Archive for May, 2009

National unity foremost

May 27th, 2009

No country can be at ease with itself when hundreds of thousands of its citizens are displaced from their homes and are placed in refugee camps. Estimates put the figure at around 1.5 million. Housed in ill-managed refugee camps these Pakistanis, all of whom happen to be Pakhtuns, face a bleak future for months, and possibly years.

But it is not the question of the future of Pakhtuns, but of the very survival of Pakistan. It is time for Pakistanis to ask as to what brought our great nation to the edge of the precipice. We should ask the question where the state apparatus was when this situation was developing over the disastrous Musharraf years.

Pakistan today is under a multi-directional threat to its sovereignty and its integrity. Blaming circumstances, whether it is internal disorders or external factors, for what is happening to Pakistan is not going to do any good to the cause of Pakistan’s survival as a dignified and honourable nation. Whether our adversities are internal discord or external in nature, it is we ourselves who are to blame. These things do not happen suddenly but take years to develop. Through the years, while it was happening to us, symptom after symptom, Musharraf and his cronies worked from day to day without a care for Pakistan’s future. After his lawless military coup of Oct 12, 1999, Musharraf had inherited a Pakistan that was a demonstrated nuclear military power and possessed the cohesion of a wonderfully well-knit federation at peace with itself. Musharraf left power in a shameful manner and left us as a humiliated nation that was weakened in all spheres of national life.
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Pakhtuns want peace

May 6th, 2009

These days Pakhtun women and elderly men carrying heavy loads on their backs and the beautiful bewildered children of the Pakhtuns looking into the prying eye of television cameras leaving their mud huts behind while fleeing violence-stricken areas is a common sight on our television screens. The forlorn look on the face of a child riding the back of a fleeing elder brings tears to one’s eyes. But does anyone really care?

The one and only question that comes to mind is whether this madness will ever end. The devastated Pakhtuns living on both sides of the international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan want peace after being mauled by violence over the recent years and the past decades, respectively.

The reason for the Pakhtuns not having achieved a standard of progress at large that their personal and collective traits had warranted is not entirely their fault. The Pakhtuns have found themselves in the violent cross hairs of history in such a manner that they have been mauled by the interests of the superpowers of various eras. The first, second and third Afghan wars were fought when Afghanistan found itself in the role of a buffer state between the Russian Empire and British India. In the 70s and the 80s it was the quest for reaching the warm waters of the Arabian Sea that brought the then mighty army of the erstwhile USSR to Afghanistan only to be militarily humiliated but at a huge cost to the Pakhtuns in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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Security Situation – PK Politics

May 5th, 2009

NOTE: The following media is in the Urdu language and NOT in English.

Former DG IB (Director General Intelligence Bureau) Masood Sharif Khan Khattak shares his views regarding the current security situation in Pakistan with PKPolitics. The questions were based on several concerns raised recently by members in the comments on PKPolitics and we will do another episode with Mr. Khattak on more follow up questions raised by the members here.