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Restrictions imposed on social media by Brig.Gen (Retd) Asif Haroon Raja

Restrictions imposed on social media

Brig.Gen (Retd) Asif Haroon Raja

 

 

When I was serving as Director Psychological Operations (PsyOps) in GHQ way back in the early 1990s, I had the privilege of revolutionizing this neglected subject and upgrading its significance in the Army in a big way for the first time. The then Army Chief Gen Asif Nawaz backed my efforts. I had argued that while the armed forces prepared itself during peacetime for the future war by carrying out intensive physical, technical, educational, operational and administrative training and procuring weapon systems in order to defeat the enemies on the battlefield, When proxy war failed to achieve its objectives, the subversive war was further stepped up which is now being termed as hybrid war. It has been made more lethal by adding social media to heighten political polarization and to sharpen the existing divides and to create tensions in civil-military relations. Besides Indian water terrorism, Indo-US-Afghan aggressive tactics are aimed at creating chaos and melting down Pakistan’s economy. remain operative both during peace and wartime to supplement war effort.

Peace time psy ops are akin to pre-H Hour artillery bombardment to soften the adversary from within. The only difference is that the bombardment is noisy and can be responded through counter bombardment, but in case of PSYOPS, the deceptive and pain-free stings and arrows aimed at subverting and controlling the minds are silent and invisible. It is slow-poisoning of the minds to shatter the will to fight. 

Pakistan had gone through the painful experience of the 1971 tragedy in which India had made maximum use of Psy Ops to brainwash the Bengalis. It took Indian psychological operators 23 years of sustained efforts to subvert the minds of the Bengalis and make them love India and detest West Pakistan. All that time, we kept sleeping and didn’t take note of the building storm. Indo-Bengali poisonous propaganda was not countered and no effort was made to show the true face of Hindus who in connivance with the British had turned the Muslim nobility of East Bengal into servitude and had made the region the most impoverished region of united India during the British rule.

Bifurcation of Bengal and making Calcutta part of West Bengal in 1947 further worsened the socio-economic plight of East Bengal. Our successive rulers failed to address the genuine grievances of eastern province and above all to integrate the two widely apart provinces because of which the gap kept widening. The germs of Bengali nationalism were first stoked through language riots in 1953 followed by political and economic deprivations. The youth was systematically indoctrinated by Hindu teachers and professors. In the final act of the drama, Indian protégé Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was given a free hand to build Bengali nationalism and to foment hatred against West Pakistan. Once the small-sized Pak military force lost the support of Bengalis, East Pakistan became a ripe apple to be plucked and it became easier for the Indian military to intervene and win the war on the East front.

After the creation of Bangladesh, RAW turned its attention towards Sindh and Baluchistan but we once again failed to checkmate subversion of the two provinces. By early 1990s, Sindh had turned into a wounded province due to urban-rural divide, while Baluchistan had gone through a full-fledged insurgency in the 1970s. RAW also had a hand in keeping the Pashtunistan issue alive and its footprints were seen in the Saraiki belt. I reminded the policymakers in the Army about the dangers of subversion and the need for a counter plan to thwart its ill effects on the society both at the Army and national levels.  

Indian Psy Ops were aimed at fomenting misgivings, disillusionment, hatred, ethnicity, sectarianism, religious extremism, political polarization, intensifying love for materialism and contaminating the moral turpitude of the society, the effects of which had also seeped into the armed forces. The ultimate aim was to weaken the willpower of the armed forces to fight. All these trends intensified in the 1990s.

India and Pakistan have and continue to have ‘issues’ – skirmishes and confrontation exist over the disputed Kashmir area.

Indian PSYOPS is not well known nor overtly advertised. It is housed within the Indian Army Intelligence Corps.

 

  

 

 

 

I held a strong view that no amount of tangible factors will help until and unless the intangibles are also strengthened to build up morals, patriotism and nationalism in the armed forces as well as the society as a whole that had become vulnerable to foreign subversion. I highlighted the need to create awareness about the pitfalls of this silent war in which India had gained substantial expertise. I had given a workable plan to develop defensive and offensive PSYOPS. Had a national Psy Ops Cell been established in 1993 as suggested by me and approved by the GHQ, we would have been in a better position to confront the ongoing hybrid war. 

After 9/11, India teamed up with the US, Israel, the West and the puppet Afghan regime and launched a massive covert war coupled with subversive war to destabilize, denuclearize, secularize and balkanize Pakistan.

It is now an established fact that the US enabled Gen Musharraf regime in 2002 to expand and modernize Pak electronic media by doling out millions of dollars. Most leading media houses were purchased by foreign powers to promote their agenda of demonizing Islam, liberalizing the society, promoting obscenity and vulgarity and deflecting the youth towards a life of fun and frolic. Media was misused to sell tutored perceptions, to clone the minds of the elites, foment extremism, divide the society, and breed extreme hatred. The secular-Islamic divide was widened. 

Purchased proxies were used to destabilize FATA, settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan. Urban terrorism was ignited with the help of Blackwater, CIA-FBI network, MQM and NGOs duly aided by their toadies.

Army, Rangers, FC and Police had to make sustained efforts from 2009 onward to rollback rural and urban terrorism but at a heavy cost and much to the grief of adversaries of Pakistan. Today, Pakistan can confidently claim that the back of foreign-supported terrorist groups has been comprehensively broken and there is no network or safe haven anywhere in the northwest. Likewise, the militancy of MQM has been busted and the separatist movement in Baluchistan reined in.

Notwithstanding these outstanding achievements that have been acknowledged by the world, the terrorist groups based in Afghanistan in concert with their handlers, facilitators and financiers in Pakistan are still able to carry out random attacks. Nationwide Operation Raddul Fasad coupled with fencing of western border and gradual implementation of National Action Plan are taking care of these aspects adequately.

When proxy war failed to achieve its objectives, the subversive war was further stepped up which is now being termed as hybrid war. It has been made more lethal by adding social media to heighten political polarization and to sharpen the existing divides and to create tensions in civil-military relations. Besides Indian water terrorism, Indo-US-Afghan aggressive tactics are aimed at creating chaos and melting down Pakistan’s economy.

The Army is neither equipped nor has the expertise and capacity to fight back the hybrid war in which electronic and social media are playing a lead role. So far, no plan has been made to counter this menace. As a consequence, the inaudible and concealed hybrid war has been going on unabatedly unchecked.

Unfortunately, the veterans have bolstered the negativity of social media. Instead of behaving maturely, in their exuberance to exhibit love for Pak Army and their parent units, they have been adding fuel to the deplorable media war between the Patwaris (PML-N lovers) and Youthias (PTI lovers), each trying to gun down the other and intensifying intolerance. The disgruntled veterans are using this platform to air their grouses and have crossed all limits of decency by going to the extent of passing filthy comments against each other. The majority which is tilted toward the PTI has been passing loathsome remarks, unbecoming of a gentleman.

As if this was not enough, they divulge information about the happenings in the combat zones. Some have been passing details about ongoing operations much before the desired details could reach GHQ. In some cases, the media received information about an incident in greater details than what was received by GHQ. On occasions, the media pressed the ISPR to confirm the information that is collected from social media and the ISPR couldn’t answer back. This has been happening since some young officers deployed in the combat zones shared information with their retired seniors, or relatives, or in the social media groups run by veterans in which hate-filled articles of civil writers are also shared and lauded.

WhatsApp Groups run by retired unit officers in particular mindlessly divulge names and location of units and officers and intimate details of activities of their units. Likewise, all promotion and postings of senior officers are flashed. Senior veterans taking part in TV talk at times display their political biases and many times have to face embarrassing situations.

No heed was paid by the veterans to several warnings issued by the GHQ. It was also learnt that India, in particular, had penetrated most groups. Facebook is already controlled by RAW from Pune and by the Jews. In the wake of the veterans displaying lack of sense of security and becoming a security hazard and an embarrassment for the Army, the GHQ was compelled to debar serving Army officers and re-employed retired officers from taking part in social media. Restrictions have now been imposed upon the veterans on use of WhatsApp, Twitter and Veterans Groups operative in social media. Retired officers operating groups having military signatures, or created on the basis of military affiliations such as PMA Courses, parent units, staff courses etc have been told to close them or change the title nomenclatures.   

Some of the veterans have resented the move, arguing it shouldn’t be applicable to the retired officers. One by the name of Brig retired Syed Hanif Ahmed has recently circulated his vitriolic write-up on social media, terming the decision as illogical and stupid. While the saner people all across the globe are raising their voices against the hazards of social media which is dividing the families, he has termed the social media as a necessity. In his view, social media helps in keeping the family connected, and in maintaining a bond between the serving and retired officers. He forgets that this bond had been happily kept intact before the birth of social media.

In his jaundiced view, growing bondage between a unit and retired officers and families because of WhatsApp has vexed the senior military leadership. To give vent to his feelings and the questions, “Are we traitors, or are doing something illogical and immoral”? So far, his identity has not been found out and it seems he is fake. In any case, the sort of language he has used is regrettable. Chairman Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society Lt Gen Amjad Shuaib has deplored it and has viewed the GHQ decision as most appropriate.

In my view, this decision should have been taken much earlier. But as they say, it is never too late. The berserk social media which has of late added another evil in the form of ‘Tip Top’, it needs to be bridled. Likewise, the electronic media which has gone bonkers requires disciplining. Anchors have become omniscient jabbers, firing hate-filled salvos on those whom they don’t like, and trying to influence the minds of decision makers.

To effectively fight the 5th generation war, the policymakers will have to take tough measures. I reckon plans are afoot to strengthen toothless PMRA and make it an effective regulatory authority that can put sense into a wayward approach of media. There is an urgent need to ensure that all avenues of foreign funding to media houses are closed, and all anchors and journalists on the payroll of foreign agencies weeded out. Our media which has become a tool in the hands of adversaries of Pakistan should be streamlined and made into the 4th pillar of the state.

The writer is a retired Brig, a war veteran, defence and security analyst, and author of five books. asifharoonraja@gmail.com   

                                

 

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 HEALTHY WOMAN A BRIDGE TO A DEVELOPED NATION by Dr. Faisal Khan

 

 HEALTHY WOMAN

A BRIDGE TO A DEVELOPED NATION

Dr. Faisal Khan

M.B.B.S, SMLE, MPH, MCPS, MRCPCH-UK (Scholar)

Al-Dar Hospital Madina Munawara, Saudi Arabia.

 

 

Women are the heart of the family and a family is the basic unit of civilized society.  If women are emotional, physically, and spiritually healthy than the society will be healthy as well. If women are broken, unhealthy and depressed then society will be unhealthy and depressed as well. Women are the superglue that holds together the whole family unit, thus hold together society.  Without healthy, strong and determined women, society is indeed in a detrimental state. A healthy woman will have a healthier child. It’s a reality, women who are healthy are more able to bear healthy infants and raise healthy children.  Women who are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy are more able to raise their children to be decent examples, good citizens, and to inspire and encourage them for better education.

While part of this is due to their reproductive and sexual health needs, they also have more chronic health issues such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, mental illnesses, diabetes, osteoporosis and anaemia. Women have a physiological process called menstruation occurring every month in specific days, some women suffer from heavy periods menorrhagia (A flow of more than 80 ml (or 16 soaked sanitary products) per menstrual period is considered menorrhagia). This physiological process may bring women to have iron deficiency anaemia. In most developing countries, more than one-third of women have anaemia. Blood contains iron within red blood cells. Women with heavy periods are at higher risk of iron deficiency anaemia because they lose blood during menstruation. Moreover, Slow chronic blood loss within the body, such as from a peptic ulcer, a hiatal hernia, a colon polyp or colorectal cancer also can cause iron deficiency anemia in women.

 

 

 

Saba Hamid’s Pond’s Miracle Women

Picture Courtesy-Pond & Saba Hamid

 

 

 

Every woman needs to increase their calcium intake to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and other calcium deficiency diseases. The decline in the level of hormone estrogen during menopause reasons a woman’s bones to thin faster. Hypoparathyroidism (a hormonal disorder) may also become a reason for calcium deficiency disease. In most of developing countries, the majority of women are suffering from thyroid diseases due to iodine deficiency. Moreover, getting enough iodine is especially important for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as they have higher needs. An iodine deficiency may cause serious side effects, especially for the baby, such as stunted growth and developmental problems.

Goitre is also more common in women than in men and especially in women before menopause. A thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone, which controls many activities in the body. Diseases of the thyroid gland make it produce either too much or too little of the hormone. Depending on the amount of hormone produced by thyroid gland most of the women may often feel restless or tired, or they may lose or gain weight because women are at higher risk than men to have thyroid diseases, especially right after pregnancy and after menopause. When thyroid gland becomes overactive and makes too much thyroid hormone, that person is said to be hyperthyroid. The most common reason for hyperthyroidism in women is the autoimmune condition, generally known as Graves’ disease, where antibodies target the gland and cause it to speed up hormone production. It is caused by irregular and abnormal immune system response that causes the thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormone. Graves’ disease is most common in women over the age of 20 years.

In developing and underdeveloped countries majority of women spending most of time at their homes, so their exposure to sunlight is very limited, which caused deficiency of vitamin D. In one recent study, Women with vitamin D deficiency were nearly twice as likely to experience bone pain in their legs, ribs or joints compared to those with blood levels in the normal range. Low blood levels of vitamin D is a major contributing factor to bone pain and lower back pain. Different case studies have shown that very low blood levels can cause fatigue that has a severe negative effect on quality of life. In most of the cases, women who complained of chronic daytime fatigue and headaches were found to have very low vitamin D blood level. Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness mean the patient may have a vitamin D deficiency. Women are with low blood levels of vitamin D at higher risk of cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older ladies, Severe attacks of asthma and cancer. Vitamin D deficiency leads to secondary hyperparathyroidism due to low serum calcium. This condition can result in high bone turnover, increased bone resorption and the development of osteopenia, leading to rickets in children and both osteomalacia and osteoporosis in women. Vitamin D could play a major role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different diseases, including type1 and type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis.

Pregnancy is 200 to 300 times deadlier in developing and the underdeveloped world if there is a lesser gap between pregnancies, malnutrition and poor antenatal facilities. At the same time in developing countries, neonatal mortality is 14 times higher than in the developed world. According to research from the University of British Columbia, when moms wait for at least 12 to 18 months to get pregnant again, both they and their babies have a lower risk of encountering health problems. In recent research, it is proved that all infants had a greater risk of health problems if moms got pregnant less than a year after giving birth to their last child. Those women are at higher risk of spontaneous preterm birth or giving birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Compared with babies conceived 18 months to 23 months after a previous pregnancy, research shows that a short gap between pregnancies may mean your baby’s more likely to be born premature, have a low birth weight, small for gestational age. All risks are particularly increased if a woman has a gap of six months or less. It is understandable that the body needs time to recover from the stress of last pregnancy and to replenish its nutrients.

If the previous baby was born by caesarean section it is advised to have a gap of at least one to two years before becoming pregnant again. This is especially important if a woman wants a vaginal birth. If the gap between pregnancies is more than 2 years then there’s only a very low risk of caesarean scar tearing during vaginal birth, but this risk is increased significantly if the gap between pregnancies is less than six months.

Majority of women in the developing world are mostly malnourished, having protein-energy malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. This continues to be a major health burden in developing countries. It is worldwide the major risk factor for illness and death, with millions of pregnant women and young children particularly affected. Deficiencies of iron, iodine, vitamin D, A and zinc are the main manifestations of malnutrition in women living in developing and underdeveloped countries. In these communities, a high prevalence of poor diet and infectious disease regularly unites into a brutal circle.

Although treatment protocols for severe malnutrition have in recent years become more efficient, but the majority of women, especially in rural areas, have little or no access to formal health services and are never seen in such basic health providing units. There is a serious need for interventions to prevent protein-energy malnutrition in women through promoting food supplementation schemes for breastfeeding mothers, whereas micronutrient deficiencies would best be addressed through food-based plans such as dietary variations through home gardens and small livestock like chickens, eggs, milk and yoghurt. The fortification of salt with iodine has been a global success story, but other micronutrient supplementation schemes have yet to reach vulnerable female populations sufficiently. To be more effective, all such steps and interventions need to be associated with nutrition-education campaigns and health interventions. To achieve the hunger- and malnutrition-related developmental goals, we need to address poverty, which is clearly associated with the insecure supply of food and nutrition in underdeveloped areas of developing countries.

We should keep in mind that malnutrition in women continues to be a major public health problem throughout the developing world, particularly in South Asia and Africa. Due to gender discrimination women, there are frequently deficient in macronutrients and micronutrients or both. The high prevalence of bacterial and parasitic diseases in women living in underdeveloped areas of developing countries contributes greatly to malnutrition there. Similarly, malnutrition increases one’s susceptibility and severity to infections and is thus a major component of illness and death from diseases. Malnutrition and undernourishment are the major important risk factors for the burden of disease in developing countries. Malnutrition is the direct cause of about 300000 deaths per year and is directly responsible for more than half of all deaths in women, young girls and children. Poor nutrition in women and girls means they are more likely to suffer from infectious diseases. So, good food, essential vitamins, minerals and proper nutrition is a key component of empowering women and girls.

A woman is the bunch of hormones, the majority of women experience mood swings before, during, or after menopause and post-menopausal age due to hormonal changes. The drop in estrogen level can cause tiredness, fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. Proper education and counselling for women and their life partners can help women to deal with emotional changes caused by menopause, perimenopause and post-menopause. How might menopause lead to mood swings? During the changeover to menopause, levels of the estrogen hormone drop, causing wide-ranging changes throughout the body. Many of these changes have direct connections to menopausal mood swings. The drop in estrogen can cause fatigue, irritability, difficulty in concentrating, hot flashes, cold flashes, emotional changes and trouble sleeping.

Maintaining women Health is vital to a country’s overall health and welfare. Global statistics show that the health of the country is directly linked to the overall health of its mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters. Now, this is the time to create an environment combining scientific knowledge with cultural considerations, available resources, and technology to provide women with the best possible opportunities to live healthy lives. Surely, the healthy woman a bridge to a developed nation, so women need more health care facilities and also need access to the health care system more than do men.

 

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LETTER TO EDITOR -Sahiwal Incident

 

 

 

 

 

LETTER TO EDITOR

Sahiwal Incident

January 29th, 2019

 

The brother of Mohammad Khalil, who was killed in the Sahiwal shooting on January 19 along with his wife and daughter, said that the family wants the case to be tried by a military court.

LHC moved against CTD officials involved in Sahiwal incident

 

 

Isn’t it a manifestation of lack of confidence of the family in our civil courts?!

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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Dissident Pakistanis Gather in the US By Sajjad Shaukat

Dissident Pakistanis Gather in the US

By Sajjad Shaukat

And [remember, O Muhammad], when those who disbelieved plotted against you to restrain you or kill you or evict you [from Makkah]. But they plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners. {Quran:8:30}

 

While quoting the Press Trust of India, under the caption, “Dissident Pakistanis gather in US to chalk future course of action,” as part of the continued propaganda campaign against Pakistan, BusinessStandard.Com indicated on December 15, 2018 that a two day conference was arranged by Hussain Haqqani-Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US and Dr. Muhammad Taqi in the US on December 15, 2018, which culminated on December 18. The conference was the third to be organized by the notorious anti-Pak forum “South Asians against Terrorism and for Human Rights (SAATH)”. The title of the event was “Pak after the Elections”. The event was reportedly attended and addressed by US Congressman Brad Sherman, who is well known for his anti-Pak rhetoric and also by journalists, bloggers and social media activists who keep writing negatively about Pakistan. Few discussed items were as under:-

 

Terrorism and international isolation are the real threats to Pakistan, but unfortunately, Pakistan’s establishment refuses to recognize that reality.

 

Liberals and Baloch, Sindhi, Pashtun, Saraiki and Muhajir nationalists see the appointment of Imran Khan as Prime Minister as a virtual military takeover, with a very poor civilians façade.

 

The Pakistanis press remains in chains.

 

It is notable that because of the ideal strategic location of its province Balochistan and being the lonely nuclear country in the Islamic World; Pakistan has become special target of the foreign entities like US, India, Israel and some western countries whose secret agencies have been destabilizing it through various kinds of terror attacks, as witnessed in the recent years and during the election-campaign of 2018. These hostile elements are also using propaganda in maligning Pakistan.

 

In this regard, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become a special target of these external entities, as India and America have already opposed this project.

 

For the purpose of the propaganda campaign against Pakistan, these external elements have also hired the services of those Pakistanis who are vulnerable and can work against the national interest of their own country. 

 

According to online sources, on 28-30 October 2016, these traitors got together and a conference titled “Future of Pakistan” was organized in London under the aegis of SAATH. The moot was termed by a segment of social media as “Pakistani Left Gathers in London to Set Things Right”. However, the website of SAATH leaves no stone unturned in spreading disinformation about Pakistan, its security agencies and the government.

THE LONDON PLOTTERS AGAINST PAKISTAN

WANTED IN PAKISTAN BY ISI & FIA

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The Anti-Pakistan Plotters Abroad-Hussain Haqqani, Dr.Taqi Butt, and Saiin

In the recent past, SAATH raised forum and the conference which was co-hosted by a US-based activist Dr. Mohammad Taqi and Hussain Haqqani was participated by the anti-Pakistan entities.

The Indian RAW Sponsored SAATH Cabal

It is mentionable that on January 13, 2016, Farahnaz Ispahani, the wife of Husain Haqqani was invited by Observer Research Foundation (ORF), RAW affiliated think tank in New Delhi to launch her newly written book titled ‘Purifying the Land of the Pure–Pakistan’s Religious Minorities’. A good number of Indian foreign analysts, diplomats, retired defence and intelligence officers attended the launch ceremony. Highlighting the plight of minorities in Pakistan, Indian participants mainly focused on Pakistan’s identity and argued that national identity for Pakistan was not Islam, but their being part of Indian civilization was more realistic.

 

During her presentation, while exaggerating the plight of minorities in Pakistan and targeting the ideology of Pakistan, Farahnaz said that religious minorities are not safe in Pakistan. Following the foreign agenda against Islamabad, Farahnaz Ispahani totally ignored the plight of religious minorities in India. She did not take cognizance of the  facts that since the leader of the ruling party BJP Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India, various developments like unprecedented rise of Hindu extremism, persecution of minorities, forced conversions of other religious minorities into Hindus, ban on beef and cow slaughter, inclusion of Hindu religious books in curriculum etc. clearly show that encouraged by the fundamentalist rulers, Hindu extremist outfits such as BJP, RSS VHP, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena including other similar parties have been promoting religious and ethnic chauvinism in India by propagating ideology of Hindutva (Hindu nationalism).

 

It is noteworthy that Husain Haqqani also leaves no stone unturned in distorting the image of Pakistan and its armed forces while showing Pakistan a fundamentalist state in order to please his external masters. As regards Husain Haqqani, while serving as Pakistani ambassador, he was protecting American interests. He had issued visas to many CIA agents like Ramond Davis to weaken Pakistan. Besides, working at various American institutes, Husain Haqqani developed secret liaisons with Indo-Israeli lobbies and became a covert element of the anti-Pakistan campaign. Particularly, this could be judged from his book, titled, ‘Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military.’ In this book, Husain Haqqani targeted both military and Islamic ideology. While pointing out relationship of the Pak Army and its primary intelligence agency, ISI with the Islamic militants, Haqqani allegedly wrote, “since September 11, 2001, the selective cooperation of Pakistan’s military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf—sharing intelligence with the United States and apprehending Al Qaeda members—have led to the assumption that Pakistan might be ready to give up its long-standing ties with radical Islam.” He advised America, “Washington should no longer condone the Pakistani military’s support for Islamic militants.”

 

American famous writers and authors exaggeratedly praised the book of Husain Haqqani, as it was in accordance with the hidden agenda and blame game of the US and Indian high officials and their media and which still continue against Islamabad and its security agencies. Especially, Stephen P. Cohen, author of the book, ‘The Idea of Pakistan and The Pakistan Army’ allegedly wrote, “We are in Husain Haqqani’s debt for providing the authoritative account of the linkages between Pakistan’s powerful Islamists and its professional army.”

 

While, Husain Haqqani also escaped to America to avoid judicial inquiry of the famous Memogate issue, which proved his disloyalty to Pakistan. He was declared absconder by the court.

 

It is of particular attention that during his briefing to the National Assembly, on January 19, 2016, 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 was campaigning along with India to implicate Pakistan and to block delivery of F-16 fighter jets.”

 

Nevertheless, SAATH forum has been able to get maximum attention in the Indian press and electronic media which published many articles and blogs to malign Pakistan, its security forces—ISI and criticism of military operation Zarb-e-Azb.

 

Nonetheless, the timing of holding this forum in the US is interesting, as Pakistani Line of Control (LoC) is under direct assault from the Indian Prime Minister Modi’s terrorists—stepping up in Balochistan and Karachi in wake of determination of Islamabad and Beijing to complete the CPEC project.

 

In fact, this “so-called” forum meant for spreading disinformation about Pakistan, its government and the armed forces. The forum is being sponsored by the anti-state actor Hussain Haqqani. Many Pakistani personalities like Dr. Muhammad Taqi and Husain Haqqani are an integral part of SAATH forum and its anti-Pakistan objectives. SAATH forum comprises anti-state and anti-army disgruntled elements and who are continuously engaged in activities to defame Pak at the international level.

 

Notably, the US congressmen such as Brad Sherman, Dana Rohrabacher etc. are purposely invited as guest speakers to augment their spiteful designs and to reinforce their narratives that harm Pak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Wrongdoers Must Meet Their Fate By Sajjad Shaukat

The Wrongdoers Must Meet Their Fate

By Sajjad Shaukat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On October 31, 2018, violent protests and demonstrations led by the religious party Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) broke out across the country in connection with the judgment of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) about the Asia Bibi blasphemy case.

 

In its verdict the Supreme Court of Pakistan had also said: “No one could be allowed to defy the name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and be left unpunished, but there is another aspect of the matter; sometimes, to fulfil nefarious designs the law is misused by individuals levelling false allegations of blasphemy.”

 

It is notable that the constitution of Pakistan is Islamic and SCP verdict in the Asia Bibi case is in accordance with the constitution and has legal reasons for the decision. The reaction to the SCP decision by a small segment of the society is not the opinion of the nation.

 

But, during the violent protests, the language used by the leaders of TLP, especially its head Mulla Khadim Rizvi against SC judges, the army chief and others were excruciating was not the character of a true Muslim society. By inciting the people against judges; army and state institutions, TLP leaders were doing a disservice to the country.

 

 

It is mentionable that Pakistan has vociferously raised the issue of blasphemous caricatures in Netherland and truly became one of the reasons to halt the contest.

 

Pakistan is endeavouring to get onto the route to prosperity and any protest in the country will cause damage to the fragile national economy.

 

In this regard, in his address to the nation, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on October 31, 2018, that he had been compelled to communicate with the nation due to the reaction given and language used by a small segment in response to the SC verdict. Pakistan was founded in the name of Islam and the verdict given by the SC is in accordance with the Constitution, which is in line with the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah. He sharply criticized the protests which broke out and continued for three consecutive days, saying people’s livelihood was being harmed through the roadblocks and demonstrations.

 

The premier added, “Which government can function when people say that kill the judges, rebel against the army chief? We are already facing such tough economic hurdles…we are struggling continuously to uplift the people [and] to improve the conditions of the underprivileged.”

 

In this respect, Director General (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor on November 2, 2018, distanced the army from the controversy surrounding Asia Bibi’s acquittal, saying that the decision had been taken by the courts and the army had nothing to do with it.

 

He stated, “Unfortunately, the army is dragged into every matter…This is a legal matter and it is sad that negative statements are being issued against the army.”

However, the fact that the government or the army had no linkage with the Supreme Court decision in relation to the Asia Bibi case, but, TLP actions were found to be well orchestrated as if their strings were being pulled from somewhere else. The narrative of TLP this time precisely matched with the well-known narrative of PML (N) that is to malign army, censure judiciary and target the current government. Hence, it is not far from possible that the cleric had fallen prey to the dirty politics of the corrupt-convicted political leadership of the country, in addition to his own destructive philosophy. What else an individual like Khadim Rizvi deserves, if he openly starts to incite hatred among the general public against the state, the government and its institutions and most seriously, provoking mutiny amongst the armed forces against its leadership?

 

Therefore, the apprehension of TLP leadership was taken very positively by the people from all walks of life, as they understand that Maulana Rizvi was not only troubling the common citizens through his call for agitation but was also challenging the writ of the state which was not tolerable.

 

Sedition and treason imprint created by him by passing provocative remarks against the government and the state institutions indicate that he is also a victim of outside influence in addition to his own activities. This portrays him as becoming a tool in the hands of anti-Pakistan forces which is even more horrifying. These forces could be both local and global which can use segment at the time and place of their choosing in future.

 

While the authority of the state is prime and no individual or organization can be permitted to create disorder as was done by Rizvi and his associates. His apprehension along with his accomplishments is a step in the right direction strictly according to the constitution of this country.

 

Perpetrators must be awarded exemplary retributions through a legal course of action so that such incidents are not repeated in future by this group or any other such outfit in the country.

 

Besides, TLP must be banned as a political party and its bank accounts and properties should be seized. CNIC (National Identity Card) and passport of its leaders should also be cancelled. The election commission may review its policy on allowing such parties to contest the election. Moreover, scrutiny of the source of funding of both TLP and Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah Pakistan (TLYRAP) must be carried out and actions should be taken to stop illegal /anti-state funding.

 

A crackdown should also be executed by the government to seize and punish those who incite hatred, sedition and mutiny on the social media. In this connection, all the twitter and other social media accounts and websites which are involved in such activities should be blocked instantly through Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). A policy paper may also be finalized after necessary legislation by the parliament to cease such negative endeavours by individuals and groups and be implemented through PTA and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA”.

 

Furthermore, all the Madrassas operated by the TLP must be shut down and their students must be absorbed in regular schools.

Though everyone has the right to freedom of speech, no one has the authority to spread abhorrence and intolerance. More so, challenging the writ of the state by organizing sit-ins and causing damage to life and property of the general public is totally unacceptable and unpardonable. The fate of such scamps should be nothing, but total disbandment and retributions for their deeds.

 

 

 

 

 

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