Pakistan-Born on Night of Power: The Miraculous Aspect of Pakistan’s Date of Birth By  The London Post

In early May 1947, Mountbatten sent his Chief of Staff Hastings Lionel Ismay to London with the new draft Partition plan. The British Cabinet approved it with some changes. Mountbatten revised the plan and on 18 May flew to London with it.  He met Attlee, Winston Churchill and other top men. His plan was approved, and he returned with it to Delhi on 31 May. It was officially called British Government’s ‘Statement of 3 June 1947.’

What caused this staggering change? Stanley Wolpert, a diligent researcher in the India of that period, does not even attempt to give a reason for this abrupt change, in his political biographies of Mr Jinnah and Pundit Nehru.

Britain’s top politicians and policy planners were competent and experienced men. They did not take national decisions on key issues, and then changed them within weeks. But in this case they did so, and committed a blatant deviation from their normal conduct. What else could be the reason, except that a power beyond their control forced them to change their decision?

The same power had set the course for Mountbatten’s posting first as supreme allied commander for Southeast Asia in Singapore and then as viceroy in India. Mountbatten was serving as commanding officer of an aircraft carrier in 1941 in the rank of a Captain. From a post as a comparatively junior naval officer he was appointed supreme allied commander for Southeast Asia in 1943, prompting complaints of nepotism against his cousin the king.” 6 His posting was a flagrant violation of the rules and respected traditions of the British Navy. But, it couldn’t be stopped; he had to be in that post when the Great War stopped.

World War II had ended in Europe on 8 May 1945, with the surrender of the German forces four days earlier. Japan was close to defeat but still resisting. It gave up finally on 10 August 1945. The Japanese Government accepted the terms of surrender and the Great War officially ended at midnight 14/15 August 1945.  That date left its mark on Mountbatten’s mind.

On 2 June 1947, India’s top leaders, Mr Jinnah, Pandit Nehru and their seconds-in-command, and Sardar Baldev Singh, assembled in Viceroy’s house, where they heard Mountbatten breaking to them the stunning news that Britain was ready to transfer power and India was going to be partitioned—and quite soon. It was natural, indeed necessary, that they should have wanted to know what date had been fixed or was planned for this fateful event. No one asked Mountbatten this crucial question.

They met him again on the morning of 3 June. By then each leader had had the opportunity to mull over the Plan with his close associates, but none of them raised any question about the date!

The 3 June Statement was a carefully drawn up plan. It laid out precise instructions on the procedures and actions to be undertaken. Its program leading to Partition demanded that a date is given for the impending Partition. But it made no mention of a date or of any authority designated to fix a date!

The mystery deepens when we take note of the Viceroy’s speech on 3 June that was broadcast before the ‘Statement of 3 June’ was read out. In his speech, Mountbatten explained the salient features of the Plan of transfer of power. He did say, “This I hope will be within the next few months…power can be transferred many months earlier than the most optimistic of us thought possible…”7 But he said nothing about the date of transfer of power. And yet this was an occasion on which he should have felt obliged to indicate the date.

No one raised the issue of the date! Why had they ignored such a crucial matter? I referred this question to some scholars on the subject. No one could explain it. There really was no worldly explanation. The matter was beyond the normal human grasp.

It was obvious that during the critical days of June 1, 2 and 3 the question of the date of the imminent Partition of India was missing from the minds of the authorities who were directly concerned with the Transfer of Power Plan. It seemed as if this question had been prevented from entering their minds! That’s exactly what happened—however unbelievable may it seem to the unbelievers!

This question remained left out, till the scheduled moment for bringing up the question and its answer arrived. That moment was at the end of Mountbatten’s press conference in the legislative assembly chamber in Delhi on the morning of 4 June 1947. Here is the dramatic narrative of that press conference, as described by the authors of Freedom at Midnight:

It was the second time in the history of Britain’s Indian Empire that a Viceroy gave a press conference. It was also the last. Three hundred journalists, correspondents of the USSR, China and Europe, mixed with the representatives of India’s press, regional, religious and linguistic mosaic of journals, all following with extraordinary intentness the monologue of the Viceroy.

Mountbatten concluded his talk to a burst of applause and opened the floor to questions. For the first time, the press were meeting the one and only man who had the whole thing at his fingertips.

Suddenly, when the long barrage of questions began to trickle out, the anonymous voice of an Indian newsman cut across the chamber. This was the last question awaiting an answer. It was the last square left for Mountbatten to fill in the puzzle he’d been assigned six months before.

‘Sir,’ the voice said, ‘if all agree that there is most urgent need for speed between today and the Transfer of  Power, surely you  should have a date in mind?’

‘Yes, indeed,’ replied Mountbatten.

‘And if you have chosen  a date, Sir, what  then is that date?’ pressed the questioner.

A number of rapid calculations went whirring through the Viceroy’s mind as he listened to those questions. He had not, in fact, picked a date. But he was convinced it had to be very soon.

‘I had to force the pace,’ he recalled later. ‘I knew I had to force parliament to get the bill through before their summer recess.’

He stared at the packed assembly hall. Every face in the room was turned to his. A hushed, expectant silence broken only by the whir of the wooden blades of the fans revolving overhead stilled the room. ‘I was determined to show I was the master of the whole event,’ he would remember.

‘Yes,’ he said, ‘I have selected a date for the Transfer of Power.’

As he was uttering these words, the possible dates were still whizzing through his mind like the numbers on a spinning roulette wheel. Early September?  Mid-September?  Mid-August?  Suddenly the wheel stopped with a jar and the little ball popped into a slot so overwhelmingly appropriate that Mountbatten’s decision was instantaneous.

It was a date linked in his memory to the most triumphant hours of his own existence, the day in which his long crusade through the jungles of Burma had ended with the unconditional surrender of the Japanese Empire. What more appropriate date for the birth of the new democratic Asia than the second anniversary of Japan’s surrender?

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USA’s treacherous agenda against Pakistan by Asif Haroon Raja

This notion was penned in a 2007 article published in London Guardian, titled, “Bush handed blueprint to seize Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal,” behind which was Fredrick Kagan, member of American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The AEI’s board of trustees include war criminal Dick Cheney, warmongers Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, Richard Perle, John Yoo, and Paul Wolfowitz.

Fredrick Kagan wrote another Pakistan focused article in 2009 in New York Times, co-authored with Brookings Institution’s Michael O’Hanlon, titled, “Pakistan’s Collapse, Our Problem.” It described the complete collapse of the Pakistani government, overrun by “extremists.” It went on to describe “Pro-American moderates” within the Pakistan Army in need of US forces to help them secure Islamabad and their nuclear arsenal. Several options were given for storing the nuclear weapons safely. Various contingency plans of swooping away the nukes by the US Special Forces were also publicized.

Selig Harrison of the Soros funded Center for International Policy called for carving off Pakistan’s Baluchistan province not as part of a strategy to win the “War on Terror,” but as a means to thwart growing relations between Islamabad and Beijing.

In “Free Baluchistan,” he explicitly called to “aid the 6 million Baluch insurgents fighting for independence from Pakistan in the face of growing ISI repression.” Giving merits of his idea he stated, “Pakistan has given China a base at Gwadar in the heart of Baluch territory. So an independent Baluchistan would serve U.S. strategic interests in addition to the immediate goal of countering Islamist forces.” The US Congressmen Ted Poe and Dana R0hbachar have consistently backed the Baloch separatist agenda.

In another article titled, “The Chinese Cozy Up to the Pakistanis,” Harrison stated, “To counter what China is doing in Pakistan, the US should play hardball by supporting the movement for an independent Baluchistan and working with Baluch insurgents to oust the Chinese from their budding naval base at Gwadar. Beijing wants its inroads into Gilgit and Baltistan to be the first step on its way to an Arabian Sea outlet at Gwadar.”

In line with Harrison’s suggestion, RAW placed serving Indian Navy officer Commander Kulbushan Yadhav at Chahbahar under fake name of Mubarak Hussain Patel as early as 2003. Later on, he was given $400 million by RAW to destabilize Baluchistan with the help of Baloch rebel groups, and Karachi through MQM, scare away the Chinese, gain knowledge of Makran-Karachi seacoast for amphibious landing, disrupt work in Gwadar and scuttle CPEC. Shamsi airbase was used by CIA and Blackwater to provide funds and arms to the rebels in interior Baluchistan, and for drones. NATO containers were also used for supplying arms.  

Christine Fair lamented that the US spent pumped in much more money in Baluchistan than in Iran and yet has failed to make it independent. 

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Growing Trend of Negative Coverage of CPEC in Media       By Sajjad Shaukat

In this respect, RAW and CIA arranged a meeting of Baloch Sub-Nationalists, SSNs (Sindhi-Sub- Nationalists) and the USNs (Uyghur Sub-Nationalists of China) on the termination of 35th Session of Human Rights Council in Geneva from 12-14 June 2017. The agenda was; planning against the CPEC/Pak-China’s interests in the region. Mehran Marri attended the conference and delivered a speech (reportedly prepared by RAW) alleging CPEC as exploitation projects and Baloch cultural genocide by Pakistan and China. Representatives of World Sindh Congress (WSC), Uyghur human rights activists, Rebiya Kadeer and Dolikun Aeysa were also present in the said conference. While, Pakistan’s Armed Forces have successfully broken the backbone of the foreign-backed terrorists by the military operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fasaad which have also been extended to other parts of the country, including Balochistan. Country’s primary intelligence agency ISI has broken the network of these terrorist groups by capturing several militants while thwarting a number of terror attempts. Peace has been restored in various regions of Pakistan, including Balochistan and Karachi.

But, recent blasts in Balochistan and other areas of the country show that the US-led India, Afghanistan, and Israel have again started subversive acts to weaken Pakistan and to harm the CPEC. Well-entrenched in Afghanistan, intelligence agencies such as American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad which are in collaboration with the Afghan intelligence agency, National Directorate of Security (NDS) are using various terrorist outfits like Daesh and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), including their affiliated terrorist groups in order to conduct terrorist acts in Pakistan. As part of the double game, these secret agencies also support Baloch separatist elements to promote the covert agenda of the US-led entities against China and Pakistan.

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Strategic Dimensions:  Indian Wheat is Harmful to Afghans’ Health By Sajjad Shaukat

It is notable that a huge quantity of wheat being supplied to Afghanistan in the name of a grant was from the old stock and is infected. Hence, it is harmful to the health of the Afghans. Due to administrative mismanagement and red-tapism in India, a large number of wheat stocks got unnoticed for years and ultimately expired.

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Shaheen Sehbai reveals it all – The Express Tribune, Pakistan

“I feel that I can no longer sustain the moral and ethical pressure as group editor [of the News], justifying decisions which were not taken by me but which have caused immense damage to the credibility and financial stability of the newspaper,” wrote Sehbai.
“I find the policies of the newspaper lop-sided, heavily tilted politically and unnecessarily engaged in a dangerous conflict with national institutions, especially at a time when the country is at war with terrorists, their supporters and financiers, and the corrupt elements in all spheres of society who are using money looted through corruption to fight the state,” he stated in the letter.

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