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Reflections on Pakistan Day 2009

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Pakistan started the moment the first non-Muslim was converted to Islam in India long before the Muslims established their rule inspired them….Our bedrock and sheet anchor is Islam. Islam is our guide and complete code of our life,” – Quaid-e-Azam March 1944.

There will be no peace in the Near East until they give an honest deal to Arabs in Palestine. All out sympathies are with Arabs who are fighting against the usurpers,” said Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Father of Pakistan during his meeting with Grand Mufti, Amin al-Husaini, in Cairo, December 1946.

It seems to me that the supreme test of the present-day Muslim leadership will be its ability or inability – to lead the community not only in the purely political and economic but also in the moral sphere: the abiliyt – or inability – to convince the Muslims that ‘Allah doesn’t change the condition of a people unless they change their inner selves,” – Muhammad Asad (Leopold Weiss, 1900-92), May 1947.

Pakistan is the only country which was created on the basis of a religion in the 20th century (some people may like to add Zionist entity to that category too). On August 14, 1947 – Muslims of British India saw their century-old dream come true at the cost of more than one million Muslims men, women and children murdered by Hindu and Sikh extremists. Pakistan became a reality through peaceful resistance – without suicide-bombing or other terrorist activities similar to European Jew Zionazi used to establish Israel on a foreign land. In fact while several of Zionist leaders were declared as “wanted terrorists” – the leader of Pakistan movement, Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid-e-Azam) never spent a single day in Jail – though Father of Hindu India, Mahtama Gandhi, spent almost half of his political life in British jails.

Since Quaid-e-Azam and all of senior leaders of Pakistan movement were against the partition of Arab Palestine for the settlement of Europe’s “unwanted Jews” – even before the partition of British India into Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan – The Zionist Jews around the world along with Hindu extremists and their Zionist allies within Pakistan – never stopped conspiring for the destruction of Pakistan. Pakistan’s first prime minister, Liaquat Ali Khan became their first political assassination target. It followed the begining of four pro-Washington military dictatorships, assassination of military dictator Ge. Zia ul-Haq along with 21 senior military officers, breakaway of Estern part of Pakistan (now Bangladesh), hanging of anti-Israel former prime minister, Zulifiqar Ali Bhutto (father of Benazir Bhutto and father-in-law of current president Asif Ali Zardari) – and assassination of Benazir Bhutto to install Zionist puppet Asif Ali Zardari (considered as Godfather or Allah’s curse by majority of Pakistanis), to achieve what Gen. Pervez Musharraf failed to deliver to the Israel Lobby (recognition of Israel, destruction of Islamic identity of Pakistan and denuclearization of Pakistan). Zardari has gone full speed to fulfil Zionist agenda against Pakistani nation while laundering tens of millions of dollars to his freign bank accounts. To start with – he has done what no other military or civilian dictator including his father-in-law and his wife had dared to do – He has removed the pictures of the Father of Nation, Qaid-e-Azam from the Presidential Palace in Islamabad and replaced it with the picture of his son, Bilawal Zardari, a student at Oxford.

It seems China has started worrying about the cozy relation India has been building with the US and Israel and bullying its reginal allies (Pakistan and Islamic Iran). It”s interesting to note that while the Zionists are playing their dirty game to break Pakistan into four entities with the help of the US, India and Afghanistan – China is considering to break-up the artificial state of India too. Recently,  New Kerala.com, reported that a Chinese strategist has suggested that Beijing should break-up India into 20-30 independent states with the help of its friendly states like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

Waseem Shehzad writing for monthly Crescent International (August 2009) under the heading “Pakistan Independence Day: what is there to celebrate?” wrote:

Each year August 14 is celebrated as Pakistan’s Independence Day. Flag-hoisting ceremonies are held in most major cities. Whether such ceremonies will be held this year as well given the turmoil gripping the country and the military engaged in fighting its own people is an open question. Even the wreath-laying ceremony at the mausoleum of the person who led the movement for the creation of Pakistan — Muhammad Ali Jinnah, popularly called Quaid-e Azam (the great leader) — in Karachi may be in doubt. If it happens, it is likely to be amid tight security for fear of a terrorist attack.

There is speculation that once Bilawal graduates, Zardari may appoint him prime minister. This is not mere conjecture; in 1996, Nusrat Bhutto, the family matriarch had said that if Benazir (her daughter) could be prime minister, why her son, Murtaza Bhutto could not occupy the post of chief minister of Sindh. For the Bhuttos, and now for the Zardaris, Pakistan is a family fiefdom.

Public corruption is marginal compared to the mega corruption indulged in by the rulers. For instance, Zardari could only be-come president after the former dictator, general Pervez Mushar-raf entered into a US-British-brokered agreement that dismissed all corruption charges re- lating to him and his now-deceased wife, Benazir Bhutto. This was done under the inappropriately titled National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). Legalized corruption and theft would be a more appropriate description. Not surprisingly, Pakistan ranks among one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

To such brazenness must be added the deployment of military against its own people to appease the US. Since 2004, the military has killed thousands of citizens in return for a few hundred million dollars. Such policy has turned large parts of the country into war zones. The war that the US is waging — and losing — in Afghanistan has been shifted to Pakistan because its rulers are considered soft and easy to corrupt and browbeat into submission. In the military’s Swat operations, use of heavy weapons — helicopter gunships, F-16 planes and long range artillery — against civilian populations is widespread, ostensibly to fight the Taliban yet few Taliban leaders have been apprehended or killed. All that the military has achieved is the murder, according to one estimate in Asia Weekly magazine, of some 20,000 civilians and the virtual destruction of many cities and villages in Swat.

This same brutal policy has now been launched in South Waziristan, for the second time in four years, with the same disastrous outcome as occurred in the 2004-2006 operations. The cost of such military operations is staggering: at least $1 billion additional per year for a country already reeling under a mountain of debt. The government and pro-Western secular media claim the Swat operation has people’s support. Even if this were true, it still does not make it right. The loss of civilian life and destruction of infrastructure is immense. Despite the government’s claim that 95 percent of Swat has been “cleansed” of the Taliban, people have not returned to their villages. What is there to return to? Almost every village has been des-troyed; standing crops and fruits have withered away and there is no government infrastructure to offer support.

Zardari is not only extremely unpopular but many view him as a curse from God. Since becoming president, the country has spiraled downward. To the rampant lawlessness must be added acute economic problems confronting people. Prices have skyrocketed and many essential food items, if available at all, are beyond the reach of most ordinary people. Pakistan is ranked 10th among countries likely to fail and is in the same league as violent-wracked Somalia or Afghanistan.

Its total debt has climbed to a staggering $120 billion of which $50 billion is external debt. The state has no capacity to repay any of this. Last November, the country was saved from defaulting on interest payments on debt by an infusion of $7.6 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that came with stiff conditions. Despite this, the advisor to finance minister recently announced raising another $60 billion from 33 international lending institutions. If this did not materialize, the IMF would be approached for a further bailout package. And it has been, according to the same advisor who said $4.3 billion had been sought from the IMF. The country is submerged in a mountain of debt but the rulers live a lifestyle that would be the envy of most rich people even in the West. Is there anything to celebrate on Pakistan’s Independence Day this year?

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