Nuclear Bible - Pakistan _ World War III by VegasStreetProphet


									The Nuclear Bible: Pakistan & World War III

Intro: While the United States arms Pakistan to the teeth with weapons, planes, and funding, they appear to be simultaneously
destabilizing the government and country with an onslaught of attacks consisting of false-flag terror attacks, suicide bombings, relentless
drone attacks, hijackings, and the full power of the weather weapon HAARP. Readers unfamiliar with HAARP should research this mega
weapon, whose cover is Global Warming/Climate Change. Should a nuclear terror attacks transpire, a raging Pakistan will be further
scapegoated, charged, and retaliated against with nuclear weapons.

Date: February 11, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: Biden: Pakistan Is My Greatest Concern

Abstract: US Vice President Joe Biden has expressed serious concerns over the growing militancy in Pakistan and the fate of that
county's nuclear weapons. Biden said in an interview with CNN that his greatest concern is not Iraq or the standoff over Iran's nuclear
energy program. The Vice President said he is most concerned about Pakistan, because it is a country that possesses nuclear weapons and
has a significant radical minority. "I think it's a big country. It has nuclear weapons that are able to be deployed. It has a real
significant minority of radicalized population." Biden added that Pakistan is not a completely functional democracy. "It is not a
completely functional democracy in the sense we think about it, and so that's my greatest concern." His remarks came as the US
Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair reassured that the Pakistani military is aware of the consequences of its nuclear arsenal
falling into the wrong hands. Senior officials in Washington have long accused elements in the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of
supporting extremists. President Barack Obama's administration has accused Pakistan of not doing enough to stem the flow of arms
and support to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda across its borders. Analysts say the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 has prompted
militants to cross the border into Pakistan, turning the restive tribal belt between the two countries into scenes of deadly violence. Pakistan
has also dismissed US concerns, saying its armed forces have full control over the country's nuclear installations (Press TV, 2010).

Date: March 10, 2010
Source: The Guardian, Associated Press
Title/Headlie: Pakistan Attack Kills Aid Workers

Abstract: Attackers armed with grenades bombed the offices of an international aid group in north-west Pakistan today, killing six
people working for the organisation, police said. The attack targeted World Vision, a large Christian humanitarian group helping
survivors of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Mansehra district. The dead were all Pakistanis and included two women, said a police
official, Mohammad Sabir. "It was a brutal and senseless attack," said Dean Owen, World Vision spokesman in Seattle, Washington. "It
was completely unexpected, unannounced and unprovoked." Islamists often target Christian groups, which they accuse of trying to
convert Muslims. Another World Vision spokesman said the group, which was founded 60 years ago in the US and is one of the
world's largest and most well-funded Christian aid organisations, had suspended operations across Pakistan as a result of the
attack. Al-Qaida, the Taliban and allied groups are strong in north-western Pakistan, but Mansehra lies outside the tribal belt next to
Afghanistan where the militants have their main bases. Extremists have killed other people working for foreign aid groups in Pakistan and
issued statements saying such organisations are working against Islam. The attacks have greatly hampered efforts to raise living standards
in the desperately poor region. Militants see the aid groups as a challenge to their authority. The aid groups often employ women and
support women's rights initiatives, angering the extremists. Many foreign aid groups set up offices in Mansehra after the 2005
earthquake, which killed about 80,000 people. In 2008 militants in Mansehra killed four Pakistanis working for Plan International, a
British-based charity that focuses on helping children (Guardian, 2010).

Date: April 12, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: 200,000 Civilians Flee Pakistan Military Offensive.

Abstract: More than 200,000 people have fled Pakistan's latest offensive against Taliban militants in the northwest, the United
Nations said Monday, as fresh clashes in the remote region killed 41 insurgents and six soldiers. Elsewhere in the northwest, a
suspected U.S. missile killed five alleged militants in a house in North Waziristan, the latest in a series of strikes in the region, Pakistani
officials said. North Waziristan is home to al-Qaida and Taliban commanders, many of whom play a role in the insurgency in
neighboring Afghanistan. The military has pounded the Orakzai tribal region with airstrikes and artillery in an attempt to rout
insurgents from the rugged, mountainous area near the Afghan border. Many Taliban fighters fled to Orakzai last year to escape a
separate army offensive in their tribal stronghold of South Waziristan. The exodus of civilians from Orakzai adds to the more than 1.3
million people driven from their homes by fighting in the northwest and unable to return. The U.N. warned Monday it faces a
severe shortfall in funding needed to aid those displaced, saying it has only received about $106 million, or 20 percent, of the $538
million appeal it launched in February for the next six months. Almost 210,000 people have fled Orakzai since the fighting first started
at the end of last year, including nearly 50,000 people who left in the last month as the military has intensified its offensive in the area, said
the U.N. The latest violence in Orakzai occurred Monday when dozens of militants armed with rockets and automatic weapons
attacked two security checkpoints in the villages of Shireen Dara and Sangrana, local administrator Saaid. Security forces successfully
repelled the attack, but six soldiers were killed and three others wounded, he said. "More than 100 militants attacked the security
checkpoint in Shireen Dara," Khan said. "They fought a gunbattle for two hours and fired several rockets." After the battles
subsided, authorities found the bodies of 15 militants around the two checkpoints, said two intelligence officials. Insurgents
removed the bodies of at least 26 others who were killed, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not
authorized to talk to the media. More than 300 suspected militants have been killed in Orakzai since mid-March, including 10 on Sunday
when fighter jets destroyed three militant hide-outs in Sangram village, Khan said. Government reports are almost impossible to
independently verify because journalists are prohibited from traveling to the country's semiautonomous tribal areas (Fox News,

Date: April 16, 2010
Source: USA Today, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistan To Probe Bhutto Killing After U.N. Report

Abstract: Pakistan said Friday police will launch a new probe into the assassination of Benazir Bhutto after a U.N. report blamed
security forces for failing to protect her — accusations dismissed as a "pack of lies" by an aide to ex-President Pervez Musharraf.
Bhutto, a former prime minister, was killed in a Dec. 27, 2007, gun and suicide-bomb attack as she was leaving a rally in Rawalpindi city,
where she was campaigning to return her Pakistan People's Party to power in elections after returning from nearly nine years in self-
imposed exile. The slaying was the latest in a long line of high-profile political assassinations in Pakistan and convulsed the country,
which was then ruled by unpopular military-backed ruler Musharraf and battered — as now — by al-Qaeda and Taliban violence.
Supporters of Bhutto immediately hinted that Musharraf or his allies in the powerful and largely unaccountable security forces
may have played a role. The three-member U.N. panel, which was not tasked with unmasking the killers, said Bhutto's death could have
been avoided if Musharraf's government and security agencies had taken adequate measures. It also found that the probe into her death
was deliberately hampered by intelligence agencies. The report, issued Thursday, was highly critical of a decision made within
hours of the killing to hose down the crime scene and not to conduct an autopsy. The report was hailed by the PPP, which now governs
Pakistan and is led by President Asif Ali Zardari, Bhutto's widower. Zardari aide Farahnaz Ispahani said "the report will pave the way for a
proper police investigation and possible penal proceedings." Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the report backed up the
PPP's belief that Musharraf or his allies were responsible for Bhutto's death. But Musharraf aide Rashid Qureshi insisted the U.N.
report was based on rumors and that Musharraf — currently living abroad — was not responsible. "This chief U.N. investigator was not
the relative of Sherlock Homes," Qureshi told The Associated Press. "It is a pack of lies." He added that Bhutto exposed herself to
the risk even after the head of the country's most powerful spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, warned her not to attend the
rally because of threats of an attack. Musharraf's government blamed Baitullah Mehsud, a Pakistani militant commander with
links to al-Qaeda. Officials at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency also reportedly said Mehsud, who was killed in a missile strike
last August, was the chief suspect. Bhutto was a secular politician with strong links to Western governments and a vocal critic of Islamist
militants. The U.N. commission said Musharraf's government, though tracking threats against Bhutto, did little more than pass them on to
her and provincial authorities and did not act to neutralize them or ensure "that the security provided was commensurate with the threats."
Bhutto's party provided extra security, but the arrangements "lacked leadership and were inadequate and poorly executed," it said. "Ms.
Bhutto faced threats from a number of sources," the commission said. "These included al-Qaeda, the Taliban, local jihadi groups
and potentially from elements in the Pakistani Establishment" — the customary way people here refer to the country's powerful
military and intelligence apparatus. The U.N. said the police probe lacked direction and commitment, and that it went after "lower level
operatives," not higher-ups. The commission said Inter-Services Intelligence conducted parallel investigations, gathering evidence which
was only selectively shared with the police. "The commission believes that the failure of the police to investigate effectively Ms.
Bhutto's assassination was deliberate," the report said. "These officials, in part fearing intelligence agencies' involvement, were
unsure of how vigorously they ought to pursue actions, which they knew, as professionals, they should have taken." Five people
have been accused by authorities of involvement in the assassination — although they are not believed to be the masterminds. Officials
have said a final charge-sheet against them would only be submitted in court after the U.N. report was examined. A hearing was scheduled
for April 21 for the five, jail official Mohammed Zafar said. The commission urged Pakistani authorities to carry out a "serious, credible"
criminal investigation that "determines who conceived, ordered and executed this heinous crime of historic proportions, and brings those
responsible to justice." The U.N. secretary-general agreed to appoint a commission to assist Pakistan by determining the facts and
circumstances of Bhutto's death and it began work on July 1, 2009, conducting more than 250 interviews and reviewing hundreds
of documents, videos, photographs and documentary material. Under terms agreed to by the U.N. and the Pakistani government,
Pakistani authorities would determine any criminal responsibility (USA Today, 2010).

Date: April 16, 2010
Source: Reuters, Stephanie Nebehay
Title/Headline: Hospital Blast Kills 10 In SW Pakistan

Abstract: A suicide bomber killed 10 people, including a TV journalist and senior police officials, in a suspected attack against
Sh'ite Muslims inside a hospital in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on Friday. A member of parliament from the ruling
Pakistan People's Party was among the scores wounded in the attack outside the emergency ward of the hospital in Quetta, the
provincial capital of Baluchistan, officials said. "Ten people, including two senior police officials, were killed in the attack and
another 47 wounded," provincial police chief Rehmatullah Niazi told reporters. Police said 15 kg (33 lb) of explosives were used in the
bomb that badly damaged the emergency ward building. Broken window glass and pools of blood marked the scene of the attack.
Shi'ite Muslims are a minority in Pakistan, which is about 80 percent Sunni, and thousands of people have been killed in sectarian violence
across the country in the past 30 years. Pakistan has seen a wave of suicide bomb attacks in the past three years -- most of them in the
country's northwest where troops are battling Pakistani Taliban militants, who are Sunni Muslims. Pakistani security forces have
largely cleared militants from at least three of their strongholds -- Swat, the tribal regions of South Waziristan and Bajaur on the Afghan
border -- in offensives launched last year (Nebehay, 2010).

Date: May 8, 2010
Source: France 24, Asif Ali Zardari
Title/Headline: "The [Pakistani] President’s Absence Gives Fundamentalist Groups The Opportunity To Infiltrate The Region"

Abstract: One of our Observers in Pakistan condemns Zardari‘s tour of France and Britain, asserting that the lack of civilian
leadership in overseeing flood relief efforts is allowing militants to infiltrate the region and recruit new members. The flooding in
the northern regions of Pakistan have killed around 15,000 people and left several thousand homeless. The people of northern Pakistan are
awaiting much-needed aid whilst their president is on a diplomatic tour in Europe. Meanwhile, charitable organisations affiliated with
militant groups, notably Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation, are distributing aid. Sana Saleem is a prominent
blogger and social activist from Karachi. The President‘s absence is very symbolic - the people in the northern region feel abandoned. The
situation is exacerbated by the fact that the government‘s disaster management is abysmal and gives fundamentalist groups the
opportunity to infiltrate the region. NGOs are always the first to arrive because the government‘s civil response is so slow; this means
that the conditions are ideal for the fundamentalist groups to recruit new people. I don‘t blame the people - they are desperate. They
were affected by the earthquake in 2005 (although aid and media attention was biased towards Kashmir), then by army clashes
with the Taliban insurgents. On each occasion the militants have infiltrated the civilian population. Already they feel neglected in that
region as there is so little infrastructure - for many of the children, the only way to get an education is through the madrasas. What choice
do these people have if the government abandons them and doesn‘t do what it is supposed to? Zardari‘s actions are foolish and
people here are angry. Although technically Pakistan is a democracy, the fact that the president is out of the country, the militants
are dealing with the relief efforts, and the government response is not civilian but military speaks volumes about the state of our
democracy. Who is running the country? Zardari should come back and his priority should be getting aid to the people who need it,
because if the situation is not tackled soon then this could be a huge security problem in the future‖ (Zardari, 2010).

Date: May 11, 2010
Source: New York Times, Jane Perlez, Pir Zubair Shah
Title/Headline: Drone Strikes Pound Western Pakistan

Abstract: American drone aircraft fired 18 missiles at militants in Pakistan‘s North Waziristan tribal region on Tuesday, killing at
least 14 fighters and wounding 4, a security official and a resident of the area said. The missiles struck a region known as Datta Khel
on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border where Taliban and Qaeda fighters prepare for operations against United States and NATO troops in
Afghanistan. The unusually intense drone attack was the third since a failed car bombing in Times Square 10 days ago. Faisal
Shahzad, a Pakistani-American charged in the attempted attack, has told American investigators that he visited North Waziristan
to train with the Pakistani Taliban. There was no indication that the strikes on Tuesday were retaliation for the bombing attempt. The
attack by the American drones, operated by the C.I.A., appeared to be a continuation of the air campaign to degrade the
capabilities of Al Qaeda, the Pakistani Taliban and the Afghan Taliban fighters now working together in North Waziristan (Perlez
& Shah, 2010).

Date: May 19, 2010
Source: Telegraph, Rob Crilly
Title/Headline: Facebook Blocked In Pakistan Over Prophet Mohammed Cartoon Row

Abstract: Plans for the "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day" contest drew an angry reaction, provoking street demonstrations in
the Muslim majority country. On Wednesday, Lahore High Court responded to a petition by the Muslim Lawyers Movement, ordering
Pakistan's internet regulator to block the entire site. Users lost access to Facebook about two hours later. Rai Bashir, a lawyer involved in
the case, said the site was blasphemous. "There are so many insults to the Prophet on the internet and that's why we felt we had to
bring this case," he said. "All Muslims in Pakistan and the world will be supporting us." It is widely considered offensive to
visually depict the Muslim prophet. The Koran does not explicitly forbid images of Mohammed, but a number of hadith, or
interpretations of the Islamic holy book, forbid figural representations. The court in Lahore ordered Facebook to be blocked until May
31 – after the date of the contest – when a longer hearing is expected. The contest was based on an idea by Seattle-based artist
Molly Norris, who posted a cartoon on her website of a chair, cotton reel, cherry and other items each claiming to be Mohammed.
However, she said her idea was only ever a spoof. It was meant as a protest against censorship of the television show South Park,
she said. The US cartoon recently featured the Muslim prophet dressed in a bear suit. She added that she was horrified that her satire
had been turned into a Facebook competition. It is not the first time Pakistanis have reacted angrily to depictions of the Prophet
Mohammed. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in 2006 when cartoons, which had originally been published in a
Danish newspaper, were reprinted around the world. Five people died when the demonstrations turned violent. Lawyers for the
Pakistan Telecommunications Authority had argued that only the offending page be removed, but Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry ordered
the whole social networking site to be barred on Wednesday (Crilly, 2010).
Date: May 28, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: Suspected Militants Kill 80 At Minority Sect's Mosques In Eastern Pakistan

Abstract: Islamist gunmen and a suicide squad lobbed grenades, sprayed bullets from atop a minaret and took hostages Friday in
attacks on two mosques packed with worshippers from a minority sect in Pakistan. At least 80 people were killed and dozens
wounded. The strikes — the deadliest against the Ahmadi community — highlight the threat to minority religious groups by the
same militants who have repeatedly attacked Pakistan's U.S.-allied government and threatened to destabilize the nuclear-armed
nation. The tactics echoed those militants have used against government, foreign and security targets in Pakistan, but they had never before
been directed against a religious minority. Two teams of heavily armed attackers — seven men in total — staged the raids minutes
apart, seizing hostages and apparently planning to fight to the death. Three died when they detonated their suicide vests. Two were
captured. "It was like a war going on around me. The cries I heard sent chills down my spine," said Luqman Ahmad, a survivor. Shiite
Muslims have borne the brunt of individual suicide bombings and targeted killings for years in Sunni-majority Pakistan, though
Christians and Ahmadis have also faced violence. The long-standing sectarian violence in the country has been exacerbated by the rise
of the Sunni extremist Taliban and al-Qaida movements. The attacks Friday took place in the Model Town and Garhi Shahu
neighborhoods of Lahore. The eastern city is Pakistan's second-largest. It is a key political, military, and cultural center and has
been the scene of some of the most spectacular militant attacks in the country over the past year. The assault at Model Town lasted
about an hour, and involved four attackers spraying worshippers with bullets before exploding hand grenades, said Sajjad Bhutta, Lahore's
deputy commissioner. Two attackers were caught and one was treated for his wounds, Punjab province police chief Tariq Saleem
Dogar said. The fate of the two other gunmen was unclear. One of the detained suspects was from southern Punjab, but had studied at a
religious school in the port city of Karachi, a major militant crossroads, Punjab's Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan said (Fox News,

Date: June 9, 2010
Source: The Washington Times, Associated Press, Bahauddin Khan
Title/Headline: Militants Attack NATO Convoy In Pakistan; 7 Killed

Abstract: Militants attacked dozens of trucks ferrying vehicles for Western troops in Afghanistan early Wednesday near the
Pakistani capital, a bold assault that killed seven people and illustrated the vulnerability of a crucial U.S. supply line. Militants and
ordinary criminals have often attacks. NATO and U.S. supply convoys over the past two years, but Wednesday's strike was the first so
close to the well-protected capital, something likely to cause particular unease. Much of the fuel and supplies for Western troops in
Afghanistan travels through Pakistan after arriving in the port city of Karachi. An Associated Press photographer saw around 60
containers damaged at a truck depot on the main road leading to the border with Afghanistan, about six miles (10 kilometers) from
Islamabad. Many carried military vehicles such as Humvees. Charred shells of the trucks were jumbled together at the depot, and
firefighters were dousing small blazes. The pungent smell of smoke gripped the air as officials surveyed the damage. The U.S. Embassy in
Islamabad said about 30 trucks contracted to transport supplies for NATO were damaged in the attack in Tarnol and the matter
was under investigation by Pakistani authorities. A group of around 15 suspected militants first opened fire with automatic
weapons and grenades before torching the trucks, police officer Kalim Imam said. Police official Shah Nawaz said Wednesday
afternoon that seven people died. The victims' identities were not known, but they were believed to be Pakistanis employed as drivers or
assistants. Seven people were also wounded. The convoy attacks have added impetus to American efforts to open new supply lines into
Afghanistan, but commanders say they have not affected operations there. Guns, bombs and ammunition are not believed to be
transported in the trucks, thousands of which make the journey each week. The attack near Islamabad followed clashes between the
Pakistani military and insurgents in the northwest tribal belt bordering Afghanistan that killed 54 people, including eight soldiers, officials
said. One clash occurred in Orakzai tribal region when dozens of militants attacked a security convoy, sparking a battle that killed six
soldiers and 40 militants, government administrator Samiullah Khan said. The army had declared Orakzai cleared of insurgents earlier this
month. Also Wednesday, government official Maqsood Khan said militants attacked two security checkpoints in Mohmand, another part of
the tribal belt that has endured army operations. The overnight attack sparked gunbattles that killed two soldiers and six insurgents and
wounded several from both sides. Information from the tribal areas is nearly impossible to verify independently because they are
remote and dangerous, and access is severely restricted (Khan, 2010).
Date: June 26, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: US Delivers New F-16s To Pakistan

Abstract: The US has delivered the first batch of eighteen F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters, branded new, to Pakistan as the two
countries strengthen their military ties. According to the US Department of Defense, three F-16s were scheduled to arrive in Pakistan on
Saturday. Fifteen more will be delivered later in 2010 and 2011. "This is the most visible part of a strong and growing relationship
between the two air forces that will benefit us both near-term and long-term," the department's website quoted as saying Air Force
Maj. Todd Robbins, a senior official coordinating military ties between Washington and Islamabad. Pakistan is paying $1.4 billion
for the new aircraft, in addition to $1.3 billion in upgrades to its existing F-16 fleet. Delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan was
troubled in 1990 when the White House imposed sanctions on the country for its pursuit of nuclear arms. The sanctions failed to stop
Islamabad. Washington was previously opposed to the deal, citing high tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan in the volatile
South Asian region. The US says the aircraft will give the Pakistani Air Force an advantage against militancy. The new fighter is
reportedly able to target precisely in all weather conditions, day and night. The developments come at a time when the Pakistani
military says it has launched a series of operations against Pakistani militants. Pakistan's lawless tribal belt on the Afghan border
remains a safe haven for militants, who have fled the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Pakistan has suffered a wave of violence since
the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf joined the US-led war on terror following the 9/11 attacks (Press TV, 2010).

Date July 1, 2010
Source: Fox News
Title/Headline: After Twin Suicide Bombs Kill 42 At A Sufi Shrine, Some Pakistanis Blame United States

Abstract: Pakistanis lashed out Friday at the U.S., blaming its alliance with their government and its presence in Afghanistan for
spurring two suicide bombers to kill 42 people at the country's most important Sufi shrine. The reactions showed the challenge facing
Washington and the Pakistani government when it comes to rallying public support against the Islamist extremism that has scarred the
South Asian nation, even after an audacious attack on the moderate, Sufi-influenced Islam most Pakistanis practice. Thousands of people
had gathered late Thursday at the green-domed Data Darbar shrine in Lahore when bombs went off minutes apart. The blasts ripped
concrete from the walls and left the white marble floor awash with blood. There was no claim of responsibility, but Islamist
extremists consider Sufism — a mystical strand of Islam — to be heretical. But on Friday, few Pakistanis interviewed saw militants at
the root of the problem. "America is killing Muslims in Afghanistan and in our tribal areas (with missile strikes), and militants are
attacking Pakistan to express anger against the government for supporting America," said Zahid Umar, 25, who frequently visits the
shrine, where 180 people were also wounded. Pakistanis are suffering because of American policies and aggression in the region, said
Mohammed Asif, 34, who runs an auto workshop in Lahore. He and others said the attacks would end if the U.S. would pull out of
Afghanistan. Several other Pakistanis interviewed blamed the Ahmadis, a minority sect that has long faced discrimination in Pakistan. On
May 28 in Lahore, gunmen and a suicide squad targeted two Ahmadi mosques, massacring at least 93 people, and some Pakistanis
claimed the sect must have been seeking revenge. Others cast about for additional villains — though America's hand was seen there, too.
Washington "is encouraging Indians and Jews to carry out attacks" in Pakistan, said Arifa Moen, 32, a teacher in the central city of
Multan. Pakistani officials condemned the bombings, using language they have frequently used to try to convince the population that the
fight against militancy is not one they can ignore. "Those who still pretend that we are not a nation at war are complicit in these deaths,"
said Farahnaz Ispahani, a spokeswoman for Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari. The U.S. Embassy issued a statement Friday
condemning the attack and saying it "demonstrates the terrorists' blatant disregard for the lives of the Pakistani people and the
future of this country." The targeted shrine is that of Data Ganj Bakhsh Hajveri, who lived hundreds of years ago and traveled
throughout the region spreading a message of peace and love. Some recent attacks in Punjab have been blamed on the "Punjabi
Taliban." The group is a relatively new network of al-Qaida-linked militants who have split off from other local insurgent groups
but also has ties to the Pakistani Taliban, which has its bases in the northwest tribal regions (Fox News, 2010)

Date: July 13, 2010
Source: The Times Of India
Title/Headline: 29 Pakistani Lawmakers Have Fake Degrees: Probe

Abstract: At least 29 Pakistani lawmakers submitted fake degrees along with their nomination papers during the 2008 elections, a
probe by country's main educational authority has established. The Supreme Court and parliament's standing committee on education
directed the Higher Education Commission to verify the academic qualifications of members of provincial and national assemblies after
over a dozen lawmakers were found in possession of fake degrees. "We received 1,065 degrees of the lawmakers and verification of
511 degrees has been completed so far. Twenty-nine degrees were found to be fake," Mahmood Raza, Advisor to the Higher Education
Commission, told a news conference. Raza refused to name the lawmakers who submitted fake certificates in order to qualify for the 2008
elections to the provincial and national assemblies. He said the commission will present its final report to the parliamentary panel and the
Election Commission on July 16. The move to verify the degrees of lawmakers had sparked speculation about mid-term polls being held if
action is taken against legislators and parliamentarians with fake degrees. Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf had made it
mandatory for persons contesting elections to hold a bachelor's degree. The condition was waived by President Asif Ali Zardari's
government. Legal experts have said any lawmaker whose degree is found to be fake will be unseated and a bye-election held to
replace him (The Times Of India, 2010).

Date: July 17, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: 11,000 NATO Containers Go Missing

Abstract: Reports say more than 11,000 containers bound for the US-led forces in Afghanistan have mysteriously gone missing
over the past two years in Pakistan. The containers filled with food and military equipment worth USD 220 billion have been
illegally unloaded in Pakistan, sources said on Friday. However, Pakistani officials put the number of missing containers at only 40 and
blame corrupt customs department officials for the scam. Reports say several Pakistani officials have been arrested over the missing
containers. Many fear the items have been handed over the militants. Pakistan, a US ally in the so-called war on terror, remains the
main transit route for the NATO forces stationed in neighboring Afghanistan. Trucks carrying supplies for foreign forces in
Afghanistan frequently come under attack in Pakistan. The developments also come after months after the disclosure that
thousands of US weapons went missing in Afghanistan. US military officials failed to keep proper records on about 87,000 rifles,
pistols, mortars and other weapons sent to Afghanistan between December 2004 and June 2008. Analysts say the weapons may
have fallen in the hands of militants linked to the Taliban or Al-Qaeda (Press TV, 2010).

The missing NATO containers are sure to carry weapons and equipment that will be used in the nuclear terror attack against

Date: July 24, 2010
Source: The Guardian, Munir Ahmed
Title/Headline: US Missiles Kill 16 Militants In NW Pakistan

Abstract: U.S. missiles hit a suspected militant hide-out, killing 16 insurgents in a troubled Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan
border before dawn Saturday, intelligence officials said. The strike came as the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, Adm. Mike Mullen,
met with top military officials in Pakistan, a key U.S. ally in the battle against Islamist extremists. The six missiles struck a compound in
the Nazai Narai area of South Waziristan. The hide-out was known to be frequented by foreign fighters who were among the dead, two
intelligence officials said. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to go on the record,
said agents were trying to get more details about the identities and nationalities of the dead (Ahmed, 2010).

Date: July 25, 2010
Source: New York Times, Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, Eric Schmitt, Andrew W. Lehren
Title/Headline: Pakistan Aids Insurgency in Afghanistan, Reports Assert

Abstract: The documents, made available by an organization called WikiLeaks, suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the
United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize
networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan
leaders. Taken together, the reports indicate that American soldiers on the ground are inundated with accounts of a network of Pakistani
assets and collaborators that runs from the Pakistani tribal belt along the Afghan border, through southern Afghanistan, and all the way to
the capital, Kabul. Much of the information — raw intelligence and threat assessments gathered from the field in Afghanistan— cannot be
verified and likely comes from sources aligned with Afghan intelligence, which considers Pakistan an enemy, and paid informants.
Some describe plots for attacks that do not appear to have taken place. But many of the reports rely on sources that the military rated
as reliable. While current and former American officials interviewed could not corroborate individual reports, they said that the
portrait of the spy agency‘s collaboration with the Afghan insurgency was broadly consistent with other classified intelligence.
Some of the reports describe Pakistani intelligence working alongside Al Qaeda to plan attacks. Experts cautioned that although
Pakistan‘s militant groups and Al Qaeda work together, directly linking the Pakistani spy agency, the Directorate for Inter-
Services Intelligence, or ISI, with Al Qaeda is difficult. The records also contain firsthand accounts of American anger at Pakistan‘s
unwillingness to confront insurgents who launched attacks near Pakistani border posts, moved openly by the truckload across the frontier,
and retreated to Pakistani territory for safety. The behind-the-scenes frustrations of soldiers on the ground and glimpses of what
appear to be Pakistani skullduggery contrast sharply with the frequently rosy public pronouncements of Pakistan as an ally by
American officials, looking to sustain a drone campaign over parts of Pakistani territory to strike at Qaeda havens. Administration
officials also want to keep nuclear-armed Pakistan on their side to safeguard NATO supplies flowing on routes that cross Pakistan to
Afghanistan. This month, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, in one of the frequent visits by American officials to
Islamabad, announced $500 million in assistance and called the United States and Pakistan ―partners joined in common cause.‖
The reports suggest, however, that the Pakistani military has acted as both ally and enemy, as its spy agency runs what American
officials have long suspected is a double game — appeasing certain American demands for cooperation while angling to exert
influence in Afghanistan through many of the same insurgent networks that the Americans are fighting to eliminate. Behind the
scenes, both Bush and Obama administration officials as well as top American commanders have confronted top Pakistani military officers
with accusations of ISI complicity in attacks in Afghanistan, and even presented top Pakistani officials with lists of ISI and military
operatives believed to be working with militants. Benjamin Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, said that
Pakistan had been an important ally in the battle against militant groups, and that Pakistani soldiers and intelligence officials had worked
alongside the United States to capture or kill Qaeda and Taliban leaders. Still, he said that the ―status quo is not acceptable,‖ and that
the havens for militants in Pakistan ―pose an intolerable threat‖ that Pakistan must do more to address. ―The Pakistani
government — and Pakistan‘s military and intelligence services — must continue their strategic shift against violent extremist
groups within their borders,‖ he said. American military support to Pakistan would continue, he said. Several Congressional officials said
that despite repeated requests over the years for information about Pakistani support for militant groups, they usually receive vague and
inconclusive briefings from the Pentagon and C.I.A. Nonetheless, senior lawmakers say they have no doubt that Pakistan is aiding
insurgent groups. ―The burden of proof is on the government of Pakistan and the ISI to show they don‘t have ongoing contacts,‖ said
Senator Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat on the Armed Services Committee who visited Pakistan this month and said he and Senator
Carl Levin of Michigan, the committee chairman, confronted Pakistan‘s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, yet again over the allegations.
Such accusations are usually met with angry denials, particularly by the Pakistani military, which insists that the ISI severed its
remaining ties to the groups years ago. An ISI spokesman in Islamabad said Sunday that the agency would have no comment until
it saw the documents. Pakistan‘s ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, said, ―The documents circulated by WikiLeaks do not
reflect the current on-ground realities.‖ The man the United States has depended on for cooperation in fighting the militants and who
holds most power in Pakistan, the head of the army, Gen. Parvez Ashfaq Kayani, ran the ISI from 2004 to 2007, a period from
which many of the reports are drawn. American officials have frequently praised General Kayani for what they say are his efforts
to purge the military of officers with ties to militants. American officials have described Pakistan‘s spy service as a rigidly hierarchical
organization that has little tolerance for ―rogue‖ activity. But Pakistani military officials give the spy service‘s ―S Wing‖ — which runs
external operations against the Afghan government and India — broad autonomy, a buffer that allows top military officials deniability.
American officials have rarely uncovered definitive evidence of direct ISI involvement in a major attack. But in July 2008, the
C.I.A.‘s deputy director, Stephen R. Kappes, confronted Pakistani officials with evidence that the ISI helped plan the deadly
suicide bombing of India‘s Embassy in Kabul. From the current trove, one report shows that Polish intelligence warned of a complex
attack against the Indian Embassy a week before that bombing, though the attackers and their methods differed. The ISI was not named in
the report warning of the attack. Another, dated August 2008, identifies a colonel in the ISI plotting with a Taliban official to
assassinate President Hamid Karzai. The report says there was no information about how or when this would be carried out. The
account could not be verified.

General Linked To Militants: Lt. Gen. Hamid Gul ran the ISI from 1987 to 1989, a time when Pakistani spies and the C.I.A. joined
forces to run guns and money to Afghan militias who were battling Soviet troops in Afghanistan. After the fighting stopped, he
maintained his contacts with the former mujahedeen, who would eventually transform themselves into the Taliban. And more than
two decades later, it appears that General Gul is still at work. The documents indicate that he has worked tirelessly to reactivate his old
networks, employing familiar allies like Jaluluddin Haqqani and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whose networks of thousands of fighters are
responsible for waves of violence in Afghanistan. General Gul is mentioned so many times in the reports, if they are to be believed,
that it seems unlikely that Pakistan‘s current military and intelligence officials could not know of at least some of his wide-ranging
activities. For example, one intelligence report describes him meeting with a group of militants in Wana, the capital of South Waziristan, in
January 2009. There, he met with three senior Afghan insurgent commanders and three ―older‖ Arab men, presumably
representatives of Al Qaeda, who the report suggests were important ―because they had a large security contingent with them.‖
The gathering was designed to hatch a plan to avenge the death of ―Zamarai,‖ the nom de guerre of Osama al-Kini, who had been
killed days earlier by a C.I.A. drone attack. Mr. Kini had directed Qaeda operations in Pakistan and had spearheaded some of the
group‘s most devastating attacks. The plot hatched in Wana that day, according to the report, involved driving a dark blue Mazda truck
rigged with explosives from South Waziristan to Afghanistan‘s Paktika Province, a route well known to be used by the insurgents to move
weapons, suicide bombers and fighters from Pakistan. In a show of strength, the Taliban leaders approved a plan to send 50 Arab and 50
Waziri fighters to Ghazni Province in Afghanistan, the report said. General Gul urged the Taliban commanders to focus their
operations inside Afghanistan in exchange for Pakistan turning ―a blind eye‖ to their presence in Pakistan‘s tribal areas. It was
unclear whether the attack was ever executed. The United States has pushed the United Nations to put General Gul on a list of
international terrorists, and top American officials said they believed he was an important link between active-duty Pakistani
officers and militant groups. General Gul, who says he is retired and lives on his pension, dismissed the allegations as ―absolute
nonsense,‖ speaking by telephone from his home in Rawalpindi, where the Pakistani Army keeps its headquarters. ―I have had no hand in
it.‖ He added, ―American intelligence is pulling cotton wool over your eyes.‖ Senior Pakistani officials consistently deny that
General Gul still works at the ISI‘s behest, though several years ago, after mounting American complaints, Pakistan‘s president at
the time, Pervez Musharraf, was forced publicly to acknowledge the possibility that former ISI officials were assisting the Afghan
insurgency. Despite his denials, General Gul keeps close ties to his former employers. When a reporter visited General Gul this spring for
an interview at his home, the former spy master canceled the appointment. According to his son, he had to attend meetings at army

Suicide Bomber Network: The reports also chronicle efforts by ISI officers to run the networks of suicide bombers that emerged as
a sudden, terrible force in Afghanistan in 2006. The detailed reports indicate that American officials had a relatively clear understanding
of how the suicide networks presumably functioned, even if some of the threats did not materialize. It is impossible to know why the
attacks never came off — either they were thwarted, the attackers shifted targets, or the reports were deliberately planted as Taliban
disinformation. One report, from Dec. 18, 2006, describes a cyclical process to develop the suicide bombers. First, the suicide
attacker is recruited and trained in Pakistan. Then, reconnaissance and operational planning gets under way, including scouting to
find a place for ―hosting‖ the suicide bomber near the target before carrying out the attack. The network, it says, receives help from
the Afghan police and the Ministry of Interior. In many cases, the reports are complete with names and ages of bombers, as well as
license plate numbers, but the Americans gathering the intelligence struggle to accurately portray many other details, introducing
sometimes comical renderings of places and Taliban commanders. In one case, a report rated by the American military as credible
states that a gray Toyota Corolla had been loaded with explosives between the Afghan border and Landik Hotel, in Pakistan, apparently a
mangled reference to Landi Kotal, in Pakistan‘s tribal areas. The target of the plot, however, is a real hotel in downtown Kabul, the Ariana.
―It is likely that ISI may be involved as supporter of this attack,‖ reads a comment in the report. Several of the reports describe
current and former ISI operatives, including General Gul, visiting madrasas near the city of Peshawar, a gateway to the tribal
areas, to recruit new fodder for suicide bombings. One report, labeled a ―real threat warning‖ because of its detail and the reliability of
its source, described how commanders of Mr. Hekmatyar‘s insurgent group, Hezb-i-Islami, ordered the delivery of a suicide bomber from
the Hashimiye madrasa, run by Afghans. The boy was to be used in an attack on American or NATO vehicles in Kabul during the Muslim
Festival of Sacrifices that opened Dec. 31, 2006. According to the report, the boy was taken to the Afghan city of Jalalabad to buy a car for
the bombing, and was later brought to Kabul. It was unclear whether the attack took place. The documents indicate that these types of
activities continued throughout last year. From July to October 2009, nine threat reports detailed movements by suicide bombers
from Pakistan into populated areas of Afghanistan, including Kandahar, Kunduz and Kabul. Some of the bombers were sent to
disrupt Afghanistan‘s presidential elections, held last August. In other instances, American intelligence learned that the Haqqani
network sent bombers at the ISI‘s behest to strike Indian officials, development workers and engineers in Afghanistan. Other plots were
aimed at the Afghan government. Sometimes the intelligence documents twin seemingly credible detail with plots that seem fantastical or
utterly implausible assertions. For instance, one report describes an ISI plan to use a remote-controlled bomb disguised as a golden
Koran to assassinate Afghan government officials. Another report documents an alleged plot by the ISI and Taliban to ship
poisoned alcoholic beverages to Afghanistan to kill American troops. But the reports also charge that the ISI directly helped
organize Taliban offensives at key junctures of the war. On June 19, 2006, ISI operatives allegedly met with the Taliban leaders in
Quetta, the city in southern Pakistan where American and other Western officials have long believed top Taliban leaders have been given
refuge by the Pakistani authorities. At the meeting, according to the report, they pressed the Taliban to mount attacks on Maruf, a district of
Kandahar that lies along the Pakistani border. The planned offensive would be carried out primarily by Arabs and Pakistanis, the report
said, and a Taliban commander, ―Akhtar Mansoor,‖ warned that the men should be prepared for heavy losses. ―The foreigners agreed to
this operation and have assembled 20 4x4 trucks to carry the fighters into areas in question,‖ it said. While the specifics about the foreign
fighters and the ISI are difficult to verify, the Taliban did indeed mount an offensive to seize control in Maruf in 2006. Afghan government
officials and Taliban fighters have widely acknowledged that the offensive was led by the Taliban commander Mullah Akhtar Muhammad
Mansour, who was then the Taliban shadow governor of Kandahar. Mullah Mansour tried to claw out a base for himself inside
Afghanistan, but just as the report quotes him predicting, the Taliban suffered heavy losses and eventually pulled back. Another report
goes on to describe detailed plans for a large-scale assault, timed for September 2007, aimed at the American forward operating
base in Managi, in Kunar Province. ―It will be a five-pronged attack consisting of 83-millimeter artillery, rockets, foot soldiers, and
multiple suicide bombers,‖ it says. It is not clear that the attack ever came off, but its planning foreshadowed another, seminal
attack that came months later, in July 2008. At that time, about 200 Taliban insurgents nearly overran an American base in
Wanat, in Nuristan, killing nine American soldiers. For the Americans, it was one of the highest single-day tolls of the war.

Tensions With Pakistan: The flood of reports of Pakistani complicity in the insurgency has at times led to barely disguised tensions
between American and Pakistani officers on the ground. Meetings at border outposts set up to develop common strategies to seal the
frontier and disrupt Taliban movements reveal deep distrust among the Americans of their Pakistani counterparts. On Feb. 7, 2007,
American officers met with Pakistani troops on a dry riverbed to discuss the borderlands surrounding Afghanistan‘s Khost Province.
According to notes from the meeting, the Pakistanis portrayed their soldiers as conducting around-the-clock patrols. Asked if he expected a
violent spring, a man identified in the report as Lt. Col. Bilal, the Pakistani officer in charge, said no. His troops were in firm control. The
Americans were incredulous. Their record noted that there had been a 300 percent increase in militant activity in Khost before the meeting.
―This comment alone shows how disconnected this particular group of leadership is from what is going on in reality,‖ the notes said. The
Pakistanis told the Americans to contact them if they spotted insurgent activity along the border. ―I doubt this would do any good,‖
the American author of the report wrote, ―because PAKMIL/ISI is likely involved with the border crossings.‖ ―PAKMIL‖ refers to
the Pakistani military. A year earlier, the Americans became so frustrated at the increase in roadside bombs in Afghanistan that
they hand-delivered folders with names, locations, aerial photographs and map coordinates to help the Pakistani military hunt
down the militants the Americans believed were responsible. Nothing happened, wrote Col. Barry Shapiro, an American military liaison
officer with experience in both Afghanistan and Pakistan, after an Oct. 13, 2006, meeting. ―Despite the number of reports and
information detailing the concerns,‖ Colonel Shapiro wrote, ―we continue to see no change in the cross-border activity and
continue to see little to no initiative along the PAK border‖ by Pakistan troops. The Pakistani Army ―will only react when asked to
do so by U.S. forces,‖ he concluded (Mazzetti, Perlez, Schmitt, & Lehren, 2010).

Date: July 25, 2010
Source: The Guardian, Declan Walsh
Title/Headline: Afghanistan War Logs: Clandestine Aid For Taliban Bears Pakistan's Fingerprints

Abstract: A stream of US military intelligence reports accuse Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) spy agency of arming,
training and financing the Taliban insurgency since 2004, the war logs reveal, bringing fresh scrutiny on one of the war's most
contentious issues. At least 180 files contain allegations of dirty tricks by the powerful agency with accounts of undercover agents training
suicide bombers, bundles of money slipping across the border and covert support for a range of sensational plots including the
assassination of President Hamid Karzai, attacks on Nato warplanes and even poisoning western troops' beer supply. They also link
the ISI to some of the war's most notorious commanders. In April 2007 for instance, the ISI is alleged to have sent 1,000 motorbikes to
the warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani for suicide attacks in Khost and Logar provinces. But for all their eye-popping details, the
intelligence files, which are mostly collated by junior officers relying on informants and Afghan officials, fail to provide a convincing
smoking gun for ISI complicity. Most of the reports are vague, filled with incongruent detail, or crudely fabricated. The same
characters – famous Taliban commanders, well-known ISI officials – and scenarios repeatedly pop up. And few of the events
predicted in the reports subsequently occurred. A retired senior American officer said ground-level reports were considered to be a mixture
of "rumours, bullshit and second-hand information" and were weeded out as they passed up the chain of command. "As someone who had
to sift through thousands of these reports, I can say that the chances of finding any real information are pretty slim," said the
officer, who has years of experience in the region. If anything, the jumble of allegations highlights the perils of collecting accurate
intelligence in a complex arena where all sides have an interest in distorting the truth. "The fog of war is particularly dense in Afghanistan,"
said Michael Semple, a former deputy head of the EU mission there. "A barrage of false information is being passed off as intelligence and
anyone who wants to operate there needs to be able to sift through it. The opportunities to be misled are innumerable." The shaky
intelligence does not mean the US does not believe the ISI is supporting the Taliban. The spy agency nurtured the Taliban in the
1990s and, although it purported to sever its ties after 9/11, is believed to maintain the relationship. The British and US
governments have repeatedly urged Pakistan to root out the Taliban from their sanctuary inside the border, with little effect. In
July 2008 the deputy head of the CIA, Stephen Kappes, flew to Islamabad to reportedly confront the ISI with evidence that the agency
orchestrated a suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul that month which killed 54 people including the Indian defence attache. The
CIA claimed to have intercepted phone conversations between ISI officers and the militants who carried out the attack. Pakistani
strategists see the Taliban as a useful proxy to marginalise the influence of arch-rival India. Indeed plots to attack Indian facilities in
Afghanistan provide some of the most plausible allegations in the files. One report from November 2007 said the ISI was plotting an
attack on the Indian consulate in Jalalabad; another, titled "ISI order murder and kidnappings", has the agency offering between
$15,000 and $30,000 for the assassination of Indian road workers. But many of the 180 reports appear to betray as much about the
motivation of the sources than those of the alleged foreign puppet-masters. Some US officers were aware of this. One report from 2006
notes that an informant "divulges information for monetary remuneration and likely fabricated or exaggerated the above report for just that
reason". Some of the most striking claims come from the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's foremost spy agency and a bitter
rival to the ISI. In July and August 2008 the NDS passed information to the US that three Pakistan-trained militants plotting to kill
Karzai had been groomed by a named ISI officer and had trained at the Zarb Momen camp outside Karachi. The attackers were
Palestinian and Arab, the report said, and intended to strike during a visit by Karzai to a Kabul mosque or the luxury Serena
hotel. But the report's strong assertions fade under retrospective scrutiny. The predicted assault on Karzai never took place (the last
reported attempt was in April 2008, four months earlier), and there is no known militant camp called Zarb Momen in Karachi, a city with
hundreds of hardline madrasas. The al-Rashid Trust, a charity with militant links, publishes a magazine by the same name, said Amir Rana,
an Islamabad-based militancy expert. The miltiary's grading system offers one way of sifting the ISI file. Some 27 of the 180 reports are
graded as C3 and above, meaning they come from a "fairly reliable source" and are "possibly true". But many such reports appear highly
implausible. In February 2007 the ISI and insurgents planned "to buy alcoholic drinks from markets in Miranshah [in Pakistan's
tribal belt] and Peshawar [in order to] mix them with poison and use them for poisoning ANSF and ISAF troops" according to a
C3 report. The Karzai plot is assessed to be "probably true". Apparently more credible reports of ISI skulduggery are marked SEWOC, or
Signals Intelligence Electronic Warfare Operations Centre, signifying they come from intercepted communications. One SEWOC report,
in December 2007, accused the ISI of deploying children as suicide bombers. But the military source said that such intelligence was
also prone to distortion, and that its value depended on whose conversation was being eavesdropped. "If we ever found out anything that
the ISI or Pakistani military were somehow complicit in the insurgency, it never came from these sources. Never," he said. One
name that frequently surfaces is that of General Hamid Gul, director general of the ISI between 1987 and 1989, who is referenced
in eight reports. One has him smuggling magnetic mines into Afghanistan to attack Nato troops; in another he is plotting to kidnap
United Nations staff to bargain for imprisoned Pakistani militants. A report from January 2009 has Gul meeting Arab militants in
Pakistan's tribal belt to send suicide vehicles into Afghanistan. "It was not known whether Hamid Gul was acting with the
knowledge or consent of the ISI," the report states. But while Gul, 73, is a well-known fundamentalist ideologue in Pakistan, experts
say he is unlikely to play a frontline role in the fighting. Afghan informers may have used his name – he is notorious in Afghanistan – to
spice up their stories, said Semple. "There's a pattern of using a dramatis personae of famous ISI officers and Afghan commanders,
and recurring reports of dramatic developments such as the delivery of surface-to-air missiles, to give these reports credibility," he
said. "But most of them are simply fabricated." Afghanistan has a long history of intelligence intrigues that stretches back to the early
19th century. Afghans have learned to use intelligence as a tool to influence the foreign powers occupying their land. In the past
quarter century it has become a lucrative source of income in a country with few employment opportunities. Since 2001 intelligence
has become a tool to influence US policymakers, who enjoy the greatest military clout in the region but are poorly informed about its
intricacies. The retired US officer said some NDS officials "wanted to create the impression that Pakistani complicity was a threat
to the US". And more broadly speaking, "there's an Afghan prejudice that wants to see an ISI agent under every rock". US generals are
aware of the problem. In January Major General Michael Flynn said foreign newspaper articles about Afghanistan were more
useful than the information collected by his own soldiers in the field. The huge intelligence apparatus in Afghanistan was "only
marginally relevant" to Nato's overall war plan, he said. "We're no more than fingernail-deep in our understanding of the
environment‖ (Walsh, 2010).

Date: July 28, 2010
Source: Telegraph
Title/Headline: Wikileaks Afghanistan: Former Pakistani General Blames US For War Leak

Abstract: Hamid Gul, a former Pakistan general accused of helping the Taliban, says United States orchestrated the mass leak of
war files to scapegoat him for its imminent withdrawal from Afghanistan. The former chief of the ISI intelligence agency was accused
in several of the leaked documents of regularly meeting al-Qaeda and Taliban commanders to order suicide attacks. Gen Gul, 74, told the
Financial Times that the US had a hidden role in the publication of thousands of classified reports through the WikiLeaks website.
He told the newspaper: ―I am a very favourite whipping boy of America. They can‘t imagine the Afghans can win wars on their
own. ―It would be an abiding shame that a 74-year-old general living a retired life manipulating the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan
results in the defeat of America. ―What are they going to do to the history books for their own posterity?‖ The files also link active
and retired ISI officers to some of the conflict's most notorious leaders. According to the reports, in 2007, they sent also 1,000 motorbikes
for use in suicide attacks. The Financial Times said Mr Gul‘s name appears in about 10 of roughly 180 classified US files that allege
Pakistan‘s intelligence service supported Afghan militants fighting Nato forces. Mr Gul told the newspaper his main occupation in
retirement was spending time with his grandchildren and pursuing his horticultural hobby of refining mango and peach species. He said
the US had lost the war in Afghanistan, and that the leak of the documents would help the Obama administration deflect blame by
suggesting that Pakistan was responsible. His comments are unlikely to be taken seriously in Washington, which has long suspected Gen
Gul of being a dangerous influence in Pakistan politics, but there is concern in Islamabad that the early withdrawal of American and British
troops starting next summer might destabilise the region's politics. July has fuelled concerns in Pakistan that a rapid US withdrawal
will sow further turmoil in its neighbour (Telegraph, 2010).

Date: July 28, 2010
Source: BBC
Title/Headline: No Survivors As Pakistan Plane Crash Kills 152

Abstract: The plane, a domestic flight from Karachi operated by the private company Airblue, came down in hills just north of the
city as it was about to land. There is no word on the cause of the crash. At the time the area was shrouded in fog. Pakistani TV showed
images of smouldering wreckage on a foggy hillside, with helicopters overhead. The government has declared Thursday a day of national
mourning for the victims. Imtiaz Elahi, chairman of the Capital Development Authority, which deals with emergencies, said the crash was
"heartbreaking". "It is a great tragedy, and I confirm it with pain that there are no survivors," he told the Associated Press news agency.
The plane, reported to be an Airbus A321 with 146 passengers and six crew on board, is thought to have left Karachi at 0750 (0350
GMT). Two Americans were among the victims, a US embassy spokesman said, but gave no further details. Pakistan's interior ministry
initially said at least five survivors had been taken to hospital, but local officials later said those reports were wrong. The flight data
recorder has been found. Recovery operations are being hampered by bad weather and the crash site, on a steep hill, has no roads. The
BBC's Lyse Doucet in Islamabad says helicopters found it hard to land in the midst of heavy fog, and smoke rising from the fire of the
wreckage. Aamir Ali Ahmed, a senior city government official, told Reuters news agency: "It's a very difficult operation because of the
rain. Most of the bodies are charred." Rescue worker Dawar Adnan told Associated Press from the crash site: "I'm seeing only body
parts. This is a very horrible scene." Express 24/7 television journalist Sabur Ali Sayed said: "The plane is totally destroyed, the pieces
and parts scattered over a large distance." It is the deadliest air disaster in Pakistan's history. Airblue spokesman Raheel Ahmed told
reporters that the crash was "an extremely tragic incident", adding that an investigation had been launched. The plane had no history of
technical problems, he added. It was leased by Airblue in January 2006 and had accumulated about 34,000 flight hours. The BBC's
Haroon Rashid in Islamabad saw the plane flying low over the capital. "I was surprised to see the plane, because the area where I live is
called a no-fly zone as it is close to some of Islamabad's most important official buildings, including President House and parliament," he
said. Other witnesses saw the plane flying towards the hills, and shortly after that heard a loud explosion and smoke billowing into
the air. Express 24/7 TV reporter Anjum Rahman said she saw the plane flying over the rooftops of houses where she lives. "I wondered
why the plane wasn't flying higher as it was flying towards the hill. Then within three or four minutes I heard a loud explosion,"
she told the channel. Initial reports said the flight had originated in Turkey. But officials later said it was a domestic flight (BBC,

Date: July 31, 2010
Source: The Guardian, Riaz Khan
Title/Headline: UN Says Deadly Floods Affect 1 Million Pakistanis

Abstract: Rescuers trying to reach thousands of Pakistani flood victims were hampered by deluged roads and damaged bridges Saturday,
though there were signs that waters were receding in parts of the country. Floods killed more than 430 people in one week, left some
400,000 people stranded in far-flung villages and severely damaged the nation's already-weak infrastructure. The U.N. estimated
Saturday that some 1 million people were affected, though it didn't specify exactly what that meant. In the northwest, the hardest-hit
region, it was the worst flooding since 1929. People clung to fences and each other as water gushed over their heads, TV footage showed.
Scores of men, women and children sat on roofs. "There are very bad conditions," said Amjad Ali, a rescue worker in the Nowshera
area. "They have no water, no food." Rescuers were using army helicopters, heavy trucks and boats to try reaching flood-hit areas, the
U.N. said. It reported that thousands of homes and roads were destroyed, and at least 45 bridges across the northwest were
damaged. The destruction is slowing the rescue effort, said Luther Rehman, a government official in Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa, the northwest
province. Floodwaters were receding in some areas in the northwest, he said. "Our priority is to transport flood-affected people to safer
places. We are carrying out this rescue operation despite limited resources," he said, adding they needed more helicopters and boats
(Khan, 2010).

Date: July 31, 2010
Source: The Guardian, Amy Fallon
Title/Headline: Pakistan Security Officers Cancel UK Visit

Abstract: Talks between ISI officials and UK security experts called off after David Cameron accused Pakistan of exporting
terrorism. Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency has cancelled planned talks with British security experts in protest at David Cameron's
comments that elements within the country are responsible for exporting terrorism abroad, it was reported last night. ISI officers
were due in London for discussions on counter-terrorism co-operation with British security services. But the talks have been scrapped after
the prime minister's remarks while on a visit to India on Wednesday, the Times reported. "The visit has been cancelled in reaction to the
comments made by the British prime minister against Pakistan," an ISI spokesman was quoted as saying. "Such irresponsible
statements could affect our co-operation with Britain." Cameron sparked outrage in Islamabad when he said: "We cannot tolerate in
any sense the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror, whether to
India, whether to Afghanistan, or to anywhere else in the world." The comments were made during a visit to Delhi. Neither Downing
Street nor the Foreign Office would comment on the reported decision by the ISI, which also comes days before a UK visit by the Pakistani
president Asif Ali Zardari. He is expected to stay with Cameron at his country retreat, Chequers. Last night, officials said that Zardari's visit
was still expected to take place. "Our understanding is that the visit is on," a Foreign Office spokeswoman said. Following Cameron's
remarks, Pakistani politicians pointed to the country's offensive against militants on the border with Afghanistan and the many victims of
terrorist bombs in Pakistan. Cameron defended his comments a day later, saying: "I don't think the British taxpayer wants me to go
around the world saying what people want to hear‖ (Fallon, 2010).

11th Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari

Date: July 31, 2010
Source: New York Times, Mohammed Hanif
Title/Headline: In Pakistan, Echoes of American Betrayal

Abstract: Pakistan‘s premier intelligence agency, the Directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, has been accused of many bad
things in its own country. It has been held responsible for rigging elections, sponsoring violent sectarian groups and running
torture chambers for political dissidents. More recently, it has been accused of abducting Pakistanis and handing them over to the United
States for cash. But last week — after thousands of classified United States Army documents were released by WikiLeaks, and American
and British officials and pundits accused the ISI of double-dealing in Afghanistan — the Pakistani news media were very vocal in their
defense of their spies. On talk show after talk show, the ISI‘s accusers in the West were criticized for short-sightedness and shifting the
blame to Pakistan for their doomed campaign in Afghanistan. Suddenly, the distinction between the state and the state within the state was
blurred. It is our ISI that is being accused, we felt. How, we wondered, can the Americans have fallen for raw intelligence provided by paid
informants and, in many cases, Afghan intelligence? And why shouldn‘t Pakistan, asked the pundits, keep its options open for a post-
American Afghanistan? More generally, the WikiLeaks fallout brought back ugly memories, reminding Pakistanis what happens whenever
we get involved with the Americans. In fact, one person at the center of the document dump is our primary object lesson for staying away
from America‘s foreign adventures. Hamid Gul, now a retired general, led the ISI during the end years of the Soviet occupation of
Afghanistan and together with his C.I.A. friends unwittingly in the 1990s spurred the mujahedeen to turn Kabul — the city they
had set out to liberate — into rubble. According to the newly released documents, Mr. Gul met with Qaeda operatives in Pakistan in
2006 and told them to ―make the snow warm in Kabul ... set Kabul aflame.‖ This would seem highly sinister except that, today, Hamid Gul
is nothing more than a glorified television evangelist and, as the columnist Nadir Hassan noted, ―known only for being on half a dozen talk
shows simultaneously.‖ He is also, for Pakistanis, a throwback to the lost years of our American-backed military dictatorships, a
stark reminder of why we distrust the United States. The ISI and the C.I.A. have colluded twice in the destruction of Afghanistan.
Their complicity has brought war to Pakistan‘s cities. After every round of cloak-and-dagger games, they behave like a squabbling couple
who keep getting back together and telling the world that they are doing it for the children‘s sake. But whenever these two reunite, a lot
of children‘s lives are wrecked. In the West, the ISI is often described as ideologically allied to the Taliban. But Pakistan‘s military-
security establishment has only one ideology, and it‘s not Islamism. It‘s spelled I-N-D-I-A. It will do anybody‘s bidding if it‘s
occasionally allowed to show India a bit of muscle. Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the Pakistani Army chief, has just been given an
unexpected three-year extension in his office, due in large part, it is said, to American pressure on Islamabad. Yet General Kayani headed
the ISI during the period that the WikiLeaks documents cover. Since he became the head of the Pakistan Army — and a frequent host
to Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — the number of drone attacks on Pakistani territory have
increased substantially. It seems he has found a way to overcome his ISI past. While he generally keeps a low profile, General Kayani
in February gave an off-the-record presentation to Pakistani journalists. His point was clear: Pakistan‘s military remains India-centric. His
explanation was simple: we go by the enemy‘s capacity, not its immediate intentions. This came in a year when Pakistan lost more civilians
and soldiers than it has in any war with India. Yet it has become very clear that an overwhelming majority of Pakistani people do not
share the army‘s India obsession or its yearning for ―strategic depth‖ — that is, a continuing deadly muddle — in Afghanistan.
They want a peaceful settlement with India over the disputed territory of Kashmir and a safer neighborhood. None of the leading parties in
Parliament made a big deal about India, Afghanistan or jihad in their election campaigns. They were elected on promises of justice,
transparency and reasonably priced electricity. Lately, Americans seem to have woken up to the fact that there is something called a
Parliament and a civil society in Pakistan. But even so, it seems that Americans are courting the same ruling class — the military elite‘s
civilian cousins — that has thrived on American aid and obviously wants an even closer relationship with Washington. A popular TV
presenter who interviewed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit later jibed, ―What kind of close relationship is this? I don‘t
even get invited to Chelsea‘s wedding?‖ Pakistan‘s military and civil elite should take a good look around before they pitch another
marquee and invite their American friends over for tea and war talk. There are a lot of hungry people looking in, and the strung
lights are sucking up electricity that could run a small factory, or illuminate a village. Besides, they‘re not likely to know what
WikiLeaks is — they‘ve been too busy cleaning up after their masters‘ guests (Hanif, 2010).
Date: August 1, 2010
Source: Telegraph, Dean Nelson, Javed Siddiq
Title/Headline: Pakistan Army 'Encouraging Cameron Protests'

Abstract: Allies of Pakistan‘s president have accused the Army of encouraging street protests, in which effigies of David Cameron
were burned by Islamic militants, as part of a campaign to sabotage his planned visit to Britain this week. Friends of Asif Zardari
said he has come under intense pressure from military chiefs to cancel his visit since British Prime Minister David Cameron accused
Islamabad of promoting international terrorism during a trip to India last week. Mr Cameron won many friends in India, when he said
Pakistan could not be allowed to ―look both ways‖ in the war on terrorism or promote the export of terror to other countries. But
his comments caused widespread anger in Pakistan where conservative Islamic political parties led public protests and the prime minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani complained he had overlooked Pakistan‘s sacrifices in the fight against Taliban militants. Sources close to Mr
Zardari said Mr Cameron‘s comments had sparked a campaign by senior army figures who want him to cancel his visit to meet the
Prime Minister at Chequers next week. The head of the ISI intelligence agency Lt. Gen Ahmed Shujaa Pasha, had earlier cancelled a
delegation of senior officials to meet their security counterparts in London. ―The ISI cancellation is a signal of their displeasure and
that they do not want him [Zardari] to go,‖ said a friend of the president. ―The army sends these signals and then the
demonstrators are on the streets.‖ Mr Zardari has appeared increasingly isolated over his determination to press ahead with the visit
amid calls from both opposition leaders and his own coalition allies to cancel. Shabbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab province and a
leader of the main opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz was joined by Altaf Hussein, the leader of the coalition‘s MQM party in
urging the president to abandon the visit. Mt Cameron‘s comments, and the fact that they were made during his visit to regional enemy
India had weakened President Zardari‘s position and strengthened the hand of Islamic militants, said the source. ―It gave a boost to the
Taliban and all these militant organisations. They say it shows that these countries, Britain and America, are not our friends, that
they are harming rather than helping. Having suffered so much in the war against terrorism, civilian and military casualties, and
on top of that we get this kick up the backside from Cameron,‖ he added. Despite intense pressure from his army chiefs, opponents and
coalition partners, President Zardari is going ahead with the planned visit, which aides said he will now use to explain Pakistan‘s position
and seek an expression of appreciation for the country‘s sacrifices. Retired Lt Col Talat Masood said the army‘s dignity had been offended
by Mr Cameron‘s comments, but that while it feels obliged to cancel the visit of its ISI leaders to register its anger, long-term co-operation
in the fight against terrorism will continue. He said: ―The interests of both countries are so intertwined that this can‘t continue for
more than a short period, things will normalise after they apply some balm‖ (Nelson & Siddiq, 2010).

Date: August 2, 2009
Source: The Guardian, The Observer, Ben Quinn
Title/Headline: Six Christians Burned Alive In Pakistan Riots

Abstract: Six Christians were burned alive in Pakistan yesterday when hundreds of Muslims attacked and looted their homes,
sparked by rumours that pages from the Qur'an had been desecrated. The dead, including four women and a child, were killed
when Christian homes were torched by hundreds of supporters of a banned Muslim organisation in the Punjabi village of Gojra, in
eastern Pakistan. Tensions have been running high between the two communities over allegations that Christians had defiled pages from
the Muslim holy book, despite authorities insisting that the rumours were unfounded. Television footage from the area showed houses
burning and streets strewn with debris and blackened furniture as mobs ran at each other. There were reports in the local media of
exchanges of gunfire between Christian and Muslim communities and that rioters had blocked a railway line. Pakistani authorities
named the Muslim group involved in the violence as Sipah-e-Sahaba, which has been accused of launching attacks against security forces
and carrying out bomb attacks in public places in recent years. Rana Sanaullah, Punjab's law minister, said that an investigation had
been carried out into allegations made during the week that a copy of the Qur'an had been defaced but that no such incident was
found to have taken place. Although the situation had calmed down by Friday, he said yesterday that "some miscreants and extremists
entered the city [on Saturday] and pushed people toward armed clashes". Pakistan's federal minister for minorities, Shahbaz Bhatti,
said he had visited Gojra on Friday and asked police to provide protection for Christians who were facing threats, but accused
them of ignoring his efforts. Pakistan is a predominantly Muslim nation although religious minorities, including Christians, account for
about 4% of its population of 170 million. The communities generally live peacefully alongside one another, but Muslim militants
have periodically targeted Christians and churches in recent years (Quinn, 2009).

Date: August 3, 2010
Source: Forbes, Associated Press, Ashrak Khan
Title/Headline: Officials: 37 Gunned Down In Pakistan's Karachi

Abstract: Gunmen killed at least 37 people in Pakistan's largest city after the assassination of a lawmaker, officials said Tuesday.
Dozens of vehicles and shops were set on fire as security forces struggled to gain control of Karachi. The southern city of more than
16 million has a history of political, ethnic and religious violence, and has long been a hide-out for al-Qaida and Taliban militants.
Its stability is important for Pakistan because it is the country's main commercial hub. The latest unrest came after Raza Haider, a
provincial lawmaker, was shot dead along with his bodyguard in a mosque in Nazimabad area while preparing to offer prayers Monday.
Haider was a member of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the political party that runs the city and represents mainly descendants
of migrants from India who settled in Pakistan when it was created in 1947. The MQM's main nemesis is the Awami National Party, a
secular nationalist party whose main power center is Pakistan's northwest and whose base is the ethnic Pashtun community. Independent
analysts say followers of all political parties in Karachi are heavily involved in criminal activities such as protection rackets and
illegal land dealings. In certain neigborboods, armed men linked to political parties stand guard at checkpoints. Officials from
different hospitals put the total death toll by Tuesday morning at 37. Some 80 additional people had suffered gunshot wounds, they said. A
furniture market was among the places set ablaze. Sindh province spokesman Jamil Soomro said at least 10 people were arrested,
and police and Army Rangers were dispatched throughout the city to impose order. But gunfire could still be heard Tuesday
morning, and fires were still being set in some areas. Schools and colleges in Karachi and other urban centers in the province were
ordered to stay closed by the government Tuesday. Some officials blamed unspecified "invisible hands" for the violence. "It is very
sad, and we believe that it is the work of those forces who want to destabilize the elected government," Soomro said (Khan, 2010).

Date: August 4, 2010
Source: Bloomberg, Farhan Sharif, Khurrum Anis
Title/Headline: Karachi Streets Grow Calmer After 63 Gunned Down Over Two Nights Of Riots

Abstract: Karachi shops and businesses began reopening as calm returned to the streets of Pakistan‘s commercial capital after two nights
of killings triggered by the shooting of a Muslim Shiite politician. The death toll climbed to 63 overnight as protesters burned cars and
shops and gunned people down as police and paramilitary troops sought to restore order, hospital officials said. The violence comes
on top of floods across much of Pakistan that left more than 1,500 dead and millions stranded. Karachi, a city of 18 million people,
is home to the nation‘s stock exchange and contributes more than 70 percent of Pakistan‘s tax revenue, according to the local
government. The shootings broke out after Raza Haider, a lawmaker with the city‘s main party, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, was
assassinated at a mosque on Aug. 2. About a quarter of the city‘s factories and markets opened today and some public transport services
were restored, Abdul Majeed, president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry, said by telephone. Losses to the local economy
today may amount to 7 billion rupees ($82 million) down from 10 billion rupees yesterday, he said. Several gas stations, schools and
colleges have reopened. Trading at the Karachi Stock Exchange will close at the normal time of 3:30 p.m. after ending an hour
early yesterday, Haroon Askari, manager of operations, said by telephone. The benchmark Karachi stock exchange 100 index rose 0.9
percent to 10,478.17 at 11:14 a.m. local time after turnover was less than half this year‘s average yesterday. Seventeen more bodies were
brought to three major hospitals overnight. ―Judging by the bullet wounds we‘re seeing, these are trained shooters,‖ said Aftab
Ahmed Channar, an official at the Civil Hospital in Karachi, who is a retired army captain. ―They are using very few bullets and their aim
is deadly.‖ Interior Minister Rehman Malik accused a banned militant group, Sipah-e-Sahaba, of killing Haider as part of its campaign of
violence against members of the minority Shiite sect, the state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported yesterday. Haider‘s killing was
the latest in a series of attacks in Karachi this year against Shiites, who comprise as much as 15 percent of Pakistan‘s population.
Political and communal killings have escalated this year in Karachi, which is used as a hiding place by militants fleeing army
attacks on the Taliban in the country‘s northwest. Members of the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party, the MQM and the Awami National
Party have died in multiple gun battles in the city since the start of the year (Sharif & Anis, 2010).

Date: August 6, 2010
Source: Pakalert Press
Title/Headline: Pakistan Flood: HAARP Used In Pakistan? – Urgent

Abstract: All started suddenly and thousands died, millions displaced, hundreds of villages vanished in the matter of just 4 days!
Strangely there were no weather warnings, no alarms. None of the global met offices was able to predict torrential downpours that
precipitated the worst floods in Pakistan‘s history. Was HAARP involved? We have investigated this matter and concluded that
HAARP is being used in Pakistan and of course how can we ignore India‘s Baglihar & Kabul‘s Sarobi Dams contribution in this perfect
plan! This Flood Disaster is More Manmade than Natural . The choice of starting point was perfect.. all the flood is going in
downstream i.e. Khyber (Hills) to Karachi (Sea)… it is designed to submerge entire Pakistan and bring up the worst crises and
chaos ever happened.. they know they cant win a war with Nuclear armed Pakistan – it would be a mutual destruction, so they have
other ways to do it! Andrei Areshev a renowned Russian Scholar and the deputy head of the Strategic Culture Foundation warns that the
current devastating fires raging throughout Russia could have been triggered by American weather weapons what is now becoming the
infamous HAARP Technology.

         ―It isn‘t just conspiracy theorists who are concerned about HAARP. The European Union called the project a global
         concern and passed a resolution calling for more information on its health and environmental risks. Despite those
         concerns, officials at HAARP insist the project is nothing more sinister than a radio science research facility.‖ ~Quote
         from a TV-documentary on HAARP by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) is a little-known, yet critically important U.S. military defense
program which has generated quite a bit of controversy over the years in certain circles. Though denied by HAARP officials, some
respected researchers allege that secret electromagnetic warfare capabilities of HAARP are designed to forward the US military‘s stated
goal of achieving full-spectrum dominance by the year 2020. Others go so far as to claim that HAARP can and has been used for
weather modification, to cause earthquakes and tsunamis, to disrupt global communications systems, and more. I have noticed a trend.
Now, many skeptics will come in here and make gratuitous claims that what we are experiencing weather wise is simply mother nature, and
others will claim that global warming is taking its affect. I am under a different impression. For instance, has anyone noticed that almost
every other year there is a new weather crisis that stays focused merely on that particular phenomenon? For instance, in 2005, the
only thing that was occurring was Hurricanes. You didn‘t hear about tornadoes, mudslides, tsunamis or volcanoes…it was simply
Hurricanes. Let‘s take a look at some of this stuff…shall we? 2005: We had Hurricane Katrina, Dennis, Emily, Rita and Wilma.
Hurricane Katrina was especially strange since it was the only Hurricane on record EVER to sit for 2 days inland without any
movement. This is an anomaly since it takes movement in order to keep the storm active. Not only was this the most active season in
recorded history, but, it also had two of the strongest measured Hurricanes in recorded history. 2004 marked the year of the Tsunami.
Remember the non-stop media coverage? It was as if nothing else existed, and the only real weather was tsunami weather. 2007 brought
one of the worst flood seasons in the history of mankind. No one was discussing Hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes…this year was
all about floods. 2008 brought the most and deadliest tornadoes in the past decade. There were no floods that year. There weren‘t any
Hurricanes happening, and if there were, no one cared because Tornadoes were the main topic of interest. In almost every place in the
Midwest, there were tornadoes popping up in every back alley crevice you could find. The media was all over it, and these storms were
steadily increasing in power. Now let‘s look at the end of 2009 into 2010. EARTH QUAKES. This seems to be a fad like no other. Not
only are they increasing in power, but, they are also increasing in frequency. Chicago as well as Indiana, Chile (twice), Haiti, Turkey,
Afghanistan, China, Okinawa, etc., etc. Now, skeptics will tell you…‖No big deal. Earthquakes happen all the time.‖…and, for all intents
and purposes, they‘re right. But, there aren‘t too many average people out there who haven‘t noticed that there seems to be a weird trend
with all of these earthquakes that just keep popping up. So…here‘s my point. We‘ve been through all this before in many threads
discussing the possibilities of whether there are governments who have the capabilities of weather control. After looking at these
trends that continue to occur, it seems that every year, or every other year, a new phenomenon of weather jumps out, and consistently
pounds the earth until another one takes its place. You could look at this as something that is merely seasonal and that, indeed, there
are natural weather changes that are taking place on the planet that are increasingly getting worse (some love this idea and grip to
it as if it were the only possibility), or, you could look at it as someone playing with a toy that they are trying to perfect. And each
year they pick a new disaster to play with until they‘ve honed it into a finely tuned instrument. Now, if you haven‘t noticed these
trends, or put them together in this sort of order and fashion, you might want to entertain the possibility that there are things being
manipulated right in front of your very eyes. Folks…there was purple snow in Russia. PURPLE. We recently had a never before seen
sky spiral in Norway on the day Obama accepted the peace prize, and I don‘t care how you try to rationalize it, that was pretty
screwed up. There was a tetrahedron floating above the Kremlin on the same day, although the favorite thing to say is…HOAX!!! People
in Chile saw the sky changing colors in the middle of the night as the earthquake destroyed their city…it was 3am out there, so in
the blackness of night, they were watching the sky change colors where there is an absence of color (Black). The same thing was
viewed about 20-30 minutes before the earthquake in China. In Antarctica right now, there is some sort of microbe that is giving the
landscape the appearance as if it were bleeding. (And the rivers shall turn red with blood) But, I‘m sure someone is going to try to tell me
that its perfectly normal. A bunch of birds, 100 exactly, recently were flying in a flock together and somehow, they died in the same
place in the sky, and then fell in the same yard, within the same space, curled up and with blood leaking from their beaks and nasal
passages. There is something going on folks.

Here‘s a brief list: HAARP PATENTS (Assigned to APTI, Inc.):

 U.S. Patent 4686605:
Method And Apparatus For Altering A Region In The Earth‘s Atmosphere,
Ionosphere, And/Or Magnetosphere
Inventors: Eastlund; Bernard J., Spring, TX
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Issued: Aug. 11, 1987
Filed: Jan. 10, 1985

U.S. Patent 5038664:
Method For Producing A Shell Of Relativistic Particles At An Altitude
Above The Earth‘s Surface
Inventors: Eastlund; Bernard J., Spring, TX
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Aug. 13, 1991
Filed: Jan. 10, 1985
U.S. Patent 4712155:
Method And Apparatus For Creating An Artificial Electron Cyclotron
Heating Region Of Plasma
Inventors: Eastlund; Bernard J., Spring, TX
Ramo; Simon, Beverly Hills, CA
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Issued: Dec. 8, 1987
Filed: Jan. 28, 1985

U.S. Patent 5068669:
Power Beaming System
Inventors: Koert; Peter, Washington, DC
Cha; James T., Fairfax, VA
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Nov. 26, 1991
Filed: Sep. 1, 1988

U.S. Patent 5218374:
Power Beaming System With Printer Circuit Radiating Elements
Having Resonating Cavities
Inventors: Koert; Peter, Washington, DC
Cha; James T., Fairfax, VA
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: June 8, 1993
Filed: Oct. 10, 1989

U.S. Patent 5293176:
Folded Cross Grid Dipole Antenna Element
Inventors: Elliot; Paul G., Vienna, VA
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Mar. 8, 1994
Filed: Nov. 18, 1991

U.S. Patent 5202689:
Lightweight Focusing Reflector For Space
Inventors: Bussard; Robert W., Manassas, VA
Wallace; Thomas H., Gainesville, FL
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Apr. 13, 1993
Filed: Aug. 23, 1991

U.S. Patent 5041834:
Artificial Ionospheric Mirror Composed Of A Plasma Layer
Which Can Be Tilted
Inventors: Koert; Peter, Washington, DC
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Aug. 20, 1991
Filed: May. 17, 1990

U.S. Patent 4999637:
Creation Of Artificial Ionization Clouds Above The Earth
Inventors: Bass; Ronald M., Houston, TX
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Mar. 12, 1991
Filed: May. 14, 1987

U.S. Patent 4954709:
High Resolution Directional Gamma Ray Detector
Inventors: Zigler; Arie, Rishon Le Zion, Israel
Eisen; Yosset, Rishon Le Zion, Israel Assignees: APTI, Inc., Washington, DC
Issued: Sep. 4, 1990
Filed: Aug. 16, 1989
U.S. Patent 4873928:
Nuclear-Sized Explosions Without Radiation
Inventors: Lowther; Frank E., Plano, TX
Assignees: APTI, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Issued: Oct. 17, 1989
Filed: June 15, 1988

And, William Cohen, ex-secretary of the DOD, made a specific statement about electromagnetic weapons that could be used for weather
terrorism. In April 1997, the then U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen publicly discussed the dangers of HAARP-like technology,
saying ―others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes
remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves… So there are plenty of ingenious minds out there that are at work finding
ways in which they can wreak terror upon other nations… It‘s real, and that‘s the reason why we have to intensify our efforts‖
(Pakalert Press, 2010).

Date: August 17, 2010
Source: Infowars, Steve Watson
Title/Headline: Former Pakistani Intel Chief Fears World War Three Is Imminent

Abstract: Former Pakistani General and intelligence chief Hamid Gul appeared on the Alex Jones Show yesterday for a full hour in what
turned out to be a fascinating extended interview, addressing the major geopolitical issues that are shaping modern history. Gul, who
served as the director general of Pakistan‘s Inter Services Intelligence during 1987-89 and worked with the CIA in the covert war
against the Soviets in Afghanistan, is a wealth of knowledge on the so called ‗war on terror‘. Gul spoke on a host of issues, beginning
with his version of events surrounding the recent Wikileaks expose of US and Afghan military intelligence. ―My version (of events) is not
going out to America, I‘ve been denied the visa to travel to America. These people will not let me into America because they are
afraid that I will speak the truth. People will listen to the truth…‖ Gul stated in response to the claims that he is personally
―quarter backing‖ attacks on US forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan. ―Fareed Zakaria (of CNN), he recorded me for twenty minutes
and he put out only six minutes of my version.‖ Gul continued. ―That is not fair, because I was informed, and especially the things I said
which were stark realities, and he wanted obviously to keep the American people in dark about these things.‖ Gul asserted that Afghan
intelligence is ―still infested by the old Communist die hards‖, who have an axe to grind against him, owing to his role in ousting the Soviet
Union from the region. Gul added that it is a ridiculous notion to believe that he, at 74 years of age and retired, has any role in the military
failures of the US in Afghanistan and Pakistan. ―Speak the truth, you have failed because your own policy makers have not come up
with the recipe that was required. Your own Generals were not up to the tasks which were given to them, so why don‘t you accept
the failure rather than rub the blame on someone else?‖ he said. ―This is diabolical nonsense, and if this is the kind of intelligence
that America is basing its policies on in this region, then God help America. This is false, it is totally fabricated and I‘ll tell you who
are the elements involved in it.‖ Gul said. The retired General blamed the fact that the military is heavily dependent on private contractors,
even for intelligence gathering – contractors who only have an incentive to expand the wars and further profit from them. ―How can they
be so foolish, the CIA, the FBI, and to top it all there is this Task Force 373, which has been indulging in massive civilian casualties.
They have been killing people left right and centre. Every time they are given the information, they have bombed wedding parties, they
have bombed funeral processions, they have bombed innocents, and they have even bombed the hospitals.‖ ―So you can imagine that the
intelligence based on the information provided by security contractors has resulted in this massive violation of human rights, it has
been anti-human, it has destroyed everything that the American people and the American Constitution ever stood for.‖ Gul urged.
―They think that anyone criticizing their policy is the enemy. This is totally wrong, this is a misconception. We work together with the
CIA, we work together with the Americans, I have a lot of friends there, I respect them and my advice could also be useful.‖ Gul said. The
former ISI chief, who trained with British intelligence officers, spoke of an ―ultra-Imperial club‖ of British, Israeli and Indian intelligence
that is ―leading American policy making by the nose‖ and ―does not want America to flourish inside their hearts‖. ―The American people
are exploited for this dark agenda. It is only a handful of people, they a clique only by my assessment, who are indulging in this
exercise.‖ Gul added. Gul also noted that the real agenda in the middle east is multifaceted. Gul says the global clique‘s ‗war on terror‘ on
one hand allows for the corporate empire that now controls America to establish itself in the centre of the region to tap the Caspian oil
basin. Secondly, Gul believes it is an operation to prevent China from moving into the region. Thirdly, it functions to prevent any new
power from emerging in the region based on the Islamic principles of egalitarianism, equality and freedom. ―If these principles are
adopted then Imperial powers will really have no place to hide.‖ Gul stated. And finally, it seeks to provide a security shield to the
State of Israel by promoting destabilization inside neighbouring countries. ―This is going to hurt them more than it is going to hurt
us.‖ Gul said, speaking of how the actions of the global cabal are running against the grain of ancient codes of honour for the people of the
region. ―This evokes even stronger sentiments than the religion,‖ Gul stated. ―Therefore these people are not going to forgive all this, and
I‘m afraid that we will have lost this region forever to America, to the West… and this struggle is going to end with a very big disaster for
American reputation, for their honour, for their self respect, and we don‘t want to have this done, I can assure you I am genuinely telling
you this.‖ Gul added. ―If they get embroiled in Pakistan they will keep on staying here for a long time. If they expand this war, a
fight is going to be put up against America, whether in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Iran. The larger the area of conflict and the longer
the period of conflict, the established power, the one that is equipped with more firepower, cannot win – this is a lesson from
history – it is immutable.‖ ―My fear is that if Pakistan is put to the corner and pushed against the wall – Pakistan being an Islamic
state – could also declare international jihad.‖ Gul noted with great trepidation. ―Now if that Islamic state declares international
jihad, it becomes binding on the muslims of the rest of the world to come out in support of jihad. It will change modern history
altogether if that call is given.‖ ―They would have us believe that Iran is our enemy. Iran is not our enemy. There has been no hostility
between Iran and Pakistan… This is an utter lie, it is only to malign Iran. But I tell you Israel is hell bent to draw America into a wider
war attacking Iran. If they go in unilaterally to attack some targets, even drop a few bombs here and there, I think it will flare up a
conflict that it will not be able to control.‖ Gul stated, following up with a harrowing prediction of what will follow. ―America is
likely to get sucked into this war, and this may turn out to be the third world war. It would be a disaster of the first order, it must
be avoided at all costs.‖ ―I don‘t know if Russia or China could be held back. This could be an inferno that would consume so many
things, and corporate America would be the biggest sufferer – where are they going to sell their gold and how are they going to pick
up the oil?‖ Gul stated. The General urged that if the world is to avoid such devastating conflict, people everywhere must not accept the
propaganda being thrown at them by the elite clique attempting to shape global affairs. ―There is no clash of civilizations, this is a
mindset that has been created unfortunately. …As far as Islam is concerned, why is it being looked upon as an enemy, as an
adversary? Islam encompasses Christianity and Judaism, it is not an entity in itself, but actually it encompasses all the three religions of
the book, so there has to be amicable peace among us.‖ ―There is no need for the dark impulse in the American system. I won‘t say the
American people, because they are so good, it is in the American system that the dark impulse has to be removed – and it can only
be removed by the American people.‖ Gul previously appeared on the Alex Jones show to share his contention that the 9/11 attack was
an inside job, laying out details that were censored during a CNN interview on the same week. Gul reiterated his stance on the 9/11 attacks,
that it was a black operation to be used as a pretext for entering Afghanistan and using it as a launch pad to enter Pakistan and dominate the
region. Gul also spoke about the evidence that the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks were a Western controlled intelligence operation
that was to be blamed on Pakistan, a claim he made shortly after the attacks which has since been vindicated by mainstream
reports that US and Indian undercover agents were involved in the attacks. The General also spoke on the death of former
Pakistan leader Benazir Bhutto, reasserting his previous analysis that Bhutto was eliminated by a neocon controlled assassination
squad after she ―became rebellious‖ toward globalist interests (Watson, 2010).

Date: August 18, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistan President, Kerry Warn Militants Could Exploit Flooding Chaos

Abstract: Islamist terrorists may exploit the chaos and misery caused by the floods in Pakistan to gain new recruits, the country's
president warned Thursday — remarks echoed by a leading U.S. senator who said America would stand by its vital wartime ally
during the crisis. The floods have affected 20 million people and about one-fifth of Pakistan's territory, straining its civilian government as
it also struggles against al-Qaida and Taliban violence. Aid groups and the United Nations have complained that foreign donors have not
been quick or generous enough given the scale of the disaster. "All these catastrophes give strength to forces who do not want a state
structure," President Asif Ali Zardari said during a press conference with John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, after the two visited some of the country's hardest-hit areas and a relief camp. "There is a possibility that the negative forces
would exploit the situation," Zardari said. "Like they would take the babies who have been made orphans and take them to their
camps and train them as the terrorists of tomorrow." Zardari's government has been criticized for failing to respond quickly enough,
and Islamist charities — at least one of which has alleged links to terrorism — have been active in the flood-hit areas. Islamist terrorists
may exploit the chaos and misery caused by the floods in Pakistan to gain new recruits, the country's president warned Thursday
— remarks echoed by a leading U.S. senator who said America would stand by its vital wartime ally during the crisis. The floods
have affected 20 million people and about one-fifth of Pakistan's territory, straining its civilian government as it also struggles
against al-Qaida and Taliban violence. Aid groups and the United Nations have complained that foreign donors have not been quick or
generous enough given the scale of the disaster. "All these catastrophes give strength to forces who do not want a state structure," President
Asif Ali Zardari said during a press conference with John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after the two visited
some of the country's hardest-hit areas and a relief camp. "There is a possibility that the negative forces would exploit the situation,"
Zardari said. "Like they would take the babies who have been made orphans and take them to their camps and train them as the
terrorists of tomorrow." Zardari's government has been criticized for failing to respond quickly enough, and Islamist charities — at least
one of which has alleged links to terrorism — have been active in the flood-hit areas (Fox News, 2010)

Date: August 29, 2010
Source: Financial Times, Michael Peel, Ben Fenton, Amer Malik
Title/Headline: Pakistan Cricket Hit By Betting Scandal

Abstract: The Pakistani cricket team and the sport‘s governing authorities were on Sunday struggling to deal with new corruption
allegations that have echoes of the worst match-fixing scandals of the previous decade. British police were questioning a man
suspected of conspiring to defraud bookmakers through a scheme involving Pakistani players deliberately bowling no-balls – illegal
deliveries – during a Test match against England in London that ended on Sunday. The allegations will add to concerns that corruption
remains a serious problem at a time when cricket is becoming more lucrative as tournaments such as the Indian Premier League
tap into the large fanbase in south Asia. Police made the detention after a ―sting‖ operation in which reporters from the News of
the World newspaper allegedly paid a middle-man £150,000 ($231,000, €187,500) in return for details of three occasions when
Pakistani players would deliberately bowl no-balls by overstepping a white line on the pitch. Detectives interviewed four Pakistani
players – Salman Butt, the captain, Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif, both bowlers, and Kamran Akmal, the wicketkeeper –
according to Yawar Saeed, Pakistan team manager. He told Sky television that police had taken mobile phones belonging to the captain and
the two bowlers. Asked about his alleged role in the affair, Mr Butt told a press conference: ―These are just allegations and anybody can
stand out and say anything about you. It doesn‘t make them true.‖ The International Cricket Council, the England and Wales Cricket
Board and the Pakistan Cricket Board said no players or team officials had been arrested. Scotland Yard, which the News of the World and
the ICC said had arrested the middle man, could not be reached by phone. The ICC declined to make further comment. The alleged scam
would have hit bookmakers in south Asia, where so-called spot-betting is common and wagers can be placed on all aspects of the
game, including timings and frequencies of no-balls. Andrew Strauss, England‘s cricket captain, said the allegations had ―taken the gloss
off‖ the comprehensive win his side achieved on Sunday against Pakistan in the Test match at Lord‘s. He told the BBC: ―We have seen
things that put cricket on the front pages for the wrong reasons before and nobody likes it.‖ The match‘s closing ceremony after
Pakistan‘s heaviest defeat in Test history took place behind closed doors, emphasising both the gravity of the allegations and their
potential impact on the game (Peel, Fenton, & Malik, 2010).

Date: August 31, 2010
Source: Seattle Times, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistan Army Cancels US Trip Amid Search Dispute

Abstract: Pakistan's military canceled a trip by officers to an annual meeting at U.S. Central Command after they were taken off a
plane and subjected to "unwarranted security checks" at Dulles International Airport in Washington, a spokesman said Wednesday.
The row appeared to be a sign of the mistrust between the U.S. and Pakistani militaries, which are nominally allies in the fight
against Taliban and al-Qaida but have long had an uneasy relationship. The nine-member delegation was headed by a two-star Navy
rear admiral. Its members were awaiting take off on a United Airlines flight to Tampa, Fla. - where Central Command is based - when the
incident took place Monday, said army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas. The delegation was taken off the plane and subjected to
"unwarranted security checks" that resulted in them missing their flight. They called military authorities in Pakistan who
instructed them to return home, Abbas said. United Airlines officials were not immediately available for comment. Dawn newspaper
reported that the delegation was taken off the plane after a passenger voiced concerns they may have posed a security threat. Increased
airport checks at U.S. airports in response to the threat from Islamist militants after the Sept. 11 attacks are a sensitive issue for many
Pakistanis, who frequently complain they are being unfairly singled out. A group of Pakistani lawmakers on a State Department
sponsored visit to the United States in March returned home early after complaining of excessive security checks and were hailed
as heroes by sections of the media on their return (Seattle Times, 2010).

Date: September 4, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: Pakistan Bombing Death Toll Hits 65

Abstract: The death toll from a bombing at a Shia Muslim rally in southwestern Pakistan has reached 65, after several seriously
injured individuals passed away overnight at hospitals. Earlier reports had put the death toll at 53 with nearly 200 injured. The Friday
attack came as thousands of people were attending a rally in Quetta in support of the Palestinian cause, marking the international Quds day.
According to the medics, over a dozen people succumbed to their injuries overnight at hospitals across the city on Saturday. The
death toll is expected to rise further as some of the injured are reported in critical condition. The attack was the second assault
against Pakistani Shia Muslims in three days. Three bombs went off in quick succession during a crowded mourning procession in
the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday. Nearly 40 people were killed and 300 more were injured in the carnage. The attacks came
as Shia Muslims were marking the martyrdom of the first Shia Imam, Ali Ibn-Abi Taleb (PBUH). Pro-Taliban militants have claimed
responsibility for both of these attacks which have also killed several children. Since the 1980s, thousands of people have been killed in the
sectarian-related incidents in Pakistan (Press TV, 2010).

Date: September 18, 2010
Source: Tehran Times
Title/Headline: Karachi Shuts Down After Politician Killed In London

Abstract: Pakistan's financial hub and largest city, Karachi, shut down Friday after the killing in London of a leading figure in a
regional Pakistani political party. Police in the British capital said a major investigation had been launched into the murder of Imran
Farooq, who was found with stab wounds and head injuries outside his London home late Thursday. However, police said it was 'too
soon' to say whether the attack was a 'politically-motivated crime.' Farooq, a senior member of the Muttahida Quami Movement
(MQM), had been living in London since 1999 after leaving Pakistan when he was charged with criminal offences in connection
with the alleged strong-arm tactics of the party he co-founded in Karachi (Tehran Times, 2010).

Date: September 23, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: Girl Schools Blown Up In NW Pakistan

Abstract: Unknown assailants have blown up two girls' school on the outskirts of the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar.
Suspected Taliban-linked militants destroyed two government-run girls' primary and high schools late on Wednesday by detonating
explosives in the Budhbir area of Shoora Kheel village, The Nation daily newspaper reported. The explosion ripped through the schools,
leveling both buildings. There were no reported casualties since the schools were empty at the time, local officials said. Taliban-linked
militants have opposed female education in the northwest Pakistan valley of Swat, depriving more than 40,000 girls of schooling. In
the past several years, the Taliban have destroyed many schools, especially in the areas of Swat Valley and the North-West Frontier
Province as part of their radical campaign that most Muslims have censured as anti-Islamic terrorism (Press TV, 2010).
Date: September 24, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: Massive Anti-US Rallies Held In Pakistan

Abstract: Thousands of people have held anti-US demonstrations across Pakistan to protest an American court's verdict against a
female Pakistani scientist. The protests on Friday come after a New York court sentenced 38-year-old Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years in
prison. Hundreds of police officers were deployed across the capital Islamabad to stop angry protesters from marching into the US
Embassy. In Siddiqui's hometown of Karachi, police fired tear gas to prevent protesters from moving towards the US consulate. In Multan,
scores of activists including lawyers blocked traffic. Siddiqui has been found guilty of allegedly trying to kill FBI agents and US military
service members in Afghanistan. Human rights groups argue that she was kidnapped and held in secret US prisons abroad. Political
activists and Siddiqui's relatives have strongly criticized the US justice system for its handling of the case. The Islamabad
government says it will petition Washington to secure the repatriation of the mother of three on humanitarian grounds (Press TV, 2010).

Date: September 24, 2010
Source: Fox News (Australian), Associated Press (U.S.)
Title/Headline: Pakistan United In Outrage At Sentencing Of Neuroscientist For Attacking US Agents

Abstract: The country's leaders were quick to show their outrage at the sentence handed down to a Pakistani woman convicted of
attacking U.S. agents, as were opposition politicians. By the time weekly prayers rolled round, protesters were battling police and the
Pakistani Taliban had offered its support. The sentencing of Aafia Siddique to 86 years in an American jail left enemies and political
opponents reading from the same script Friday, riding a wave of anger on behalf of a woman widely believed to be an innocent victim of a
vengeful, post 9/11 American justice system. The reaction was a reminder of the deep mistrust many Pakistanis have of the United
States nine years after the two countries formed an uncomfortable alliance in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. While Washington
tries to impress on the country it is a long-term partner, many Pakistanis persist on seeing it as a threat. Siddique, a 38-year-old
American-educated neuroscientist, was detained in Afghanistan in 2008 by Afghan authorities. She was convicted of seizing an M4 rifle
weapon from one of her U.S. interrogators there and attempting to kill them. She was severely wounded in the incidents. Siddique and
her defense lawyers deny she ever fired a weapon. Her family and supporters say she disappeared along with her three children
five years before she turned up in Afghanistan and allege she was either held in a secret jail by American authorities or Pakistan's
spy agency. U.S. and Pakistani officials have denied that, and there has been little evidence to support their claims. But they have been
repeated so often they are taken as the standard version by many of her supporters and much of the media, which has largely rallied in her
defense. The claims of secret detention have resonance because Pakistani security forces have rounded up many terror suspects and
handed them over to the United States in the aftermath of Sept. 11. Under a military ruler at the time, its government has never
admitted how many people it arrested at the behest of Washington. Such is the perceived force of public opinion, Prime Minister
Yousuf Raza Gilani and other leading officials have had to stress their efforts over the last three years to try and get her back to Pakistan.
The government spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to give her quality legal representation in New York. Gilani said he had lobbied
U.S. officials for Siddique's release to "improve the U.S. image in Pakistan." "We all are united, and we want the daughter of the nation to
come back to Pakistan," he told parliament, which unanimously adopted a resolution demanding Siddique's repatriation after her sentencing
Thursday. "I fought for her, my lawyer fought for her and now I will take up this matter on a political level." Despite his remarks,
there is little the government can do to get bring Siddique home. Islamabad has no agreement with the United States that allows Pakistanis
convicted of crimes there to serve part of their sentences at home. A presidential pardon for Siddique looks very unlikely. Much of the
criticism over the last 24 hours has been directed at the government, which is already unpopular in many circles because of its failure to
improve the economy, its alliance with the United States and faltering efforts to respond to this summer's floods. "Due to the shameless
rulers of Pakistan, the United States got the courage to take Aafia to the United States and punish there," said Munawar Hassan, the
chief of Jamat-i-Islami, the country's largest Islamist party, in a rally attended by around 8,000 people in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Fauzia Siddique, Aafia's sister, has led a tireless and vocal campaign for her release since 2008 and looked after two of her children. "This
verdict is a test for the Muslim global community and the Pakistanis," Fauzia told a gathering of Jamat-i-Islami female activists in
Karachi. "It is mandatory on all Muslims to get the daughter of the Muslims free from the prison of the infidels." Before her arrest
in Afghanistan, Siddique had been accused by the U.S. of links to al-Qaida. Prosecutors said they found her carrying notes referencing
a "mass casualty attack" on New York City landmarks and a stash of sodium cyanide. But she was only ever tried in relation to the
attack on her captors in Afghanistan. Her loudest supporters have been Pakistan's Islamist political parties and groups, which have
embraced the opportunity to be seen defending a Pakistan Muslim woman as well as accusing the government of collaborating in her arrest
and trial. In Karachi, police fired tear gas to disburse rock-throwing protesters trying to march to the U.S. Consulate. At least five
people were arrested. In Islamabad, 100 people attempting to reach the U.S. Embassy scuffled with police near a five-star hotel,
witnesses said. "Down with America! Jihad, Jihad!" the protesters shouted. The Pakistani Taliban, which is waging war against the
Pakistani government and has killed scores of innocent men, women and children in bombings over the last three years, also spoke out in
support of Aafia. "We will not appeal or beg to America for the release of Aafia Siddique," said Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq by
phone from an undisclosed location. "We will bring her back by using the power of the gun‖ (Fox News, 2010).

Date: September 25, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Bomb Scare Interrupts Flight Carrying 273 People, But May Have Been A Hoax

Abstract: Canadian police are investigating whether a phoned-in hoax caused a Pakistani jet to be diverted to Stockholm for
several hours Saturday for fear that one of its passengers was carrying explosives. Police evacuated 273 people from the jet, and
briefly detained a Canadian man, after an anonymous caller in Canada tipped-off authorities that the suspect was carrying explosives.
However, no explosives were found on the man, who was released after questioning by police, or on the Boeing 777 from Pakistan
International Airlines, which had been bound from Toronto to Karachi, Pakistan. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said it was
investigating whether the incident was a "terrorism hoax." "If the information is deemed to be a hoax, the person who passed along
that information can be charged for public mischief," said spokeswoman Sgt. Julie Gagnon in Ottawa. All passengers — except the
suspect — were allowed back on the plane at Stockholm's Arlanda airport nine hours later. It took off for Manchester, England, from where
the passengers would continue their journey to Karachi, said Jan Lindqvist, a spokesman for airport operator Swedavia. Swedish police
described the suspect as a Canadian citizen born in 1982. Initially they said he was of Pakistani background but later said they
were not sure. A spokesman for the state-owned Pakistan International Airlines said the suspect was a 25-year-old Canadian national. A
prosecutor decided to release the man after questioning, and police were trying to help him continue his journey to Karachi either late
Saturday or Sunday, police spokesman Erik Widstrand said, adding the man had cooperated with investigators. "He was calm but irritated,"
Widstrand said. The pilot asked to land the plane in Stockholm after Canadian authorities said they received a tip-off by phone the man was
carrying explosives. Passengers were told there was a technical problem with the aircraft and didn't find out the real reason until
they were on the ground, Widstrand said. A SWAT team detained the suspect as he was evacuated from the aircraft along with the
other passengers. An Associated Press reporter at the airport saw the passengers boarding yellow airport buses parked near the aircraft.
The tip was "called in by a woman in Canada," police operation leader Stefan Radman said, adding that Swedish police took the
threat seriously. Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman Sgt. Marc LaPorte said an anonymous caller called twice Friday
saying a man on the flight had explosives. "The first call provided vague information. It did lay out that there was an individual on
that specific flight in possession of explosives and then the second call provided more details with regards to the identity of the
person," LaPorte said. He declined to elaborate on the caller, saying there was potentially a criminal offense involved. "On its face" it
appears someone had an ax to grind against the man, LaPorte said, but couldn't elaborate on the motive. "If the Swedish authorities are
saying that they released him and there is no investigation on their end, we will obviously pursue this as a hoax," LaPorte said,
adding there could be a terrorism hoax charge as well as a public mischief charge. In Washington, the FBI was assisting Swedish and
Canadian authorities in their investigation, FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said Saturday. Swedish police said the man was not on any
international no-fly lists and had cleared a security check in Canada. He didn't resist when the SWAT team took him into custody. In
Pakistan, a spokesman for state-run PIA confirmed the incident involved Flight PK782 to Karachi. The passengers waited at the
"international holding area" at the airport as they and their luggage were scanned and searched, airline spokesman Sultan Hasan said.
Pakistani diplomats were at the airport to coordinate with the security officials. PIA said there were 255 passengers and 18 crew
members on the plane. Of the passengers, 102 were Canadian nationals, 139 Pakistanis, eight U.S. citizens, three Indians and one
each from Japan, Malaysia and Bangladesh. The Canadian Embassy in Stockholm was in contact with local authorities to gather
additional information, Foreign Affairs spokesman Alain Cacchione said (Fox News, 2010).

Date: September 25, 2010
Source: Telegraph
Title/Headline: Pervez Musharraf To Return From Exile In Britain As 'Saviour' Of Pakistan

Abstract: Pakistan's former military leader, Pervez Musharraf, tells Colin Freeman why his country needs him again - and why
British troops must stay the course in Afghanistan. For the last two years he has earned a lucrative living on the global lecture circuit,
enlightening select audiences on what it was like to have a ringside seat in the war on terror. As the military ruler of Pakistan in the
turbulent period after 9/11, former president Pervez Musharraf has no shortage of ideas on how to fight extremists and pacify both his
homeland and neighbouring Afghanistan. Now the former general is about put his theories to the test - quitting his comfortable
retirement pad in London, where he has lived since stepping down in 2008, and returning to Pakistan to launch his own political
party. The All Pakistan Muslim League will have its opening manifesto launch in London on Friday, aiming for nothing less than to
"change the political culture" of his home nation, where last month's devastating floods have added to already crippling problems with
terrorism and weak government. Indeed, given the scale of the challenges he now plans to grapple with, it is perhaps no surprise to
learn that the public speaking firm to which Mr Musharraf is signed with, the elite Harry Walker agency, also has anti-poverty
campaigner Bono, climate change guru Al Gore and several other stars of the "how-to-save-the-world" school of motivational speaking on
its books. "I am very comfortable travelling around the world on lectures, but I am going into politics for the greater cause of
Pakistan," Mr Musharraf told The Sunday Telegraph in an interview last week. "The people have reached the end of their hopes,
and I want to try to rekindle their faith in both themselves and Pakistan itself. It would be better to try and fail rather than not to
try at all." The former special forces soldier was also vocal on the military challenges in neighbouring Afghanistan, saying that the
escalating bodycount of British, US and other Nato soldiers should be no excuse for an early pull-out. US-led plans to start drawing down
troops by the middle of next year would, he warned, lead to the region becoming a "nexus for terrorists" all over the Muslim world. "I am
not trying to portray a domesday scenario unnecessarily, but the implications would be very serious for Afghanistan, Pakistan and
the rest of world," he said. "It would encourage and strengthen the Taliban and al-Qaeda, giving them a country to fall back on.
Quitting cannot be time related, it has to be effect related." In a blunt comment on what he called "bring the boys home" sentiment in
Britain, he added that soldiers should not sign up for military service if they did not expect to face combat. "I don't understand why there is
this issue when an army suffers casualties. Of course you try to keep them to a minimum, and I offer my deep condolences to the family of
any soldier is killed, but I would also ask their parents: 'Why was it that they joined the army? All voluntary armies face occasions where
they have to maybe fight for their country and sacrifice their lives." Mr Musharraf, 67, was speaking at his flat off London's Edgware
Road, where he lives in a smart three-bedroom apartment in London's Arab district. Handy for the smart restaurants of nearby
Mayfair, where he and his wife are regular faces, it is also close to reminders of the turbulence in his homeland. Nearby Edgware Road
tube station was among those hit by the July 7 bombers, carried by British-born Pakistani radicals, while last week, a few miles away in
Edgware itself, Imran Farooq, the exiled leader of Pakistan's MQM party, was murdered in what may have been a turf war linked to events
in Karachi. Mr Musharraf, who receives occasional Scotland Yard protection himself, declined to speculate on the motive for the
killing, but said: "It is terrible that such an assassination could happen in a place like London." His self-rebranding as his homeland's
civilian saviour is in marked contrast to how his political career began in 1999, when he became the latest in a long line of Pakistani
military leaders to seize power from a civilian government seen as incompetent and corrupt. As the title of his recent biography In the
Line of Fire suggests, he then came under huge US pressure to clamp down on the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the wake of 9-11, much
to the fury of religious hardliners in his own country. His star faded further as he clung to power for a further seven years,
culminating in calls from political rivals for him to face criminal charges when he finally stepped down. Since then, though, his
reputation has recovered somewhat, not least because the civilian administration of President Ali Asif Zardari, who was elected in late
2008, is seen to have done little better. Widespread public anger at his government's lacklustre response to the floods, which have left 12
million in need of emergency food aid, could well prove a filip to Mr Musharraf's new party. While he declined to comment on Mr
Zardari's performance, Mr Musharraf said: "There is a hell of a lot of disappointment among the people over the way the flood relief
was tackled." He added: "What is required is unity of thought and action between three elements; the political forces, the army
and the bureaucracy. They need an individual who can get them to think and act alike." Whether Mr Musharraf will find politics as
easy in civilian clothes remains to be seen though. His fledgling party may struggle against the more established political groupings like Mr
Zardari's Pakistan Peoples Party, which has enjoyed a mass following for several decades. He is, however, looking forward to one
advantage that he lacked during his previous stints in power - legitimacy. "Personally I never saw myself as a dictator, even though
people called me that, but now when I come back I will be a politician on normal terms. I am also a born optimist, which helps. We
have everything going in Pakistan - the failure is only of leadership, not the people‖ (Telegraph, 2010).

Date: September 27, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: NATO Forces Kill More Than 50 Insurgents In 2 Airstrikes In Pakistan

Abstract: NATO helicopters based in Afghanistan carried out at least two airstrikes in Pakistan that killed more than 50 militants
after the insurgents attacked a small Afghan security outpost near the border, spokesmen said Monday. NATO justified the strikes
based on "the right of self-defense." Pakistan is sensitive about attacks on its territory, but U.S. officials have said they have an agreement
that allows aircraft to cross a few miles into Pakistani airspace if they are in hot pursuit of a target. The first strike took place Saturday
after insurgents based in Pakistan attacked an Afghan outpost in Khost province, which is located right across the border from
Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area, said U.S. Capt. Ryan Donald, a spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance
Force in Afghanistan. "The ISAF helicopters did cross into Pakistan territory to engage the insurgents," said Donald. "ISAF
maintains the right to self-defense, and that's why they crossed the Pakistan border." The strike killed 49 militants, said U.S. Maj.
Michael Johnson, another ISAF spokesman. The second attack occurred when helicopters returned to the border area and were attacked by
insurgents based in Pakistan, said Donald. "The helicopters returned to the scene and they received direct small arms fire and, once
again operating in self-defense, they engaged the insurgents," said Donald. The strike killed at least four militants, said Johnson. The
tribal area where the strikes took place is largely controlled by militants who regularly carry out attacks against NATO troops in
Afghanistan. The U.S. rarely uses manned aircraft to carry out strikes in North Waziristan and instead relies on drone attacks that
American officials refuse to acknowledge publicly. Pakistani intelligence officials said two NATO helicopters carried out a third
strike inside Pakistani territory on Monday morning, killing five militants and wounding nine others. The strike occurred in the
village of Mata Sanger in the Kurram tribal area, which is directly across the border from the Afghan provinces of Paktia and Nangarhar,
said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media (Fox News, 2010).

Date: September 30, 2010
Source: Telegraph, Damien McElroy
Title/Headline: Gen Musharraf Warns Of Pakistan Coup After Crisis Meeting In London

Abstract: Gen Musharraf warns of Pakistan coup after crisis meeting in London. Pakistan's former military dictator has warned of a new
army-led coup against the government as he prepared to launch a new political party in London on Friday. Gen Pervez Musharraf said the
army should be given a constitutional role in the government of the Muslim state. Pakistan's former military dictator has warned of a
new army-led coup against the government as he prepared to launch a new political party in London on Friday. Gen Musharraf
warns of Pakistan coup after crisis meeting in London. "The situation in Pakistan can only be solved when the military has some role,"
he said. "If you want stability, checks and balances in the democratic structure of Pakistan, the military ought to have some sort of role."
Rumours of an imminent coup have swept through Pakistan since an angry confrontation between the unpopular president and the army
chief earlier this week. Gen Ashfaq Kayani, the hand-picked successor of Gen Musharraf, criticised President Asif Ali Zardari and Yusuf
Gilani, the prime minister, for the government's response to the floods that devastated the country in July, leaving at least 2,000 dead and
millions displaced. Gen Musharraf said the circumstances that forced him to launch a coup against the civilian government in 1999 had re-
emerged. "In that one year, Pakistan was going down and a number of people, including politicians, women, men came to me,
telling me 'Why are you not acting? Are you going to act for Pakistan's good?' "You see the photographs of the meeting with the
president and the prime minister and I can assure you they were not discussing the weather," he said. "There was a serious
discussion of some kind or other and certainly at this moment all kinds of pressures must be on this army chief." The 67-year-old former
president, who was forced out of office in 2008, will launch the All Pakistan Muslim League, in Whitehall on Friday as he looks to contest
the next elections in 2013 as a civilian. Mr Gilani said Gen Musharraf would face trial in front of Pakistan's supreme court on
corruption charges if he returned to Pakistan from his London exile (McElroy, 2010).
Date: October 3, 2010
Source: Telegraph, Toby Harnden
Title/Headline: US Secretly Shifts Armed Drones To Fight Terrorists In Pakistan

Abstract: Predator and Reaper drones have been lent by the US military to the CIA as part of a shift in strategy that underlines the Obama
administration's view that Pakistan is unable or unwilling to target Islamist sanctuaries on its own soil. Tensions between the US and
Pakistan have flared after a key route used to supply American troops in Afghanistan was shut after three Pakistani soldiers were killed in
an attack by a Nato helicopter gunship. Predator and Reaper drones have been lent by the US military to the CIA as part of a shift in
strategy that underlines the Obama administration's view that Pakistan is unable or unwilling to target Islamist sanctuaries on its own soil.
Tensions between the US and Pakistan have flared after a key route used to supply American troops in Afghanistan was shut after
three Pakistani soldiers were killed in an attack by a NATO helicopter gunship (Harnden, 2010).

Date: October 5, 2010
Source: Fox News, The Wall Street Journal
Title/Headline: U.S. Slams Pakistani Effort Against Militants

Abstract: A new White House assessment steps up criticism of Pakistan's campaign against militants, stating bluntly that its
government and military have been unwilling to take action against Al Qaeda and like-minded terrorists. The aggressive language of
the report—which also criticizes the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari—could further strain difficult relations with a key ally and
undercut support in Congress for providing billions of dollars in aid to Islamabad. The report, viewed by The Wall Street Journal, also
raises questions about the U.S.-led coalition's progress battling the Taliban and improving governance in Afghanistan two months
before the White House will review its war strategy. The administration and Pentagon have until now tried to keep their harshest
criticisms of Pakistan private to avoid a public rift, but the report shows growing U.S. frustration, officials said. "The report reflects that
there are real challenges we have with Pakistan," said an Obama administration official. Officials at all levels are in talks with
Pakistan to address these issues, the official added. President Barack Obama, in a letter to Congress accompanying the report, said he
doesn't see the need for any adjustments in Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy "at this time." While administration officials have publicly played
down the need for adjustments in strategy, they have made some changes, including a recently stepped-up campaign of strikes in Pakistan
by Central Intelligence Agency drones against militants whom the U.S. sees Islamabad as unable or unwilling to attack. Pakistani officials
have said they don't lack the will and that they have generally stepped up their efforts in response to U.S. requests, getting too little credit
for it. But they say their army is already stretched thin—a problem exacerbated when soldiers were diverted to respond this summer to the
worst flooding in the country's history. "The Pakistan military continued to avoid military engagements that would put it in direct
conflict with Afghan Taliban or Al Qaeda forces in North Waziristan," the White House concludes, referring to the Pakistani tribal
region that U.S. officials say is being used as a staging ground for attacks on troops in Afghanistan, as well as to plot attacks on
targets in Europe (Fox News, 2010).

Date: October 6, 2010
Source: Fox News, The Wall Street Journal
Title/Headline: Report: Pakistan Spy Agency Urging Taliban To Fight U.S.

Abstract: Members of Pakistan's spy agency are pressing Taliban field commanders to fight the U.S. and its allies in Afghanistan,
U.S. officials and Afghan militants have told The Wall Street Journal, a development that undercuts a key element of the
Pentagon's strategy for ending the war. The explosive accusation is the strongest yet in a series of U.S. criticisms of Pakistan, and shows
a deteriorating relationship with an essential ally in the Afghan campaign. The U.S. has provided billions of dollars in military and
development aid to Pakistan for its support. The U.S. and Afghanistan have sought to persuade midlevel Taliban commanders to
lay down their weapons in exchange for jobs or cash. The most recent Afghan effort at starting a peace process took place this week in
Kabul. But few Taliban have given up the fight, officials say. Some Taliban commanders and U.S. officials say militant leaders are being
pressured by officers from Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency not to surrender. "The ISI wants to arrest commanders who are
not obeying [ISI] orders," said a Taliban commander in Kunar province. U.S. officials say they have heard similar reports from
captured militants and those negotiating to lay down their arms. A senior Pakistani official dismissed the allegation, insisting Islamabad is
fighting militants, not aiding them. "Whenever anything goes wrong in Afghanistan, ISI is to be blamed," said the senior Pakistani
official. "Honestly, they see ISI agents behind every bush in Afghanistan." The Taliban commander in Kunar, like others interviewed
in recent days, said he remained opposed to the presence of foreign troops in Afghanistan and had no plans to stop fighting them. But "the
ISI wants us to kill everyone—policemen, soldiers, engineers, teachers, civilians—just to intimidate people," the commander said
(Fox News, 2010).

Date: October 6, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: US Blames Pakistan For Afghan Failure

Abstract: A new White House report says the Pakistani military is avoiding "direct conflict" with militants near its border with
neighboring Afghanistan. The report, sent to Congress by President Barack Obama, accuses the Pakistani army of pursuing its own
interests in the volatile region. "The Pakistani military continued to avoid military engagements that would put it in direct conflict
with Afghan Taliban or al-Qaeda forces in North Waziristan," the report read. The report comes as a non-UN-sanctioned US strike
killed at least six people and wounded several others in the country's troubled northwestern tribal region on Wednesday. The US has
stepped up its non-UN-sanctioned drone attacks on Pakistani soil in recent days resulting in significant civilian casualties. The
development coincides with Islamabad shutting a major crossing along the border with Afghanistan in reaction to a NATO incursion into
its territory. Experts say the US is looking for scapegoats and shifting blames on regional countries for its failure in the Afghan war.
The rising number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan and the failure of foreign forces to subdue the Taliban and restore peace and
security in the country have resulted in public outrage in the US and NATO member states. The US led the invasion of Afghanistan
allegedly to eradicate terrorism; nine years on, however, it has yet to ameliorate the situation (Press TV, 2010).

Date: October 6, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: Unauthorized US Attack Kills 6 Pakistanis

Abstract: A non-UN-sanctioned US strike has killed at least six people and wounded several others in Pakistan's troubled
northwestern tribal region. Local officials say an unmanned plane has fired two missiles into a residential compound in North
Waziristan. The attack has triggered fire in the building; its smoke was seen from as far as a half a kilometer away. The death toll is
expected to rise as some of the injured are reported to be in critical condition. Unauthorized airstrikes in Pakistan, initiated by former
US president George W. Bush, have continued under President Barack Obama, contributing to the death of hundreds of Pakistani civilians.
While Washington says the attacks target militants, reports show that mostly civilians bear the brunt. The US military has launched
record numbers of such attacks this year. The attacks have turned into a source of tension between Islamabad and Washington.
Islamabad has condemned the airstrikes, describing them as a violation of its sovereignty. In retaliation to the surge in cross-border attacks,
Pakistan has closed its borders with Afghanistan to NATO supply trucks. The recent Pakistani move against the US-led forces has not
stopped the US military from carrying out such attacks inside Pakistani territory (Press TV, 2010).

Date: October 6, 2010
Source: USA Today
Title/Headline: U.S. Apologizes For Attack On Pakistani Soldiers

Abstract: The U.S. apologized Wednesday for a recent helicopter attack that killed two Pakistani soldiers at an outpost near the
Afghan border, saying American pilots mistook the soldiers for insurgents they were pursuing. The apology, which came after a joint
investigation, could pave the way for Pakistan to reopen a key border crossing that NATO uses to ship goods into landlocked Afghanistan.
Pakistan closed the crossing to NATO supply convoys in apparent reaction to the Sept. 30 incident. Suspected militants have taken
advantage of the impasse to launch attacks against stranded or rerouted trucks, including two Wednesday where gunmen torched
at least 55 fuel tankers and killed a driver. "We extend our deepest apology to Pakistan and the families of the Frontier Scouts who
were killed and injured," said the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson. Pakistan initially reported that three soldiers were killed
and three wounded in the attack, but one of the soldiers who was critically injured and initially reported dead ended up surviving, said Maj.
Fazlur Rehman, the spokesman for the Frontier Corps. Pakistani soldiers fired at the two U.S. helicopters prior to the attack, a move the
investigation team said was likely meant to notify the aircraft of their presence after they passed into Pakistani airspace several times. "We
believe the Pakistani border guard was simply firing warning shots after hearing the nearby engagement and hearing the
helicopters flying nearby," said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Tim Zadalis, NATO's director for air plans in Afghanistan who led the
investigation. "This tragic event could have been avoided with better coalition force coordination with the Pakistan military.‖ The
head of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus, also expressed his condolences, saying in a statement that "we deeply
regret this tragic loss of life and will continue to work with the Pakistan military and government to ensure this doesn't happen again."
Pakistan moved swiftly after the attack to close the Torkham border crossing that connects northwestern Pakistan with Afghanistan through
the famed Khyber Pass. The closure has left hundreds of trucks stranded alongside the country's highways and bottlenecked traffic
heading to the one route into Afghanistan from the south that has remained open. There have been seven attacks on NATO supply
convoys since Pakistan closed Torkham, including those Wednesday. NATO officials have insisted that neither the attacks nor the
border closure have caused supply problems for NATO troops since hundreds of trucks still cross into Afghanistan each day through the
Chaman crossing in southwestern Pakistan and via Central Asian states. But reopening Torkham is definitely a priority for NATO
because it is the main crossing in Pakistan, the country through which NATO ships the majority of its supplies into Afghanistan.
Other routes are more expensive and logistically difficult. Both U.S. and Pakistani officials have predicted Torkham would reopen
soon, and the apologies issued Wednesday could provide Pakistan with a face-saving way to back down. Reopening the border could
reduce the frequency with which militants have attacked NATO supply convoys in recent days, although such attacks occurred regularly
even before Torkham was closed. The first attack Wednesday came early in the morning when an unidentified number of gunmen in
two vehicles attacked trucks as they sat in the parking lot of a roadside hotel on the outskirts of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan
province. They were making their way to the Chaman crossing. One driver was killed in the attack and at least 25 trucks were
destroyed by fire that spread quickly from vehicle to vehicle, senior police official Hamid Shakil said. On Wednesday night,
suspected militants armed with assault rifles opened fire on oil tankers parked along the road in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as they
were making their way to Torkham. At least 30 tankers were engulfed in flames, said local police officer Nisar Khan. It was unclear if
there were any casualties. Of the seven attacks on convoys bringing supplies in from the port city of Karachi since the Torkham closure,
five were on trucks heading to that crossing and two were on their way to Chaman. The convoys bring fuel, military vehicles, spare parts,
clothing and other non-lethal supplies for foreign troops in Afghanistan. It was unclear who was behind the latest attacks, but the Pakistani
Taliban have claimed responsibility for similar assaults on NATO supplies. The helicopter attack and the border closure have exposed
the frequent strains in the alliance between Pakistan and the United States. But Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell downplayed
the possibility of any lasting effects. "There are incidents which create misunderstandings, there are setbacks, but that does not
mean the relationship — this crucial relationship to us — is in any way derailed," Morrell said Tuesday. Even if the border is
reopened, underlying tensions will remain in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, especially over Pakistan's unwillingness to go after Afghan
Taliban militants on its territory with whom it has strong historical ties and who generally focus their attacks on Western troops, not
Pakistani targets. (USA Today, 2010).

Date: October 6, 2010
Source: BBC, Riaz Sohail
Title/Headline: Nato Contractors 'Attacking Own Vehicles' In Pakistan

Abstract: Nato supply convoys travelling through Pakistan to Afghanistan have regularly come under attack in the past, but
following Pakistan's decision to block their route through the Khyber Pass, they now face an even bigger security threat. Hundreds
of tankers and trucks have been left stranded on highways and depots across Pakistan, with little or no security. Taliban militants have
regularly been targeting the convoys, even when they are heavily protected. But many believe it is not just the militants who pose a security
threat to the convoys. The owners of oil tankers being used to supply fuel to Nato in Afghanistan say some of the attacks on their
convoys are suspicious. They say there is evidence to suggest that bombs have been planted in many of vehicles by the "Nato
contractors" - individuals or companies who have been contracted by Nato to supply fuel and goods to forces in Afghanistan. The
contractors subsequently hire the transporters who then carry the goods. Dost Mohammad, an oil tanker owner from Nowshera district, said
a Nato contractor had recently been caught trying to plant a bomb in an oil tanker. Contractors say there is little of no security for
the supply convoys. "This happened in the area of Paiyee, when he was putting the bomb under the vehicle." "At that time, a few
men also opened fire on the tankers. The deputy later told the police that he had been told to plant the bomb by the contractor."
Dost Mohammad said the contractor had apparently sold off the fuel first. "Only 2,000 litres from the original 50,000 litres had
been left in the tanker to cover up the crime," he said. Dost Mohammad said it is a win-win situation for the contractors. "If an old
vehicle is burnt, Nato gives them money for a new vehicle. In addition, they receive compensation for all the fuel lost as well." ―We
are very scared at the moment - we are an open target for the militants‖ said Israrullah Shinwari of the All Pakistan Oil Tankers
Association. But the Deputy Minister for Interior, Tasneem Ahmed, dismissed the transporters' claims. "We have no such information that
the Nato contractors are themselves setting the tankers on fire," he told the BBC. "No such complaints have been lodged, to my
knowledge." The BBC also spoke to a Nato contractor, who was similarly dismissive of the allegations. Speaking on condition of
anonymity, he said Nato insured all the goods being transported and the vehicles carrying them. " Nato pays the premium and
bears the relevant charges with the local companies who provide the schemes. The transporters are then reimbursed on the basis of
their actual losses," he said. But he said the policies were only valid within Pakistan. But Nowshera's police chief, Nisar Tanoli, had a
different account of events.

Khyber Pass:

1) Up to 80% of Nato supplies for Afghanistan pass through Pakistan
2) Majority are driven 1,200 miles (1,931km) from port of Karachi to Kabul via Khyber Pass
3) 1,000 container lorries and tankers travel daily through the pass to Kabul
4) Khyber Pass is 53km long (33 miles) and up to a height of 1,070m (3,444ft)
5) About 150 lorries go via the southern supply route through Chaman to Kandahar

Talking to the BBC, he confirmed that at least two attempts to blow up oil tankers had taken place in the district. "One took place in Paiyee,
and the other in the area of Watak near Akora Khattak," he said. "In both incidents the tankers were parked in the area for a couple of
days. During this time, bombs were made in nearby houses and then used on the tankers." He said the contractors were "in a
hurry" to get a copy of the initial police reports into the incident and were "not interest in prolonging the investigations". "The
insurance agents also showed up a few days later," he said. Mr Tanoli says the police carried on their investigations and the facts eventually
came to light. "We have now arrested some drivers and their helpers," he said. "The people behind them are not residents in the
district, but we have issued warrants for their arrest." He added that there have been incidents in which fuel for aircraft has been
sold off. "The contractors later said it had leaked, or the tanker caught fire." All, then, is not as straight forward as it seems, as far as
the threat to the Nato supply route is concerned. ―Pakistan's intelligence and security apparatus may be encouraging the attacks by looking
the other way‖ said a Security analyst. But despite these additional concerns, the main danger continues to come from the Taliban. "We
are very scared at the moment - we are an open target for the militants," said Israrullah Shinwari, a spokesman for the All
Pakistan Oil Tankers Association. "Since the blockade was enforced, we have 3,000 tankers stranded across Pakistan." "The
blockade itself has cost us tens of millions of rupees in losses. This does not include the damages suffered in the attacks. "The
Taliban have openly declared they will target the tankers, but we have been provided with no security." Since 2007, the militants
have destroyed or captured dozens of Nato transport vehicles, especially in the Khyber tribal region. But a security analyst said the latest
move was "tantamount to encouraging the militants to have a real go at the convoys". "The fact that government ministers are calling
the attack an expression of public anger shows that some may just be payback," he said. "Pakistan's intelligence and security
apparatus may be encouraging the attacks by looking the other way. In fact, there are suggestions that agencies may themselves be
behind some themselves" (Sohail, 2010).
Date: October 7, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Alleged Suicide Bombs Kill 8 At Pakistan Sufi Site

Abstract: Two suspected suicide bombers have attacked the most beloved Sufi shrine in Pakistan's largest city, killing at least eight
people, wounding 65 others, and sending a stark reminder of the threat posed by Islamist militants to this U.S.-allied nation. Angry
mobs burned tires and torched buses in the aftermath of the bombings in Karachi late Thursday. The attack came amid tensions between
Washington and Islamabad over NATO helicopter incursions that have led Pakistan to close a key border crossing used to ferry supplies to
Western troops in Afghanistan. Despite U.S. apologies over the incursions, one of which left two Pakistani soldiers dead, Islamabad said
Thursday it had yet to decide when to reopen the crossing. The explosions at the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine in southern port city of
Karachi happened at the busiest time of the week when thousands typically visit to pray, distribute food to the poor and toss rose
petals on the grave of the saint. The dead included two children. Ghazi was an 8th century saint credited with bringing Islam to the
region along the coast. Local legend has it that his shrine protects Karachi from cyclones and other sea-related disasters. Pakistani Sufi
sites have frequently been the target of Islamist militant groups, whose hardline interpretations of the religion leave no room for
the more mystical Sufi practices that are common in this Sunni Muslim-majority nation of 175 million. The first explosion took place
as the suspected bomber was going through the metal detector before a long staircase leading to the main shrine area, said Babar Khattak,
the top police official in Sindh province. The second blast took place about 10 seconds later, farther ahead of the metal detector, he
said. In the aftermath, an Associated Press reporter saw blood, flesh and shoes splattered at the shrine compound. Mohibullah
Khan, a 38-year-old manual laborer, was about to visit the shrine after evening prayers at a nearby mosque when the explosions occurred.
"I heard a huge bang and smoke billowed from there," Khan said. "I ran back toward the mosque and seconds after heard
another big explosion. Then I moved to help the wounded and put six or seven of the crying ones in ambulances and police vehicles.
"Gunshots could be heard throughout the chaotic city of 16 million-plus after the attack, while angry mobs torched at least two
buses in the downtown area and burned tires on some roads. Sindh province Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said all city shrines were
being sealed off. Condemnations poured in from Pakistani leaders, including President Asif Ali Zardari, who was staying elsewhere in the
city at the time. "We remain committed to fighting these murderers and expelling them from our land," Zardari aide Farahnaz
Ispahani said in an e-mail. In July, twin suicide bombers in the eastern city of Lahore attacked Data Darbar, Pakistan's most
revered Sufi shrine, killing 47 people and wounding 180 (Fox News, 2010).

Date: October 8, 2010
Source: Telegraph, Decan Walsh
Title/Headline: Pakistan To Investigate Execution Video

Abstract: Pakistan's army chief orders inquiry into mobile phone footage that purports to show soldiers shooting dead blindfolded
men. Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, has ordered an inquiry into a video that purports to show a group of soldiers gunning
down six blindfolded men in the country's troubled north-west. The video, which has been circulating on the internet for weeks has
renewed long-standing concerns about military human rights violations during operations against the Taliban. If authenticated it
could jeopardise $2bn (£1.2bn) in US military subsidies to Pakistan, under a law that prohibits funding of foreign armies with a record of
gross human rights abuses. Announcing the board of inquiry this morning, Kayani said it would determine the veracity of the video,
including the identity of the executioners wearing Pakistani army soldiers' uniforms. Appearing to take a tough stance, he said: "It
is not expected of a professional army to engage in excesses against the people whom it is trying to guard against the scourge of
terrorism," he said. But he added that in the past Pakistani militants have posed as soldiers. In the graphic five-and-a-half minute
video, a group of soldiers wearing flak jackets line up six blindfolded men wearing salwar kameez, some apparently teenagers, before a
wall in a wooded area. A bearded helmet-less soldier, his hands in his pockets, strolls up to the men and addresses them individually.
Moments later a shooting squad of at least six soldiers, standing in a rough line, unleashes a volley of automatic gunfire. The
detainees fall to the ground, some moaning in pain. Two soldiers approach and open fire at close range, apparently finishing them
off. A state department spokesman last week described the images as "horrifying". One Pakistani website claimed the video, which appears
to have been shot on a mobile phone, had been recorded in the Swat valley, where Pakistan conducted a sweeping military operation in
2009. However, the video contains no proof of this, and others have suggested it was recorded in the Orakzai Agency tribal area.
There is also no information about when the video was recorded, or the identity of those killed. The film quality is grainy but some
soldiers' faces are identifiable. They appear to be carrying G3 rifles, the standard issue Pakistani military weapon. The video first
surfaced on jihadist websites, where they were being touted as a militant recruiting tool, and was later picked up by the US-based
Search for international terrorist entities (Site) Intelligence Group that monitors extremist websites. News of the inquiry received a
cautious welcome from human rights activists who have long accused the army of illegal detention, torture and execution during
operations in the Swat valley and the tribal belt. "While we welcome the announcement from Gen Kayani it remains to be seen whether
this inquiry will be meaningful or is just a sop to the international community," said Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch. Hasan said
he could not confirm the Swat video but that in general terms "credible grounds exist for the Leahy amendment to be invoked", referring to
the 1997 US law that prohibiting funding of armed forces with a record of human rights abuse. "The fact is that HRW and others have
documented scores of executions, collective punishment and other abuses by the Pakistani military in Swat. To date nobody in the
Pakistani military has been held accountable." The US has previously used the Leahy amendment to sanction Colombia and Indonesia.
But the Bush administration refused to apply its provisions to Iraqi military units implicated in human rights abuses after 2003. Pakistan's
army, a difficult but essential partner in the fight against Islamist extremism, may also find a way of avoiding sanctions. A senior
Pakistani official said that if the tape is verified the inquiry will probably shift blame on to the individual unit involved, shirking
any institutional responsibility (Walsh, 2010).

Date: October 8, 2010
Source: The Independent, Patrick Cockburn
Title/Headline: Is Pakistan Falling Apart

Abstract: Is Pakistan disintegrating? Are the state and society coming apart under the impact of successive political and natural
disasters? The country swirls with rumours about the fall of the civilian government or even a military coup. The great Indus flood
has disappeared from the headlines at home and abroad, though millions of farmers are squatting in the ruins of their villages. The
US is launching its heaviest-ever drone attacks on targets in the west of the country, and Pakistan closed the main US and Nato
supply route through the Khyber Pass after US helicopters crossed the border and killed Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan is undoubtedly
in a bad way, but it is also a country with more than 170 million people, a population greater than Russia's, and is capable of absorbing a lot
of punishment. It is a place of lop-sided development. It possesses nuclear weapons but children were suffering from malnutrition
even before the floods. Electricity supply is intermittent so industrialists owning textile mills in Punjab complain that they have to
use their own generators to stay in business. Highways linking cities are impressive, but the driver who turns off the road may soon find
himself bumping along a farmer's track. The 617,000-strong army is one of the strongest in the world, but the government has failed
to eliminate polio or malaria. Everybody agrees that higher education must be improved if Pakistan is to compete in the modern world,
but the universities have been on strike because their budgets had been cut and they could not pay their staff. The problem for Pakistan is
not that the country is going to implode or sink into anarchy, but that successive crises do not produce revolutionary or radical
change. A dysfunctional and corrupt state, part-controlled by the army, staggers on and continues to misgovern the country. The merry-go-
round of open or veiled military rule alternates with feeble civilian governments. But power stays in the hands of an English-speaking
élite that inherited from the British rulers of the Raj a sense of superiority over the rest of the population. The present government
might just squeak through the post-flood crisis because of its weakness rather than its strength. The military has no reason to replace
it formally since the generals already control security policy at home and abroad, as well as foreign policy and anything else they deem
important to their interests. The ambition of the Prime Minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, in the next few weeks is to try to fight off the demand
by the Chief Justice, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, that the legal immunity of President Asif Ali Zardari should be lifted. Mr Zardari, who
owes his position to having been the husband of Benazir Bhutto, assassinated in 2007, has a well-established (though unproven) reputation
for corruption during his pre-presidential days. Whatever the outcome of the struggle with the Supreme Court, Mr Zardari is scarcely
in a position to stand up to the military leaders who may find it convenient to have such a discredited civilian leader nominally in
power. The military have ruled Pakistan for more than half the time since independence in 1947, but their control has never been
quite absolute. The soldiers have never managed to put the politicians and the political parties permanently out of business, so the balance
between military and non-military still counts. But there is no doubt about which way the struggle is going. A decisive moment came on
24 July this year when General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the army chief of staff, was reappointed for another three-year term. The
US embassy in Islamabad is said by foreign diplomats and Pakistani officials to have protested vigorously but unavailingly to
Washington. It said that keeping General Kayani in place would inflict a fatal wound on democracy and demonstrate that the civilian
government could not get rid of its own army commander. In the event, Washington, always a crucial influence in Islamabad, decided that
it would prefer to deal with a single powerful figure able to deliver in negotiations over Afghanistan. This was in keeping with US policy
towards Pakistan since the 1950s. "We were put under intense pressure to keep Kayani," said an aide of President Zardari's. "We were left
with no choice." In one sense, the army never really left power after the fall of General Pervez Musharraf in 2008. It has continued to
allocate to itself an extraordinarily high proportion of Pakistan's limited resources. Military bases all over the country look spruce and
well cared-for, while just outside their razor-wire defences are broken roads and slum housing. At the entrance of a base just west of
Islamabad last week was an elderly but effective-looking tank as a monument, the ground around it parade-ground clean. A few hundred
yards away, a yellow bulldozer was driving through thick mud to make a flood-damaged road passable two months after the deluge, while a
side street nearby was closed by a pool of stagnant grey-coloured water. At the other end of the country in northern Sindh, a local leader,
who like many critics of the Pakistani military did not want his name published, pointed to a wide canal. He said: "This canal is not meant
to be taking water from the Indus, but it is allowed to operate because it irrigates land owned by army officers." The army projects
a messianic image of itself in which it selflessly takes power to save the nation. It likes to contrast its soldierly virtues of
incorruptibility and efficiency with the crookedness and ineptitude of civilians. "The army is very good at claiming to be the
solution to problems which it has itself created,"• complained a local politician in Punjab. "It is also good at ascribing all failures
to civilian governments, which cannot act because the army monopolises resources." He added caustically that in his area, the floods
had arrived on 6 August and the first army assistance on 26 August. Politicians and journalists criticising the army often employ code
words where more is implied than stated. But last month, a government minister made a pungent attack on the army that astonished
listening journalists. The minister for defence production, Abdul Qayyum Jatoi, directly accused the army of being behind the
killing of the opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto, in 2007, and the revered Baluchi leader Nawab Bugti, a year earlier. "We did not
provide the army with uniforms and boots to kill their own countrymen,"• Mr Jatoi said bluntly, suggesting that the army leaders do
their duty by going to defend Pakistan's frontiers and end rumours of a coup. He added: "Not only politicians should be blamed for
corruption, rather [army] generals and judges should be held responsible." Mr Jatoi's words reflect what Pakistanis say about the
army in private, but seldom dare do so in public. He paid a price for his forthrightness, since Mr Gilani promptly sacked him and he is
being accused of high treason in a petition before the courts. He says he does not miss his job very much because all the important
decisions in his ministry were in any case taken by the military. Pakistanis are unhappy because every week seems to bring another piece of
bad news. The country is highly politicised with millions of people observing with acute interest the struggles for power at the
central and local level. Taxi drivers discuss the make-up of the Supreme Court and its future composition. When it comes to open and
lively political disputes, Pakistan is more like Lebanon, with its tradition of weak government but free expression of opinion, than Russia or
Egypt with their supine and intimidated populations. Political parties in Pakistan are powerful and, given an ineffectual and corrupt
administrative apparatus, everybody believes he or she needs somebody of influence to protect their interests. The army likes to denigrate
civilian politicians as "feudalists", but in practice, big landowners have limited political power. Politicians gain influence through
helping "clients" who need their support and that of their parties. "All politics here is really about jobs," says National Assembly
member Mir Dost Muhammad Mazari. Pakistan may not be falling apart, but the floods and the economic crisis – the government is
bankrupt and inflation is at 18-20 per cent – means that every Pakistani I meet, be they small farmers, generals, industrialists or tribal
leaders, is gloomy about the future. Each negative incident is interpreted as a sign of Pakistan's decline and a menacing omen of
worse to come. Two recent scandals, both filmed as they happened and shown on as many as 26 cable television news channels,
appear to confirm that the country is saturated with corruption and violence. This explosion of news channels has happened only in
the past few years and makes it far more difficult to censor information. One scandal was the notorious allegation of match-fixing in
return for bribes made against Pakistani cricketers touring England. Commentators noted acidly that it was typical of the political system
that the highly unpopular head of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ijaz Butt, could not be dismissed by the defence minister, Ahmad Mukhtar,
because he is the latter's brother-in-law. The scandal was peculiarly damaging because it broke in August just as the government was
trying to persuade the world to give it large sums of money for flood relief. A second scandal, which may have horrified Pakistanis
even more than the bribery case in England, took place a few days earlier. News out of Pakistan at the time was all about the
devastating floods and it received little international attention, but the gory events were again played endlessly on television. They
took place on 15 August in the city of Sialkot, north of Lahore, where two wholly innocent teenagers called Hafiz Sajjad, 18, and
Mohammed Muneeb Sajjad, 15, were misidentified as robbers and lynched by a crowd in the middle of a city street. Uniformed police
stood nonchalantly by as men with iron rods and sticks took turns over a period of hours to beat the boys to death. Their mangled
bodies were finally hung upside down in the market and the case only became know because a courageous television reporter had
accidentally witnessed and secretly filmed what happened. The Sialkot lynching shows Pakistani society at its worst. It also
illustrates what happens when there is a breakdown in the administration of justice. In this case, the local police are reported to have
routinely killed alleged criminals or handed them over to lynch mobs. This breakdown in the administration of justice is general. I asked
Pashtun tribal elders in a town near Lakki Marwat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province what they most needed. They all said
governance: some form of effective local government administration. In south Punjab I went to a tribal court where 100 tough-looking
Baluchi tribesmen had submitted a land dispute to a respected leader of their tribe. It was a complicated case involving a grandfather's will
written in 1985 that left 12 acres of land unequally to the sons of his two marriages. The will was not very precise but nobody cared at first
because the land was in the desert. But then one member of the family started to irrigate it and made it productive, leading to a rancorous
dispute about ownership. The claimants to the land had chosen binding arbitration by a respected local leader, because a decision would be
swift and free. They said that if they went through the state courts, the case could take years and the judges and police could be bribed. But
incidents such as the Sialkot lynching do not mean that the country is slipping into primal anarchy like Somalia. The Western world looks
at Pakistan primarily in relation to Afghanistan, the Taliban, extreme jihadi Islam and the "war on terror". In a country of 170
million people there are always episodes that can be used as evidence to illustrate any trend, such as the belief that Pakistan is filled
with bloodthirsty Islamic militants bent on holy war. Earlier this year, Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, which compiles an
annual list of failed states, placed Pakistan 10th on the list, claiming that it showed more signs of state failure than Haiti and Yemen, and is
only slightly more stable than Somalia and Yemen. The country's high ranking in the survey tells one more about the paranoid state of
mind of Washington post-9/11 than what is actually happening. There is no incentive to play down the "Islamic threat to Pakistan" on
the part of any journalist who wants his or her story to be published, think-tankers who need a grant, or diplomats who seek
promotion. The influence and prospects for growth of small jihadi organisations are systematically exaggerated. Over-attentive
reading of the Koran is seen as the first step on the road to Islamic terrorism. Overstated claims about their activities by fundamentalist
Islamic groups are happily lapped up and repeated. Stories acquire a life of their own, regardless of their factual basis. During the recent
floods, the foreign media reported on how militant Islamic groups were prominent and energetic in distributing aid to victims, the
suggestion being that they will use their enhanced status to recruit more young men for holy war. This is supposedly what they did
during the Kashmir earthquake of 2005, which killed 75,000 people whom it was difficult to reach because they lived high in the
mountains. Christine Fair, an expert on Pakistan at Georgetown University in Washington, eloquently demolishes this and other spurious
stories about the growth of militant Islam in Pakistan. She cites a survey of 28,000 households in 126 villages in Kashmir in which one-
quarter of the inhabitants said they had received aid from international agencies, 7 per cent from non-militant Islamic charities, and just 1
per cent from the Islamic militant groups. Of course, the militantly religious of all kinds are likely to be to the front in helping survivors of
any disaster, because most faiths adjure their adherents to help others in a crisis. The only person I met during a visit to flooded areas who
could in any way be described as a religious militant engaged in relief work was an amiable German Pentecostalist waiting for a flight in
Lahore airport. Another hardy-perennial story about Pakistan claims that because of the undoubted inadequacy of the Pakistani
public education system, madrasahs, or religious schools, provide free education to the needy. Once enrolled, the children are
supposedly brainwashed to turn them into the future foot soldiers of jihadi Islam. In reality, Pakistani educational specialists say
that just 1.3 per cent of children in school go the madrasahs, 65 per cent to public schools, and 34 per cent to non-religious private
schools. In recent years, it is the small and affordable private schools that have expanded fastest, mainly because jobs in them are open to
educated women prepared to accept low pay. Most jihadis turn out to have been educated at public schools. Extreme Islamists have seldom
done well in elections in Pakistan. Widespread popular support for the Afghan Taliban stems primarily from the conviction that they are
essentially a Pashtun national liberation movement fighting a foreign occupation. The Pakistani Taliban was once said to be "60 miles
from Islamabad", but such scaremongering ignored the fact that there were three mountain ranges and one of the world's most
powerful armies in between the Taliban's rag-tag fighters and the capital. The Pakistani state may not function very well but it is
not failing, and – a pity – current crises may not even change it very much (Cockburn 2010).
Date: October 9, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Gunmen Torch 29 More NATO Oil Tankers In Pakistan

Abstract: Gunmen armed with a rocket torched 29 NATO oil tankers in southwestern Pakistan before dawn Saturday, the latest
attack on the supply line for international troops in Afghanistan since Pakistani authorities closed a key border crossing amid a
dispute with the United States. Two responding police officers were wounded. Local government official Abdul Mateen said Saturday's
attack occurred in the area of Mithri, about 120 miles east of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province. He said the attackers used guns
and fired a rocket to destroy the tankers. "We are facing problems in extinguishing the fire," he said. At least 10 gunmen were
involved in the attack, police official Jamil Khan said. The oil tankers were parked near a roadside restaurant. When local police responded,
the gunmen fired on them before fleeing. One officer was wounded by a bullet, while another suffered slight burns as he tried to stop
the blaze, Mateen said. Pakistan shuttered the border in Torkham on Sept. 30, following a NATO helicopter strike that killed two Pakistani
border guards. Since then, there have been several attacks on supply convoys, including two in which militants torched 70 fuel tankers and
killed a driver. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for such previous attacks and have demanded that the
government permanently bar NATO and the U.S. from using its soil to transport supplies to Afghanistan. The U.S. has apologized
for the cross-border helicopter strike, but Islamabad has yet to open the border crossing at Torkham. Still, officials believe it could be
reopened next week. A smaller crossing in the southwest has stayed open (Fox News, 2010).

Date: October 14, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistan Arrests 7 Militants, Foil Plot To Kill PM

Abstract: Pakistani police said Thursday they have foiled a plot to kill the country's prime minister, foreign minister and other
senior police, army and government officials by arresting a group of seven militants in central Pakistan. Senior police official Abid
Qadri said authorities learned about the plot during an initial interrogation of militants, who were arrested late Wednesday after a shootout
near a village in central Pakistan. The militants opened fire when police tried to pull the suspects' car over for a routine check, Qadri
said. Nobody was wounded or killed in the shooting, but two men managed to escape, he said. "We have averted several high-profile
attacks by arresting these terrorists," he told The Associated Press. The men are all part of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which is a banned Sunni
Muslim militant group linked to both the Taliban and al-Qaida, Qadri said. The group has been blamed for attacking minority
Shiite worship places and killing Shiites across Pakistan. Some of the suspects arrested Wednesday are believed to have taken part in
last year's attack on the main Pakistani spy agency in the central city of Multan that killed 12 people, Qadri said. He did not say how far
along the men were in their alleged plot to kill Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and
the others. Qadri said the suspects also had plans to attack a key dam, a bridge and military installations (Fox News, 2010).
Date: October 21, 2009
Source: Telegraph
Title/Headline: Pictured: The Gaping Hole Left By Suicide Blasts At Pakistan University That Killed Eight

Abstract: Two suicide bombers targeted the Islamic International University today at 3 15 pm killing 6 and injuring 15 according
to initial reports. Both the bombers detonated explosive simultaneously. One bomber exploded himself at the University Women
Cafeteria while the other attacked the Faculty of Shariat Building. 2 women are among the dead. The Interior Minister visited
hospitals to inquire about those injured in the blast but had to cut short his visit to the university because of the presence of protesting
students who pelted his motorcade with stones. It merits a mention here that almost all of the educational Institutions were already
closed due to security threats but some Universities including Islamic University didn't close down their campuses (Telegraph,

Date: October 22, 2010
Source: CBS News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: U.S. Cuts Funding for Pakistan Military Units: About 6 Army Units Linked to Alleged Extrajudicial Killings, Torture Will
Lose American Cash-Flow

Abstract: The Obama administration is withholding assistance to some Pakistani military units over concerns they may have been
involved in human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings and torture, a senior U.S. official said Thursday. The official said
aid to a handful of Pakistani units believed to have committed, encouraged or tolerated abuses had been suspended under 1997
legislation championed by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. The so-called Leahy Amendment bars U.S. military assistance from going to
foreign armed forces suspected of committing atrocities. "In accordance with the Leahy Amendment, we have withheld assistance
from a small number of units linked to gross human rights violations," the official said. "At the same time, we have encouraged
Pakistan to improve its human rights training, and it is taking steps in that direction." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because
he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. It was not immediately clear when the decision to withhold the assistance was first
taken or exactly how many Pakistani military units were affected. The New York Times first reported the withholding of aid late Thursday.
The news comes just several days after India claimed Pakistan's intelligence agency was deeply involved in planning the 2008
terror attack on Mumbai, and even funded reconnaissance missions to the Indian city. Grainy video showing alleged atrocities by
Pakistani soldiers was first posted about three weeks ago on a jihadist web forum. CBS News' Khaled Wassef, who found the videos,
says the story likely started gaining traction in Pakistan after al Qaeda's media operation, as-Sahab, included clips apparently showing
Pakistani troops shooting to death at least six men in civilian clothes in a video production highlighting alleged atrocities committed
by Pakistani forces. As-Sahab disseminated the material to Pakistani media outlets, raising the profile of the alleged killings and likely
helping to prompt the official Pakistani military investigation into the videos, says Wassef. The person who posted the clips in question
claimed the footage was from Pakistan's Swat Valley, the scene of a major army offensive against Taliban militants in 2009. The Pakistani
army has been accused of carrying out extrajudicial killings in Swat ever since launching the offensive in May 2009 - allegations it
denies. Halting assistance to certain units will not affect broader U.S. support for Pakistan's military, which is considered key to
counterterrorism efforts in the region. On Friday, the U.S. announced a new military aid package for Pakistan worth about $2 billion
over the next five years as it presses the country to do more to fight extremists there and in neighboring Afghanistan. That announcement is
planned at the end of three days of high-level strategic talks in Washington between top U.S. and Pakistani officials, including Pakistani
army chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. Kayani has pledged to improve the Pakistani military's human rights record in numerous
discussions with U.S. officials. "As General Kayani has said repeatedly in public and in private, professional standards and enforcement of
those standards are the hallmark of a modern and successful military," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement. "These
issues are part of our conversations with all militaries around the world with whom we work" (CBS News, 2010).

Date: October 22, 2010
Source: France 24, AFP
Title/Headline: US Offers Pakistan 2 Billion-Dollar Military Package

Abstract: The United States on Friday pledged two billion dollars in military aid to Pakistan and hailed its efforts to battle
extremists, seeking to bolster an uneasy alliance with the frontline nation. The five-year assistance plan, which replaces an earlier
package that expired, meets a key request of Pakistan's leaders but comes amid signals the United States will deny aid to units accused of
human rights violations. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US administration would ask Congress to approve two billion
dollars in military aid from 2012 to 2016 as part of the United States' "enduring commitment to help Pakistan plan for its defense
needs." "The United States has no stronger partner when it comes to counter-terrorism efforts against the extremists who threaten us both
than Pakistan," Clinton said at high-level, three-day talks between the two nations. The military package would be in addition to 7.5
billion dollars which Congress last year committed over five years in civilian aid, including building schools and roads, in a bid to
dent the allure of extremists. Pakistan, which had been the main backer of Afghanistan's Taliban regime, dumped its support
overnight after the September 11, 2001 attacks and became the pivotal US partner offering access into its northwestern neighbor.
US officials have long questioned whether Pakistan has fully cut off ties to Afghanistan's Taliban or acted against extremists at home. But
Pakistan last year launched a major offensive on homegrown Taliban, who moved perilously close to the nuclear power's capital Islamabad.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who is accompanied by the army chief to the strategic dialogue in Washington,
denounced criticism of his country's efforts against extremism. "There are still tongue-in-cheek comments, even in this capital, about
Pakistan's heart not really being in this fight. I do not know what greater evidence to offer than the blood of our people," Qureshi
said, sitting next to Clinton. "Prophets of doom are back in business painting doomsday scenarios about our alliance. They are
dead wrong," he said. But a White House report to Congress this month faulted Pakistan for not working against Afghanistan's Taliban, in
what experts say is an attempt by Islamabad to preserve influence in its neighbor if and when US troops leave. The United States has also
been alarmed by reports of summary executions by Pakistani troops and, in accordance with US law, is said to be looking at
barring training for some units involved in abuses. The United States and India have also said that Pakistan should do more to rein
in fervently anti-Indian groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed for orchestrating the bloody 2008 siege of Mumbai
(France 24, 2010).

Date: October 22, 2010
Source: Global Times
Title/Headline: 43 Taliban Suspects Arrested In SW Pakistan

Abstract: Pakistani police arrested at least 43 suspects on charges of keeping connection with Taliban militants in the southwest
Balochistan province, police sources told Xinhua. The arrest had been made by security forces on Thursday evening during a raid in
Kuchlak, an outskirt of provincial capital Quetta, in an attempt to ensure security in the province plagued by insurgency and terrorism. The
suspects were allegedly involved in extortion, land mafia and other petty crimes, and they are being questioned, an official said. A
senior police officer confirmed that majority of the detained are Afghan refugees. Balochistan shares a long border with Afghanistan and
Iran. Similar search operations are also underway in different parts of northwest tribal areas and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which is
the frontline in the war against terror (Global Times, 2010).

Date: November 2, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistan PM Sees No Chance Of Military Coup

Abstract: Pakistan's prime minister on Tuesday rejected calls by opposition politicians for midterm elections and said there was no
chance of the country's powerful army seizing power as it has often done in the past. The government of President Asif Ali Zardari is
unpopular among many Pakistanis and is under pressure from the Supreme Court over corruption allegations. It has been dogged by
speculation and rumors that it is on its way out almost from the day it took office. Zardari, the husband of slain former Prime
Minister Benazir Bhutto, insists he will see out his five-year term until it ends in 2013. His supporters note that his party has a majority
in parliament, meaning there is no constitutional way of ending it early. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said in parliament on Tuesday
that the army was "pro-democracy" and would not impose martial law. He said those calling for the dissolution of parliament and fresh
elections were trying to break up the country. The army has seized power from civilian governments several times before in
Pakistan's turbulent history, but many commentators say it does not currently have the appetite to stage a coup. However, it
remains a powerful political force that would have to endorse any move to get rid of Zardari. Zardari is head of the ruling Pakistan People‘s
Party, of which Gilani is also a member. Opposition spokesman Sadiqul Farooq said the government had failed to improve the economy,
restore peace and provide even basic facilities to the people. "The government will not survive. You will see midterm elections soon,"
he predicted. Despite Farooq's remarks, opposition leader Nawaz Sharif has so far avoided directly calling for Zardari to step down or
actively leading a campaign to destabilize the government. Many analyst say Sharif is well positioned to win the next elections but is no
rush to take power, especially given the perilous state of the country. He may prefer to see the government limp along to 2013 and win
those polls, untainted by charges of bringing down an elected government midterm (Fox News, 2010).

Date: November 21, 2010
Source: Los Angeles Times, Alex Rodriguez
Title/Headline: Pakistan Rejects U.S. Drone Expansion

Abstract: Pakistan has rejected a request from the United States to expand its drone missile campaign against Al Qaeda and
Taliban militants, a decision that limits Washington's use of one of its most effective tools against insurgents hiding out in the
country's northwest. Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said the government would not allow the U.S. to carry out
drone strikes outside the tribal belt along the Afghan border and repeated Islamabad's request that Washington abandon its use of
drones in Pakistan on the grounds that the program violates the nation's sovereignty. Basit did not say which additional areas the U.S.
wanted to target. However, the Washington Post reported Saturday that the request focused on areas outside the southern city of Quetta, in
Baluchistan province, where Afghan Taliban leaders have hideouts. "We are allies of the United States in the war against terror," Basit
said. "However, Pakistan will not compromise on sovereignty." Islamabad's refusal comes as little surprise, given the animosity among
Pakistanis that the drone campaign has stirred for years, but even as the government publicly condemns the drone program, it tacitly allows
the missile strikes to take place. Pakistan even provides intelligence to facilitate the targeting of the strikes. The drone missions are
deeply unpopular in Pakistan, where they are viewed as an illustration of President Asif Ali Zardari's willingness to acquiesce to
most of Washington's demands. Allowing an expansion of the drone program could further aggravate the vulnerability of
Zardari's government, already weakened by its mishandling of this summer's catastrophic floods and the country's economic
troubles. Any expansion of the drone campaign into Baluchistan would also be a dramatic departure in policy for Islamabad because it is
not part of the semiautonomous tribal region where the strikes are permitted. In addition, the Quetta region is heavily populated; the city
has a population of 900,000. The core leadership of the Afghan Taliban insurgency, known as the Quetta Shura and is headed by Mullah
Muhammad Omar, has used Quetta and its outlying regions as a sanctuary for years. The U.S. has dramatically stepped up its use of
drone strikes in the tribal areas. So far this year, it has carried out 101 drone missile strikes in northwest Pakistan, compared with
53 in 2009. The attacks have focused largely on North Waziristan, a primary stronghold of militants and commanders with the Haqqani
network, an Afghan Taliban wing regarded by the U.S. as one of the biggest threats facing coalition forces in Afghanistan. According to
the Long War Journal website, which keeps track of drone missile strike statistics, 92 of the attacks this year occurred in North
Waziristan (Rodriguez, 2010).

Date: November 22, 2010
Source: Newsweek, Pervez Musharraf
Title/Headline: Don't Mess With Pakistan

Abstract: The world is watching Pakistan and rightfully so. It's a happening place. Pakistan is at the center of geostrategic
revolution and realignments. The economic, social, and political aspirations of China, Afghanistan, Iran, and India turn on
securing peace, prosperity, and stability in Pakistan. Our country can be an agent of positive change, one that creates unique economic
interdependencies between central, west and south Asian countries and the Middle East through trade and energy partnerships. Or there's
the other option: the borderless militancy Pakistan is battling could take down the whole region. Recently, terrorists on both sides of the
Pakistan-Afghanistan border have plotted, unsuccessfully, to unleash terror as far away as Copenhagen and New York City.
Pakistan's role for a safe, secure world cannot be overemphasized. To appreciate the complex history of Pakistan's internal and external
challenges is to understand how the 21st century could well play out for the world. Our country was born of violence, in August 1947.
Just months after the partition of the subcontinent and the creation of the Dominion of Pakistan, we were at war with India over
Kashmir. Pakistan and India's mutual animosity and history of confrontation remain powerful forces in South Asia to this day. Because of
its sense of having been wronged by India—and feeling that it faced an existential threat from that country—Pakistan cast its lot with the
West. We became a strategic partner of the U.S. during the Cold War, signing on to the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization
(SEATO) and Central Treaty Organization (CENTO) in the 1950s, while India tilted toward the Soviet Union. As part of our
inalienable right to self-preservation, we formulated a "minimum defensive deterrence" strategy to maintain Army, Navy and Air
Force numbers at levels proportional to India's. In 1965 we again went to war over Kashmir, and in 1971 over East Pakistan (I fought in
both). Our suspicions about India were proved right when it became clear that the creation of Bangladesh was only made possible through
Indian military and intelligence support. Among Pakistanis in general, and the Army in particular, attitudes against India hardened. The
adversarial relationship between our Inter Services Intelligence and their Research and Analysis Wing worsened, both exploiting
any opportunity to inflict harm on the other. India's "Smiling Buddha" nuclear tests in 1974 changed everything. Pakistan was forced to
resort to unconventional means to compensate for the new imbalance of power. Prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto initiated Pakistan's
atomic program, and thus began the nuclearization of the subcontinent. India's pursuit of nuclear weapons was an effort to project
power beyond its borders; Pakistan's was an existential and defensive imperative. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 presented
Pakistan with a security threat from two directions: Soviets to the west, who wanted access to the Indian Ocean through Pakistan,
and Indians to the east. Once again Pakistan joined hands with the United States to fight Moscow. We called it jihad by design, this
effort to attract mujahideen from all over the Muslim world. And from Morocco to Indonesia, some 25,000 of them came. We
trained and armed Taliban from the madrassahs of the then North West Frontier Province, and pushed them into Afghanistan. By
this time, the liberal and intellectual Afghan elite had left for the safer climes of Europe and the U.S., leaving behind a largely poor,
religious-minded population to fight the 10-year jihad. We—Pakistan, the U.S., the West, and Saudi Arabia—are equally
responsible for nourishing the militancy that defeated the Soviet Union in 1989, and which seeks now to defeat us all. The Soviets
quit Kabul, and the Americans abandoned Islamabad. Washington rewarded its once indispensable ally by invoking the Pressler
Amendment and imposing military sanctions, and by choosing to foster a strategic relationship with India. Pakistan was left alone to deal
with the nearly 4 million Afghans who had streamed into our country and became the world's largest refugee population. The people of
Pakistan felt betrayed and used. For Pakistan, the decade of disaster had begun. No efforts were made to deprogram, rehabilitate, and
resettle the mujahideen or redevelop and build back war-ravaged Afghanistan. This shortsightedness led to ethnic fighting, warlordism, and
Afghanistan's dive into darkness. The mujahideen coagulated into Al Qaeda. The Taliban, who would emerge as a force in 1996, eventually
would occupy 90 percent of the country, ramming through their obscurantist medievalism. It was also in 1989 that the freedom struggle
reignited in India-administered Kashmir. This started out as a purely indigenous and peaceful uprising against Indian state repression. The
people who led this first intifada were radicalized by the Indian Army's fierce and indiscriminate crackdowns on locals. The Kashmir
cause is a rallying cry for Muslims around the world. It is more so for Pakistanis. The plight of Kashmiri Muslims inspired the
creation of new mujahideen groups within Pakistan who then sent thousands of volunteer fighters to the troubled territory. In terms
of identity politics, the boundaries were clearer: the mujahideen set their sights on India; Al Qaeda and the Taliban were focused largely on
Afghanistan. With the Taliban to our west and the mujahideen in the north, this arc of anger rent our social fabric. Pakistan found itself
awash in guns and drugs. Nine years later, there was bad news from Pokhran. In May 1998, India again tested its bomb. Almost
two weeks later, Pakistan responded by "turning the mountain white" at Chaghai. For Pakistanis, our own tests became a symbol of our
power in the world, a testament to our resolve and innovation in the face of adversity, and a source of unmitigated pride in our streets. We
became a nuclear power and an international pariah at the same time, but furthering and harnessing our nuclear potential remains
and must remain our singular national interest. Of course, the U.S. views India's nuclear program differently from Pakistan's.
Even our pursuit of nuclear power for civilian purposes, for electricity generation, is viewed negatively. India's pursuit is assisted
by the U.S. In Pakistan, people see this as yet another instance of American partiality, even hostility. Many even believe that the
U.S. wants to denuclearize Pakistan— by force if necessary—because it fears the weapons could come into the hands of the
Taliban, Al Qaeda, or any of the myriad militant organizations who have loosed mayhem in Pakisan. Our nuclear weapons are
secure. Pakistan was one of only three countries to recognize the Taliban government of Afghanistan. We did this because of our ethnic,
historical, and geographical affinity with Afghan Pashtuns who comprised the Taliban. In 2000, when I led Pakistan, I had suggested to the
U.S. and other countries that they, too, should recognize the Taliban government and collectively engage Kabul in order to achieve
moderation there through exposure and exchange. This was shot down. Continued diplomatic isolation of the Taliban regime pushed it
into the embrace of the Arab-peopled Al Qaeda. Had the Taliban government been recognized, the world could have saved the
Bamiyan Buddhas, and unknotted the Osama bin Laden problem thereby preventing the spate of Al Qaeda-orchestrated attacks
around the world including on September 11, 2001, in the U.S. When America decided to retaliate, we joined the international
coalition against Kabul by choice so we could safeguard and promote our own national interests. Nobody in Islamabad was in favor
of the religious and governmental philosophy of the Taliban. By joining the coalition, we also prevented India from gaining an upper hand
in Afghanistan from where it could then machinate against Pakistan. The Taliban and Al Qaeda were defeated in 2001 with the help of
the Northern Alliance, which was composed of Uzbeks, Hazarans, and Tajiks—all ethnic minorities. The Pashtuns and Arabs of
Afghanistan fled to the mountains and fanned out across Pakistan. This was the serious downside of joining the global coalition: the
mujahideen who were fighting for Kashmir formed an unholy nexus with the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban—and turned their guns on us.
While I was president, they made at least four attempts on my life. In 2002, the allies installed a largely Pashtun-free government in
Afghanistan that lacked legitimacy because it did not represent 50 percent of the Afghan population, Pashtuns. This should not have
happened. All Taliban are Pashtun, but not all Pashtuns are Taliban. Pashtuns were thus isolated, blocked from the mainstream,
and pushed toward the Taliban, who made a resurgence in 2004. Today, the Taliban rule the roost in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda and
the Taliban are ensconced in our tribal agencies, plotting and launching attacks against us and others. The twin scourge of
radicalism and militarism has infected settled districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and beyond. Mujahideen groups are operating in India-
administered Kashmir and seem to have public support in Pakistan. After nine long years, and a longer war for the U.S. than Vietnam,
the world wants to negotiate with "moderate" elements in the Taliban—and from a position of apparent weakness. Before the
coalition abandons Afghanistan again, it must at least ensure the election of a legitimate Pashtun-led government. Pakistan, which has lost
at least 30,000 of its citizens in the war on terror, should be forgiven for wondering whether it was all worth it. Pakistanis should
not be left to feel that it was not (Musharraf, 2010).

Date: November 28, 2010
Source: CNN, Reza Sayah
Title/Headline: 12 Dead After Cargo Plane Crashes In Pakistan

Abstract: The death toll from a plane crash Sunday in Karachi, Pakistan, rose to 12 after an official confirmed the deaths of four
people who were on the ground. The four laborers were sleeping in an under-construction building that the plane crashed into, said
Pervez George, a spokesman for Pakistan's Civil Aviation Authority. Additionally, a man on a motorcycle was critically injured when
the plane crashed, George said. The plane crashed early Sunday in the southern port city, killing eight Russian nationals on board
and sending flames shooting through the sky, a Pakistani official said. The cargo plane took off at 1:45 a.m. (3:45 p.m. Saturday ET)
from the Jinnah Karachi International Airport for Khartoum, Sudan, and went down a few minutes later in the Gulistan-e Johar section of
Karachi, an area where many Pakistani naval officers live. The plane appeared to hit several buildings that were under construction.
The pilot appeared to deliberately bring the plane down in a less densely populated residential area in order to save lives, Masood
Raza, a Karachi district government official, told CNN affiliate GEO News in Pakistan. "If the plane would have crashed in a (more
crowded) residential area, it would have been a very big disaster for the city of Karachi," Raza said. The Russian-made cargo plane
was carrying relief supplies, including tents, to Africa before it went down. The plane arrived in Karachi on Saturday from Fujairah, United
Arab Emirates, George said. A witness told CNN that he saw fire on one of the plane's wings before it crashed. Firefighters, rescue
personnel and area residents rushed to the scene, with jet fuel fanning the large flames and huge plumes of smoke. The blaze was
put out by 4 a.m., according to George, but rescue personnel continued to comb through the rubble looking for other people
possibly killed or hurt. Bystander Mohammed Raees told GEO News that he was injured after flaming parts of a building hit him and the
motorcyle he was preparing to ride. Hospital sources told the CNN affiliate that Raees had burns over 60 percent of his body (CNN, 2010).

Date: November 29, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: Pakistani To Sue CIA Over Drone Attacks

Abstract: A Pakistani tribesman says he will sue President Barack Obama's administration and CIA officials for killing his son and
brother in a non-UN-sanctioned strike. Karim Khan's relatives were slain in an unsanctioned US drone attack in North Waziristan tribal
district, back in 2009. Now, he says he will file a lawsuit and ask for compensation. "That drone attack killed my son, my brother and a
local man. We are not terrorists, we are common citizens," Khan told a news conference in Islamabad. "According to Islamic law
the punishment for blood is blood. If I have the means, I will take revenge for this attack," AFP quoted Khan as saying. "We need
justice. We are innocent people." His lawyer Mirza Shehzad Akbar says he will file a lawsuit in Pakistan and, if necessary, one with the
International Court of Justice based at The Hague. According to Associated Press, the lawyer is expected to sue CIA director Leon
Panetta, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and CIA station chief in Islamabad for "wrongful death.‖ Pakistan's northwestern
tribal belt is often targeted by unauthorized US drone attacks. Over 250 people have been killed in such attacks since September.
Washington claims its air raids target militants, who cross the border into Afghanistan, but civilians are the main victims of such attacks.
Islamabad has repeatedly condemned the strikes as violations of its sovereignty. The issue of civilian casualties has strained relations
between Islamabad and Washington with the Pakistani government repeatedly voicing its objection to the attacks. "We have repeatedly
said the drone attacks are counter productive," Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says. The United Nations says the US-operated
drone strikes in Pakistan pose a growing challenge to the international rule of law. Philip Alston, UN special envoy on extrajudicial
killings, said in a report in late October that the attacks were undermining the rules designed to protect the right of life. Alston also said he
feared that the drone killings by the US Central Intelligence Agency could develop a "playstation" mentality (Press TV, 2010).

Date: December 3, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: Pakistan Still In Dire Need Of Aid: UN

Abstract: The United Nations says more than one million displaced people are still in need of emergency aid in the flood-stricken
regions of Pakistan. The UN chief of humanitarian affairs, Valerie Amos, made the remarks on Friday during a visit to displaced
families living in camps in Sehwan, 230 kilometers (144 miles) northeast of Karachi. She reiterated warnings that the crisis could
drag on well into 2011. "It could take about six to seven months until the water recedes and homeless people go to their native areas to
rebuild their homes and plant their crops," AFP quoted Amos as saying. Amos noted that the UN was making efforts to avert any future
health crisis among the homeless people in the worst stricken areas. The world body says millions of people have been left without food,
water, shelter and other basic necessities in Pakistan as the result of the July-August flooding. A Press TV correspondent reported
that thousands of flood victims are leading miserable lives in several districts of southern Sindh Province. The United Nations has
launched several appeals for funding the aid initiative to help the victims of the worst natural disaster in the history of Pakistan. Some
2,000 people have lost their lives and 21 million others were displaced due to the weeks-long floods that engulfed an area the size of
England. Winter, cold and hunger are also threats looming over millions of people still without basic necessities (Press TV, 2010).

Date: December 5, 2010
Source: Press TV
Title/Headline: Pakistanis Hold Massive Anti-US Rally

Abstract: Thousands of angry Pakistani demonstrators have taken to the streets of Islamabad to protests their government's
alliance with the United States. Protesters gathered near the parliament house amid heavy police presence on Sunday. They demanded
Islamabad cut all ties with Washington. The Pakistani Jamaat-e-Islami activists shouted anti-US slogans during a rally in the capital
city. They also demanded the release of Pakistani scientist Aafia Siddiqui. A US federal court has sentenced Siddiqui to 86 years in
prison for allegedly shooting at her American interrogators in Afghanistan. Siddiqui vanished in Karachi, Pakistan with her three
children on March 30, 2003. The following day, local newspapers reported that she had been taken into US custody on terrorism charges.
Human rights groups say that Siddiqui had secretly been transferred to the US base in Bagram, north of Kabul, and tortured for
five years prior to the alleged 2008 incident. Siddiqui's relatives and political activists have strongly criticized the US justice system
for its handling of the case. Meanwhile, some protesters were there to warn the government against a military operation in the North
Waziristan tribal region. They said such a move would trigger a new wave of unrest. The US has been asking Pakistan to launch a
major ground offensive into the northern tribal region to crush militancy. The Pakistani army has launched several operations in
the restive northwest in order to flush the militants out of tribal areas. Hundreds of Pakistanis have lost their lives since the former
military ruler Pervez Musharraf joined the US-led so-called war on terror following the 9/11 attacks. Militant attacks, unsanctioned
drone strikes and political unrest have claimed the lives of over 4,000 people throughout Pakistan since 2007 (Press TV, 2010).

Date: December 6, 2010
Source: Fox News, Associated Presss
Title/Headline: Homicide Bombers Kill 50 People In Pakistan

Abstract: Two homicide attackers wearing police uniforms and jackets packed with explosives and bullets blew themselves up at a
gathering of tribesmen to discuss the formation of an anti-Taliban militia in northwest Pakistan Monday, killing 50 people, officials
said. The meeting was being held at the main government compound in Mohmand, part of Pakistan's militant-infested tribal region. It was
the latest strike against local tribesmen who have been encouraged by the government to take up arms against the Taliban. More than 100
people were wounded, many of them critically, said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister of neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
province. Also Monday, Pakistani intelligence officials said missiles fired from a U.S. drone killed seven people in Khushali village
in North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not allowed to
speak to the media. Both of the bombers were disguised in tribal police uniforms, said Khan. One of them was caught at the gate of the
compound, but he was able to detonate his explosives, he said. The dead and wounded included tribal elders, police, political officials and
other civilians. Two of the dead were local TV journalists who were at the compound reporting, said Shakirullah Jan, president of
the Mohmand press club. The Pakistani army has carried out operations in Mohmand to battle Taliban and al-Qaida fighters in
the area, but it has been unable to defeat the militants. The military has encouraged local tribesmen to form militias to oppose the
militants. These groups have had varying degrees of success and have often been targeted in deadly attacks. A homicide bomber attacked
a mosque in northwestern Pakistan in early November that was frequented by elders opposed to the Pakistani Taliban, killing 67
people. The attack occurred in the town of Darra Adam Khel, a militant stronghold on the edge of the tribal region. "We are not scared of
such attacks and will keep on taking these enemies of humanity to task until they disappear from society," said Hussain, the
information minister (Fox News, 2010).

Date: December 17, 2010
Source: CNN, Pam Benson
Title/Headline: Top U.S. Spy Pulled From Pakistan After Terror Threats

Abstract: The CIA has recalled its top spy in Pakistan out of concern for his safety after terrorist threats against him, a U.S.
intelligence official said. The station chief, the highest-ranking U.S. intelligence officer in Pakistan, operates covertly and his
identity is considered classified. He had recently been named in a lawsuit filed by a Pakistani man seeking $500 million for the
death of his son and brother, who the man alleges were killed in a U.S. drone strike. The spy's name then appeared in Pakistani media
stories about the lawsuit. The threats "were of such a serious nature that it would be imprudent not to act," the intelligence official said,
describing the decision to pull him from the country. A spokesman for the CIA declined to speak about any details of the situation in
Pakistan but said in general that protecting CIA personnel is a top priority. "Our station chiefs routinely encounter major risk as they
work to keep America safe, and they've been targeted by terrorists in the past," CIA spokesman George Little said. "Their security
is obviously a top priority for the CIA, especially when there's an imminent threat." The station chief oversees all intelligence
operations in Pakistan including managing the drone program, which the U.S. government does not publicly acknowledge, and
coordinates with the country's intelligence office (Benson, 2010).

Date: December 1, 2010
Source: CNN, Tim Lister
Title/Headline: WikiLeaks: Pakistan Quietly Approved Drone Attacks, U.S. Special Units

Abstract: On the record, Pakistan has persistently criticized the United States' use of unmanned drones to attack militant hideouts
in its mountainous border region. But diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks reveal that in private the Pakistani government
was not unhappy about the strikes and secretly allowed small groups of U.S. Special Operations units to operate on its soil. In a
cable sent in August 2008, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan at the time, Anne Patterson, recounted a meeting with Interior Minister Rehman
Malik and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani. It coincided with a military operation in one of the restive frontier territories (CNN, 2010)

Date: December 22, 2010
Source: The Independent, Rupert Cornwell
Title/Headline: US Military Pushes Obama To Allow More Pakistan Raids

Abstract: In a move that would stir intense Pakistani anger, US military chiefs in Afghanistan are pushing the Obama
administration to expand cross-border commando raids against Taliban and al-Qa'ida militants hiding in Pakistan's remote tribal
areas. The plan, if implemented, would be a significant escalation in the nine-year war, and a bold gamble to create conditions that
would allow US combat forces to leave Afghanistan by the target date of 2014, with an initial draw-down starting next summer.
But it also would place a heavy new strain on Washington's delicate and sometimes fraught relations with Pakistan. Officially,
Islamabad is the vital ally of the US if the conflict is to be brought to a successful end – but it also has longstanding unofficial ties with the
Taliban, and is deeply resentful of anything that suggests it is not master of its territory. Word of the proposals, first reported in The New
York Times yesterday, comes less than a week after the White House released its latest policy review for Afghanistan. The report
declared that Pakistan was "central" to US success in Afghanistan but noted that ties between Washington and Islamabad
remained "uneven". Unpublished US intelligence reports are said to strike a still gloomier note. They warned that the war could
not be won unless Pakistan stopped the insurgents from launching attacks against allied and Afghan government forces from their
sanctuaries in the tribal areas. The plan to step up special operations raids by US and Afghan units into these areas – above all North
Waziristan, base of the al-Qa'ida affiliated Haqqani network – would signify the US had concluded that Pakistan was either unable or
unwilling to do it and was taking matters into its own hands. But, experts here say, that could be a very high risk strategy – especially if it is
publicly acknowledged. The Pakistan government is weak at the best of times, not least because of its public alignment with the US,
highly unpopular among the ordinary population. It would be weakened further if the US were seen to be treating supposedly
sovereign Pakistan territory as its own. In a sign of the issue's sensitivity, Islamabad recently shut a key border crossing into Afghanistan
for 10 days, in retaliation against a Nato helicopter foray in which two Pakistai soldiers were killed. The closure stranded Nato supply
convoys and almost 150 trucks were destroyed in raids by militants. In fact the Obama administration has sharply increased the
number of unmanned cross-border drone attacks against suspected Taliban targets in the tribal areas. But it refuses to give any
details for fear of offending the Pakistan government whose support it so badly needs. Yesterday, perhaps for the same reason,
officials in both Washington and Kabul flatly denied the plan outlined in The New York Times. There was "absolutely no truth" to
reports that US forces are planning to conduct ground operations into Pakistan, said Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, a top Nato
spokesman. A Pentagon official also said the alleged proposals were not true. At the same time Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's
ambassador in Washington, said his country's security forces were perfectly capable of handling the militant threat inside its
borders. The "material support" of allies, especially the US, was appreciated, he said, but "we will not accept foreign troops on our
soil – a position that is well known." Ostensibly, that remains the view of the US as well. Last week, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of
the joint chiefs of staff, said the Pakistani military could close down the Taliban sanctuaries, and that he was "encouraged" by actions it had
already taken against the militants. Unofficially though, the approaching deadlines appear to be hardening US determination to
extract itself from an unpopular war that is costing an annual $113bn (£73bn) that the country can ill afford. "Come hell or
highwater, American troops will be out of Afghanistan by 2014," Vice President Joe Biden said at the weekend. Washington still seeks
an accommodation with at least moderate elements of the Taliban. On cable TV, Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to
President Carter, said some such deal was essential if the US was to disengage as it hoped. "We have to face the fact that Pakistan
has a vital interest in a pro-Pakistan Afghanistan." Unless Washington accepted that reality, a solution would be impossible, he said
(Cornwell, 2010).

Date: January 2, 2011
Source: Uruknet.Info
Title/Headline: US Drones Killed 2,043 People, Mostly Civilians, In Pak During Last Five Years

Abstract: As many as 2,043 people, mostly civilians, were killed in US drone attacks in northwestern parts of Pakistan during the
last five years, a research has revealed. The yearly report of Conflict Monitoring Centre (CMC) has termed the CIA drone strikes as an
'assassination campaign turning out to be revenge campaign', and showed that 2010 was the deadliest year ever of causalities resulted in
drone-hits in Pakistan. According to the report, 134 drone attacks were reported in Pakistan's FATA region in 2010 alone, inflicting
929 causalities. December 17 was the deadliest day of 2010 when three drone attacks killed 54 people in Khyber Agency. Regarding
civilian causalities and attacks on women and children, the report said: "People in the tribal belt usually carry guns and
ammunition as a tradition. US drone will identify anyone carrying a gun as a militant and subsequently he will be killed." "Many
times, people involved in rescue activities also come under attack. The assumption that these people are supporters of militants is quite
wrong," The Nation quoted the CMC report, as stating. The document cited the Brooking Institute's research, which suggested that
with every militant killed, nearly ten civilians also died. It also mentioned a related research report of Campaign for Innocent
Victims in Conflict (CIVIC), which underlined that at least 2,100 civilians were killed and various others injured during 2009, in
the ongoing war on terror and drone attacks. "It is unclear whether CIA counter-checks human intelligence with other available
sources or not. Because in Afghanistan and Pakistani tribal belt people use to settle their personal enmity by accusing their opponent as
militant and passing wrong information to US forces," it stated. The CMC report also revealed that Pakistan and US were deliberately
concealing civilian deaths, and that they lacked any proper mechanism to ascertain civilian deaths, and it also accused the FATA
Secretariat for overlooking civilian causalities. "Civilian casualties were deliberately overlooked to avert the public reaction," the
report said (Uruknet.Info, 2010).

Date: January 3, 2011
Source: CBS News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Pakistan Faces Ruling Coalition Collapse

Abstract: The collapse of Pakistan's ruling coalition after a key party's defection complicates efforts to tackle problems facing this
nuclear-armed nation already grappling with widespread poverty and insurgent attacks. The renewed political turmoil bodes ill for
military action against Muslim extremists that the U.S. believes is key to success in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts said. Pakistan's
powerful army could use the lack of political consensus to avoid operations that clash with its perceived strategic interests. The
crisis also all but guarantees that lawmakers will not make progress anytime soon on fixing Pakistan's deep-seated problems in
areas like education, health care and infrastructure that have contributed to economic decline and rising militancy. "There is no
electricity, no gas, no jobs and they are fighting one another," said Arif Fasiullah, 35, of the central city of Multan. "They do not pass
any legislation. They just do dirty politics." Pakistan, with a population of more than 180 million, faces chronic power outages that can last
up to 16 hours per day in some areas during the scorching summer, and up to a third of its people lack access to clean drinking water.
Average income per capita is less than $3,000, and the average adult has fewer than five years of schooling. The International
Monetary Fund, which has provided Pakistan with billions of dollars in loans to keep its economy afloat, has demanded the
country implement significant reforms, including deep cuts to its deficit. The assistance took on added importance after last year's
massive floods that affected some 20 million people. But the economic reforms, notably a revised general sales tax, are unpopular and
have given the opposition and other parties a focus for their complaints. The second-largest partner in Pakistan's governing coalition, the
Muttahida Qaumi Movement, said Sunday it was joining the opposition because of fuel price hikes and the generally poor performance of
the ruling Pakistan People's Party. The government announced rises in gas and heating oil prices on New Year's Eve that the MQM
called a "petrol bomb" dropped on the Pakistani people. The shift in the political landscape, which ended the coalition's majority in
parliament, was not expected to lead to the fragile government's imminent collapse. But analysts warned that Pakistan's army may use the
crisis as yet another reason to delay launching an operation against militants in the country's North Waziristan tribal area who regularly
attack foreign troops in Afghanistan. The U.S. believes cutting the militants off from North Waziristan and other sanctuaries inside
Pakistan is critical for any sustainable victory in Afghanistan. "It will give the army chief the excuse to say that he does not have
the political consensus needed to go into North Waziristan," said Mosharraf Zaidi, an independent political analyst and columnist in
Islamabad. The army, considered the most powerful institution in Pakistan, has deflected demands for a North Waziristan operation in the
past, saying its troops are stretched too thin in other areas along the Afghan border. But many analysts believe the army is reluctant to
target militant groups with which it has historical ties and could be useful proxies in Afghanistan after foreign forces withdraw.
That outlook is unlikely to change regardless of which party is running the government, said Zaidi. "There is nothing that can
happen to change Pakistan's calculus," he said. The army could not be reached for comment. In Washington, State Department
spokesman P.J. Crowley said the Obama administration is following developments but considers the situation to be a matter for the
Pakistan government to work out. "This is about internal politics within Pakistan," Crowley said, adding that Washington will
continue to work with Islamabad in pursuit of common interests. He said he would not conclude that the loss of MQM in the coalition
is necessarily a distraction from the struggle against extremism. "We're focused on our long-term partnership with Pakistan," Crowley said.
The Pakistan People's Party took power in February 2008 in elections that brought Pakistan out of nearly a decade of military rule.
It rode to power on a wave of sympathy after its leader, Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated. But its popularity has slipped as
Pakistan has grappled with severe economic problems and frequent militant attacks. The inflation rate in Pakistan is above 15
percent, according to government statistics, and the poorest are feeling the pain most (CBS News, 2011).

Date: January 4, 2011
Source: The Telegraph, Rob Crilly,
Title/Headline: Pakistan Governor Assassinated Over Blasphemy Laws Campaign

Abstract: One of Pakistan's most outspoken politicians was shot dead in Islamabad on Tuesday by one of his own guards in a
killing that police are linking to his controversial campaign to reform the country's blasphemy laws. Witnesses said Salman Taseer,
56, the governor of Punjab province, was killed by a gunman in a police uniform at a small market close to his home in the capital. His
death is the most high-profile political assassination since the murder of Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister, in December
2007. Last night the government appealed for calm as members of Taseer's Pakistan People's Party staged demonstrations in the
Punjab city of Multan. The country's government is already on the brink of collapse, following the defection of a key coalition ally, and
further unrest would deepen the sense of political crisis. Eyewitnesses said Taseer was a familiar figure at Kohsar Market, an arcade
popular with expat aid workers, diplomats and journalists (Crilly, 2011)

Date: January 10, 2011
Source: Telegraph
Title/Headline: Pakistani Men See White Girls As 'Easy Meat', Claims Jack Straw

Abstract: Former Home Secretary Jack Straw has accused some Pakistani men in Britain of seeing young white women as "easy
meat" for sexual abuse. The Blackburn MP has called on the Pakistani community to be "more open" about the issue after describing
about a "specific problem" involving young Pakistani men's attitudes towards white girls. He was speaking after two Asian men were
jailed after subjecting a series of vulnerable girls to rapes and sexual assaults. Abid Mohammed Saddique, 27, was jailed for a
minimum of 11 years at Nottingham Crown Court and Mohammed Romaan Liaqat, 28, was told he must serve at least eight years
before being considered for release. The men were the ring leaders of a gang that befriended girls aged from 12 to 18 in the Derby area
and groomed them for sex. Thirteen men were charged in relation to Operation Retriever, which Derbyshire Police set up, and 11
stood trial charged with offences relating to 26 alleged victims. Out of the original 13, a total of nine swere convicted of sexual
offences. Speaking to the BBC's Newsnight programme, Mr Straw said: "Pakistanis, let's be clear, are not the only people who commit
sexual offences, and overwhelmingly the sex offenders' wings of prisons are full of white sex offenders. "But there is a specific
problem which involves Pakistani heritage men ... who target vulnerable young white girls. "We need to get the Pakistani
community to think much more clearly about why this is going on and to be more open about the problems that are leading to a
number of Pakistani heritage men thinking it is OK to target white girls in this way." The judge said he did not believe the crimes
were "racially aggravated", but Mr Straw said he thought vulnerable white girls were at risk of being targeted by some Asian men. "These
young men are in a western society, in any event, they act like any other young men, they're fizzing and popping with testosterone,
they want some outlet for that, but Pakistani heritage girls are off-limits and they are expected to marry a Pakistani girl from
Pakistan, typically," he said. "So they then seek other avenues and they see these young women, white girls who are vulnerable,
some of them in care ... who they think are easy meat. "And because they're vulnerable they ply them with gifts, they give them
drugs, and then of course they're trapped." Police in Derbyshire have insisted that the sexual abuse case should not be treated as a racial
issue. The sentencing of Saddique and Romaan came a day after Prime Minister David Cameron said "cultural sensitivities" should not
hinder police action in such cases. Speaking on Friday to The Times during a visit to Oldham, Mr Cameron said: "We should not be put
off by cultural sensitivities or anything like that. Pursue the evidence, pursue criminality wherever it leads" (The Telegraph, 2011).

Date: January 12, 2011
Source: Fox News,
Title/Headline: Bomb Attack At Pakistan Police Station Leaves 20 Dead

Abstract: At least 20 people are dead, and several others injured, as authorities say a suicide car bomb targeted a police station in
northwest Pakistan. Police officer Ghulam Hussain says some of the victims of the attack Wednesday were praying at a mosque
adjoining the station in Bannu district, which was damaged in the blast. Islamist militants have carried out scores of attacks on
Pakistani police and army targets over the last three years as part of a campaign to topple the country's U.S.-allied government (Fox News,
Date: January 15, 2011
Source: The Guardian, Amy Fallon
Title/Headline: Pakistan Shootings And Tanker Attacks Fuel Crisis Fears

Abstract: Violence blamed on political rivalry and Taliban as at least 17 shot dead in Karachi and 14 fuel tankers for Nato torched.
A television journalist was among the dead after the attack in the country's commercial hub. "At least 17 people have died in the
past three days by firing by unknown gunmen in several parts of Karachi," the city police chief, Fayyaz Leghari, said. After
hundreds of killings last year, there are concerns that violence in Pakistan could escalate and create a new crisis for the US-backed
government. Analysts and security officials blame much of the trouble on the rivalry between the two main parties, the Muttahida Qaumi
Movement, and the Awami National party, both part of the ruling coalition. The MQM represents the interests of majority Urdu-speaking
mohajirs, while the ANP is linked to the growing Pashtun minority. Conflicty between party members is partly fuelled by ethnic tension.
The Pakistani government also faces a Taliban insurgency. Eight gunmen in the south-west of the country have torched 14 tankers
carrying fuel for US and Nato troops in Afghanistan. A driver was wounded during the latest attack, which occurred in the Dera
Murad Jamali area of Balochistan province, government official Fatteh Mohammed said. The tankers were parked at a roadside
restaurant when the attack occurred. Such attacks by Islamic militants and criminals on supplies, which usually arrive in the port city of
Karachi and travel overland to Afghanistan through two main border crossings, have become common. As a result, the US has been relying
on other supply routes through countries north of Afghanistan (Fallon, 2011).

Date: January 16, 2011
Source: Fox News, Associated Press
Title/Headline: Explosion On Bus In NW Pakistan Kills 18

Abstract: An explosion ripped through a minibus traveling in a militant-infested area of northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing
18 people, police said. There were conflicting reports of whether the blast was caused by a bomb or by the gas cylinder used to
power the vehicle. The bus was traveling between the cities of Hangu and Kohat, which are located close to Pakistan's lawless tribal
region. The explosion tore apart the vehicle, killing all 17 people on board, and tipped over a second bus nearby, said Hangu police
chief Abdur Rasheed. One person on the bus that tipped over was killed and 11 others were wounded, he said. Rasheed said the blast
occurred when the gas cylinder on board malfunctioned. But the top police official in the region said explosives were used to trigger the
explosion. Islamist militants frequently carry out attacks in the area against both civilians and security forces. Local television footage
showed the twisted carcass of the first bus laying beside the road with little left except its wheels and undercarriage. The second
bus was on its side with its windows blown out and blood splattered across the outside (Fox News, 2011).

Date: January 16, 2011
Source: Newsweek, Jonathan Alter, Christopher Dickey
Title/Headline: Richard Holbrooke’s Lonely Mission

Abstract: The late diplomat never lost his passion for peacemaking, but it turned out that some of his toughest adversaries were on his own
side. he memorial service at Washington‘s Kennedy Center last week had the trappings of a state funeral. President Barack Obama was
there, former president Bill Clinton, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan flew in for the
occasion, as did scores of other dignitaries. The man they came to honor, Richard Holbrooke, had been a diplomat on and off for
more than 40 years when he died last month at the age of 69. He might have been secretary of state, but never was, and may well have
deserved a Nobel Prize for bringing the Bosnian war to an end in 1995, but never got it. Never mind. As Obama said in his tribute, ―By the
time I came to know Richard, his place in history was assured.‖ Holbrooke would have gotten a chuckle out of it all, especially listening to
the president paying such homage. He could have used some more of that support when he was still on the job. Richard Holbrooke‘s last
official title was ―special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan,‖ or SRAP in D.C. speak, and even his eulogizers last week
acknowledged it was the toughest assignment of his life. Holbrooke was the diplomatic point man supposed to be sorting out the
most complicated, most costly, and most dangerous of the wars that the United States is fighting. It involves so much more than
Taliban bombs by the side of the road, or boots on the ground, or poppies raised for opium in Afghan valleys. At bottom, it‘s about
nuclear-armed Pakistan, which is sometimes an ally, sometimes an enemy, of the American effort in Afghanistan. If there are limits
to murderous fanaticism, Pakistan is still trying to find them. In recent weeks, it has started to look like a society sliding toward
madness. A treacherous young bodyguard guns down the distinguished governor of Punjab for objecting to the death sentence on a
Christian woman accused of blasphemy. Mobs—and even a group of young lawyers—hail the killer as a hero. This was the kind of crisis
where Holbrooke‘s insights and his capacity for action could be hugely helpful, and in which he‘s sorely missed. ―I loved the guy because
he could do—and doing in diplomacy saves lives,‖ said Bill Clinton. What Holbrooke did, however, he did not always do gently, or
subtly, or deferentially. He was famously arrogant and abrasive. When Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
and a very close friend of Holbrooke‘s, spoke, he called him ―the quintessential Washington know-it-all.‖ Bill Clinton said he was ―a
hurricane of eloquence and energy and force,‖ but he‘d ―scream and claw and scratch and make you feel like you had a double-digit IQ if
you didn‘t agree with him.‖ On another occasion, a colleague observed: ―His friends were amused by his antics. But if you weren‘t a
friend, you found it hard to take.‖ Holbrooke‘s critics suggest (off the record, because they don‘t want to sound churlish now that
he‘s gone) that he was his own worst enemy. But that‘s misleading. Interviews with those who knew Holbrooke in Kabul, Islamabad,
New York, Brussels, and Washington make clear he had a great many adversaries. Afghanistan‘s President Hamid Karzai treated him with
paranoid fury. Pakistan‘s leaders sometimes lied to him, and about him. The Taliban tried to take him out with sniper fire and suicide
bombers. And among those who worked to undermine the man, even to the detriment of his vital mission, were at least a few people in the
White House who understood neither the man nor, indeed, his mission. ―Dick Holbrooke would have been Obama‘s best ally,‖
lamented Council on Foreign Relations president emeritus Leslie Gelb, one of his contemporaries and closest friends. ―Obama had
just the right hammer he needed in Dick for dealing with Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Obama‘s failure to see that—and his
staff‘s failure to see that—really cost him and our country. What in God‘s name would make you not make full use of Dick
Holbrooke?‖ What‘s striking is how little substantive difference there was between what Holbrooke was trying to do in Afghanistan
and Pakistan and what Obama wanted done. Both believed in the primacy of politics and diplomacy over military solutions. Both
wanted to find exits without scrambling for them. ―I tell you something,‖ says Gelb, ―Dick was very supportive of Obama despite all the
rejection.‖ Instead, the timing worked in Holbrooke‘s favor: ironically, the very ―No-Drama Obama‖ style that he chafed against
saved his job. The administration‘s deliberations stretched on messily. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the new commander on the
ground, pushed for more troops. Eikenberry (a retired general and former U.S. commander in Afghanistan) argued that a surge
would only make things worse. Details of the debate were front-page news. The last thing Obama wanted at that moment was the
dramatic disruption that would be caused by firing the special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. But his rivals, thinking
Holbrooke‘s days were numbered, piled on the pressure. Stories multiplied about Holbrooke‘s supposedly cringeworthy behavior.
Some were exaggerated or even invented. At a breakfast with Pakistani politicians in January 2010, for instance, local papers claimed
Holbrooke ―flew into a rage‖ about criticism of the United States, which was about to triple nonmilitary aid to Pakistan. But two of the
Pakistani politicians who were at that breakfast in Islamabad‘s opulent Serena Hotel have told NEWSWEEK that there was no rage, no
shouting, nothing of the kind. By this time Karzai was cleverly making a show of warming up toward Al Qaeda, which sent the Americans
jostling to curry favor with him again. This didn‘t play to Holbrooke‘s strengths. In February 2010, in what was supposed to be a
personal note, Jones reportedly told Ambassador Eikenberry in Kabul not to worry too much about Holbrooke because he wasn‘t
going to be around much longer. The contents of the note wound up circulating all over Foggy Bottom. ―Even though Dick knew how
Jones felt, that note, and its being distributed all over the department, was just devastating,‖ remembers one of Holbrooke‘s close friends.
The following month, Holbrooke was left out of Obama‘s entourage on the president‘s quick visit to Kabul. ―Some of this is just
sheer personality,‖ says an official who was on the trip. ―Who do you want as your traveling companion? It‘s a small group. You‘re
starting to run out of seats at the table. Then the music stops.‖ But few reporters failed to note the slight. Then, in April, the Jones letter
leaked to the press—and the effect wasn‘t what might have been expected. As Holbrooke kept working, organizing, traveling, and
building vital bridges in Pakistan, it was Jones who looked disruptive. In November, a frustrated Obama decided to change his
national-security adviser. In early December, on a visit to the White House, Holbrooke couldn‘t resist telling one of the president‘s aides,
―You‘ll notice that I am still here and Jones isn‘t.‖ Richard Holbrooke, always famous for persistence, had learned the lessons of
patience. If his relations with Karzai remained cool, he still met with him formally and frequently. In Pakistan, when enormous floods
devastated the country last summer, Holbrooke ―was like a force of nature battling the water,‖ as his friend Galbraith puts it. The United
States took the lead in delivering relief and, for a change, got some credit from the Pakistani public. Last fall, Islamabad and Kabul signed
an unprecedented transit and trade agreement, which was one of Holbrooke‘s key goals. ―We are quite sad on his sudden death,‖ says
Haji Adeel, a prominent Pashtun member of Pakistan‘s Parliament. ―He didn‘t complete his mission.‖ Perhaps not. But when the
music stopped, Richard Holbrooke was still at the table (Alter & Dickey, 2011).

Conclusion: Pakistan has been under attack since 9/11 and it will likely climax with a nuclear attack by the Obama administration.
The key diplomat to Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, appears to have been murdered and his funeral a potential staging conference for the
upcoming war between the U.S. and Pakistan. While these assumptions are pure speculation, Holbrooke appears to have been the only
rational mind in a rogue Obama White House, hell bent on a Pakistani nuclear holocaust.

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