Do Taliban belong to Afghanistan or Pakistan? What does Taliban mean and what do they want?


“The word Taliban comes from tālib, “student” in Arabic”.

Under Zia Ul Haq, the then president of Pakistan, a number of madarssas  were opened to cater for fighters to take on the Army of USSR which had moved in to Afghanistan. USA was very Keen to ensure that Russians lose their war in Afghanistan and lose face around the world. USA and Saudi Arabia funded Pakistan and also provided heavy weapons including Stinger missiles for use against Russian aircraft.

      Hundreds of uneducated and unemployed Pashtun youth were brainwashed in these  Madarassas with extreme fanatical Islamic views and let loose inAfganistan. Pashtuns form the majority of Fighters in Taliban, though there are Turkmens, Tajiks, Uzbeks and even a few Hazaras.

Afganistan has over ten ethnic groups. It is a land that has never allowed any external force to dominate for any length of time. Tribal loyalties are on the top of the cultural scale followed by Islam. A Central government in Kabul  has limited say in how things are governed in the urban areas,  and  almost none in the hinterlands.

Consequent to the Russian army pulling out, Taliban took over the country and established a government. Pakistan was the first to recognise Taliban government and persuaded Saudi Arabia to follow suit. Pakistan assumed that Taliban government would be a puppet, working under its directions. But the Afgan Taliban, even though funded trained and supported by Pakistan proved difficult to handle.

Taliban giving protection to members of Al Qaida, Osama bin Laden, subsequent US intervention and displacement of Taliban are a part of history. Under attack by US forces Taliban moved to Pakistan where it was given sanctuary.

After the debacles of 1965 and 1971 Pakistani army had formulated a policy of ‘depth’, ie Afghanistan will form a safe staging area for its forces in case of problems with india on its eastern front. This meant a pliable government in Afghanistan. However with Taliban having been sent packing and a democratically elected government in Afghanistan in  place Pakistan found itself without its perceived ‘depth’.

Therefore for the past nearly two decades Pakistan has been needling the Taliban to fight and destabilise the Afghan government, which the international community had managed to set up against all odds. Today Taliban controls nearly half of Afghanistan, and USA is planning to withdraw its 8500 troops in Afghanistan. If that happens Approximately 12000 allied troops will also leave. Afgan Security forces are no match today against Taliban which is being backed by Pakistani army. It is only a matter of time before Taliban moves into Kabul as apart of a coalition government or even a complete domination. This is what Pakistan is aiming for. A puppet Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

As mentioned earlier, Pashtuns form the Majority of fighters in the Taliban. Unfortunately for Pashtuns, the Durand Line, an artificial divide, a perfidy perpetrated by the British has separated the ethnic Pashtuns in two, Afghanistan has never accepted the Durand line as the border with Pakistan.

Tehrike Taliban came into the picture in 2007. Pakistani army lost its leverage with TTP when it commenced military actions in NWFP, and therefore allowed USA to target its leaders by use of drones. TTP has been conducting operations against Pakistan army ever since and even civilians.

Today there is the strange dichotomy in the Pakistani army, which, even while giving all out support to Afgan Taliban, is hell bent on destroying TTP ie Pakistani Taliban.

     Will it succeed? Not to forget the basic raw material for Taliban, Afgan or Pakistan are Pashtuns.

Tribal loyalties demand badal for every member of the tribe killed. Can Pakistan really separate or divide the two Taliban overt time and achieve its objects of a puppet Taliban in Afghanistan and completely decimated Pakistani Taliban ie TTP?

Only time will tell.

Pakistan Elections 2013: Colorful with Caste Calculations and Lunatic Fringe


                                   

Elections in the sub continent are always colorful. In Pakistan of 2013 it is  more so with the people full of life if not joy at the never before prospect of voting in an election not distorted by the ISI and the Army. And a civilian government which has run a full term of 5 years, never before has this happened.

      Even if the Army is not directly interfering this time its presence will be felt in every booth. Gen Kayani has offered ‘protection’ by the army of every booth.

      Baddies this time are the Taliban and other fanatic organisations who have openly declared that they will adopt any means to ensure that the elections are not held. Repeated bomb blasts at election meetings , murders and kidnapping of candidates indicate that they have  the capacity to create a great deal of fear among the candidates and the public.

        The latest is the abduction of Haider Ali Gilani, son of former PM Yousuf Raza Gilani in his home constituency in the outskirts of Multan. The abduction was not a an amateur or ham handed affair, clearly planned and organised by professional terrorists.

       Nawaz Sharif is expected to reap the maximum number of seats, however PML -S will not have a clear majority. Najam Sethi the caretaker in Punjab has moved out a great many beauracrats who would have helped Sharif to influence the voting pattern.

      PPP is on the back foot this time. With many allegations of corruption and mis-governance. Death threats forced Bilawal to opt out. Candidates are afraid to campaign freely.

              

IMRAN KHAN while he may have won the world cup in cricket for Pakistan has no real experience  of Pakistani politics. How far his image of a honest person boosted by his recent hospitalization due to an injury received while campaigning will bring in votes is yet to be seen.

MUSHARRAF AN UNSOLDIERLY SOLDIER: HIS COMEUPPANCE AT LAST ?


An opposite of what a honorable soldier is expected to be

       A rogue soldier and a rogue general who cheated his way to be a president of Pakistan, ditched all his friends, lied without a sense of shame.

     He acted in a most unsoldierly manner when he plotted the Kargil Fiasco, depriving the gallant dead soldiers of Pakistan right to a decent burial as war heroes.

      He cheated the people of Pakistan, dismissed a government elected by the people of Pakistan.He cheated the government of  of India and also cheated the US administration.

     The US administration was willing to be cheated. Indian Prime Minister was willing to be cheated .  No one need weep for them.

      But the hundreds of lives lost on the Kargil, Afganistan, and Baluchistan.

      He was an avid sympathiser and supported of  terrorists. He was also the bosom pal of the CIA.

EXtracts from Indian Express of 30 April 13

 ‘Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was today sent to judicial custody for a fortnight by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.’

         ‘The court in Rawalpindi had said at the last hearing that Musharraf should be produced for today’s hearing but he was not presented before the judge for security reasons, said chief prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali of the Federal Investigation Agency.’

           ‘The FIA’s joint investigation team had completed its investigation against Musharraf and gathered “solid evidence” that “directly connects the accused with the commission of the offences with which he has been charged”, Ali said. “Musharraf has tried to shift liability and responsibility on others but there is solid evidence which proves he is guilty,” he said.’

        ‘Musharraf returned to Pakistan on March 24 after a nearly] four-year long self imposed exile abroad to contest the May 11 general elections. However, Pakistani authorities disqualified him from contesting the election, effectively putting an end to his ambitions for a political comeback.’

SIM CARDS: Perverts and Terrorists & Criminals Have Easy Access


SMS perverts use fake papers to hoodwink cops

V Narayan TNN

Mumbai: The incessant ringing of her cellphone in the dead of the night woke up Reema (name changed) from her deep slumber. The Chembur resident, who works as an executive with a private firm, answered the phone, only to hear the maniacal laughter of aman. A few days later, Reema received an obscene text message from the same number. To make matters worse, Reema’s two female flatmates also started receiving vulgar SMSes from the same number. They then approached the police. “The man told us the cops will never find him as he had procured six SIM cards using fake documents,” said Reema.

     The cops traced the number to a Goregaon man and learnt that he was unaware that his papers had been used to obtain the SIM card.

     Reema and her flatmates are not alone. Many women are still waiting for the perverts, who harassed them through obscene SMSes and emails, to be brought to justice. Investigators, too, admit that very rarely do such persons get caught. “Mobile service providers do not thoroughly check documents while giving out SIM cards. This negligent approach helps the perverts get away with their crime,” said an officer.

    According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Mumbai has the maximum number of registered cases of sexual harassment or obscenity through SMS, MMS or email.

Between 2007 and 2012 (till August), 84 such cases were registered in the city. When it comes to states, Maharashtra, too, doesn’t fare better. The NCRB data shows Maharashtra has the third highest number of such cases (169) registered in the country in the same period.

    JCP (crime) Himanshu Roy said, “We will take up the matter with the information technology ministry so that proper action is taken against erring service providers.”

     A spokesperson of a leading telecom operator said the cops were trying to pass the buck by blaming operators. Times View: Crack the whip B oth service providers and cops need to be more proactive when it comes to helping victims of online/mobile sexual harassment. The trauma that the victim goes through should not be compounded by official apathy and the gloves should be off while dealing with these predators. They are a real enough menace though they may be operating in the virtual world.

Raj Thakre: Becomes a Hero :Aug 2012


Raj Thakre to the Fore

     

        SEA OF PROTESTORS: An MNS rally wends its way from Girgaum Chowpatty to Azad Maidan on Tuesday. Police, which had granted permission only for a meeting at Azad Maidan, initiated action against the party

       Considered a purely negative force in the political arena, his astute move in the aftermath of violence 0n Aug 11 by some Muslims in Mumbai protesting the NE incidents has given him a larger than life image. That the violence was  of planned and organised is not in doubt. The manner in which the incident was dealt with by the police has its positive and negetive features. The fact that the whole affair was controlled by the police in a matter of hours without  firing and causing deaths needs to be applauded. However this was at the cost of many police men and women beaten up by the rampaging mobs. Police did not use their weapons, some were even snatched away. Buses and cars were set on fire. News channel vehicles were burnt and correspondents attacked. Police morale touched the rock bottom.

      Suddenly Mumbai felt helpless once again. The same way they felt on 26/11. Congress which is ruling Maharashtra failed to assuage the fear and despondency of Mumbaikars.

     Raj Thakre stepped in where no other party was willing to tread. He announced a massive rally on 21st Aug to protest against the violent incidents.

     Congress NCP government blustered and threatened, but could not prevent a massive turn out by MNS. The people of Mumbai felt that at last there was some one to voice their feelings. The young policeman who walked up the stage to present Raj with a flower described the mood of the avrage policeman in Mumbai.

Raj Thakre became a Hero overnight.

Raj in show of strength, warns of threat from Bangladeshis

‘Migrants Had A Big Role In Aug 11 Riot’

Ambarish Mishra TNN

        Mumbai: Waving what appeared to be a Bangladeshi passport and warning that illegal migration from the eastern neighbour would destroy Mumbai, Mahasrashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Tuesday addressed a massive pro-Hindu rally in answer to the August 11 gathering of Muslims to protest attacks in Assam.

       Slamming the violence during the Muslim rally, which like the one on Tuesday paralysed south Mumbai, he said, “There is a boundary which no one should cross. There should be no physical assaults on policemen and officials. My party will always stand by the cops whenever such cases happen,” Thackeray said.

      Thackeray said the influx illegal Bangladeshi migrants posed a threat to Mumbai. “They have safe havens in UP and Bihar. From there, the illegal migrants come to Mumbai to foment trouble,” he said and accused Bangladeshi migrants of playing a major role in the August 11 violence.

      He denied of playing the Hindu card and said his only “dharma” was the “Maharashtra dharma”. “Any person who tries to take law into his hands, beats up cops, mediapersons, molest women cops deserves the severest condemnation from me and my party,” the MNS leader said.

      Thackeray blamed the Congress-led DF government and home minister R R Patil for creating an administrative hurdle for the MNS rally. “Similar queries were not asked when Raza Academy held protest rally on August 11 at Azad Maidan. Raza Academy has a dubious track record. Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi had delivered a provocative speech in Bhiwandi at the Raza Academy rally few years ago. At the end of the rally miscreants slaughtered two cops. Why was such an organization given permission to hold a rally on August 11?”

      South Mumbai creaked under its second political rally in 10 days, which derailed traffic and disrupted the city’s first working day after an extended weekend. Over 50,000 MNS men gathered at Chowpatty and marched in a show of strength along the Marine Drive-Princess Street-Dhobitalao stretch to the rally venue at Azad Maidan.

    Police, who had granted permission only for a meeting at the Azad Maidan, initiated action against the party. Mumbai Police booked the MNS for organising the rally at Girgaum Chowpatty without permission.

Oak Creek Gurudwara Reopens


US gurdwara reopens, leaves a bullet hole intact as reminder

New York/Washington:

Six days after a deadly shooting struck an Oak Creek gurdwara, the shrine on Friday opened its gates again to the public, with over 100 community members returning to clean it ahead of the funeral for the victims.

      The members of the shrine said that a lone bullet hole in a metal door frame at the gurdwara will remain there as a poignant reminder of the tragedy.

        The gurdwara in Oak Creek in Wisconsin — where a ‘neo-nazi’ ex-army veteran, Wade Michael Page, went on a shooting spree killing six Sikhs on Sunday before dying of a self-inflicted gun shot wound — “is now open for the public”, Jagajit Singh Sandhu, a member of the temple committee, said. A lone bullet hole remained in a metal door frame, which members say won’t be repaired.

      The doorway leads to main prayer area, where the only female victim — 41-year-old Paramjit Kaur — was killed. PTI

     BLEEDING HEARTS: Family and friends gather at Oak Creek High School on Friday to mourn the victims of the gurdwara massacre

Wisconsin : Tragedy in Gurudwara


     “Because of the heroic action of our officers, they stopped this from being worse than it could have been.”

    Edwards says the officers responded to a 911 call, where they found a victim. Their officer, a 20-year-veteran, was ambushed and shot multiple times by the suspect. The officer is in surgery now. “We expect him to recover,” Edwards says.

     “Another officer on the scene was engaged by the suspect,” Edwards says. “Our officer engaged that individual and that individual is deceased from actions our officer took. … It could have been a lot worse.”

     “It has taken all day to clear the area… we have numerous individuals that are deceased at this point.”

      Edwards says the FBI will be handling criminal incident.

    “We’re treating it as a domestic terrorist type incident.” Edwards said there were seven deceased and “three injured including our officer.”

The chief has no info on the suspect: “I don’t have any information for you on the suspect.”

The chief takes questions:

    He’s asked what he means by “domestic terrorism”: “Domestic terrorism is somebody who’s doing some active terrorism within the US. Not from another country.”

     He’s asked about the weapon: “The weapon is not yet known. Not clear if multiple.”

He’s asked if the temple is clear: “No one left in the temple. That is a crime scene.”

Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi speaks briefly: The city is outraged. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims. We are thankful for the officers who responded. He pledges cooperation

5.26pm: The Oak Creek police chief described how the suspect in the shooting was killed.

    A 20-year veteran of the police force responded to a call of a shooting at the temple and found a victim outside. While treating the victim the officer was ambushed by the gunman and shot multiple times. A second officer then shot the gunman dead.

The officer shot by the gunman is in surgery and is expected to recover.

     The chief, John Edwards, said he has no information on the suspect but described the incident as a “domestic terrorist-type incident,” meaning perpetrated by a US citizen within the United States.

     5.34pm: Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said three were wounded in the shooting, including the veteran police officer who was among the first to respond.

Among those who were shot was the president of the temple, Satwant Kaleka, who was taken to a hospital.


The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal
 has reported that the temple president, Satwant Kaleka, was shot and transported to the hospital.

5.36pm: Police Chief Edwards said he had no information on the suspect, who was killed at the scene, in what he called an act of “domestic terrorism.”

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel quotes a temple member on the shooter’s identity:

One of the temple’s committee members, Ven Boba Ri, said that based on communication with people inside the temple, the shooter was a white male in his 30s.

5.40pm: Oak Creek community members are organizing a vigil tonight for the victims of the shooting and their families and loved ones.

    A Facebook page for the vigil is here. A message on the page calls on community members to “come together for a vigil and spread peace and show support for the victims and family members of the Sikh Temple Shootings.”

The vigil is scheduled for 8pm at Cathedral Square Park in Milwaukee.

5.46pm: Local law enforcement met with leaders of the Sikh temple in Oak Creek last year following a series of disturbing crimes apparently targeting Sikhs in the area.

The Oak Creek Patch reported last August:

State Rep. Josh Zepnick and District Attorney John Chisholm visited the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, 7512 S. Howell Ave., on Sunday to discuss public safety issues in the Sikh community.

Satwant Singh Kaleka, president of the Sikh Temple, requested the meeting after the July 4 melee in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood, according to a news release from Zepnick’s office. Those incidents included the looting of at least one Sikh-owned business.

Singh Kaleka told local officials that what was seen in Riverwest has become too common at gas stations and convenience stores owned by members of the Sikh community. Many businesses and workers have been the victims of robberies and vandalism, he said.

(via @BuzzFeedAndrew)

6.00pm: A man interviewed outside the temple has told local WISN newsthat the shooting victims may have been members of the temple who came early to help prepare a large community lunch to be held after services.

Two children were the first to see the shooter outside the temple and the first to warn temple members what was happening, the witness said.

    “It was a boy and a girl who were sitting outside. The girl was from the family who was hosting the lunch today. The first shot that the shooter took was just like some firework [the children thought].

    “He shot the two people who actually came out of the cab and they were entering the church. These two kids [ran inside and alerted members].”

     The witness said he spoke to the children and they described the gunman:

    “One guy, blue pants, white shirt, white guy, little heavy, who was taking these shots.”

    “People who got injured were mostly employees of the church” who’d arrived early to prepare lunch, he said.

The name of the interviewee was not supplied by WISN.

6.03pm: The man interviewed by WISN news who had been inside the temple said that after the shooting started “it was chaos.”

“There are four sections to the church,” the interviewee said. “One for the shoes. One where we worship. One for community lunch where everybody sits and eats food.”

“There were some families who locked themselves in the bathroom. There were some who locked themselves in the kitchen area.”

The man says he does not think the shooting was motivated by hatred of religion:

“I don’t think this person has anything to do with religion. He just came out and started shooting like all other psychos we have heard about who have done other things in the past.”

6.10pm: Local news station WISN is at Froedtert hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

A reporter says one victim was shot in the neck and is in surgery. One is shot in abdomen and chest. One is shot in face and arm.

6.14pm: Residents are being evacuated from the neighborhood of Cudahy, Wisconsin, WISN reports.

Milwaukee police and the FBI are active in the area. Residents have not been told why they are being evacuated, WISN reported.

Cudahy is near Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport. WISN speculated that police were investigating the suspect’s residence.

6.21pm: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tweeted Sunday that he told President Obama that the FBI was “part of an excellent team effort of local, state & federal authorities on site.”

Appreciated the call from the President. It is a sad day for the Sikh community, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and America.

Walker’s office later released this statement:

While the situation in Oak Creek continues to develop rapidly, we are working with the FBI and local law enforcement. I became aware of the situation late this morning and continue to receive updated briefings.

Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as we all struggle to comprehend the evil that begets this terrible violence.

At the same time, we are filled with gratitude for our first responders, who show bravery and selflessness as they put aside their own safety to protect our neighbors and friends.

Tonette and I ask everyone to join us in praying for the victims and their families, praying for the safety of our law enforcement and first responder professionals and praying for strength and healing for this entire community and our state.

6.36pm: The Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh American civil rights organization in the U.S., has released a statement with background information about the temple, or Gudwara, in Oak Creek:

The Gudwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin was founded in 1997 and had over 400 peaceful worshipers that worked and lived in the greater Milwaukee area. The Gudwara, known as being a wonderful neighbor, had come to represent the valued contributions of the Sikh faith in a community where Sikhism was understood to be another contributing fabric in the cloth of American plurality.

The impulse is to assume that the attack is a hate crime, coalition director Sapreet Kaur is quoted as saying:

There have been multiple hate crime shootings within the Sikh community in recent years and the natural impulse of our community is to unfortunately assume the same in this case. Let’s let law enforcement investigate the case and as new facts emerge the dialogue can change. Americans died today in a senseless act of violence and Americans of all faiths should stand in unified support with their Sikh brothers and sisters.

The coalition statement supplies statistics on Sikhism:

With over 25 million followers worldwide, Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world, with over 500,000 followers in the U.S. For more information on Sikhism please visit our website here.

     6.41pm: Jaisal Noor has put together a report for Democracy Now! onviolence and harassment against the Sikh community since 9/11.

The violence began directly after the 9/11 attacks, on Sept. 15, 2001, when Balbir Singh Sodhi, a gas station owner, was murdered in Mesa, Arizona, by a man who apparently wanted revenge for the attacks and associated Sikhism, which originates in India, with the mutant Islam associated with the attacks, with its roots in Saudi Arabia.

6.47pm: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that law enforcement authorities have arrived outside of a home in Cudahy, Wisc., a town about 5 miles north of Oak Creek. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also reportedly outside the home.

7.00pm: We’re going to wrap up our live blog coverage of the shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. We have just published an updated news item here. Here’s a summary of where things stand:

• A gunman killed six victims and wounded three, including a police officer, at the temple before being shot dead by a second police officer. The three wounded were being treated at hospital and were expected to survive.

• Authorities were at the scene of a home in the Milwaukee area believed to be connected with the shooter.

• The gunman was described by a man who spoke to eye witnesses as white, in his 30s, “a little heavy,” wearing blue pants and a white shirt. He is believed to have acted alone. Police said “weapons” were recovered inside the temple but had no further information.

• A man at the temple told local news station WISN that two children saw the suspect shoot two people exiting a taxi outside the temple. The children, who were unharmed, then ran inside to warn congregants about the shooter.

• The Sikh Coalition noted an impulse to assume the act was a hate crime. Sikhs have regularly been singled out for hate crime attacks since 9/11.

Please visit the Guardian US home page for further updates.