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SOME OF THE GRAVE CRIMES OF MUSHARRAF’s REGIME

Compromising national Interests and fake Statistics 
  

From stupid decisions like day time saving scheme to the arrogant measures of mutilating the Constitution, it is a long list of the black deeds of Musharraf regime. However, the recent report of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) on “Effects of Operation Enduring Freedom on Economy of Pakistan” has exposed two grave crimes committed by this regime.   
  

1. It has been telling lies about the extent of surrendering national interests.
2. It continues to dish out fake statistics about the state of national economy.    
  

This fact sheet aims at making the nation aware of the details and implications of these misdeeds.    
  

Musharraf’s Deception    
  

In his televised address on September 19, 2001, General Pervez Musharraf told the nation that he had agreed to provide only use of airspace and logistic support to the United States for military operation against Afghanistan. He said: “Trust me. I will not disappoint you and there will be no compromise on Pakistan’s security and sovereignty.” That was a gross misstatement bordering on blatant lie, and a masterpiece of deception. He had actually accepted the devastating seven US demands that US Secretary of State Colin Powell put to him on telephone.    
  

The prompt willingness with which Musharraf accepted these demands surprised Powell, who elatedly reported his success to the National Security Council meeting in the next room. But no body in Pakistan knew that Musharraf had not merely compromised but in effect surrendered the nation’s security interests and sovereignty to the imperial interests of the United States.    
  

CENTOM Revelations      
  

It was left to the CENTCOM to tell the world how that surrender was translated into actions. General Pervez Musharraf kept all these facts concealed, though some of the media persons in the country knew at least the nature of support that the generals in power had been providing to the US forces, but they were forced into silence. The regime had succeeded in keeping the nation ignorant of this great betrayal until CENTCOM revealed it all. That is why the CENTOCOM report led to panicky protest by General Musharraf, and the US government obliged him by removing the Pakistan data from the CENTCOM website immediately. However, the facts are now on record, and these could be possibly used as evidence in trials of treason sometime in future.    
  

Contradictory statements      
  

The CENTCOM report has also exposed the fallacious claims of the finance managers of General Musharraf about the about the state of Pakistan’s economy. According to CENTCOM, Pakistan economy suffered a staggering loss of US$ 10 billion due to Musharraf’s participation in the American war on terrorism.    
  

Musharraf’s financial wizard Shaukat Aziz tried to hide his embarrassment, and true to his habit of spinning tall tales, told reporters in Islamabad on May 30, 2003 that the CENTOM estimate was not based on facts, and that actually Pakistan had lost only one billion dollars. But Dawn quoted same day an officer of his ministry saying that “Pakistan planned to seek $8 to 10 billion from the United States as further compensation for the losses it suffered for cooperating with coalition forces during the US-led assault on Afghanistan.”    
  

The officer also admitted that the Finance Ministry had started preparing fresh estimates of losses only after the appearance of the CENTCOM report.    
  

Interestingly, Shaukat Aziz’s comment has proved the age-old adage that a liar has no memory. After Musharraf’s declaration of unconditional support to USA at late night of September 11, 2001, Aziz CNN and other media that Pakistan economy will lose around $1.5 billion as a result of its alliance in the operation against Afghanistan. Last year he amended his estimate and said the loss would amount to 2-3 billion dollars, but last month it again came down to one billion!    
  

In fact, economic experts had foreseen the massive adverse effects on Pakistan’s economy from day one. For instance, Former Minister of Finance Ishaq Dar was sure that Pakistan economy would suffer a loss of around $12 billion. He had, therefore, asked a common friend, as early as December 2001, to advise Shaukat Aziz to make a claim of at least $12 billion from USA for reimbursement of losses which Pakistan economy would likely suffer in the proposed operation of USA against Afghanistan. That advice was apparently ignored. Shaukat Aziz continued telling lies to favor foreign interests, which is a very serious crime.    
  

False Claims      
  

This episode of contradictory utterances highlights once more the unreliability of the figures and statistics that Shaukat Aziz and his team of economists have been dishing to hoodwink the people of Pakistan. Their latest lie is that the national economy has reached take off stage due to the so-called achievements following the October 1999 coup of General Musharraf.    
  

Forex reserves: Foreign exchange reserve is one of the pegs on which General Musharraf hangs his promises of future prosperity. The much publicized 10 billion dollars reserve is not a measure strong economy for the simple reason that this build up is not due to export earnings. Pakistan’s total export earning in fiscal year 2000-2001 was $92 million while current year’s rather optimistic expectation is that exports will add another $500 million to the earlier figure. Roughly, that’s around 5% of the reserves.    
  

The State Bank has purchased over $4 billion from the kerb market at 2 to 4 rupees above market rate, causing additional loss of millions of rupees. The remaining part of the forex reserves consists of remittances by overseas Pakistanis, who have been rushing their hard earned money fearing the draconian US Partriot Act of October 2001 that authorises US government to seize foreign nationals’ accounts in the name of curbing terrorist activities.  

A protester burning the picture of Musharraf

   

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Maj Abid Majeed Malik who laid down his life during Operation Rah-i-Rast near Matta, in Swat, on Tuesday, was buried with full military honours at the Cavalry Ground graveyard here on Wednesday.

The major fell while trying to evacuate his injured comrades.

Corps Commander Lt-Gen Ijaz Ahmad Bakhshi, Maj-Gen Shafqat Ahmad, Maj-Gen Raza Muhammad and a large number of other army personnel and civilians attended the funeral prayers.

The corps commander laid on Maj Abid’s grave a floral wreath on behalf of Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Unfortunately the Pakistan Army has been the butt of public criticism during the last few years. People forget that the Pakistan Army and its valiant soldiers have always been injecting fresh blood in the national polity by their inimitable sacrifices, be it floods, earthquakes or war against the enemy.

The same spirit of sacrifice and valour is being exhibited in the ongoing operation against militants. The heroic story of Major Abid Majeed bears testimony to this reality. On the fateful morning of May 18, 2009, Major Abid Majeed’s brother Major Khalid was entrusted the task of recurring the area from Shalpalam to Jura whereas Major Abid Majeed’s company was responsible for securing the area from Jura to Nazarabad. Major Khalid’s company successfully secured the area followed by Major Abid Majeed.

Thereafter Major Abid Majeed’s company was ordered to more forward. Thirteen vehicles of the company moved to safety however the last vehicle came under heavy and precise firing, near a ‘nullah’ bend, by militants.

The driver of the vehicle embraced martyrdom there and then. No more movement was possible as the route was blocked. The forward troops tried to move back and rescue the trapped soldiers, however due to accurate and effective firing by militants the movement was not possible. It was then at 1645 hrs that Major Abid Majeed decided to move back himself. He took two soldiers, the first aid kit and a water bottle and ordered his company to engage the militants. In the rain of bullets, he rushed to the site, dragged the two bleeding soldiers Sepoy Tariq and Sepoy Nausherwan to a place of safety. He immediately poured water into their mouths and then started bandaging them to stop the flow of blood.

In the meantime, his shoulder got exposed and he was shot at. Not bothered by it, he kept himself engaged in the task of bandaging. The second bullet hit his ribs, but it too failed to prevent him from completing his task. Unmoved by the blood gushing out of his wounds, he dragged soldiers to a safer place. In the process, he was hit by three bullets and fell down.

While bleeding profusely, he took the wireless to talk to his brother Major Khalid (for the last time), who was 100 metres away. “Brother I have to pay so much to so and so, do not forget it. Take care of the mother and under no circumstances leave the job of eliminating the miscreants incomplete. I wish I could march onto Mingora and see it clear of the militants”. And then he succumbed to his injuries but he managed to save the lives of two soldiers.

Sepoy Tariq and Nowsharwan cannot control their tears at the mention of Major Abid Majeed’s name. The only words they utter are “Why Major Sahib why not us”.

Long Live Pakistan Army!

Long Live Pakistan!

— Brigadier Syed Azmat Ali

Rawalpindi

Maj Abid was commissioned in the Punjab Regiment on Oct 12, 1997. He leaves behind his wife and two children.

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Lahore bids farewell to a hero who was fighting a war for Pakistan’s survival
May 21, 2009 · 13 Comments
Daily Times reports:

Major Abid laid to rest

* Lahore corps commander lays floral wreath on behalf of COAS

LAHORE: Major Abid Majeed, who was martyred while fighting the Taliban in Nazarabad area of Matta tehsil, was laid to rest at the Army Ground, Shaudha Graveyard, with full military honours. The body of Major Abid reached Lahore on Tuesday.

His family considered his martyrdom a sacrifice for the country and the will of God. They urged the people to support the army against anti-state elements in the ongoing operation in the country’s north. He was buried with full army protocol. Lahore Corps Commander Lieutenant General Ijaz Ahmed Bakhshi and other civil and military officers attended the funeral prayer. The corps commander laid a floral wreath on the grave on behalf of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Kayani. Abid was supposed to celebrate his 34th birthday on May 25.

Major Abid got commission in Pakistan Army in 1997. He had served in the UN peace mission in Congo and had also been posted to Siachen. Major Abid’s father Abdul Majeed was a colonel, while his grandfather Muhammad Khadim was a subedar in the army.

Talking to the media, Major Abid’s widow Ishrat Abid urged the people to pray for the army officials and support them. She said her husband had brought respect and honour to her and their two children. His uncle Abdul Hafeez said he was happy that his nephew had given his life to save the country. His mother said Abid’s dream to give his life for the country had come true. Major Abid is the second major from Lahore to give his life for the country in the line of duty. On April 19, Major Malik Azhar of Gulshan Ravi was martyred in Hangu in a suicide attack. Major Azhar was buried in Miani Sahib Graveyard with full army protocol.

: Pakistan will never forget you. Pakistanis will always salute you and your family. Because of men like you, in midst of all this fuss, we are sure that no one can touch us!

Sofia Yasin // May 21, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Reply

Major Abid was my first cousin, (khalas son), he was more then just a cousin, an older brother, a friend and above all a very down to earth human being for whom everyone else was more important than his own being. He was always there to bring joy in others life. I would kindly like to request you all to offer prayer for my lovely cousin, that Allah may grant him paradise and the status of Shaheed and also sabr and strength to his wife, mother, brother and sisters. Please could you also pray for my cousin Major Khalid Majeed who was also injured during the fight.
Thank you, may Allah grant you peace and happiness, Ameen

Sofia Yasin [urf fofo as bhai use to call me]

Waseem Malik // May 21, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Reply

Abid we will miss you a lot brother, your shahdat has really changed the way we think and see things. Alongwith all our family members i am so proud of you, I would lke to correct few things here, Abid’s Grand Fathers name is Mohammad Fazil and he belongs to a village called Khalaspur near Jhelum. Our khalu Col. Abdul Majeed was the commanding officer of 19th Punjab and both brothers decided to join their fathers unit. As Sofia said brother Kaild was injured inthe same fight but he told us that he will join his unit again as soon as he is well enough. We Salute Khald and Abid for their bravery and thanks you for making us all so proud of you and your family. I would request all our brothers and sisters to support our troops and forget our diferences to save our country, and also pray for all the Shuhda’s in this war.

Waseem

Sania Malik // May 22, 2009 at 9:10 am | Reply

Major Abid was my best friends husband. I feel honoured to have known him in the short time he was apart of our lives. My prayers are with him, Khalid bhai and all our brothers fighting this gorilla war who are sacrificing their today for our tomorrow.
I salute you Abid Bahi!

Simab Abdullah // May 22, 2009 at 10:13 am | Reply

The beloved husband of my dear friend Ishrat, Major Abid Majeed Malik Shaheed, may your soul rest in eternal peace, and may blessings shower you in abundance. Amin. May Allah give your family the strength and determination to overcome this difficult time, until the day you reunite. InshaAllah.

You and your family will always be in my prayers.

Amar Ul Haq // May 22, 2009 at 11:08 am | Reply

I had never met Major Abid (Shaheed) but he was my Sister in laws best friends husband yet I do feel I got to know him in the last few days by hearing stories about his bravery and the sacrifice he has made.

He was a true soldier who was Martyred with honour by saving the lives of others and so that Pakistan would be free from its enemies.

You are an example to us all and may Allah give strength to your brave widow, children and family and may Allah bestow his blessings upon you all.

Shahrukh Slatch // May 23, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Reply

Major Khalid is a Great Man.
I Meet Major Khalid in the Mirrage of her Sister Aisha (Baji) She Marry with My Very Good Friend (Saqib Malik) Younger Brother.

(Jab Tak Na Jala Charag Shahid Ka Laho Sa)
(Kahta Hein Janat Ma Chiraga Nahi Hota)

Afraz Liaquat // May 24, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Reply

Inna Lillahe Wa Inna iLeyhe Rajeon

I have spent few years with Abid bhai when his father Col. Majeed was in Rangers with my father back in early 90’s. Abid bhai was a great charm of the family and been of great demand to everyone due to his attractive and jolly personality.

Sad to loos such a great man but heartily glad he left this dunya with honour of shahdat.

May Allah bless his soul with peace and Janna.

Yasir Javed // May 24, 2009 at 10:57 pm | Reply

May Allah accept his greatest sacrifice and give patience to his family! Ameen.

Maj Liaquat retd // May 25, 2009 at 5:49 am | Reply

May Allah accepts Khalids Shadat and gives family patience, composure, health and wealth help bringing up children to natural stature ameen.col Majeed and myself served together in Rangers HQ Lahore a wonderful person who will always look after the people.After his retirement he especially travelled to Peshawar to obtain signatures from me on proceedings which were to benifit his subordinate who was crippled in accident .such a person left behind a family on which nation is proud of

Muhammad Ali // May 25, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Reply

I knew Abid from PMA and was told about him yesterday by friend of mine. I have not seen him since 1997 but all his memories came rushing back to me, He was a very kind hear ted, Brave and courageous man. May Allah bless his soul. Ameen.

Hasan Askari gardezi // May 26, 2009 at 1:12 am | Reply

Major Abid_May Allah rest your soul in peace, and shower His blessings on your sacrifice. “Aap ki Shahadat, rang lai gi aur in taliban ko Gharat kare gi_Insha Allah, Ameen”

2/Lt Uxair 50 Fd Regt, Arty. // May 26, 2009 at 4:41 am | Reply

I know Maj. Abid since the day I joined PMA. He was PTSO with 119L/C. He was the one with calm and cool personality. 119 ki jan thay wo. Here I am going to write a message from major abid.

“I never bothered to stand with you in blood freezing cold in PMA PT ground. I never let you feel the cold of the snow covered ground. I felt my feet like freezing, I even cried with pain but never let you know. I taught you how to be “ROUGH AND TOUGH.” Gave you personally demonstration of assault course and waited. Got you Raw and waited till you were pruned and nurtured. Once I felt that you can stand at the Test of Time, I left you and waited for the time where I can teach you something even more dignified. I did it and 119 I have led you once again. I am the first one to reach heaven. Please don’t let me down. I have showed you the path. I am waiting on the never ending tracks of heaven for someone from 119 to come and join me. I am waiting and I am still waiting.”

Your’s Forever
PTSO ABID.

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By Maj Gen. (retd) Syed Ali Hamid.
 
 

 
This is not an obituary. It is to honor a brother officer and one of the outstanding shaheeds of the Pakistan Army. Maj. Gen. Amir Faisal Alavi was not slain on the battlefield neither was he in service when died but in this war on terror that the nation is fighting, there is no battlefront and soldiers and civilians all are fighting it daily; at risk in traveling to their work places, in the bazaars and on the roads. Gen. Alavi embraced shahadat just a kilometer from his home, one early morning on his way to office and fully conscious of the threat that confronted him each day. But Gen. Alavi was not the sort of person or soldier who could be intimidated.
 
I was a young Squadron Commander when Alavi joined our regiment and it was obvious from those initial days of his career that he was a very different breed. We all played sports with our soldiers like hockey and basketball but Alavi was one of the few who challenged them in Kabaddi, a game that was traditionally soldiers only. Dark by complexion but extremely well built and muscular, he was an intimidating sight in the arena and earned the nickname of ‘Gorilla’. Those were the days of the boxer Mohammad Ali and his famous bout in the Philippines. So, along with ‘Gorilla’, Alavi was awarded the acronym of ‘Thriller in Manila’.
 
Alavi was an extrovert and got along extremely well with all of us. He was confident but willing to learn, strong but gentle and with energy that infected those around him. He was extremely frank with the soldiers but always commanded respect through the qualities of leadership that he naturally inherited from a good upbringing. In spite of his strong personality Alavi was a good team member fitting in both with officers and soldiers alike. 
 
It was fortunate for Alavi to have been commissioned in the Armored Corps. Because the close relationship that is bred between officers and soldiers in this Corps; it provided a strong foundation for him to be such a successful officer in Pakistan’s elite Special Services Group. I didnot see much of Gen. Alavi for the next few years as he transferred to SSG and I went off on staff and courses, but we met up again in the Staff College, Quetta; I as an instructor, and he as a student. For the first time I became aware that there was a lot more to him that muscle and brawn. He did well on the staff course as also in his tenure as a Brigade Major and subsequent command of a tank regiment which I had commanded earlier. Those who served in the regiment under Alavi’s command to this day we speak of him with fondness and respect. At regimental reunions I recollect Alavi surrounded by serving and veteran soldiers, sharing banter and recounting past experiences and episodes. What the rank and file greatly admired in Alavi was his quality to lead from the front, something which he carried with him right through his service up to his command of the SSG.
 
Gen. Alavi was not just a good field officer; he was also strong in theory. He not only graduated from the National Defense College in Pakistan but also graduated from National Defense University at Beijing. There were occasions that we discussed operational aspects and I found his views were a good balance between theory and practice. It was a period that a larger role was being considered for the SSG and Alavi’s promotion to General Officer to command this fledging formation was an obvious and natural choice. The circumstances of his dismissal from the service cannot detract from the fact that the Gen. Alavi had a most successful and enviable command and led the SSG through one of its challenging periods, both operationally and organizationally. It was his personal example asking no more from his men than what he himself was willing and to be able to face. In the early days of the Waziristan Operation, he was frequently under direct fire and was instrumental in eliminating a number of militants. Unfortunately this made him an assassin’s target.
 
His tragic death was overshadowed by a wave of speculations and theories. But as this wave crested and disappeared into oblivion what reappeared at the surface like a jewel from the sea was the Alavi we knew – strong of heart, a kindred soul, a soldiers General.
 
I would conclude this ode to a brother officer with an extract from a tribute on Gen. Alavi written by Brig. Samson Simon Sharaf, who was his contemporary and probably knew better than I did. He says, “It is the destiny of every professional soldier to lie in wait for a day that may never come and yet be prepared if it does even at the peril of his life. Soldiering for me and my friends like Alavi spans those romantic expanses of military life through all its peaks and valleys, which none other than soldiers grasp; and always leading towards a horizon of ideals that no other profession can rival.
 
I consider it a privilege to have known this officer. May his soul rest in peace and may the Almighty give courage to his family. He giveth and He taketh away.

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Story of a brave FC soldier who died fighting in Swat

“I am dying, take my gun and deliver it to General sahib,” were the last words of Sepoy Gul Farosh as he lay critically injured near Manglawar village in Swat on October 28, 2007.

His surviving colleagues from the Frontier Corps conveyed his words and delivered his gun to their officers. Maj General Mohammad Alam Khattak, Inspector General of the Frontier Corps, was subsequently informed about Sepoy Gul Farosh’s dying words. In his meetings with FC soldiers and visitors, the general often mentions the brave Jawan as someone who fought till the end and didn’t lose control of his gun even after being fatally wounded.

There was a background as to why Gul Farosh uttered those memorable last words. He had heard Maj General Alam Khattak, himself a Pashtun from Nowshera, telling a darbar, or soldiersí meeting, that losing one’s gun amounted to abandoning oneís wife. There cannot be a greater insult to a Pashtun than to lose his wife. And it is common to hear the Pashtuns telling each other that abandoning one’s gun was just as dishonourable as losing a wife.

Gul Farosh, a typical Pashto name meaning flower seller, later succumbed to his injuries. It took time to retrieve his body and transport it to his village, Shamozai, in Mardan district for burial. Three days after his death, the young bearded soldier was buried in his ancestral graveyard.

His death shocked his old father, Dervesh Khan. The tragedy made him ill and one could see that life was slowly ebbing away from this frail and poor farmer. He had spent almost all his life tilling other people’s land as tenant and fetching firewood from the mountains to sell to villagers. Like his name, he was a Dervesh in the real life. Simple and honest, he couldn’t even properly count the currency notes. And even though he was desperately poor, Dervesh Khan always carried sweets in his pocket to give to children. One does come across sweet persons in life and he definitely was amongst them.

About two and a half months after Gul Farosh’s death, Dervesh Khan quietly bid farewell to the world. On January 10, 2008 he was buried close to the grave of his dear son. It was a double tragedy, which deprived the family of its breadwinners.

Gul Farosh’s mother and wife would have coped better with the grief of his death if he had children. The couple remained issueless during the seven years of marriage. In August 2007, Gul Farosh was injured in action in Thall. But he recovered and continued to serve the FC with distinction. He had also qualified an anti-terrorism course at the FC training centre at Mir Ali in North Waziristan.

After his recruitment in FC Khyber Rifles wing on April 1, 1997, he served at a number of places, including Ali Masjid in Khyber Agency, Ghallanai in Mohmand Agency, Thall, Regi Lalma, Peshawar and Torkham. He also took part in rescue and rehabilitation activities for the earthquake-affected communities at Battagram in Hazara. That was the kind of work in which the deeply religious and kind-hearted Gul Farosh found satisfaction.

‘Take my gun and deliver it to General Sahib’

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Captain Bilal Zafar Shaheed

“Think not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord; They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah. And with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (martyr’s) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve.”
Al-Quran (3: 169-170)

Captain Bilal Zafar, a commando of the Pakistan army SSG (the world’s best elite force), embraced martyrdom on the 17th of May, 2009 – fighting terrorists and militants in the embattled valley of Swat.

He always used to say “Bullets can’t harm me”, and thus it proved true. He was hit on the arm by a bullet but he carried on until he was hit by an RPG (Rocket propelled grenade) where he embraced martyrdom on the spot.

His last message has been circulated widely on print and electronic media. This is what he had to say:
“In the volleys of fire.in the thunder of bombs, there are a few who just do not stop.knowing that they are surrounded by death.knowing that they could leave their wives widows and children orphans.but they just keep on moving because something is pumping in their hearts.and flowing through their veins known as honour, devotion and motivation.death over surrender.that is why they say death before disgrace.Pakistan Army Zindabad”.

We Salute your courage, Sir! This sacrifice of your’s for this nation will never be forgotten. At least not by us: the people of Pakistan. Let this martyrdom also dispel the notion that the army lacks any motivation to defeat these extremist militants, it is obvious that their spirits are very high.

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Captain Omerzeb Shaheed
Written by his brother in law


” Since the operation against militants began in April last month, over 1,100 militants had been killed and over 60 soldiers had been martyred so far. Yet I never felt the pain of those dying in the name of their countrys sovereignty against terrorism so excruciating as the martyrdom of my sisters fiancé.

He was only 24 years old, a month older to me and he was very smart and handsome boy. He loved my sister and she loved him and we all loved him just as much as his own family loved him. He was engaged to my younger sister and they were looking forward to getting married by next year.

On 11th of May, 2009, he was deployed to Lower Dir as part of the Operation Rah-e-Rast’ against Militants in Swat and near-by areas. He left from Rawalpindi and we all prayed for him. We never knew he was leaving forever. Let me narrate to you what happened just 10 hours before he embraced martyrdom we Muslims call Shahadat.’

It was mid-night the beginning of the painful 21st May, 2009. He called up my sister and wished her a very happy birthday. The 21st of May was the day when 23 years ago my younger sister came into this world. He sang to her birthday song in 6 different languages, he gave her his prayers and told her how bad he feels for not being there with her on her birthday.

He was in Lower Dir and she was here with us in Rawalpindi. She said to him, I wish you were here on my birthday. I wish I could have celebrated my birthday with you. And he replied, Do you want me to come over? Should I come over to Rawalpindi in the morning and we celebrate your birthday together? She said, yes, please, please do.

He did come over on her birthday but not the way we wanted him to come over. He didnt come to her walking on his feet, holding a bouquet in his hands just the way he promised to her last night. Instead, he came on the shoulders of sad soldiers in a box we call a martyrs coffin!

He had been martyred on the 21st of May, 2009.

The very day my sister came into this world, he left this world forever On my sisters birthday!

I received a call at around 11:30 in the morning, I was in Islamabad. It was my ill-fated sister and she was crying like a mad woman. She was literally screaming in the phone so I couldnt understand what she was trying to tell me. I heard something like a blast in Lower Dir, a strip running on a TV channel showing my sisters fiancés name among the martyred. She was hysterical. She wanted me home right away.

I left in panic, I kept praying the news I just heard was false. It took me an hour to reach home from Islamabad to Rawalpindi. I was met with screams of my sister who was out of control of almost everyone. She wasnt accepting the fact that her love has left her on her birthday. She kept screaming, You guys are lying to me. He is not dead. He cannot leave me. He promised me to celebrate 93 birthdays with me. This was our first. He cant leave me on our (her) first birthday, he promised me 93 birthdays together.

I couldnt see her like this; I had broken down into tears. My mother was half-living half-dead. We all left for his house. What I saw there, I cannot narrate in words. His mother was still, tears in her eyes, she hugged me and the first thing she said was, Hold on to your sister, she will die. Take care of her. I was looking at her. This was the mother of a brave soldier, a soldier who was our loved one, but a soldier who came home on his loves birthday but not the way any member of his family or mine would have ever imagined or wanted him back.

Even if I want to tell you what my family on the whole and specifically my younger sister is going through, I wont be able to because there are no words to put down my pain, my familys loss, his familys sufferings and most of all my sisters desolation. Two families were destroyed when one soldier died. 14 hearts wept dry of blood when one heart stopped beating on the 21st of May. All sacrifices in the name of a peaceful, safe, terrorism-free country.

Capt. Omerzeb, like many soldiers sacrificed his life for the greater good of his nation but is the nation even thankful to those families who have been left scarred for life. When sons, brothers, husbands, and fathers die every other day while fighting the militants, how many people in our nation pray for their safety, their long lives, their safe return? They know that when they are sitting in the comforts of their homes, it is these brave men fighting on the borders for them to have that sense of security and comfort.

My heart breaks every time I see my younger sister who has not regained herself so far. Who wakes up in the middle of the night and weeps like a child, who hasnt eaten in 24 hours, and whose eyes have swollen dry of tears that have drained her off completely. I wish this fight against the militants come to an end soon. Till now every time a soldier died, we thought we felt the pain but no, we couldnt. Nobody can until your loved one goes away when you are least expecting. Now, I can truly say I know what a martyrs family goes through when their beloved leaves them forever.

May his soul rest in peace, may all those soldiers who have given their lives for this noble cause, for their country rest in peace. Most of all, the families who have lost their sons, their brothers, their husbands and their fathers, may God give them strength, patience, and peace of heart “

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We are fascinated by the idea of apocalypse, and even Asterix’s Gauls worried about the sky falling on their heads. Most faiths know how the world will end, and many also reveal when. Only the Semitic faiths know precisely where it will happen — at the mount of Solomon’s temple in Jerusalem. That is why the city is so important to Israelis and Palestinians: it is the key to eternity.

Matthew’s Gospel tells us that the dead will rise with the return of Christ, who will bring in judgement day and the end of the world. He will then decide who among us spends eternity in heaven and who will head to a less pleasant place. St Paul and the early Christians thought Jesus would return in their time.

I have been to the Temple Mount, and it is quite beautiful. There can be few better settings for apocalypse. It is opposite the Garden of Gethsemane, where Judas betrayed the Christ with a kiss in the silvery darkness of the olive trees. All these Biblical places are still there, and possibly looking little different than they did 2,000 years ago.

To one side of the Temple Mount is the Masjid al-Aqsa, where the Prophet of Islam journeyed to heaven on his winged steed one night in 621. Many wish to be buried beside the Temple Mount, because it is believed that those interred there will automatically qualify for heaven.

Islam also anticipates the return of Christ, who will come after the arrival of the last Caliph.

For the Shia, apocalypse will be emotional, because it will reunite them with their beloved Imam, Mohammad al-Mahdi.

Jews wail in lamentation at the western wall, which is all that remains of Solomon’s temple, rebuilt by Herod and razed by the Romans in AD 70. Jewish apocalypse is the severely named End of Days. Only Jews are expected to survive a battle called Armageddon, at the end of which their temple will stand again and the mourning will end. The Jewish calendar says this will happen before the year 2240, not that far away.

Hindus believe the world is already going through an apocalyptic time, called Kalyug, or Kali-yug: the age of darkness. This will end with the arrival of Kalki, the 10th and last avatar of Vishnu.

Unfortunately, Kalyug will last four lakh years and it only began about 5,000 years ago, so we will have to wait a bit before things get better.

Buddhists have a 5,000-year cycle, the period after which a new enlightened being arrives. Gautam Buddha died 2,500 years ago in 483 BC, and so Buddhists must wait another 2,500 years for the next one to arrive.

On a shorter deadline are the Mayans, whose calendar ends in 2012, and is the subject of a new Hollywood movie about the end of the world.

Many faiths have a list of signs that will herald the apocalypse. The Seventh Day Adventists, whose school I attended in Surat, keep the Jewish Sabbath and their holiday is on Saturday, unlike other Christians. They believe the second coming of Christ will be triggered when the Sunday holiday is forced upon the world.

Thirty years ago, a group of Saudi youth captured the Masjid al-Haram at Mecca because they believed the Mahdi had arrived. This happened during the Haj of November 1979, the year Khomeini took over Iran. The group was led by a man called Juhayman al-Utaybi, but he wasn’t the designated Mahdi: that was a very good-looking man called Muhammad al-Qahtani.

He had a mark on his cheek, as the Mahdi will have, but he wasn’t from the Prophet’s tribe of Quraish, as the Mahdi will be. The name al-Qahtani indicates Yemeni descent.

However, the plan went ahead. The rebels took over the complex, announcing the arrival of the Mahdi and the loss of Saudi legitimacy. The Saudis attacked, using American help.

Most rebels fought to the death, though al-Utaybi was captured and there is a video of him looking disinterested, just before his execution.

Sometimes people try to hasten apocalypse by killing themselves. In Guyana, 909 people died in what was called the Jonestown Massacre, though actually it was mass suicide. They were members of a group formed by an American called Jim Jones, who believed the world was about to end in nuclear apocalypse. Denied asylum in Russia, he convinced his followers one day in 1978 to have cyanide, which they mixed with Kool-Aid, though perhaps something stronger was called for.

In California, 39 people killed themselves in 1997, because they had to board a UFO. Their UFO was flying right behind the comet Hale-Bopp, which had been discovered a couple of years earlier. The group called itself Heaven’s Gate and its leader was Marshall Applewhite.

Their souls would be ferried by the UFO to a better place, but for that to happen they had to die before it went out of range. After consuming poison, which they mixed with apple pie and washed down with vodka, they put on new Nike trainers, and then lay down on their bunk beds and died. They were each discovered to have $5.75 in their pocket, possibly as fare for the UFO.

Also linking eternity and UFOs is the faith of Scientology, which believes that our souls lived on other planets before coming to earth on spaceships. Scientology has some famous adherents, like Tom Cruise, and its higher aspects are only revealed to those who pay a fee.

The Japanese group Aum Shinrikyo tried to hasten apocalypse by killing other people. They punctured little plastic bags filled with the nerve gas Sarin on Tokyo’s subway trains and killed 12 people in 1995. Their ordinariness is shown by the writer Murakami, who wrote a book on the incident called Underground.

One reason for our instinct towards apocalypse is the two questions that man has always asked: why are we here? Where do we go after death?

As man has found meaning of his existence (or lack of meaning) through science — above all through Darwin — his apocalyptic instinct has waned. But it hasn’t entirely vanished. The liberal’s apocalyptic urge is expressed through climate change, which will be the end of us as the waters rise in Biblical prescription (Bombay, on the sea, departing in the first batch).

Strangely, it will not have been the first time that global warming would have done us in. It also happened 250 million years ago, when 90 per cent of life on earth disappeared in the Permian Extinction. The ocean’s currents stopped moving and the waters turned stagnant, killing all aquatic life. This was because the warmed polar waters no longer sank, thus stopping the movement of the ocean conveyor, a life-nourishing current that moves under the water near the poles and above water near the equator.

Life recovered, but again drew the short straw 65 million years ago, and that is when the Dinosaurs were introduced to apocalypse by an incoming meteor — and what a sight that would have been.

The future is not looking that bright for us, and scientists are convinced that the expanding universe will stop at one point and then begin to contract into nothingness. This is called the big crunch, the opposite of the big bang, and it will also be a sight for those present, even if a little more painful.

Before stepping into the void, many of us want to communicate.

Japanese pilots were the original suicide bombers and they would smash their little Mitsubishi fighters on the decks of America’s aircraft carriers. The pilots were expected to write haiku before flying off for the last time. What pressure there must have been on these young men to avoid the cliche and keep their words eternal.

A haiku is a poem in three lines of exactly 17 syllables, in 5-7-5 formation. My stab at it: Water never moves/But the wave rolling through it/Lifts me a moment.

We must all depart and as long as that is true our fascination with the ideas of eternity and finality will remain.

Personally, I think it would be nice to go to the sound of Rafi singing: ‘Hum intizar karein gay tera Qayamat tak: Khuda karey kay Qayamat ho — Aur tu aaye’.

Aakar Patel. The writer is director with Hill Road Media in Bombay.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=211855

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There’s a new fashion of blaming every ill in our society on Blackwater/Xe/DynaCorps or other intelligence agencies from God knows where.  

No one denies foreign intelligence working in Pakistan, for American presence everywhere from FIA to Air/Military bases across Pakistan is known to everyone who has been there. So, for those of you who think the famous drone base gifted to US in Baluchistan, where scores of UAV’s are parked, only to take off and bomb our own people or other military and civil establishments (including Airbases, sharing of logistics/intelligence at all levels) gifted to USA after 9/11 is an evil Hindu-Zionst scheme to take over Pakistan, think again. Because no one can enter your home and work inside it, without you not knowing and approving of it.

 

 

I am pasting below, the “known” Operations History of the mighty ISI during the Afghan Jihad and relating to countering RAW, just to show my friends, that ISI is not impotent. (Copied from Wikipedia)

Afghanistan
  • (1982) ISI, CIA and Mossad carried out a covert transfer of Soviet-made weapons and Lebanese weapons captured by the Israelis during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in June 1982 and their subsequent transfer to Pakistan and then into Afghanistan. All knowledge of this weapon transfer was kept secret and was only made public recently.
 
ISI Director, Akhtar Abdur Rahman who was the architect of the Afghan jihad against the Soviet Union.
  • (1982-1997) ISI are considered Godfathers of Taliban and believed to have access to Osama bin Laden in the past.[8].ISI played a central role in the U.S.-backed guerrilla war to oust the Soviet Army from Afghanistan in the 1980s. That Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-backed effort flooded Pakistan with weapons and with Afghan, Pakistani and Arab “mujahideen”, who were motivated to fight as a united force protecting fellow Muslims in Soviet occupied Afghanistan. The CIA relied on the ISI to train fighters, distribute arms, and channel money. The ISI trained about 83,000 Afghan mujahideen between 1983 and 1997, and dispatched them to Afghanistan. B. Raman of the South Asia Analysis Group, an Indian think-tank, claims that the Central Intelligence Agency through the ISI promoted the smuggling of heroin into Afghanistan in order to turn the Soviet troops into heroin addicts and thus greatly reducing their fighting potential.
  • (1986) Worrying that among the large influx of Afghan refugees that come into Pakistan due to the Soviet-Afghan war were members of KHAD (Afghan Intelligence), the ISI successfully convinced Mansoor Ahmed who was the Charge-de-Affairs of the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad to turn his back on the Soviet backed Afghan government. He and his family were secretly escorted out of their residence and were given safe passage on a London bound British Airways flight in exchange for classified information in regard to Afghan agents in Pakistan. The Soviet and Afghan diplomats tried their best to find the family but were unsuccessful.
  • (1994) The Taliban regime that the ISI supported after 1994 to suppress warlord fighting and in hopes of bringing stability to Afghanistan proved too rigid in its Islamic interpretations and too fond of the Al-Qaeda based on its soil. Despite receiving large sums of aid from Pakistan, the Taliban leader Mullah Omar is reported to have insulted a visiting delegation of Saudi Prince Sultan and an ISI general asking that the Taliban turn over bin Laden to Saudi Arabia.[11] Following the 9/11 attack on the United States by Al-Qaeda, Pakistan felt it necessary to cooperate with the US and the Northern Alliance
  • (2001 onwards) American officials believe members of the Pakistani intelligence service are alerting militants to imminent American missile strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas. There is also evidence that the ISI helped plan the July 7th bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul. This conclusion is based on signals intelligence between Pakistani intelligence officers and militants.
India
  • (1950s) The ISI’s Covert Action Division was used in assisting the insurgents in India‘s North-East.
  • (1965) The 1965 war in Kashmir provoked a major crisis in intelligence. When the war started, there was a complete collapse of the operations of all the intelligence agencies, after the commencement of the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war, was apparently unable to locate an Indian armored division due to its preoccupation with political affairs. Ayub Khan set up a committee headed by General Yahya Khan to examine the working of the agencies.
  • (1980) The PAF Field Intelligence Unit at their base in Karachi in July 1980 captured an Indian agent. He was interrogated and revealed that a large network of Indian spies were functioning in Karachi. The agent claimed that these spies, in addition to espionage, had also assassinated a few armed personnel. He also said the leader of the spy ring was being headed by the food and beverages manager at the Intercontinental Hotel in Karachi and a number of serving Air Force officers and ratings were on his payroll. The ISI decided to survey the manager to see who he was in contact with, but then President of Pakistan Zia-ul Haq superseded and wanted the manager and anyone else involved in the case arrested immediately. It was later proven that the manager was completely innocent.
  • (1983) Ilam Din also known as Ilmo was an infamous Indian spy working from Pakistan. He had eluded being captured many times but on at 3 a.m., Ilmo and two other Indian spies were apprehended by Pakistani Rangers as they were illegally crossing into Pakistan from India. Their mission was to spy and report back on the new military equipment that Pakistan will be showing in their annual Pakistan day parade. Ilmo after being thoroughly interrogated was then forced by the ISI to send false information to his R&AW handlers in India. This process continued and many more Indian spies in Pakistan were flushed out, such as Roop Lal.
  • (1984) ISI uncovered a secret deal in which naval base facilities were granted by Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to the USSR in Vizag and the Andaman & Nicobar Island and the alleged attachment of KGB advisers to the then Lieutenant General Sunderji who was the commander of Operation Bluestar in the Golden Temple in Amritsar in June 1984.
  • (1984) ISI failed to perform a proper background check on the British company which supplied the Pakistan Army with its Arctic-weather gear. When Pakistan attempted to secure the top of the Siachen Glacier in 1984, it placed a large order for Arctic-weather gear with the same company that also supplied the Indian Army with its gear. Indians were easily alerted to the large Pakistani purchase and deduced that this large purchase could be used to equip troops to capture the glacier.
  • (1985) A routine background check on various staff members working for the Indian embassy raised suspicions on an Indian woman who worked as a school teacher in an Indian School in Islamabad. Her enthusiastic and too friendly attitude gave her up. She was in reality an agent working for the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). ISI monitored her movements to a hotel in Islamabad where she rendezvoused with a local Pakistani man who worked as an nuclear engineer for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. ISI then confronted her and were then able to turn her into a double agent spying on the Indian Embassy in Islamabad.
 

The mighty ISI, who single handedly managed to oust USSR from Afghanistan and countered MOSSAD, RAW and other intelligence agencies around the globe with utmost efficiency is impotent all of sudden to counter Blackwater?

 

Do you think PC Peshawar and other castles gifted to US based intelligence networks are not under the vigilant eyes of ISI? Do you think the mightiest of Intelligence Agencies, IN ALL OF KNOWN WORLD, is simply helpless in countering some paid mercenaries who are in Pakistan and can be spotted by the press quite often?

 

And for those of you who still believe, ISI is impotent. Try reading history before tuning to TV screens and paying heed to paid anchorpersons and conspiracy theorists blaming “foreign elements” for every bomb that goes off in Pakistan and leaves Pakistani streets blood soaked, in echoes of cries.

 

Some of my activist friends might have had the pleasure of knowing ISI’s capabitlies during the Emergency rule of 2007, when even emails and text messages were a reason of intelligence agents bugging you before the protest/rally took place.

 

This is Pakistan, ISI’s homeground, have you seen Indians play cricket in India?

 

No ‘Chiria’ flaps its wings in Pakistan without our intelligence not knowing. Derive your conclusions yourself.

 

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Dr. Javed Iqbal in the biography of his famous father, Allama Iqbal, narrates one interesting incident.

The only role Allama Iqbal ever played in active politics was in 1926 when on the insistence of his followers he opted to contest the Punjab Legislative Council Membership elections. While all others withdrew their names to honor him, one diehard Malik Din Mohammad stayed in the contest. The election campaign started with all the traditional wherewithal of mud-slinging which in diction and dirtiness was not very different from that of today’s.

Allama Iqbal was unabashedly called a “kafir (due to his endorsement of Sultan ibn Saud)”, a “Kashmiri”; a “pro-Ahmadi”; “a Wahabi”; “an enemy of Tasawwaf (Sufism). In short, some 14 points highlighting the absence of character in Allama Iqbal, which included the accusation of his being a wine-addict, a murderer of a Tawaif, a man with three wives, etc appeared on the walls of Lahore. This was too much for Allama Iqbal. But he was made to believe that it was a part of politics.

According to Hafeez Jullundhri, one day after a tiring campaign in the downtown area of Lahore, Allama Iqbal and he were walking on foot towards their car when something unique happened. Being a candidate, Allama had to extend his salutation to each person he countenanced while walking. In one such courtesy offer, Allama extended his “Aslam-o-Alaikum” to a person, who as it turned out, happened to be belonging to the opposite group of Malik Din Mohammad. That unruly person reciprocated Allama’s salutation, just by dropping off his, “dhoti”, and Lo, there he stood in the middle of the street, and in front of Allama in his utter naturalness.

This, indeed, was too much for a poet and thinker.

Taking his seat in the car, Allama addressed Hafeez Jullundhri in a somewhat dismayed and tired tone, “I have lost my sleep thinking about the causes of the decline of values, self-respect and good-conduct in this nation, and look how they are acting!”. Hafeez Jullundhri in his typical Jullundhri way, replied to Allama, “Doctor Sahib. Do not get upset or sad. The nation has showed you whatever it possesses”.

The remark freshened up Allama Iqbal for the moment and he smiled, losing all bitterness. Our people also should not get upset, nor should they lose hope because “the politicians are showing whatever they possess”, like the man in the story.

” Nations are born in the heart of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians ” – Dr. M. Allama Iqbal

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Words by young people in Peshawer, who saw it happen infront of their very eyes. Heart-melting verses, if you have poetic wit and soul-wrecking pain, if you love your country 🙂

peshblast

Hum zakhmi sanson ka naghma
lo see ayay
Pehray mai jamhuri khakon k
bhi jee ayay
Aur Lafz-e-Aman ki chaoon thalay
Apnoon ka lahoo bhee pee ayay
Hum rizq ki iss mazdori mai
Hum ghurbat mai
majboori mai
Hum sehmay bhi ghabrayay bhi
Hum tanha bhi , jhutlayay bhi
hum khatra e fani ki hud mai
Yak’lakhth dhamakoon ki zud mai
Hum mauth kai sayoon mai chalthay
Hum hi kat’thay , Hum hee marthay
bus hai qafee …
Jo Jee ayay
Aur jeethay jee
Apnon ka lahoo bhi pee ayay
hum jee ayay
Par Peer e Watan
Sultan e Chaman
A Sahib e Dhan
Insaan hain Hum

Dil chahtha hai taskeen e Sukhn

kuch kar na sakay, kuch keh laithay
Hum adee hain, hum seh laithay
Ghut Ghut kai zinda reh laithay
Tum jhoot sahi kuch keh laithay

A Peer e Watan
Shah e Gulshan
Lashon ne kaha Bai’gor o kafan
Sultan e Chaman
Hai naaz hamay
Qurban hain hum
Par akhir tou Insaan hain Hum

Dil chahtha hai taskeen e sukhn

Hum ko hai gila tou bus Tum se
Kai Tum chup ho …
-Shah

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ye gard kay badal kaisay hain
Ye khowf ka aalam Kyon kar hay
Ye khoon ki nadyan kiss ki hain
ye cheekh o fughan
Ye Aah o buqa
har ghar main Matam kyon kar hay

Sar maston kay is khitay main
janbazoon ki is nagri main
Pukhtoono ki is basti main
ye khowf ka aalam kyon kar hay

Main janta hoon. Main manta hoon
k
yahan khun he arzan pani se
aur zeest ki keemat kuch bhe nahii
Yahan gardanain katthi hain pal pal main
Aur sans ko muhlat kuch bhe naii
Yahan maayain bachay janti hain , mit janay ko
aur barood ki boo he gulshan main yan pholon kay mehkanay ko
yan borhay, bachay. kamsin , jawan jal jatay hain
aur phol se chehray pal bhar yaan mati main mil jatay hain
yahan roor qayam hoti he
yahan rooz ye shughlay uthtay hain

main janta hoon, main manta honn
par
Rab ki qasam yahan har ik ankh pur num sahee
Mayooos nahiiii
yahan har ghar main matam saheee
r har ik dil main gham saheee
par koi dil bezaaar nahiii
ye basti he sarmastoon ki
ye nagrii he janbaazoon ki
yahan khowf ka alam kyoon kar hooo

yahan bachay bachay ki hay sadaa
too kar jo tujhay karna he adooo
hum apnay nehatay hathoon se
tera naam mita kar dam lengay
r tujhay itna bata kar dam lengay
k hum sirf khuda se dartay hain
hum sirf khuda se dartay hain

-Dr. Wahid.

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