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Monday, March 31, 2008

2006 Letter to Musharraf

From: Dr. Khalid Luqman Chaudhry []
Sent: 27 September 2006 21:27
Subject: We will remove Musharraf with the power of the people: Nawaz Sharif

My dear friends, AOA
General Musharaf's book "In the line of fire," and his various interviews and press conferences, have brought to mind the following questions. Questions General Musharaf must answer, I 'm sure you'll agree.
1. If Richard Armitage, the then US Assistant Secretary of State, threatened to Bomb Pakistan and send it back to stone age, why did you hide the threat from the nation and what prompted you to share it now…besides the release of your book?
2. General Musharaf has been telling the Pakistani nation that his cooperation with the USA in the fight against terrorism is not because of any threat but was his decision for the national interes of Pakistan. What is the real reason?
3. He said in the book that millions of dollars were paid to the government of Pakistan for providing the names of terrorists, apprehending them, and handing over to US government. Later he told Wolf Blitzer that funds were provided to individuals who were informers. Can you answer,
a) Where is the money? How was it given to the individuals? Was it given in Pakistan or deposited in foreign accounts.
b) How much was your share. Was it deposited in your bank account in Pakistan , in USA or your brother's/ Son's/nephew's account in Boston/ New Jersey?
c) How many more Pakistani people are going to be sold by you in the name of the fighting terrorism?
4. Writing a book while being the Chief of Army Staff and President is unprecedented. What prompted you to do so knowing that it is against the nation's interest and the confidentiality/secrecy act? Why would you tell the world, even if it was true, that Pakistan did not have an operational delivery system at the time of nuclear detonation? Don't you think that proves you to be self serving and irresponsible? Isn't this an act of treason?
5. In your book, you mentioned Dr. Qadeer as self-centered, selfish and the problem in nuclear proliferation. Can you tell the nation that how come Dr. Qadeer Khan stole all the secrets and plans and even the heavy Centrifuges alone by himself while being strictly guarded by SPD.
6. You lied about the facts about Kargil. You mentioned that Kargil brought Kashmir issue at limelight. You are wrong. Pakistan's position on Kashmir is weakened now than ever. Please look the facts.
a). Indian Government's posture about Kashmir is the same as it was prior to October 12, 1999. Actually it had softened when India 's prime minister A B Vajpayee cameto Minaar e Pakistan , Lahore . Then it got stiffen again after you invaded Kargil.
b). You flip flopped on UN resolutions on Kashmir , time and again thus weakened the core issue.
c). United States and Europeans have done nothing to facilitate the process. Actually India has been emboldened by United States nuclear deal with India. What you got from USA was a promise of cooperation for Pakistan only. Personally you got your friendship with president Bush strengthened.
d). You have divided the Kashmiri freedom movement leaders. Hurriat Conference became two factions. Thanks to you. You have accepted India's assertion of Kashmiri freedom fighters as the terrorists.
e). You let India complete the fence at line of control hence accepting it as a border.
f). You let India start and pursue the construction of Bagliar dam project for three years and then brought it to the attention of World Bank. It was too late then.
And that is not all; there are a lot more questions that need answers. You can begin by answering these for the Pakistani people.
Anxiously awaiting answers,
Dr. Khalid Luqman
:: London Instituete Of South Asia ::
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ایک سرد حلف برداری

Excerpts from an article on BBC Urdu
گو ہال میں نگراں وزیرِ اعظم، ان کی کابینہ، صدارتی عملہ، غیر ملکی سفرا سب ہی طرح کے لوگ تھے۔ لیکن اسٹیبلشمنٹ کے ناپسندیدہ چند لوگوں کی موجودگی کے سبب تقریباتی ماحول کچھ ایسا ہو گیا تھا جیسے کسی ٹرین کے ڈبے یا بس میں ایک ساتھ سفر کرنے پر مجبور مسافر ایک دوسرے کو اخلاقاً برداشت کر لیتے ہیں۔

نئے وزیرِ اغطم کی اہلیہ اور صدر مشرف کی اہلیہ صہبا کو ٹی وی کا کیمرہ اگرچہ بار بار دکھاتا رہا لیکن کیمرے کو حسرت ہی رہی کہ وہ ان دونوں خواتین کو گفتگو کرتے ہوئے پکڑ سکے۔

ماحول کی سرد مہری میں اگر کوئی کسر رہ گئی تھی تو وہ حلف کے الفاظ ختم ہوتے ہی تقریب کے ادب و آداب سے عاری کچھ لوگوں کی جانب سے بلند ہونے والے ’جئے بھٹو‘ اور ’چاروں صوبوں کی زنجیر بے نظیر‘ کے نعرے نے پوری کر دی۔

صدر پرویز مشرف نے اس موقع پر اگلی نشست پر بحریہ اور فضائیہ کے سربراہوں کے ساتھ بیٹھے ہوئے جنرل اشفاق پرویز کیانی کی جانب دیکھا۔ لیکن جنرل کیانی سوائے چیف آف آرمی سٹاف کی چھڑی ہلکے سے ہلانے کے علاوہ کچھ نہ کر پائے۔

بالشویکوں کے ہاتھوں روس کے آخری مطلق العنان زار نکولس دوم کی موت اگرچہ سرخ انقلاب کے ایک برس بعد ہوئی، لیکن مورخین کہتے ہیں کہ زار کا انتقال اصل میں اسی دن ہوگیا تھا جب انقلاب کا طبل بجتے ہی زار نے دیکھا کہ بدتمیز مزدور اور کسان شاہی محل میں زبردستی گھسنے کے بعد قالین پر کیچڑ بھرے جوتوں کے ساتھ چل رہے ہیں۔

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US officials’ Islamabad visit criticized!

Washington’s decision to send a delegation to a government which had not yet taken control has been criticised strongly in both Pakistan and the United States.

“It was very ill-advised,” said Dennis Kux, a former US ambassador and a South Asian expert. “I think the timing could have been better.”

“We should let Pakistanis work out their own problems and be happy that there is a democratically elected government there.”

Mr Kux said the Pakistanis were as concerned about the situation in the tribal areas as the Americans were and saw the extremists as a threat to their stability.

“We need a little patience and need to give the new government more time to cool off,” he added. “I don’t think this was the right time to arrive in Islamabad.”

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Blame game

NEW YORK, March 30: Al Qaeda is training western-looking operatives in tribal areas of Pakistan, making it easier for them to get past security at US airports, according to CIA Director Michael Hayden.

Talking on NBC’s news programme ‘Meet the Press’, Mr Hayden said the most likely point of origin from where terrorists would launch another attack against the US was the sanctuary in tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan.

Mr Hayden said that they (Al Qaeda) were training “operatives who look western” and “would be able to come into this country without attracting the attention others might … If there is another terrorist attack, it will originate there.’’

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Taliban have been misunderstood...

For full story see Dawn
“Taliban are patriotic people and do not want to fight with their own government. We have waged jihad against America. But the country will suffer as long as Pakistan remains an ally of the US in the ongoing war on terror in the region,” Maulvi Faqir said.

so if pakistan does not fight america's war, taliban will not fight pakistan... if still things do not get better, then we must understand tht there is foreign hand behind this...

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How did the FE Reserves increase...

Source: Wikipedia
After nuclear tests were carried out in 1998, during the Sharif government, the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization imposed economic sanctions on Pakistan.[30] When Musharraf came to power in the coup d'etat the following year Pakistan was expelled from the Commonwealth.[31] This initially compounded the economic problems, and many experts claimed Pakistan was a failed state, as it was close to bankruptcy and investor confidence was at an all-time low. After Musharraf promised support in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, international sanctions were lifted.[32]

Musharraf then appointed Shaukat Aziz, a former Citibank executive, as finance minister.[33] World powers weighed in for debt rescheduling[34][35][36][37] to reward Pakistan due to the "war on terrorism", which helped in saving hundreds millions of dollars, in addition to securing new loans. As a result, foreign exchange reserves increased exceeding $16 billion in 2006, but at the same time foreign debt hit an all time high topping $40 billion.[38] The government claims that the economy has grown in several sectors and that per capita income of Pakistan has more than doubled in the last seven years.[39]

n the prev. govt. kept praisin itself for increased FE reserves... another thing not mentioned on wikipedia is the privatisation of public departments... tht sellin also contributed towards the increase in reserves.

Also see below whts the current state of foreign debt

Mr Zardari referred the question about economy and new government’s plan to deal with severe economic crisis to Ishaq Dar of the PML-N, who said that the party planned to share “the opening balance with people” and a detailed brief was being prepared.

He said that foreign loans had risen from $30 billion to $42 billion in a year and domestic loans had also touched a historic high.“The economic crisis is at its worst, but the coalition has evolved a strategy to deal with it.”
... taken from Dawn

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