in Kabul on June 6, 2017, which was attended by representatives from 26 countries and
international organizations, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani criticized Pakistan for a lack of
cooperation in promoting Afghan peace and alleged that Taliban insurgents are using sanctuaries
on Pakistani soil to wage the insurgency in Afghanistan.
In the same speech, President Ghani offered peace talks to the Afghan Taliban by reiterating his
preconditions such as recognition of the Afghan constitution, continuity of the reforms of
educating and advancing the rights of women, and renunciation of violence and linkages with
terrorist groups.
A Taliban spokesman rejected Ghani’s offer of a peace dialogue by stating that it is another
attempt to endorse and to prolong foreign occupation of Afghanistan.
However, during the same of the conference, a powerful bomb went off at a main mosque in the
western city of Herat, killing at least 10 people. Again, Taliban spokesman denied its
involvement in connection with the explosion.



On the other side, Pakistan’s special Corps Commander Conference took the stern notice of
Afghanistan’s allegations and threats and vowed to defend the country the with full forces.
According to the press release of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), issued on June 6,
2017, the “Special Corps Commanders Conference presided over by Chief of the Army Staff
General Qamar Javed Bajwa called for Afghanistan to introspect and not allege Pakistan of
sponsoring terrorism…the conference reviewed the security situation…Strongly condemning
the Kabul blast…meeting has expressed complete solidarity with Afghan government…instead
of blaming Pakistan, Afghanistan needs to look forward and identify the real issues…Armed
forces will defend the country from each challenge and will continue work to establish peace in
the region.”
ISPR statement further reported that the meeting reaffirming continued support to regional
peace and stability, the forum reiterated military’s resolve to defend the motherland against all
types of threat.

Nevertheless, we need to know that who is behind Afghanistan’s blame game against Pakistan
and why the same continues unabated in wake of terrorism-related assaults in Pakistan.
It mentionable that the armed forces of Pakistan have successfully broken the backbone of the
foreign-backed terrorists by the successful military operations Zarb-e- Azb and Radd-ul- Fasaad
which have also been extended to other parts of the country, including Balochistan. And
Pakistan’s primarily intelligence agency, ISI has broken the network of these terrorist groups by
capturing several militants, while thwarting a number of terror attempts.
Besides, since the government of the Balochistan province announced general pardon and
protection to the Baloch militants as part of reconciliation process, many insurgents and their
leaders have surrendered their arms and decided to work for the development of Pakistan and
peace has been restored in Balochistan.
Peace has also been restored in Karachi and other provinces of Pakistan, including the tribal
areas. But, recent blasts in Balochistan and other regions of the country show that the US-led
India, Afghanistan and Israel have again started acts of sabotage to destabilize Pakistan and to
damage the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
In this regard, as part of the latest wave of terrorism, at least 35 people, including nine police
men were killed and several others injured in a suicide blast near Arfa Tower on Ferozpur Road
in Lahore on July 24, 2017.
On the same day, ISPR statement said that Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed
Bajwa raised concerns with the visiting Commander Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and
US Forces in Afghanistan, General John W. Nicholson, over “the blame game perpetrated by
some quarters in Afghanistan and United States to undermine Pakistan’s contribution to the
war on terror.
The army chief elaborated, “This theme is being played at a time when policy review is
being undertaken in USA…despite provocations, Pakistan will continue to act positively as
we consider defeat of terrorism as national interest.”
The ISPR statement further pointed out that Nicholson reiterated his appreciation of
Pakistan Army’s professionalism and admiration for resilience of the people. Both agreed on
need for continuous engagement and coordination for peace and stability in the region.
Notably, a visiting United States (US) Congressional delegation led by Senator John McCain
was taken on a tour of South Waziristan by Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa on July 3, this year.
During their visit to South Waziristan, the delegation was briefed on recent measures taken for
the improvement of the fencing of the Pak-Afghan border and enhanced surveillance.
Speaking at the event, Senator McCain stressed the importance of continued cooperation
between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Senator Graham expressed his satisfaction with the progress
against the fight against terrorism by stating, “I cannot stress how impressed I am with what’s happened in the last two years. It speaks well of the Pakistani Army and the people in this
region”. Senator Whitehouse also lauded the military’s efforts in curbing terrorism.
As a matter of fact, the US and India do not want to see peace and prosperity in the region.
Sadly, Pakistan’s dominant role in Afghanistan’s peace process under the Quadrilateral
Coordination Group (QCG) has, deliberately, been sabotaged by killing of the Taliban leader
Mullah Akhtar Mansur in CIA-operated drone attack in Balochistan. After the incident, Afghan
Taliban leaders refused to participate in the US-sponsored talks with the Afghan government.
While, in the recent past, with the help of Pakistan, a series of meetings were held in Islamabad
and Kabul among the representatives of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the US to develop

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London: Finsburry Park Mosque Attack, Dividing the World on Religious Lines by Sajjad Shaukat, International Author & Thought Leader


A man died and at least 11 people were injured in the early hours of Monday (June 19, 2017) morning after a van was rammed into a crowd of Muslims worshipers in Finsbury Park near a mosque in north London.


Eyewitnesses reported chaotic scenes, as the incident unfolded just after midnight when worshipers had just finished evening Ramadan prayers. They said that the driver shouted, “I want to kill all Muslims” before onlookers pinned him to the ground. He was protected from a crowd by an Imam and other Muslims who have been credited with saving his life.

The British Terrorist Darren Osborne

Next day, British police and media that a white man-47-year-old man, namely, Darren Osborne who has previously expressed hatred of Muslims was arrested by police on suspicion of attempted murder and of the terror offense. He was not known to the security services.


Earlier, the British police stated, the man who died was already being treated for an unrelated ailment and they are still investigating whether or not his death was related to the attack.


British Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed that that “hatred and evil of the kind seen in the terror attack on a London mosque will never succeed—every bit as insidious and destructive to our values and our way of life”, as recent terror attacks motivated by Islamist extremism.”


While warning the rise of Islamophobia, leader of the Labour party Jeremy Corbyn said, “I see it this is a terror on the streets…in the communities…We have to all reach out and feel their pain and their stress.”


The Guardian reported on June 20, this year, White supremacists celebrated the attack [On Muslim worshippers], according to the US extremist monitoring group Site. It also said pro-Islamic State channels were using reports of the incident to incite Muslims.”


According to the latest news, ISIS extremists operating online have used the terror attack outside a mosque in London to call for more violent assaults on the West in response.


Much has been written and said by writers and analysts of print and electronic media about the terror attacks in Finsbury Park near a mosque. On the social media, the opinion of some Christians, Jews, and Muslims are divided, while elaborating the tragedy in accordance with their own particular religious background. Prejudice is ruining so high against one another that by reading the name, some people of the opposite side ignore his views.

Zionist Controlled Western Media

Despite it, fact remains that we are living in a world of Zionist-controlled media which is very strong and whatever it releases by concealing the truth and propagating Israeli interests as part of the disinformation, impress the politicians and general masses in the whole world.


In this regard, scholars of international affairs agree that “foreign affairs are too foreign” to the citizens of a country. Renowned scholar Prof. Hoslti opines that “issues and situations” have “influence on public opinion” which in turn “influences the objectives and actions.”

In fact, the fault cannot be laid on the general masses, a majority of whom does not have much time to go in-depth. Hence, they are swayed by emotions, stereotypes, and prejudices created by the political leaders who keep on manipulating any crisis for their own self-interests with the sole aim of getting their sympathies to increase their vote bank. There are equally strong pressures from religious and nationalist forces in wake of fake global war on terror which is dividing the world into religious lines.


Therefore, terror attack on the Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park cannot be seen in isolation. We need to analyze various related developments of the recent past and the present ones in the world and inside the UK to reach the conclusion.


It is notable that no party gain a clear majority in the general elections of the UK, which were held on June 8, 2017.


Jeremy Corbyn has declared his party the victors after addressing staff at Labour Party’s headquarter. Corbyn also repeated his call for the prime minister to resign.


On the other side, Conservative Party of Prime Minister May lost its majority and was eight seats short of a majority. Brushing aside the call of resignation, May has sought permission from the Queen to form a new government.


British analysts opined that there would not be a stable government, as the election results have shown. Instead, there would be hung Parliament in the UK.

Mossad’s Manchurian Candidates Arise

It was the right hour for the Israeli secret agency Mossad to arrange another terror assault in the UK, which targeted the Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park near a mosque.


It is mentionable that at least 22 people were killed in a terror attack at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22, 2017.


British police said that the attack was carried out by a single suicide bomber, who also died. Afterward, the man who targeted the Ariana Grande gig has been named as 22-year-old Salman Abedi who was a British national and the child of Libyan refugees.


Ian Hopkins, the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police stated, “Abedi was said to have been known to police and the intelligence agencies. British Prime Minister Theresa May said, “Salman Abadi may have been part of a bigger network.”


After the Manchester terror assault, British police had arrested several people in connection with the investigation, and some were released without charge. A Libyan pilot was also arrested as part of the investigation into the terror network behind Manchester bomber.


But, a German intelligence official stated that Abedi-the real culprit of the Manchester rampage flew from Istanbul to the UK via Dusseldorf’s international airport. A senior Turkish official disclosed that the Turkish government had already sent a file on Abedi to British authorities, but declined to discuss the details of the communication.

Following the Manchester carnage, Prime Minister May, the leader of the Conservative Party and Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, including Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron had suspended the campaigning for the general election.


On the social media, the ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror assault at Ariana Grande concert. Other ISIS supporters said online that the attack was revenge for the UK’s involvement in the bombing campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria. 


Similarly, seven people were killed and 48 persons injured in the terror attack on London Bridge and at the adjacent Borough Market on June 3, 2017.


According to the British police and media, a van driving at high speed mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before the occupants got out and began stabbing patrons at nearby bars and restaurants at the adjacent Borough Market.


The terror attacks came days before the general election and two weeks after the Manchester tragedy. It was the third terrorist attack to strike the Great Britain, this year after a man drove a car into a pedestrian on Westminister Bridge in March. 


About the London terror assaults of June 3, the CNN disclosed on June 4, 2017, “The ISIS-linked Amaq Agency claimed a “detachment of Islamic State fighters” carried out the attack, but CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank cautions ISIS has provided no evidence to back up its claim. Amaq also claimed ISIS was behind the attack at a resort in Manila last week, despite Filipino authorities asserting it was not terror-related. A US counterterrorism source tells CNN that US intelligence is aware of the London claim. Mark Rowley, the assistant commissioner for specialist operations in the Metropolitan Police Service, says that authorities will “release the identities of the three men directly responsible for the attacks…as soon as operationally possible.” Police are searching four properties. As for the 12 arrests made during the Barking raids, one man, 55, has been released without charge.”


The Telegraph said on June 5, 2017, that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the London attacks on June 7. However, it was quite opposite to the report of CNN.


Earlier, British Prime Minister Theresa May warned that Britain is in the grip of a spate of copycat terror attacks in the wake of the London Bridge atrocity. She elaborated that for the second time, this election campaign, Mrs May who had just chaired a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency committee, stated that while the Manchester Ariana attack which killed 22 people, the Westminster attack in March which left four people dead and the London Bridge attack were not directly connected, there was now a “new trend” in the threat the UK faces.


She further remarked, “Terrorism breeds terrorism and perpetrators are inspired to attack, not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots after years of planning and training, and not even as lone attackers radicalized online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack…We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are. Things need to change…the recent attacks were all connected by “the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division and promotes sectarianism”. Analysts and sources pointed out that her reference to the public sector meant that schools and other public bodies had to adopt a much stricter approach to extremism, while councils had to make sure they did not create ghettos by housing Muslims in areas where they become concentrated together.


Mrs May also added that the internet provided a “safe space” for extremists to spread their creed and plan attacks, and said it was time to “regulate cyberspace” through the sort of agreements she reached at the G7 summit in Italy recently, when leaders agreed to pile pressure on social media companies to block extremist material.


After the terror attacks on London Bridge and at Borough Market London, again, major parties of the Britain, temporarily, suspended the national election campaigning for the general elections which were held on June 8, this year.


Regarding London attacks, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party had said that Prime Minister May should resign—three days “before polling day may not seem particularly realistic. Corbyn also said, “The election might be a better way of removing her.”


It is notable that three days before the first round of France’s presidential elections, held on April 23, 2017, a French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in central Paris on April 20, 2017, when a gunman wielding a machine gun leapt out of a car and opened fire on the Champs-Elysees, Paris’s most famous boulevard. ISIS claimed that the attack was carried out by “Abu Yousuf al-Baljiki (the Belgian) and he is one of the Islamic State’s fighters.”

French Racism Promotion of Anti-Muslim Rhetoric and the Rise of Terrorism among French Isolated Minorities

In the aftermath of the shooting, the three main candidates canceled campaign events and instead made televised statements in which they competed to talk tough on security and vowed a crackdown on ISIS. The incident brought issues of terrorism, the French Muslims, security, and immigration back to the forefront of the campaign. Marine Le Pen demanded the closure of all Islamist mosques, repeating her call for Europe’s partly open borders to be closed. The centrist Emmanuel Macron was elected French president by defeating the ultra-nationalist and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the second round of the French presidential election.


Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old French national who was shot dead by the police was identified as the attacker.


In fact, terror attack at Champs-Elysees-Paris’s Boulevard was arranged by the Israeli Mossad with the assistance of the ISIS to ensure the victory of Macron in the French presidential elections. The pro-Israeli, the then French president-elect Emmanuel Macron who was having connections with Tel Aviv in the past will maintain the US-led status quo in the world and will further advance the Israeli agenda against Russia, China, Syria, Pakistan etc, and the Muslims, while further advancing the international forces of globalization, controlled by the wealthy Jews and the elite class at the cost of small countries and the poor class.


Recall that three days before the general elections in Spain, the train bombings in Madrid on March 11, 2004, which killed more than 200 people turned the election results in favour of Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero whose Socialist Party won the elections, as he had said that Spain where the “US war has been deeply unpopular”, would withdraw its troops from Iraq. While government led by the Prime Minister Jose Maria who staunchly supported the American-led war in Iraq lost the election. The victory of the Socialist Party in Spain was being called by some in Europe and America as a victory for terrorism, a precedent that offers Al-Qaeda or groups like it the notion that they can alter the democratic process with bombs and murder. A former member of the Spanish Parliament, Pedro Schwartz remarked, “Al-Qaeda won the election”.


As a matter of fact, the agents of Mossad who are in collaboration with the CIA sympathizers, Syrian rebel groups and the ISIL militants arranged terror attacks in Paris, Brussels, Orlando, San Bernardino, Nice, Munich, London (March 22, 2017), St. Petersburg (Metro train)  in Stockholm, in Manchester and again in London, and now at the London mosque. While, a gunman who went by the nickname Black Jesus was identied—39-year-old Kori Ali Muhammad, making militant comments on social media killed three white men in downtown Fresno, California, on April 18, 2017, and fired at another before he was taken into custody, while shouting “Allahu Akhbar,” as the Fresno police stated.


There is an interrelationship of the terror attacks in the US, Europe, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Philippines etc., and elsewhere in the world, which were false flag terror attacks, conducted by Mossad in connivance with the agents of Indian secret agency RAW and those of the vulnerable CIA operatives.


Through all these false flag terror operations, the US and Israel wanted to obtain their covert aims against Russia and the Muslims. Mossad had also provided the US President Donald Trump with an opportunity to manipulate various terror assaults of Europe and America to win the US presidential election and to reunite America and Europe, as a rift was created between America and its Western allies, especially Europe on a number of issues, including NATO. And, President Donald Trump had left no stone unturned in implementing anti-Muslim policies, while speaking openly against the Muslims and Syrian immigrants. 


It is noteworthy that since September 2015, Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, the Syrian army the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Lebanon-based Hezbollah in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been achieving successes in Syria and Iraq by retaking several regions from the occupation of the CIA-Mossad led rebel groups and ISIS militants after their failure to topple the Assad government—proving links of Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and ISIS with America and Israel, Mossad with the cooperation of some CIA agents started terrorism-related attacks in the US and Europe. Meanwhile, the CIA-Plan B for partition of Syria also failed. Moscow also exposed smuggling of oil supply by the ISIL-controlled areas to Europe and silence of their governments in this connection. In this regard, Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin’s successful diplomacy surprised the Israel-led America and some European countries who still want to oust the Assad regime to obtain the greater interests of Israel.


In response, taking note of various developments and some other ones such as reluctance of NATO countries to support America’s fake global war on terror,  acceptance of Syrian refugees by the European countries, especially Germany, criticism of the controversial Turkish-EU refugee deal by a number of human rights groups, the EU rule to boycott goods produced in Israeli settlements on the West Bank, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), after the referendum (Brexit) on June 24, 2016, prospects of Scotland and some other countries for separation from the EU, and the divide between the elite class which run multinational companies with the direct or indirect control of the Jews and the general masses who are suffering from multiple problems in wake of differences on the refugee crisis, Syrian war, Greece’s weak economy, violent protests against the labour laws in France etc.—the chances of European Union’s disintegration and a rift among the NATO countries, as noted in the recent past by the “Stop NATO protests in Europe were quite opposite to the Israeli secret interests. Hence, Israeli Mossad which was in collaboration with the vulnerable CIA operatives organized terror assaults in the US and Europe. As part of the double game, these terror attacks were conducted by these secret agencies, particularly Mossad with the assistance of the ISIS terrorists who used the home-grown terrorists of these countries.


Owing to the irresponsible approach of the Western leaders and their media, far right-wing parties and “Stop Islam” movement in the West, especially in Europe has been becoming popular by largely attracting their people. Right-wing parties in a growing number of European countries have made electoral gains. The right-wing parties range across a wide policy spectrum, from populist and nationalist to far-right neofascist.


Other aims of Tel Aviv was to muster the support of America’s Western allies against Russia in relation to the Syrian war, as US-led countries like France, UK also started airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, under the cover of targeting ISIL.


Trump’s Extremist Anti-Muslim Islamophobia


When American President Trump’s extremist policies were strongly criticized inside America and around the world, including particularly her Western allies, his advisers, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, neoconservatives and Israeli-backed officials directed him to implement dual strategy of Bush and Obama, with the aim to keep America and Western allies, particularly Europe united against Syria, Russia, China, Pakistan etc., while covertly continuing anti-Muslim rhetoric so as to safeguard the interests of Tel Aviv.


Nonetheless, Israel succeeded in its sinister designs. Notably, backing out from his earlier statements, American President Trump has changed his policy regarding Europe and NATO. In this context, he stated on April 13, 2017, that US relations with Russia may be at “an all-time low” and declared a new-found faith in NATO, suggesting the alliance was “no longer obsolete”. Besides, US President Donald Trump attended a summit of NATO nations, held on May 25, 2017, in Brussels. He also met leaders of NATO and those of EU. His trip to the European countries came in wake of the deadly attack in Manchester. Talking to the Belgium prime minister, Trump said that countries would work together to defeat various problems and “new one is terrorism.”


Here, it is mentionable that Machiavelli advises the rulers to have a lion-like image outwardly, and act upon the traits of goat inwardly. He also suggests them foreign adventures and the use of terror to obtain their goals. In his sense, a good ruler should be a good opportunist and hypocrite. While echoing Machiavelli, Morgenthau points out that sometimes, rulers act upon immoral activities like deceit, fraud, falsehood and even murder to fulfill their selfish aims.

Trump Lies and Duplicity

Now, Trump has begun acting upon the discarded theory of the past in the modern era. It could be judged from the recent trip of Trump to the Middle East. Backing out from his earlier statements—banning the Muslims from entering the United States, vetting of the Muslims—blocking visas being issued to anyone from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen—strict conditions for the citizens from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon, in Saudi Arabia, in his address at a regional summit in Riyadh, on May 22, 2017, President Donald Trump called for “Muslim unity in the fight against terrorism…a battle between good and evil…U.S. wants a coalition of nations who share the aim of stamping out extremism…This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it,” as he elaborated.


Like Bush and Obama, Trump described Islam as “a religion of peace” and did not use the contentious phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” as he frequently has in US speeches. Instead, he called on the Muslim leaders to honestly confront “the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups.”


Setting aside the Israeli-led US state terrorism and CIA-backed terror in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen and other vulnerable Islamic countries, Trump singled out Iran, accusing Tehran of contributing to instability in the region. He supposedly said, “From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region.” Keeping Israeli hidden agenda in his mind, Trump also stated that all the Muslim nations should boycott Iran, and also pledged to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for peace of the region.


Trump’s address was a mixture of calls for Israeli-Arab peace and a defense of Israel from threats in the region, including from the groups allied with the Palestinian cause.


On May 21, 2017, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Trump signed a defense deal of nearly $110 billion agreement to bolster the military capabilities of Saudi Arabia. The defense deal, effective immediately, was one of the series agreements the two countries signed to enhance their military and economic partnerships, including a second defense pact with options valued up to $350 billion over the next 10 years. In fact, by keeping the Iranian phobia, the major purpose of Trump’s visit was to sell America arms to Saudi Arabia.


President Trump also encouraged NATO-like alliance of Saudi Arabia, which includes the Sunni countries against Shia states, especially Iran and Yemen. It was formed on the instructions of Washington. As after the US-led invasion of the Afghanistan, Iraq, airstrikes on Libya and promotion of war in Syria have been clearly exposed, therefore, America revived the old phony global war on terror to secure the illegitimate interests of Tel Aviv, whose major aim was to deceive the Muslims.


President Donald Trump pledged on May 23, 2017, at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem that he would work for an Israeli-Palestinian peace, while, protecting the region from Iran and other threats. He stated, “Israelis have experienced firsthand the hatred and terror of radical violence…Hamas and Hezbollah launch rockets into Israeli communities…The United States is firmly committed to keeping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon…America’s security partnership with Israel is stronger than ever.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump and his wife, daughter, and son-in-law for visiting the Western Wall before saying Israel must always be able to defend itself against any threat.


Trump met earlier in the day with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem and came back to Jerusalem insisting that a peace deal is possible.


All this reminds that before attacking Iraq in 2013, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the US President Bush had announced the Road Map to the Middle East so as to please the Islamic World that Palestinian-Israeli issue would be settled. But no progress took place in that respect.


It is also of particular attention that on June 5, this year, six Arab countries including Saudi Arabia and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar for allegedly supporting terrorism. Trump also raised similar false allegations in connection with Qatar. While Saudi Arabian king who wants to save the kingdom of the country has been creating division and divide between the Muslim countries on the basis of Shia and Sunni. In fact, America and Israel are diverting the attention of the international community from their own state terrorism and terrorism-related attacks in the world. 

Despite the revival of the fake global war on terror, some developments disappointed the Israelis. In this regard, Russia-Turkey alliance to fight the ISIS, and US decision to dispatch more troops in Afghanistan where America and its NATO allies have entangled in the prolonged war of history, which has, rapidly, increased the cost of war, bringing about multiple internal crises, affecting the ordinary Americans and Western citizens, particularly those of Europe might be cited as example. Besides, differences between the Britain and the US about Manchester terror attack—probe of Trump that the US intelligence agencies already knew it, Trump’s criticism of Germany regarding trade, conduction of missile test by North Korea, failure of Thump’s war-like diplomacy against the latter and waning of Russia and China to America in this regard also depressed the Israelis.

Israel’s Set-Backs

Notably, on June 8, 2017, the Russian Defense Ministry said that it is checking on information, indicating that the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly killed in a Russia-led airstrike in Syria. However, this incident further disappointed the Israelis.

The Russian Meddling in US Election in Support of Donald Trump

Moreover, US intelligence agencies, especially FBI has continued the so-called investigation that Russia and President Putin authorized the hacking in the November 8 US presidential election aimed to help Donald Trump to win it. Both Putin and Trump have denied the charges. In this connection, differences between CIA and FBI also frustrated Tel Aviv.


Especially, Tel Aviv wants to intensify the new Cold War between the US-led West and Russia so as to avoid the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, as some European countries have been emphasizing on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to stop the expansion of West Bank settlements and restart a negotiation process for the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute in wake of the debate between the Zionists and non-Zionist Jews in relation to the two-state solution of the issue.


Earlier, on January 15, 2016, France who is a staunch supporter of the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue conducted a summit in Paris which was attended by 70 nations. In a statement, delegates at the summit also restated their commitment to the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and emphasized on them to restart negotiations. Palestinians welcomed the conference, but Israel called it “rigged”.


As regards the new Cold War, ABC News (Wire Service News) pointed out on June 14, 2017, “The U.S. has deployed a truck-mounted missile system into Syria, an official said Wednesday, to a forward operating group of rebels and U.S. military advisers that have repeatedly clashed with government forces. The deployment raises the stakes in eastern Syria, where Iranian-sponsored pro-government forces have outflanked U.S. advisers and rebels holding the Tanf border crossing to establish their own link to Iraq for the first time in years.”


Taking note of America’s ineffective diplomacy in Syria, by violating the international law, an American fighter jet shot down a Syrian warplane on June 18, this year. In reaction, Russia has shut down a communication line with its US counterparts in Syria, threatening to target any aircraft including US aircraft operating, above Russian and Syrian regime-controlled territory in the country. Under the guise of combating terrorism, on June 20, 2017, a US fighter jet also shot down an armed Iranian drone in southern Syria.


The Hindu Fundamentalism of PM Narendra Modi and BJP


It is also of particular attention that by pursuing the double standards of America in its worst form, Trump also intends to favor India, while opposing the nuclear weapons of Pakistan. However, like Obama, Trump has brushed aside the ground realities that Indian Prime Minister Modi-led by the ruling fundamentalist party BJP has been implementing anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan agenda while encouraging Hindutva (Hindu nationalism).

CIA-MOSSAD-RAW -The Axis of Evil in Covert & BlackOPS

As part of the double game, based in Afghanistan, operatives of CIA, RAW and  Mossad which have well-established their collective secret network there, and are well-penetrated in the terrorist outfits like ISIS, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and their affiliated Taliban groups are using their terrorists to destabilize Tibetan regions of China, Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan and Pakistan by arranging the subversive activities. In this context, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is their special target. Recent acts of terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Balochistan are part of the same scheme.


Although Mossad was behind terror attacks in Madrid and at Champs-Elysees, Boulevard to affect the election results, as already mentioned, yet the case of the latest terror assaults in Britain is a little bit different, though having similar purposes of Tel Aviv.





According to a report of Telegraph, “Landmark study shows the number of children under five being brought up as Muslim rose 80 per cent in a decade while three-quarters of Muslims in the UK identify themselves solely as British…The number of children…in what experts have described as an “unprecedented” shift in Britain’s social make-up. One in 12 schoolchildren in England and Wales are now officially classed as Muslim after a decade which saw the number of followers of Islam surge by just over 1.1 million, according to the most detailed study of its kind ever published. The report, presented to Parliament, concludes that Muslims could play a decisive role in the coming general election…making up a significant share of voters in some of the most marginal seats in the country. Significantly, Muslims make up more than a fifth of the population in 26 parliamentary constituencies and around 50 per cent in some areas. There are also 70 council wards with a Muslim population of 40 percent or more…This statistic highlights the diversity in modern Britain and the need that this is reflected in all spheres of life, from top management opportunities to political representation.”


In the meantime, last year, the success of first Muslim Pakistan’s origin Sadiq Khan as mayor of London by defeating the Conservative rival Zac Goldsmith-a wealthy Jew who was supported by the former British Prime Minister David Cameron also depressed the Israelis. In the May 2015, the number of Muslim MPs in Britain increased from eight to 13.


Now, a total of 16 Muslims, including a dozen British Pakistanis, have won UK Parliamentary elections of 2017 to become members of the House of Commons on mainly Labour and Conservative tickets.


Unlike the other European countries, Britain has strongly favored American policies. By bypassing the UN Security Council, Anglo-American invasion of Iraq might be cited as an instance. As regards the anti-Muslim policy of the UK, on January 18, 2015, while singling out only Muslim women British Prime Minister David Cameron had announced that Muslim women who fail to learn English to a high enough standard could face deportation from Britain. He also suggested that poor English skills can leave people “more susceptible to the messages of groups like Islamic State (IS).”  His biased statement was firmly criticized by the Muslim MPs and some members of his own party.


Therefore, either it is Conservative Party or Labour Party, which, usually, wins the election; it does not matter, as both the parties are pro-American. Interestingly, both were trying to win the support of the Muslim voters for the recent election.


It is noteworthy that, taking cognizance of the growing threat of global terrorism which has been dividing the Western and Islamic nations into cultural and religious lines since 9/11, American and European governments had already started an inter-faith dialogue, especially between the Christian and Muslim nations. The main aim of such a dialogue was to create interfaith harmony among various religious communities. In the recent years, many conferences were held in various countries in which scholars from Islamic states also participated with a view to creating cultural understanding and interfaith cooperation among major religious communities. But, all these measures proved fruitless due to a deliberate anti-Muslim campaign, launched by the Indo-Israeli lobbies, resulting in obstacles in global interfaith harmony. America and its allies continued to kill many innocent civilians in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, and Palestine through heavy aerial bombardment and ground shelling in the name of the war on terror. The occupying forces have been using every possible technique of state terrorism in these territories which have become the breeding grounds of a prolonged interaction between freedom fighters and state terrorists, thwarting global interfaith harmony.

Indo-Israeli Lobby

It is because of these developments that a greater resentment is being found among the Muslims who think that the US in connivance with the Indo-Israeli lobbies is sponsoring state terrorism, directly or indirectly from Kashmir to Palestine.

‘Working for India or against Islam? Islamophobia in Indian American Lobbies’

In this context, on October 19, 2007, the special issue of South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal, under the caption-‘Working for India or against Islam? Islamophobia in Indian American Lobbies’ had written, “In the past few years, Indian American community has gained an unprecedented visibility in the international arena and now constitutes influential ethnic lobbies in Washington. Among other factors, Hindu aligned with Jewish pressure groups in relation to the war against terrorism and to further the India-Israel-US strategic partnership play a major role in exaggerating Islamophobic overtones in the Indian American lobbies”.


Another regrettable point is that irresponsible attitude of Indian, Israeli and some Western politicians have introduced dangerous socio-religious dimension in their societies by equating the “war on terror” with “war on Islam” and acts of Al Qaeda with all the Muslims. Their media have also been contributing to heighten the currents of world politics on cultural and religious lines with the negative projection of Islam.


Anyhow, through the terror attacks in the UK before the general election, the major aim of Mossad was to affect the election campaign. And, through the terror assault by a white man at Muslims worshipers in Finsbury Park near the mosque, Mossad’s real purpose is to create a division of the world on religious lines, particularly between the Christians of the Western World and the Muslim World. For these sinister designs, Mossad, RAW, and CIA operatives have also been assisting ISIS and Al Qaeda and similar terror outfits which have accepted responsibility in relation to various terrorism-related attacks on Christians in Egypt and some African countries, including Pakistan.


While, like other European countries, especially France, Mossad wanted to accelerate persecution of Muslims, hate-crime against them and also to compel the Britain to make discriminatory laws against them. So, besides other terror attacks in the UK, the latest one is part of the same policy of Israel, implemented by Mossad.  


However, like Trump, Israeli rulers have also been confused due to the above-mentioned developments which do not favor Israel like the past, while, still some CIA agents, Indian RAW and particularly Mossad want to divide the world into religious lines. Like Tel Aviv, India also wants to keep its control on the Occupied Kashmir through state terrorism and to avoid its solution.


Although overtly President Trump has softened his external policy regarding Muslims and Islamic countries, yet covertly, he is acting upon the conspiracy of Mossad and RAW, which is, intentionally or intentionally, being followed by America’s Western partners against the Muslims. If not checked in time by the peace-loving Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Buddhists, these policies of the President Donald Trump who is particularly completing the extremist agenda of Israel are likely to result in more recruitment in the militant outfits, especially in the ISIS group, inspiring the extremist Muslims for more terrorism-related attacks. Israel, who will never accept the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue, will prefer to seek the final revenge by bringing about a major war between the Muslim and the Christian worlds or to cause a major war between Russia and the US-led some Western countries, which will convert the entire world into a holocaust.

We may conclude that although agents of RAW and CIA are in a collaboration which managed terrorism-related assaults in the US and Europe and elsewhere in the world, yet Mossad is, particularly behind terror attacks in America and Europe. So, undoubtedly, Mossad is, again and again, targeting the UK through ISIS. The latest terror attack which was conducted by a white man on the Muslims worshipers in Finsbury Park near a mosque in north London clearly proves that especially Mossad seems determined to divide the world into religious lines.


Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: The US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations


Email: sajjad_logic­_pak@hotmail.com






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Nice Attack: Double Game and False Flag Operations are Interrelated By Sajjad Shaukat

Nice Attack: Double Game and False Flag Operations are Interrelated

                                                            By Sajjad Shaukat


During Bastille Day celebrations, considered France’s Independence Day, a terrorist who used a hired lorry killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200 persons on July 15, 2016 in a rampage in the French city of Nice. The attack ended when police shot into the truck, killing the driver.


The authorities identified the truck driver as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a French national of Tunisian origin. A huge cache of guns, grenades and larger weapons and the terrorist’s identity papers were later found inside the lorry. 


False Flag operationWestern media reported that a poster apparently created by the Islamic State group (Also known as Daesh, ISIS, ISIL) supporters have been celebrating the attack, orchestrated to coincide with France’s most important national holiday—is being shared on Twitter.


Like the previous terror attacks in Europe and the US, including some other countries, this new one in Nice is also a false flag operation, arranged by some state actors and their intelligence agencies in order to achieve secret aims.


Various acts of terrorism show that without taking cognizance of the related-developments in the world, the general masses of a country and even some educated persons start blaming all the Muslims and the ISIS in this respect. Therefore, we need to go in-depth analysis to know who is behind the carnage in Nice. In these terms, as part of the secret strategy of some states, double game and false flag operations are interrelated.  


As regards terrorism, Machiavelli advises the rulers to have a lion-like image outwardly, and act upon the traits of goat inwardly. He also suggests them foreign adventures and the use of terror to obtain their goals. In his sense, a good ruler should be a good opportunist and hypocrite. While echoing Machiavelli, Morgenthau points out that sometimes, rulers act upon immoral activities like deceit, fraud, falsehood and even murder to fulfill their selfish aims.


Indicating double game, Morgenthau, and Palmer and Perkins opine, “Just as power became the instrument of ambitious nationalism and state’s leaders, it has now become the tool of ideologies. The true nature of the policy is concealed by ideological justifications and rationalization.”


If the double game of President Bush (The Senior) and George W. Bush franchised Al-Qaeda on global level, President Obama’s dual policy franchised both Al-Qaeda and ISIS as part of the anti-Muslim campaign and left no stone unturned in advancing the agenda of the Zionists, Israeli lobbies and the neoconservatives in the pretext of global war on terror.


Secretly, President Obama authorized CIA to create ISIS. His perennial covert support to the Israeli atrocities on the Palestinians, silence over the supply (Smuggling) of oil by ISIS to some European countries whose governments have also not taken action against those companies which were exporting oil from the ISIS-controlled regions of Iraq, CIA-assisted Al-Qaeda (Al-Nusra Front), ISIS militants and rebel groups who are fighting to oust Syrian President Assad’s government to obtain the aims of a greater Israel are part of the double game.


When Russian-led coalition of Iran, Iraq, the Syrian army-the National Defense Forces (NDF) and Lebanon-based Hezbollah had broken the backbone of the Mossad-CIA-backed ISIS terrorists, Al-Qaeda’s Al-Nusra Front and the rebels in Syria and Iraq. Israeli Mossad which was already having clandestine contact with the ISIS directed this outfit to plan the November 13 terror attacks in Paris in connivance with the French home-grown militants. Similarly, Mossad used the ISIL terrorists who conducted terror assaults in Brussels on March 22, 2016.


After the false flag operations of Paris and Brussels, including the shooting at San Bernardino, California, Israel achieved its several sinister designs. Like the drastic aftermath of 9/11 tragedy, rulers and politicians of the US-led Western countries, especially of Europe, including their media have been misguiding their general public by creating chauvinism against the Muslims. They are propagating the so-called threat of Islamophobia. In one way or the other, the Muslims are being persecuted in the US and other Western countries, particularly in Europe which has been put on high alert, as these subversive acts were being taken as attacks on the whole continent. Owing to the irresponsible approach of Western leaders, right-wing parties and “Stop Islam” movement in the West, especially in Europe are becoming popular by largely attracting their people. Besides, Muslims in the continent are facing severe backlash in form of attacks on them and threats (In some countries) in wake of anti-Muslim protests. Without caring for human rights, several Muslim refugees have been expelled from various European countries.


Israeli-led America also got the support of its Western allies (NATO) against Russia in relation to Syrian civil war. As part of the double game, American jet fighters and those of its Western coalition started targeting the ISIS terrorists in Iraq and Syria


Besides, like France and Belgium, by ignoring Israeli protest, some EU member states were considering to officially recognize the  a state of Palestine and the EU pressure was growing on Tel Aviv to restart a negotiation process for the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.


Meanwhile, Russian-supported Assad’s forces have retaken several territories from the control of the rebels and the ISIS terrorists who are on flee in Syria and Iraq.


Notably, Israel, India and Zionist lobbies which are clandestinely assisting America’s anti-Muslim, pro-Israeli, pro-Indian and anti-Pakistani Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee want to see him as the president of the United States. Trump who is well-known for his anti-Muslim rhetoric not only exploited the terror assaults of Paris and Brussels, but also the shooting at the gay night club in Orlando, Florida which killed at least 50 persons.


This false flag operation was exposed when on June 28, 2016, The New York Times wrote, “The mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., on June 12 included a curious phrase:  false flag…the victims in the shooting? They were “crisis actors” hired to promote the story as a pretext to impose tighter gun restrictions, the theory goes…the term false flag relates to naval warfare when a ship would fly a flag that would conceal its true identity as a way to lure an enemy closer. Today, it is commonly a shorthand for an act of deception…conspiracy theorists have applied the label to high-profile attacks, including the shootings by a husband and wife last year in San Bernardino, Calif, that killed 14…the phrase has even been used to doubt the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.”


In an interview with Brazilian TV on June 14, 2016, the ex-wife of the Orlando shooter Omar Mateen Sitora Yusufiy disclosed that American FBI pressurized her to keep quiet about his homosexuality. Since the attack, Mateen has been dubbed an Islamic terrorist by the politicians, senior officials and commentators in the US, following reports he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, as they wanted to downplay the personal and self-hating nature of the assault.


It is of particular attention that when acts of terrorism occur in the Islamic countries, Western media and rulers do not give much importance. Pakistan has faced several terrorism-related incidents which have killed thousands of the innocent civilians since 9/11 catastrophe. But, Western media have given little coverage to any terror-incident of Pakistan.


On July 2, this year, the double game of the US-led India exposed a false flag operation when the militants attacked on the Holey Artisan Bakery (Restaurant) in the diplomatic district of Dhaka and killed at least 20 hostages and two police officers, which includes most of the foreigners.  ISIL claimed responsibility for terror attack on the restaurant. But, without any investigation, Home Minister of Bangladesh Asaduzzaman Khan accused Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of the restaurant assault by adding, “There is no IS or al-Qaeda presence in Bangladesh. His statement was contrary to the country’s top officials who have claimed that ISIL exists in Bangladesh. On July 7, 2016, terrorists killed two policemen and a woman in an attack at Eid congregation in Kishoreganj, Bangladesh. The incident came, a day after the ISIL video on social media in which, three Bangladeshi youths appeared, threatening more attacks in the country. It also proves that Bangladesh’s home-grown militants have connections with the ISIL.  Availing the opportunity of the Dhaka restaurant attack, Indian media also began a campaign, accusing ISI. Indian secret agency RAW which is in collaboration with Bangladesh’s intelligence agencies and has been using the ISIL terrorists is behind the Dhaka restaurant attack to distort Pakistan’s image and ISI.


It is noteworthy that irresponsible approach of the US-led entities as well as double game of Turkey and Saudi Arabia has made the ISIL, the most dangerous militant outfit which has rapidly spread its tentacles in the US, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, the Middle East and Africa. Apart from previous terror assaults in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jakarta etc., ISIL is behind the recent bombings in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Yemen and Iraq.


It is also of particular attention that since the fundamentalist party BJP led by the Indian Prime Minister Narindra Modi came to power in India, it has been implementing anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan agenda. India which has strategic partnership with Israel has perennially been manipulating the double game of the US-led West regarding world phenomena of terrorism in connection with Pakistan and Afghanistan, while exploiting their anti-Muslim approach to obtain Indo-Israeli clandestine designs. Both Tel Aviv and New Delhi have been equating the ‘wars of liberation’ in Palestine and Kashmir with terrorism. Their main purpose is to divert the attention of the West from their own atrocities, while employing delaying tactics in the solution of these issues.


Nevertheless, there is a co-relationship of the double game and false flag operations, being conducted in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world. In this connection, on January 13, 2015, at least seven personnel of the Afghan security forces died during the suicide attack which targeted the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad. The ISIL claimed responsibility for the terror assault which coincided with efforts to restart the suspended peace process with Taliban insurgents. Pakistani sources suggested that Indian RAW was behind this terror attack to thwart these peace talks. On May 21, 2016, the CIA-operated drone strike killed the Chief of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Akhtar Mansour in Nushki, Balochistan province of Pakistan. After the incident, Afghan Taliban leaders refused to participate in the US-sponsored talks with the Afghan government. While, in the recent past, with the help of Pakistan, a series of meetings were held in Islamabad and Kabul among the representatives of Pakistan, Afghanistan, China and the US to develop an understanding for the earliest possible resumption of stalled talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban with a view to ending nearly 15 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan. It shows that America is playing double game with Islamabad. Undoubtedly, secret agents of CIA, Mossad and RAW which are well-penetrated in the ISIS, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) are using the militants of these terrorist outfits to destabilize Tibetan regions of China, Iranian Sistan-Baluchistan, Pakistan’s province of Balochistan and Central Asia. In this regard, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is their special target.


It is worth-mentioning that the US-led West, especially Europe has already started a new Cold War with Russia. The US has decided to station permanently additional troops in Eastern Europe as part of NATO move to defend the continent against the presumed threat of Moscow. In response, Moscow also responded that it would send 30,000 Russian troops along its western and southern borders. Although Cold War has revived between the US-led West and Russia, yet some recent developments have disheartened the Zionist-Israeli-led America.


Britain’s decision to leave the EU after the referendum (Brexit) of June 24, 2016—UK itself could now break apart, with the leader of Scotland, where nearly two-thirds of voters wanted to stay in the EU, saying a new referendum on independence from the rest of Britain was highly likely. President Obama who was insisting upon London to keep aligned with the EU, as this separation “threatens to harm the U.S. economic recovery and distract U.S. allies from global security issues”, as he said on June 24. 2016. On the same day, Donald Trump stated, British voters just shattered political convention in a stunning repudiation of the ruling establishment in a referendumin November, the American people will have the chance to re-declare their independence. Americans will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put our citizens first…people want to see borders. They don’t necessarily want people pouring into their country.”


In wake of the British decision to leave the EU, it will be much difficult for the European politicians to discourage the general population, which is fed up with business as usual inside the EU. Notably, recent violent protests against the labour laws in France might be cited as instance, though the same were not related to the EU, but displayed peoples’ anger in relation to economic policies—the divide between the elite class which run multinational companies with the direct or indirect control of the Jews and the general masses who are suffering from multiple problems. Sooner or later, other EU countries which do not want to continue integration of their states to the European Union could also demand a similar referendum like that of the UK.  People in France, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Hungary, Poland and Austria are reluctant to maintain alignment of their countries with the European Union in wake of differences on the refugee crisis, Syrian war, Greece’s weak economy etc. Therefore, the European Union may disintegrate, giving a greater setback to the US-Europe alliance against Russia.


And more than 14 years have passed and the US-led NATO forces have been facing defeatism in Afghanistan. The ambush attacks on their military installations and personnel by the Afghan freedom fighters have continued, particularly, targeting American bases, check posts and armed persons. Especially, the US military personnel have been demoralized, as they are well-aware of the facts that they have been sent abroad—Afghanistan, Syria and elsewhere in the world to maintain the supremacy of Israel, instead of protecting American national interests. The cost of the endless war is rapidly increasing, adding to the plight of ordinary citizens of the US and its Western allies. However, it is owing to the dual strategy of the US-led India, Israel and some Western countries that RAW, CIA and Mossad are conducting false flag operations also to divert the attention of American and Western public from multi-faceted internal problems, which are the result of prolonged war in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world.


A rift could be created between the NATO countries, which will give benefit to Russia, quite contrary to the Israeli secret interests.


Confused owing to his own double game and that of the US-led West, on May 8, 2016, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has kept up his rebuke of European nations, accusing them of dictatorship and cruelty for keeping their frontiers closed to migrants and refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict. He clarified that “Turkey would not meet a EU demand for his country to reform its anti-terrorism legislation.” A rift has been created between the West and Turkey, the close ally of NATO. On February 10, 2016, President Erdogan lashed out at the US over its support for Syria’s main Kurdish group, saying, “The failure to recognize the Democratic Union Party (PYD) as a terrorist group is creating a “sea of blood”. He explained, “The PYD, on which the US relies to battle so-called Islamic State in Syria, is an offshoot of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party.”


Meanwhile, a Turkish military group claimed on July 15, this year that it had taken control of Turkey’s government, but, on July 16, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim stated that the alleged coup attempt had been foiled. Almost 200 people, including dozens of coup backers were killed and 2,839 military personnel were arrested, as pro-Erdogan forces said. Analysts opine that the rebellion was owing to the double game and flawed policies of Erdogan in relation to Syria and ISIL.


By neglecting American pressure, Erdogan who has taken steps in the end of June, this year to improve relations with Russia to strengthen its hand in fighting against militants, said the attack at the Istanbul airport should serve as a turning point in the global battle against terrorism. Reports suggest that Ankara is also considering a military agreement with Moscow.

Besides, by following the US double game, Syrian rebel groups on April 12, 2016 launched a major offensive on positions of the ISIS in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo. In order to show to the international community and Western public that America is fighting against the ISIS terrorists, US has accelerated air strikes on the ISIS-controlled regions. As per CIA directions, in Aleppo city, shell and mortar attacks by the Al-Nusra Front, ISIS and the rebel groups have continued on the Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Maqsoud. ISIS has also continued firing rockets across the border into the Turkish town of Kilis. In the pretext, the Turkish military is retaliating with shell fire.


Recently, on June 26, 2016, Russian-backed Iraqi forces have recaptured the city of Fallujah. Following dual strategy, Pentagon welcomed the retaken of Fallujah, and the US Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Moscow to fight the ISIS terrorists jointly, in case Russia stops targeting the Syrian rebel groups. Nevertheless, it is due to skillful diplomacy of the President Putin that very soon, Syria will be liberated from the hold of the Israeli-led Western powers. Now, the scenario in Syria shows that the CIA-prepared plan-B of Syria’s partition will also fail.


Even, CIA-Mossad scheme to promote sectarian violence in Islamic World on larger scale, after creating a rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran could not succeed, as after the recent bombings in Saudi Arabia, Saudi people have started thinking about the double game of America and Israel, though Riyadh is also supporting the ISIL (The Sunni group) against the Syrian government and Yemen.


Some other developments also frustrated especially Israeli rulers. In this respect, besides a number of human rights groups, particularly Amnesty International in its press release on April 1, 2016 criticized, the controversial Turkish-EU refugee deal by pointing out, “Large-scale forced returns of refugees from Turkey to war-ravaged Syria expose the fatal flaws in a refugee deal signed between Turkey and the European Union…all forced returns to Syria are illegal under Turkish, EU and international law.”


In a speech to the Israel advocacy group J Street, American Vice President Joe Biden remarked on April 18, 2016, “I firmly believe that the actions that Israel’s government has taken over the past several years…the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures…are moving us and…Israel in the wrong direction.”


In wake of the EU rule to boycott goods produced in Israeli settlements on the West Bank, on March 21, 2016, in a speech in Utah, the only Jewish Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders had sparked controversy by saying, “The US should be even-handed and must not always say that Netanyahu is right.” He criticized Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, condemning the expansion of West Bank settlements and blasting Prime Minister Netanyahu’s withholding of tax dollars from Palestinian authorities and called for an end to the economic blockade of Gaza. Earlier, in an interview with the New York Daily News on April 1, 2016, Sanders remarked about Israel with blood libel in relation to the August 2014 Israeli war in the Gaza Strip by explaining that Israeli forces bombed apartment houses and hospitals and “killed 10,000 Palestinian civilians…Israel’s force was more indiscriminate than it should have been.”


Obama Administration was pressing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to agree for the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. A majority of the intellectuals and analysts of the West have also been emphasizing upon the settlement of this issue. Even, non-Zionist Jews have started favouring the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute.


Although the presidential nominee of the Democrats Hillary Clinton is also Israeli agent, yet her criticism about contributions of election-campaign from Wall Street backers, email-scandal etc. have weakened her position. Therefore, Donald Trump best suits the interests of Tel Aviv. In an interview with the Daily Mail on May 2, 2016, Trump stated that Israel should continue construction of illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank. Trump is also against the two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue.


It is mentionable that France was just preparing to lift its state of emergency which was put into place in the wake of the November terror attacks in Paris, and it would have expired later this month, but Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on July 15, this year that a bill to extend it would be submitted to parliament by July 16.


French investigating agencies disclosed that driver Bouhlel’s wife is in police custody, as officers question her about his alleged Islamist links. Bouhlel was reportedly not on a terrorist watch list and investigators are seeking to establish his motive—and are also looking for possible accomplices. Investigating sources also said that Bouhlel’s last appearance in a criminal court was as recently as March, when he was found guilty of violent contact. They added that despite this, he had no known links with terrorism and was not under surveillance—was an ‘unlikely jihadist’ who flouted every rule of Islam.


Nonetheless, it is owing to the above mentioned developments—the secret strategy of the US and Israel whose intelligence agencies CIA and Mossad have used the ISIL terrorists to conduct the deadliest terror attack in Nice. Most probably, by availing the vicious circle of terrorism, Mossad might have alone arranged this mass murder due to differences among the EU countries, refugee crisis and to fortify the US alliance with the Western countries, particularly Europe against Russia, to divert the attention of American public from internal problems, prolonged war on terror etc., and especially to avoid the solution of the Israeli-Palestinian issue and to ensure the success of Donald Trump in the US presidential elections of November.


In fact, fault cannot be laid on the general masses, a majority of whom are swayed by emotions, stereotypes and prejudices created by the political leaders who keep on manipulating any crisis for their own self-interests with the sole aim of getting their sympathies to increase their vote bank. There are equal strong pressures from religious and nationalist forces in wake of global war on terror which is dividing the world on religious lines. Therefore, instead of misguiding the people by creating phobia of Islam, the rulers and media of the US-led West and peace-loving people of every religious community, including Jews must show realistic approach for the peace of entire world. Otherwise, double game and false flag operations which are interrelated will continue culminating into “clash of civilizations”, as predicted by Huntington.


Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations


Email: sajjad_logic_pak@hotmail.com


Courtesy Veterans Today


Definitions: The contemporary term false flag describes covert operations that are designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them.


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Terrorism: Media Must Act Sensibly

Terrorism: Media Must Act Sensibly

By Sajjad Shaukat

Terrorism is based on symbolic strategy to communicate connotative meanings by conveying the
message to different segments of society and government that terrorists are powerful and
dangerous. In the present world, terrorism and media are interrelated.
After the recent terror attacks in Brussels and Paris, the governments, people, security agencies
and media of their countries became one to fight against the menace of terrorism. Similarly,
unity was seen in the US after the 9/11 tragedy.
However, in these cases, while, acting sensibly, their media played a key role in discouraging
terrorism in every possible way.
In case of Pakistan, media, especially TV channels always behave irresponsibly. Let us take the
example of the recent terror attack at  Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, which killed at least 72
people, including 29 children and injured more than 300 persons. Afghanistan-based Tehreek-e-
Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which is being supported by India, and which was behind several terror
attacks inside Pakistan also claimed responsibility for this major assault. To divert the attention, 
its faction Jamaatul Ahrar accepted responsibility for this ferocious attack.
One the one hand, media anchors and analysts openly stated that terrorists are not invincible, and
that they can be eliminated through power of the state, coupled with collective efforts of various
entities of the country, while on the other, various TV channels were repeatedly displaying the
horrible scenes of blood, dead bodies, the injured persons including women and children who
were targeted by the terrorists at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park. It seemed that unintentionally, they were
glorifying the cause of terrorism, besides adding fuel to the fire in relation to those families
which were affected by the mayhem. Creating panic among the general masses, such an
insensible act also distorted  country’s image.
Pakistan is passing through exceptionally unusual circumstances and the situation after the
Peshawar school attack warranted bold decisions to deal the menace of terrorism, particularly the
threat of the TTP and its banned affiliated groups. In this regard, encouraged by the public
opinion, taking note of the delicate moment, on January 2, 2015, political and military leaders
agreed on a draft of legislative measures which paved the way for establishment of special
military trial courts. It was unanimously agreed that the 20 points enunciated in the All Parties
Conference (APC) Resolution of December 24, 2014 shall be acted upon expeditiously—the bill
as 22nd (Constitutional) Amendment was enforced soon after its approval by parliament. Now,
several terrorists have been hanged.
Unfortunately, the glorification of terrorists by some irresponsible media houses helps in
motivating the innocent youth. They are referred to as militants or extremists instead of terrorists.
These media houses give time and space to those terrorists by telecasting their messages like
claiming of responsibility for a terror attack, exaggeration of the event etc.  in the print and
electronic media—indirectly appease them.
Notably, after the 20-point National Action Plan, the distinction between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’
Taliban was removed. But electronic TV channels have given undue space to the extremist
people like Maulana Abdul Aziz (Lal Masjid). Thus, the media has been playing a significantly
more lethal role than the automatic weapons in the hands of these terrorists in winning the hearts
and minds of our misguided youth.
Let us take the instance of the Karachi Airport operation against the terrorists. In this respect, the
electronic media recklessly failed to demonstrate maturity in live coverage of the operation.
Certain information regarding movement of our forces, supervision of operation by a particular
tier of command, reports submitted to Army’s high command etc. were required to be strongly
censored, as the same information was also made available to the terrorists through live
Nevertheless, as regards Pakistan, media reports must be properly monitored and strongly
censored prior to broadcast. Media must follow a code of conduct and journalistic ethics, as
envisaged by the profession of journalism and in accordance with the national interests.
This mechanism, related to the war against terrorism is essential for the Pakistani media,
especially for the TV channels. Media must project that state is more powerful than the misled
bands of terrorist outfits. In this context, the electronic media should not buy the panic-ridden
messages of the terrorists, and it should indicate that terrorists are weak; therefore, they
undertake heinous missions stealthily. Electronic Media must give very short coverage to the
terrorism-related event and must not repeat the incident again and again. Media must exploit
Particularly, our media must be fully controlled in order to conduct successful counter-terror
operations, and should be used as a support element of the state. It should not be allowed to
conduct selective coverage of events such as showing mutilated bodies, severely injured people,
destruction of property and brutally smashed scenes of surrounding. Live coverage of operation
Besides, in crisis situation, lives are at risk. In this connection, media should not disclose names
of victims, vital locations, security forces etc. It should maintain sense of hope among domestic
audience, especially when the operation against terrorists is still going on. It is better that during
counter-terrorism operations, media must be fully controlled and kept out. This will help all tiers
of command to achieve their objectives.
Now, Pakistan’s Armed Forces have almost defeated the terrorists, particularly of the TTP
through the military operation Zarb-e-Azb which needs support of the nation, especially of the
media which must encourage our armed forces against these zealots.
And Media anchors and commentators must point out that Islam considers killing one innocent
person equal to murdering the entire humanity, while Jihad is a sacred obligation, but its real
spirit needs to be understood clearly, as killing innocent women and children is not Jihad.
It is now time for our media to stop glorifying terrorism for advancing their business interest.
While acting sensibly, media must know that in this war against terrorism, there is no other side.
There is only one side and that is our side.
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,
Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations
Email: sajjad_logic@yahoo.com


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US Double Standard of Arms Supply in South Asia

By Sajjad Shaukat
International community is so focused on the double standard of the United States in Syria that it
has ignored America’s similar policy in South Asia, which also needs appropriate attention.
In this regard, the US expressed concern on February 12, this year over the security of Pakistan’s
tactical nuclear weapons. The statement followed the US announcement about its intention to sell
eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. At a State Department news briefing, Deputy Spokesman
Mark Toner said, “Tensions between India and Pakistan is equally worrying…we’re concerned
both about the security of those nuclear weapons, and that’s been a common refrain in our
discussions with Pakistan.”
Tone elaborated, “We believe it’s in our vital national security interests to support Pakistan in
carrying out its efforts to destroy these terrorist networks, and we believe it’s an important
partner in the region in achieving a stable and secure Afghanistan.”
Next day, India summoned the US envoy in New Delhi, Richard Verma and recorded protest
over the US announcement to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.
On February 17, 2016, rejecting Indian reaction to the F-16 deal with Pakistan, the Pentagon
Press Secretary Petro Cook stated, “We don’t think this deal should concern India in any way.
Pakistan is combating terrorism and its defence capability needs to be enhanced accordingly.”
In this context, during his briefing to the National Assembly, on January 19, last year, while
confirming anti-Pakistan lobbies in the US, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja
Asif had revealed, “Pakistan is trying to acquire eight F-16 fighter jets from the US on lease, but
Husain Haqqani, the former ambassador to the US is campaigning along with India to malign
Pakistan and to block delivery of F-16 fighter jets.”
On February 11, 2016, in a testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, US Defence
Intelligence Agency Director, Lt-Gen. Vincent Stewart (R) termed Pakistan’s counter-
insurgency operations along Pakistan’s western border [Across Pak-Afghan border] and
military operation Zarb-e-Azb and Karachi operation as successful in reducing violence in
Lt-Gen. Stewart explained, “Pakistan is fast improving its nuclear security and is aware of the
threats posed by extremists to its nuclear arsenal.” But at the same time, he remarked about the
increasing risks of an incident associated with the growing nuclear stockpile. 
However, Lt. Lt-Gen. Vincent Stewart’s contradictory statement is part of US double standard
and ambivalent policy in South Asia. Overtly and covertly, US-led India, Israel and some
western countries keep on conducting propaganda against Pakistan, because it is the lonely
nuclear country in the Islamic World.
When terrorists had attacked on Pakistan’s Naval Airbase in Karachi on May 23, 2011, US-led
some western countries, including India and Israel exploited the situation through disinformation
about the security of Pak nukes. And another terrorists’ assault on Kamra Base was successfully
foiled by the personnel of Pakistan Air Force, but, a baseless report, published in the New York
Times had indicated that suspected militants attacked a major Pakistani Air Force base where
some of the country’s nuclear weapons were considered to be stored in the early hours of the
militants’ attack. The ex-US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had also stated, “There is a danger
of nuclear weapons of Pakistan, falling into hands of terrorists.”
Particularly, in 2009 when the heavily-armed Taliban entered Swat, Dir and Buner, US high
officials and their media had exaggerated the ‘Talibinisation’ of the whole Pakistan, while
showing concerns about Pakistan’s atomic arms. In that regard, the then US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton had warned that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of
terrorists. But, when Pakistan’s armed forces ejected the Taliban insurgents out of these areas by
breaking their backbone, she started appreciating the capabilities of Pakistan’s armed forces.
Undoubtedly, Pakistan’s nuclear assets are in safe hands—well-protected and are under tight
security arrangements, having the best command and control system. This fact has also been
recognized by some top officials of the US and some western countries.
It is notable that Indian past record proves various kinds of unprotected incidents, security lapses
in relation to various nuclear plants and the related-sensitive materials including events of
nuclear theft and smuggling. 
In this respect, in the end of November, 2009, more than 90 Indian workers suffered radiation
due to contamination of drinking water at the Kaiga Atomic Power Station in Karnataka. On July
27, 1991, a similar event took place at the heavy water plant run by the Department of Atomic
Energy at Rawatbhata in Rajasthan. Nuclear radiation had affected and injured many labourers
In July 1998, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation seized eight kg. of nuclear material from
Arun, an engineer in Chennai, including two other engineers. It was reported that the uranium
was stolen from an atomic research center. On November 7, 2000, the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) indicated that Indian police had seized 57 pounds of uranium and
arrested two men for illicit trafficking of radioactive material. IAEA said that Indian civil nuclear
facilities were vulnerable to thefts. On January 26, 2003, CNN disclosed that Indian company,
NEC Engineers Private Ltd. shipped 10 consignments to Iraq, containing highly sensitive
equipment including titanium vessels and centrifugal pumps. Indian investigators acknowledged
that the company falsified customs documents to get its shipments out of India.
On June 12, 2004, Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation, an American company was fined US $
300,000 for exporting a nuclear component to the Bhaba Atomic Research Center in India. In
December 2005, United States imposed sanctions on two Indian firms for selling missile goods
and chemical arms material to a Muslim country in violation of India’s commitment to prevent
proliferation. In the same year, Indian scientists, Dr. Surendar and Y. S. R. Prasad had been
blacklisted by the US due to their involvement in nuclear theft. In December, 2006, a container
packed with radioactive material had been stolen from an Indian fortified research atomic facility
Nevertheless, an alarming increase has been witnessed in the acquisition of arms and
ammunition on the part of India; and it is likely to spend around $250 bn. on acquisition of
weapons in next few years. The appetite is regional-specific with Pakistan being the prime target
including China. India has also developed considerable nuclear weaponry and delivery systems.
It is mentionable that in its report, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
had disclosed on February 22, 2015 that India is the world’s largest recipient of arms—“India (14
percent of global arms imports), China (4.7 per cent), Australia (3.6 per cent) and Pakistan (3.3
New Delhi’s military is acquiring a slew of new equipments from combat aircraft to submarines
and artillery. It is currently finalising a deal with France’s Dassault Aviation to buy 126 Rafale
fighter jets in a contract worth an estimated $12 billion. 
Although peace and brinksmanship cannot co-exist in the modern era, yet India seeks to
destabilize Asia through its aggressive designs.
While, as part of the double standard, America brushed aside the Indian poor record regarding
the safety of nuclear weapons and materials. And despite, Indian violations of various
international agreements and its refusal to sign Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and Additional Protocol with the IAEA, Washington signed a pact of
nuclear civil technology with New Delhi in 2008. During American President Barack Obama’s
visit to India, on January 25, 2016, the US and India announced a breakthrough on the pact
which would allow American companies to supply New Delhi with civilian nuclear technology.
On November 2, 2010, US agreed to sell India the most expensive—the new F-35 fighter jets
including US F-16 and F-18 fighters, C-17 and C-130 aircraft, radar systems, Harpoon weapons
etc. Besides acquisition of arms and weapons from other western countries—especially Israel,
America is a potential military supplier to India. US also pressurized IAEA and the Nuclear
Suppliers Group to grant a waiver to New Delhi for obtaining civil nuclear trade on larger scale. 
As a matter of fact, US wants New Delhi to assume anti-China role. Beijing is apprehensive
about the emerging threat, as the intent of President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra
Modi was quite clear, while mentioning about free sea lanes and air passages in the South China
In this connection, tension arose between India and China when Indian army erected a military
camp in Chumar Sector of Ladakh at the Line of Actual Control (LAC)-disputed border, situated
between the two countries. Similarly, Indian soldiers crossed over the Line of Control (LoC) in
Kashmir on January 6, 2012 and attacked a Pakistani check post, killing one Pakistani soldier.
Afterwards, Indian troops shot dead more Pakistani soldiers on the LoC.
It is noteworthy that under the Pak-China pretext, Indian ex-Army Chief, General Deepak
Kapoor disclosed on December 29, 2010 that the Indian army “is now revising its five-year old
doctrine” and is preparing for a “possible two-front war with China and Pakistan.”
It is worth-mentioning that that after 9/11, both India and Israel which had openly jumped on
Bush’s anti-terrorism enterprise are acting upon a secret diplomacy, targeting Pakistan China and
Iran. It could be assessed from the interview of Israel’s ambassador to India, Mark Sofer,
published in the Indian weekly Outlook on February 18, 2008. Regarding India’s defense
arrangements with Tel Aviv, Sofer had surprisingly revealed, “We do have a defense relationship
with India, and “with all due respect, the secret part will remain a secret.” In fact, with the
support of Israel, New Delhi has been acquiring an element of strategic depth by setting up
logistical bases in the Indian Ocean for its navy.
Particularly, fast growing economic power of China coupled with her rising strategic relationship
with the Third World, and especially Pakistan—after signing of agreement, “China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor” which is, though for the benefit of South Asia, but, has irked the eyes of
Americans and Indians. Owing to jealousy, America desires to make India a major power to
counterbalance China in Asia—while, New Delhi has continued violations at the LoC and cross-
border terrorism in Pakistan.  
For the purpose, by availing the phenomenon of lawlessness in Afghanistan, secret agencies like
American CIA, Israeli Mossad and Indian RAW have well-established their covert network in
that country, and as part of the double game, they are using the terrorists of the Islamic State
group (ISIS) and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for conducting various terror attacks in
Pakistan. These secret agencies are also making efforts to weaken Tibetan regions of China,
Pakistan’s province of Balochistan and Sistan-Balochistan of Iran by promoting acrimonious
sense of dissent and political volatility. 
Notably, on July 20, 2011, while hinting towards Pak-China ties, the then US Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton urged India to be more assertive in Asia, saying that as American ally, the
country should play more of a leadership role. She explained, “India has the potential to
positively shape the future of the Asia-Pacific.” 
It is owing to the US dual policy that New Delhi openly follows threatening diplomacy in South
Asia. In this context, in May 1998 when India detonated five nuclear tests, it also compelled
Pakistan to follow the suit. The then Defense Minister George Fernandes had also declared
publicly that “China is India’s potential threat No. 1.” New Delhi which successfully tested
missile, Agni-111in May 2007, has extended its range to target all Chinese cities. Now, by
setting aside peace-offers of Beijing and Islamabad, New Delhi has entangled the latter in a
While, international community has been making strenuous efforts for world peace in wake of
global financial crisis and war against terrorism, but India has particularly initiated deadly
nuclear arms race in South Asia where people are already facing multiple problems of grave
nature. Majority of South Asian people are living below the poverty level, lacking basic facilities
like fresh food and clean water. Yielding to acute poverty, every day, some persons commit
Even, Indian civil society organizations, while complaining of excessive defense spending,
recently, pointed out that the government spends very little amount for the betterment of
people. Indian defense analyst Ravinder Pal Singh, while indicating New Delhi’s unending
defense expenditures at the cost of poverty-alleviation, calls it guns-versus-butter question. 
Nonetheless, by ignoring regional problems and especially resolution of Indo-Pak issues,
particularly the Kashmir dispute which remains a nuclear flashpoint, Indian rulers state that they
do not have any belligerent policy. But, it becomes a big joke of the 21st century, reminding a
maxim, “armed to the teeth, but no enemy”, if we take cognizance of India’s increasing defense
purchases in wake of her aggressive designs. In fact, it is the fault of the US which openly
displays double standard of arms supply in South Asia
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants,
Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations
Email: sajjad_logic_pak@hotmail.com
Courtesy Veterans Today


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