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November 14, 2009

Life threat: A new weapon to silence US critics

Filed under: News of the Day — aurangzebawan @ 3:53 pm

THE NATION
By: Ahmed Quraishi
Published: November 13, 2009

ISLAMABAD – A rumpus is brewing in a small corner of the Pakistani media over the safety of a New Delhi-based American journalist. Being a US citizen has its benefits and Mr. Mathew Rosenberg is lucky to have a few coming to his defence in Pakistan. A couple of months ago a Pakistani journalist’s life came under threat in Swat. He escaped to Washington where he was humiliated on landing, kept in detention for two weeks and is entangled now in a legal mess. Mr. Rosenberg’s self-appointed defenders in the Pakistani media silently watched that story without uttering a word, let alone writing editorials. Another reporter, Fawad Shah, had to leave Peshawar after he broke the Blackwater story and got threats from US personnel. he escaped to Iran and then into Armenia but had to return eventually and finally chose to go public rather than simply lying low in fear. We saw no one from the US media or Pakistani media, barring the story in TheNation, take up Fawad’s case. Obviously, there are benefits to defending a US citizen as compared to a Pakistani one. Who will reward you for defending Pakistan, right? Mr. Rosenberg works for Wall Street Journal’s India bureau, but has been spending time in our tribal belt for the past few months. Interestingly, the US media, which has been treating Pakistan as the enemy for the past five years, prefers to cover Islamabad from New Delhi. Tells you something about the mindset. TheNation’s Mr. Kaswar Klasra published a story on Nov. 5 revealing that, “Agents of notorious spy agencies are using journalistic cover to engage themselves in intelligence activities in NWFP and FATA.” Mr. Rosenberg’s name appeared in the story. To be fair, Mr. Klasra telephoned Mr. Rosenberg in New Delhi as part of his research and gave him space in his story to defend himself, including quoting him say, “Let me tell you that I am not working on any hidden agenda.” Fair enough, right? Not for the small and loosely knit group of pro-US commentators who have become vocal in Pakistan over the past few months with the rise in US meddling in our affairs. This group includes a few academic types, commentators and those who are paid for providing ‘consultancy’ on how to spend US aid in Pakistan. This group is now raising alarm over Mr. Klasra’s report, accusing his newspaper of ‘endangering the life’ of a US citizen, who is back in the Indian capital anyway. This has become the weapon of choice to intimidate anyone who criticizes US policies and wrongs in Pakistan. Do this and you are instantly accused of ‘endangering the lives of US citizens’ in the country. I first heard this line when I reported earlier this year how a US diplomat used a house in Islamabad to arrange a private meeting between an Indian diplomat and several senior Pakistani bureaucrats. To my surprise, a Pakistani journalist telephoned me on behalf of the US diplomat to say my reporting endangered the diplomat’s life. The foreign office later issued a statement warning government servants to refrain from attending such meetings without prior permission. [In October, the Foreign Office had written to all embassies and high commissions banning any direct meetings between foreign diplomats and Pakistani ministers without prior clearance from the Foreign Office. The move came after frequent direct meetings between US and British diplomats with two senior federal government ministers.] Those springing to Mr. Rosenberg’s defence never protested when, in September, Ambassador Anne W. Patterson used this very line [“Endangering American lives”] in a private letter to a Pakistani newspaper targeting one of the paper’s long time critics of US government policies. The ambassador’s argument was accepted without any corroborating evidence or public scrutiny. The same line is now being used in Mr. Rosenberg’s case to discredit what is a legitimate story from the Pakistani perspective. To generate guilt, Mr. Rosenberg’s few Pakistani defenders are comparing him to Mr. Daniel Pearl, Wall Street Journal reporter also based in India who flayed personal security guidelines and exposed himself to dangerous terrorists in Pakistan in the inflamed aftermath of the war against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. That gory incident was highly condemnable and unfortunate, but is in no way comparable to Mr. Rosenberg’s case as the few Pakistani guilt-inducers are trying to insinuate. Surely Mr. Rosenberg and his Pakistani defenders understand that Pakistan is not only battling terrorists in the border area with Afghanistan but also organised terror supported by foreign powers from the Afghan soil. Both the Interior Minister and the military spokesperson have publicly confirmed this. Many analysts in the Pakistani strategic community have compiled stacks of hard and circumstantial evidence that does not – to put it diplomatically – absolve the United States of responsibility over the anti-Pakistan terrorism emanating from US-controlled Afghanistan. Domestically, we have had several incidents involving US and other foreign citizens in unusual activities: 1. A US researcher, Nicholas Schmiddle, who came to Pakistan in 2006 to conduct research, ended up being deported from the country in January 2008 by Pakistani security officials after he was found travelling to sensitive parts of the country without permission and in violation of his stated purpose on his visa application. [Why lie if you are a journalist?] 2. In 2003, two French journalists and one Pakistani journalist traveled to Balochistan and hired local people to produce a fake Afghan Taliban training video. They were arrested en route to Karachi, where the French planned to take a flight back home to break the news on Pakistan’s alleged duplicity in the so-called war on terror. 3. A British journalist, Christina Lamb, was arrested and deported in November 2001 as she tried to a book a Quetta-Islamabad flight in the name of Osama bin Laden, another ‘breaking news’ that was aborted in time by Pakistani authorities. 4. In at least three incidents, US special operations agents have been arrested by Pakistani police. The agents were dressed as Afghan Taliban with beards and the Afghan headgear. In at least one of those incidents, Us agents were riding a car with fake Pakistani number plates. In two of those incidents, these US agents entered Islamabad coming from the tribal belt. They were released in all three cases on the orders of the Interior Ministry despite carrying illegal weapons. 5. In July 2009, a group of Americans, carrying diplomatic passports, were arrested in the vicinity of the Khan Research Laboratories in Kahuta. They could not explain what they were doing there and said they lost their way. They were released without pressing charges. Internationally, just this year there have been four incidents where US journalists were accused of spying: 1. American-Iranian Roxana Saberi was arrested in Tehran in possession of confidential documents that belonged to a national security department in the Iranian government. She was released only when Washington offered diplomatic concessions that were not made public, according to the Iranian media. 2. Two US journalists illegally entered North Korea. Washington called it abduction but media reports proved later that the two crossed the border illegally despite warnings from a South Korean translator. 3. In a case that remains unexplained until now, a US citizen mysteriously swam his way to the house of a US-backed opposition leader in Myanmar, where he remains in detention pending negotiations with Washington. 4. Three American ‘hikers’ entered Iran illegally this year. One of them turned out to be a US journalist who speaks local languages. He said he was on a private hiking trip. None of the above might be a spy, although the evidence in Ms. Saberi’s case was damning and irrefutable. But it is interesting how frequently US journalists find themselves in situations where they are accused of spying, and four cases just in this year. An editorial writer in one of the Pakistani newspapers tried yesterday to offer a lesson in correct reporting and mentioned how the editor of the Wall Street Journal felt ‘disgusted’ over the report on Mr. Rosenberg. Ironically, where was the Pakistani editorial writer’s disgust at the New York Times when it practically accused a senior investigative journalist from the same Pakistani paper of being a Taliban simply because he had argued with a US official in Islamabad? How about also writing something about the endless stream of ‘falsehoods’ and deliberate misreporting over Pakistan’s nuclear programme that the US media has excelled in over the past five years? No one has demonised Pakistan during that period like the US media did, and most of it based on unnamed and unverifiable sources. Is that irresponsible too or do those standards only apply on us where many here submit without raising as much as a whimper? Pakistan is in a state of war, one that has been gradually imposed on this country in the short span of four years. Instead of siding with outsiders and exposing their inferiority complexes, some of our commentators would do well to advise US media representatives to move to Islamabad instead of reporting on Pakistan from New Delhi. That might help the US media reduce some of its hostility toward Pakistan.

October 31, 2009

Pakhtoons in Pakistan Blame U.S. Blackwater For Deadly Blast

Filed under: News of the Day,Politics — aurangzebawan @ 5:12 am

SLAMABAD, Pakistan, 29 October 2009 (Xinhua) – Chief of Pakistani-Pashtun Movement in Pakistan Hakimullah Mehsud has blamed the controversial American private firm Blackwater [Xe Services] for the bomb blast in Peshawar which killed over 117 [Pakistani] people, local news agency NNI reported Thursday.

The bomb, exploded at a crowded market at Chowk Yadgar [in Peshawar, Pakistan] on Wednesday [28 October 2009], also injured more than 250 [Pakistani] people.

Hakimullah Mehsud told media that if Pakistani-Pashtuns can carry out attacks in Islamabad and target Pakistan Army’s headquarters, then why they should target general public.

He claimed that American security agency Blackwater [Xe Services] and Pakistani agencies are involved in attacks in public places to [maliciously] blame the militants.

When asked that the people also think that the militants are involved in such attacks, the Pakistani-Pashtun leader was quoted as saying: “Our war is against the [PPP-ANP-MQM-JUIF corrupt and tyrannical] government and the security forces [of Pakistan] and not against the [Pakistani] people. We are not involved in blasts.”

Azam Tariq, the Pakistani-Pashtun spokesman, who was accompanying Hakimullah [Mehsud], warned that those [corrupt] media organizations [Geo News TV, ARY News TV, Dawn News TV, Dunya News TV, Samaa TV, Express News TV, Aaj TV, Business Plus TV, Channel 5 TV, Indus News TV, News One TV, PTV,  Radio Pakistan, and other corrupt mercenary media of Pakistan] could be targeted which are [illegally and maliciously] defaming Pakistani-Pakhtoons.

Information Minister of Northwest Frontier Province [NWFP] Iftikhar Hussain and the Pakistan Army spokesman Major-General Athar Abbas had [falsely, fraudulently and maliciously] blamed militants [without any legal evidence or prosecutable proof] for the Peshawar blast, [wrongly] saying that the militants are facing defeat in South Waziristan tribal region and are now targeting the people.

Pakistan Car Bomb Toll Passes 100LONDON, UK, 29 October 2009 (BBC) –  he head of the Pakistani-Pakhtoon Movement has denied responsibility for the [U.S. drone-missile or bomb] attack [of 28 October 2009 in Peshawar, Pakistan].

Hakimullah Mehsud told the BBC that the latest attack was orchestrated by the Americans and Pakistani intelligence agencies “to malign the name of the Pakistani-Pakhtoons”.

“If we are able to attack sensitive installations… as well as the [Pakistan Army] General Headquarters [GHQ], then why would we need to attack ordinary people?” he asked in brief telephone interview.

“Our war is only against the [corrupt and tyrannical PPP-ANP-MQM-JUIF] government and the security forces [of Pakistan]. The common people are not part of it”, he replied.

The BBC’s Syed Shoaib Hasan in Islamabad [Pakistan] says that Mr. [Hakimullah] Mehsud’s denial of Pakistani-Pashtuns’ involvement is likely to be met with much scepticism, even though an increasing number of people do not rule out the involvement of U.S. security agencies in attacks in the country.

Can American War Criminal Hillary Rodham Clinton Control U.S. CIA in illegally Occupied Afghanistan?

http://www.ahmedquraishi.com/article_detail.php?id=842

INTERNET-WEB LINKS:

(1) Pakistan’s Growing Anti-Obama Anger

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8332569.stm

U.S. Outlaw Hillary Clinton Faces Pakistani Anger At U.S. Predator
Drone Attacks on Innocent Pakistanis and Afghans
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/30-5

U.S. Drone Attacks on Pakistanis and Afghans Violate UN Laws
http://groups.google.com/group/reportpress/t/27a904ee25133748

Petition Against NATO Terrorism and U.S. Drone Attacks in Pakistan
http://groups.google.com/group/reportpress/t/5cac8f691d0c0f

(2) Lawsuit Filed Against Blackwater USA – Xe Services in Lahore High
Court

http://groups.google.com/group/reportpress/t/788579c661922a8e

– Blackwater Book – http://www.blackwaterbook.com
– Rebel Reports – http://www.rebelreports.com
– Blackwater Watch – http://www.blackwaterwatch.net

(3) October 2009 the Bloodiest Month for U.S. Troops Since US-NATO War
on Afghans Began

http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/oct2009/afgh-o28.shtml
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/oct2009/afpa-o29.shtml
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/oct2009/pers-o26.shtml
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2009/10/29-13

(4) U.S. War Criminal Barack Obama’s Real Death Panels

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23835.htm

Israeli-Zionist War Criminal Ehud Olmert Could be Arrested in UK for
his Barbarous Crimes Against Humanity
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=109997

Why Americans Gotta Read the “War Crimes Times”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article23845.htm
http://www.warcrimestimes.org

(5) Indian-Hindu Racist Pig Has Swine Flu

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8333278.stm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/india/2009/10/091030_modi_flu_ka.shtml

July 2, 2009

Magic gadget places six connections in single SIM

Filed under: News of the Day — aurangzebawan @ 8:05 am
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ISLAMABAD (May 09 2009): One must wonder if told that it is possible for you to use six cellular connections with single Subscriber’s Identity Module (SIM). Experts say that there is a Magic Gadget available in the market, which enables you to have multiple connections in it. You can easily purchase the device and its driver with the instructions manual from the local markets.

“Basically, the SIM comes with no data in it, such as an audio cassette comes blank first, but you can record songs in it. The same way, you would have to purchase a blank SIM and get it loaded into a SIM card reader to load SIM data into it. The blank SIM is available in the market for Rs 250 while the cost of loading 6 SIM’s data over it is also Rs 250,” said Zawar Hussain, an IT expert, in an exclusive talk with the APP. For instance, he said, this blank SIM could be loaded with data of your Mobilink, Telenor, Zong and Warid SIMs, simultaneously.

“So you need to take along 5 SIMs to a mobile market, where someone offer such a services, to get 1 SIM in return that has all connections in it for Rs 500 only. You can keep one connection switched on at one time, and you will have to restart your phone in order to switch from one connection to another,” he added.

“It has been useful for the international traders who travel a lot, and they don’t have to carry local SIMs for each country they travel. So is the case of tourists and youth,” he added. However, Zawar Hussain noted that the Warid and Telenor SIMs may not be got copied on the same SIM which means that, if a SIM has Telenor’s data in it, then Warid’s data may not get copied and vice versa.

“If you use multiple SIMs with one mobile phone, then you can avoid opening phone and replacing SIMs with this 6 in 1 SIM. These SIM Card readers are available in all major markets of big cities, including Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Sialkot, etc,” he added.

“Never give out your SIM to any shopkeeper for copying your SIM. Instead, get this USB SIM Card Reader/Copier and do this at your home. Otherwise, the shopkeeper may keep a copy of your SIM and use it later on,” warned the expert. When contacted, Mubasher Javed Khan, a college student, confirmed that he had done so.

“This is the best modern device I ever got. However, I think it affects our normal communication on a single SIM. I am looking for a gadget that could help me use more than one connections at a time. I would also want to know if this magic SIM works on all cell phones,” he added.

Uzair Khan, another student said it would be a very pleasant experience to have six connections over one SIM. However, he asked, “What about the protection of our SIM data. What if they copy your normal SIM data and save it later on and clone your SIM card on another blank sim.” When contacted, Zawar Hussain said this could happen and one must be very careful while using such a modern gadget.

“It is easy to make copies of these SIMs and write them on any blank SIM. I would suggest that never ever give your SIM to a shopkeeper for preparing this SIM even if he doesn’t charge you. If he prepares back up of your SIM on his computer, he would be able to use your SIM, as if you yourself would be using it. Moreover, he can make as many copies as he wishes. Not only that, no one would be able to help you not even that mobile company whose SIM are you using,” he added.

However, he said one cannot copy every SIM by this copier, it can copy only old SIM and not a new SIM, as the new SIMs have better technology. The new SIM circuit is small than the old ones, as the old SIM circuit is much bigger, he concluded.

Copyright Associated Press of Pakistan, 2009