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Drone Strikes Continue To Fuel Anti-US Sentiment In Pakistan

Drone Strikes Continue To Fuel Anti-US Sentiment In Pakistan

Jason Ditz

US Claims Massive ‘Militant’ Deaths and Almost No Civilian Casualties

The CIA’s drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas, something which has become an enormous issue over the past year and a half, have been an enormous source of controversy, both legal and practical.

The US, for its part, maintains that the drone strikes have caused no more than 30 civilian casualties, while killing over 500 militants. The claims seem common among US officials, in keeping with the narrative of precision drone strikes.

But they are tough to swallow for children killed and maimed in the almost constant bombardment. And for villagers the claims that friends and relatives are “suspected militants” are tough to reconcile with reality, as are the claims of US precision.

They also don’t jibe with figures from Pakistan’s own intelligence agencies, which estimate that the US actually killed 700 civilians in 2009 alone, while killing only a handful of confirmed militants. The number of civilians wounded in all these attacks is unknown, but significant.

It is unsurprising, then, that the strikes continue to inflame anti-US sentiment across Pakistan, and US claims that the victims are almost universally “militants” is likely only making matters worse, in the face of enormous evidence to the contrary.

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Singh tried arcane US jargon to malign Pakistan

April 14, 2010 Leave a comment

Rupee News

Singh tried arcane US jargon to malign Pakistan

Bharat (aka India) in the 50s and the 60s used be the champion of the third world, and one of the most ardent critics of the West’s monopoly of Nuclear Technology and Atomic weapons. The speeches of Jawaharlal Nehru and other Bharati politicians opposing the the discriminatory practices against the have-not nations, mainly from the poorer South. Today Delhi, the possible recipient of Civilian Nuclear Technology uses the old language used by America to keep technology from peoples of the third world. Prime Minister Singh tried arcane US jargon to malign Pakistan. He however did not success and was snubbed by President Barack Obama. The US president clearly stated that Pakistan’s Nuclear Program and Pakistani nukes were safe–embarrassing Prime Minister Singh.

Without understanding the complexities of the world’s mood, Mr. Singh seems to be caught in a time warp of the last decade when the blunt tool of “Nuclear Proliferation” was used on a Quixotic hunt for WMDs in Iraq and by extension in Pakistan.

The Bharati diplomatic corps seems to be caught in a blast from the past when Pakistan faced US sanctions for building a Nuclear bomb. That was a long time ago, and a lot of water has gone down the Indus. Bharat’s diplomatic corp for some reason seems to think that that time cna be brought back.

Without naming Pakistan’s A Q Khan operation, India on Tuesday reminded the world of the dangers of “clandestine proliferation networks” and asked the world to join hands to combat trafficking of nuclear materials.

“Clandestine proliferation networks have flourished and led to insecurity for all, including and especially for India,” Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told 47 world leaders gathered at the Nuclear Security Summit here.

“We must learn from past mistakes and institute effective measures to prevent their recurrence,” the prime minister said in his intervention on the concluding day of the summit.

“The danger of nuclear explosives or fissile material and technical know-how falling into the hands of non-state actors continues to haunt our world,” he said.

“India is deeply concerned about the danger it faces, as do other states, from this threat,” he said.

Although he did not name Pakistan, the reference was obvious to world leaders gathered for the summit who, too, have voiced apprehensions about the dangers of Pakistan-origin proliferation.

Announcing the setting up of the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership in India, Manmohan Singh stressed that “the world community should join hands to eliminate the risk of sensitive and valuable materials and technologies falling into hands of terrorists and illicit traffickers”.

“There should be zero tolerance for individuals and groups which engage in illegal trafficking in nuclear items,” Manmohan Singh stressed.

Indo-Asian News Service, Washington, April 13, 2010. Hindustan Times. Manmohan alerts world about Pakistan’s A Q Khan network

Prime Minister Singh wasted his 45 minutes with President Obama complaining about Pakistan. His rhetoric against Nuclear proliferation surely must have sounded alarm bells in Tehran further jeopardizing the Info-Iranian relationship–which is already at nadir.

Mr. Manmohan Singh should have been a bit more sagacious in Washington. He has forgotten that the mood in Washington and other world has changed. The world has moved–no one is interested in Delhi’s petty squabbles, and her ancient rhetoric. The planet is more interested in building bridges with Pakistan so that the West can extricate itself from Afghanistan.

Does “CIA Post In Karachi” Mean Blackwater?

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment

WASHINGTON: Pakistan allowed the US Central Intelligence Agency to set up a post in Karachi and the data collected by this post led to the arrest of a key Taliban commander and two ‘governors’, officials said.

Describing this as “a high-level of cooperation between the United States and Pakistan,” The Washington Post reported on Friday that it signalled a major change in Islamabad’s attitude towards the Taliban movement.

This enhanced cooperation between the CIA and the ISI led to the arrests of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Afghan Taliban’s second in command, and two Taliban shadow governors for northern Afghanistan, the report said.

“The ISI and the CIA are working together, with the Americans providing actionable intelligence and the Pakistanis acting together with them” to hunt the insurgency’s leaders, a Pakistani official told the paper.

The Post noted that Pakistan’s decision to aggressively search for Afghan Taliban leadership reflected a shift that had been in the works since autumn last year when US President Barack Obama wrote to President Asif Ali Zardari.

The letter offered additional military and economic assistance and help in easing tensions with India.

The Post noted that with US facilitation, India and Pakistan had agreed to restart their stalled talks. President Obama’s letter also contained a warning that Pakistan’s use of insurgent groups to achieve policy goals would no longer be tolerated.

The arrests of Mullah Baradar and other leaders represented “major progress,” a US intelligence official told the Post. “No one has forgotten Pakistan’s complex history with the Taliban. But they understand how important this is to the United States, the region and to their own security.”

The CIA post in Karachi intercepted communications which were later handed over to ISI officials. The two agencies then planned a joint operation to catch Mullah Baradar and ‘governors’.

Final agreement on the operation came in the last week of January.

The detentions, which have taken place since early last week, were initially kept secret to allow intelligence operatives to use information gleaned from the captured men to reach other militants.

The Post claimed that the arrests offered evidence of something that has long been suspected: Top Afghan Taliban leaders have found refuge across Pakistan, particularly in its cities, something the government long denied.

Coutesy: DAWN

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