India out. GST war on islam. Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier (write to: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com)

India run out.

GST war on islam.

Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com

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Parliament in Rabat, Morocco, 20 November 2011

I – Poll

Moroccans have elected new lower house of parliament on 25 November, in the first national vote since the approval of constitutional reforms in July billed as laying the foundations for a fully-fledged constitutional monarchy. Moderate Islamists, as expected, did well the vote after a similar success in Tunisia’s first democratic election a month ago and the Justice and Development Party (PJD) emerged as the biggest party in Friday’s parliamentary elections.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 107 seats out of the 395 in Parliament, almost twice as many as the second-place nationalist Istiqlal party, with 60 seats. The election was held more than a year early, after pro-democracy demonstrations swept the country earlier this year as part of the regionwide Arab Spring.

The leader of a moderate Islamist party Abdelilah Benkirane has been appointed by King Mohammed VI as Morocco’s new prime minister. Abdelilah will now hold talks on forming a coalition government.  His Justice and Development Party has not been in government before.

The PJD’s victory follows that of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party in an election there last month. Following elections, King Mohammed VI is for the first time obliged to choose the prime minister from the largest party, rather than naming whoever he pleases. King Mohammed received Benkirane, who is the PJD’s secretary general, in the mountain town of Midelt and named him head of government with the task of forming a new government.

Under a new constitution approved by referendum in July, the king has to choose a prime minister from the party that won the most seats. The constitution also gives the prime minister more powers to govern, but the king still has the final say on issues of defence, security and religion. The reforms were supported by all the main political parties, which called on their supporters to back the proposals in the referendum.

The 20 February movement, which spearheaded Morocco’s pro-democracy protests earlier this year, has called for a boycott of the elections, dismissing them as a “piece of theatre”. It says the constitutional changes approved in July are superficial, and perpetuate a “facade of democracy” that – it says – has disguised continuing royal rule for decades.

King Mohammed VI presented the constitutional changes as a far-reaching concession to Arab Spring-style pro-democracy protests, but activists believe they will do little to change the actual power structure and have called for a boycott of the elections. As a result of the constitutional changes approved by 98% of those voting in a 1 July referendum, the position of the prime minister, who must now be appointed from the largest party in parliament, has also been enhanced, gaining the authority to appoint government officials and dissolve parliament.  However, the parliament will have a greater share of power and – in theory – will play the leading role in a legislative process previously dominated by the king.

Benkirane, who was elected head of his party in 2008, leads its more pro-monarchy faction. He has repeatedly stated his support for a strong king, even though some of his colleagues would prefer a less powerful ruler. “The head of the state is king and no-one can govern without him,” he told supporters. The PJD has said it will promote Islamic finance. However, it has avoided focusing on issues such as alcohol and headscarves for women.

Many of the protesters who took to the streets in February feel the reforms still fall far short of their demands for a democratic, constitutional monarchy, and have called for a boycott. Ahead of the poll, the sleepy calm of the capital, Rabat, was occasionally punctuated by the marches of unemployed graduates. But the country’s powerful monarchy and the system that supports it appear to have averted any direct, mortal challenge for now.

A low turnout in the parliamentary poll would detract from the legitimacy of King Mohammed VI’s reforms and could hint at future problems.

II – Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb. To the south, the status of Western Sahara remains unresolved. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975 and a guerrilla war with Algerian-backed pro-independence forces ended in 1991. UN efforts have failed to break the political deadlock. To the north, a dispute with Spain in 2002 over the tiny island of Perejil revived the issue of the sovereignty of Melilla and Ceuta. The small enclaves on the Mediterranean coast are surrounded by Morocco and have been administered by Madrid for centuries.

Strategically situated with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, but with a rugged mountainous interior, it stayed independent for centuries while developing a rich culture blended from Arab, Berber, European and African influences.  However, Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years. He played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East, given the large number of Israelis of Moroccan origin, but was criticized for suppressing domestic opposition. A truth commission set up to investigate human rights violations during Hassan’s reign confirmed nearly 10,000 cases, ranging from death in detention to forced exile. After his death in 1999 Hassan was succeeded by his son, who became King Mohammed VI and was seen as a modernizer. There has been some economic and social liberalization, but the monarch has retained sweeping powers.

King Mohammed is aided by a powerful propaganda machine – his image adorns streets and shops across the country. Central to the monarchical regime’s strength is its longevity – the Alaoui dynasty gained control of most of Morocco in 1664 – and its claim of descent from the Prophet Muhammad. The king has tremendous religious and political capital – it’s not just the king but the whole political establishment, the monarchy and the “makhzen” provide for the patronage network that embodies Morocco’s ruling elite.

Moroccan citizens, many of them poor and illiterate and living in rural areas, are made to believe that the monarch has a special gift or blessing and they feel that they have some psychological relationship with the king. Symbolic rituals also boost his status. In an annual ceremony of allegiance, the “bay’a”, Moroccan officials bow before the king as he parades on a horse.

Despite these traditional trappings, the monarchy under the 48-year-old king has taken on a more modern, reformist image. His father, Hassan II, ran a notoriously brutal regime between 1961 and 1999. Opponents were tortured and protests repressed.  1965, the interior minister at the time, Gen Mohammed Oufkir, supervised a crackdown on demonstrations in Casablanca from a helicopter while – according to one story – personally spraying rioters with a machine gun. But a process of gradual reform began in the final years of Hassan’s rule, and continued with his son. It included a family law that advanced women’s rights and a truth commission that explored abuses under King Hassan – though none of those responsible were prosecuted.

Along with Ennahda in Tunisia and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, it places itself within a contemporary movement to promote and respect Islam and reconcile Islam and democracy. Coalitions of more secular, royalist parties have tried to smother it and the Islamists have found it hard to directly challenge the king because of his religious status as “commander of the faithful”. It too is seen by many as being in the pocket of the palace. The PJD here in Morocco is presenting the ‘third way’ between revolution and the uncertainty of the current system.

The toppling of long-standing leaders in Tunisia and Egypt at the beginning of the year is widely seen as having caught the Moroccan regime off-guard, at a time when the reform process had stagnated. As Morocco’s own protest movement took shape, a long-held taboo was breached. It’s the first time in Morocco that the king was openly criticized and they didn’t shoot people. Instead, the monarchy’s response was to promise changes including rights guarantees and more powers for the parliament. These were enshrined in a new constitution that was approved by referendum in July.

III – Observations

Maybe, the Arab World is in the process of changing but Arabs still don’t know the results and what will happen in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria or Yemen especially the destruction of Libya by the NATO-UNSC terror organizations. The moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has been buoyed by the recent reforms, and by the gains Islamists have made elsewhere in the region, could win the election and so supply the next prime minister.

Leaders of Morocco claim they are presenting the way of reform without losing the stability, the unity of the country- but at the same time furthering the democratic agenda of Morocco.

Morocco’s ruling elite thinks it has skillfully sidestepped the revolutionary fervor sweeping the Arab world by offering a milder, more peaceful vision of change. Critics of the reforms point in particular to the fact that the king will still have wide-ranging executive powers, in particular control over foreign, defence and security policy. Activists also say the reforms will not end the behind-the-scenes dominance of the “makhzen” – a power apparatus of veteran politicians, powerful businesspeople, the security forces and royal officials controlled by the king through a system of patronage.

Morocco is bidding for membership of the European Union, its main trade partner, but there appears to be little enthusiasm for this within the bloc.

Morocco has been given the status of non-Nato ally by Washington, which has praised its support for the US-led war on terror. After deadly suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003, Morocco launched a crackdown on suspected Islamic militants.

The message of a democratic agenda and gradual change is one that has gone down well with Morocco’s allies in the anti-Islamic US and Europe who promote pro-west leaders in Muslim world and destabilize the Muslim nations if the leaders do not buy CIA terror gimmicks…

Political and poll bribery is common. Sheep were being handed out to voters, and over the last few months, the protest movement has been subject to a smear campaign, arrests, and intimidation at the hands of shadowy groups of pro-monarchy thugs known as “baltaja”. But Moroccans say they will show the Western world that Morocco can bring about a gentle revolution and the nation can travel towards a real democracy.

In Morocco elections are never decisive as the king retains ultimate control and though parliament has more power, parties are weak. The electoral system is prepared on purpose not to let anyone succeed, so it’s impossible to get more than 20% of the seats in parliament and this is to allow the monarchy to dominate. The manipulation of the party system is just one of the old-fashioned tactics still being deployed to bolster the status quo.  According to analysts, the reforms passed this year are largely cosmetic, and there is no guarantee they will be put into practice on the ground. However, so long as it plays the NATO fiddle well, it has got nothing to worry.

Claims, fake or real, of descent from the Prophet Muhammad (Peace) by a few pampered Muslim leaders might be fashionable but are ridiculous if they decline to promote true Islam in the society. Moroccan king clams the same of being a descent from the Prophet Muhammad but he shamelessly sides with NATO terrorism and western anti-Islamism. A Muslim nation that promotes anti-Islamism and helps, directly or otherwise, the anti-Islamic GST rogues and refuses to promote Islamic way of life and institutionalize Islamic law on daily basis ceases to be a Muslim nation.  Muslim leaders in such societies are guilty of anti-Islamic crimes.

Elected premier Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane, though worships the king, has a responsibly constructive role to play in this regard so that Islam takes firm roots in the society. Americans, Britishers and other western terrocrats cannot help him or Morocco in this regard. Benkirane’s pro-people policies and their proper implementation would greatly benefit not just Muslims but entire humanity in some measure.

Muhammad praying at the Ka’ba.

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د. عبد راف

Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA  & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com

Hindutva criminal politics: Indian Kannada writer and former VC Kalburgi shot dead at home in Karnataka!

Hindutva criminal politics: Indian Kannada writer and former VC Kalburgi shot dead at home in Karnataka!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Criminal politics of Hindutva forces is slowly raising its ugly head in India, starting now with Karnataka state where the BJP party still enjoys large support base. Already “Ghar wapsi” operations, by which Muslims and Christians are converted to Hinduism in open thereby hitting hard the Indian Constitution, have created hurdles in Indian secular fibre which is now under strain. But criminal operations by the Hindutva forces can endanger Indian unity and even sovereignty.
Renowned Indian scholar, former Kuvempu Kannada University VC and Kannada writer MM Kalburgi was shot dead in Dharwad, Karnataka on Sunday morning. According to the report two people came to Kalburgi’s resident in Kalyan Nagar, Dharwad and shot him in the head and chest when he opened the door.
M M Kalaburgi, 77, an educationist and veteran researcher of Kannada literature was shot down at around 8.40 AM on Sunday even as his wife who opened the door for the unidentified assailants ventured to the kitchen to fetch the visitors some coffee. She asked the youths who they were and the duo said they were students who had come to meet Kalaburgi
A resident of the Kalyananagar area in Dharwad city the former vice- chancellor was renowned researcher on Vachana Sahitya and ancient Kannada literature.
The commissioner of police for the twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad, Ravindra Prasad, said two unidentified persons came to the veteran researcher’s residence on a motorcycle and knocked on his door. “We have taken up a case of murder. The motive for the assassination is not known yet,” the police officer said.
A close friend of the former vice chancellor and a member of the Kannada literary world, Shankar Alagatti, said Kalaburgi’s wife opened the door to the family residence. She went to the kitchen and shortly afterwards she heard loud sounds. When she rushed to the living room she found her husband had been shot in the head. They took him to hospital with the help of the neighbors but he died on the way. “A CBI inquiry must be conducted into the case to bring out the truth. The people and fans of Kalaburgi are demanding this,” said Shankar Alagatti.
Tv9 Kannada reports that wife and his son and daughter were in the house when the attack took place. While his daughter Roopdarshi said that her father’s enemies, who opposed what he stood for, pretending to be his students could be behind the death, the police is also looking into property dispute as motive.
Kalburgi has often been the target of Hindutva forces and rightwing parties such as the VHP, ABVP and Bajrang Dal. According to News Minute’s report, in 2014 he stirred controversy when he recounted an anecdote about academician-eminent writer recipient of prestigious Jnanapith award for creative thinking, former Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University and Karnataka Central University, UR Ananthamurthy urinating on a religious idol during his school days.. He was criticised in 2007 for suggesting the need for a better state anthem.
According to the report, writer K Neela said that Kalburgi stood for the secular ethos of the state. Kalburgi was a former vice chancellor of Kannada University in Shimoga and a member of the Advisory Board to the Kannada Sahitya Academy. He was an epigraphist and a scholar of the Vachana literature.
Kalburgi had raised the hackles of some right-wing outfits like VHP and Bajrang Dal when he had made certain remarks about idol worship by Hindus that were considered “derogatory” and “blasphemous” by them.
After the news about author Kalburgi audacious murder reached Twitter, Bajrang Dal’s Bantwal co-convener Bhuvith Shetty tweeted welcoming the noted scholar’s death and even warned another academician of similar fate. Shetty posted the tweet: “Then it was UR Ananthamurthy and now MM Kalburgi. Mock Hinduism and die dogs (sic.) death. And dear KS Bhagwan you are next,”
Meanwhile, Shetty, after receiving flak from Twitterati where many believed that the Bajrang Dal was taking responsibility for the incident, deleted the tweet and disabled his twitter handle. Denying that his organisation any role in the murder, he said he vented my anger spontaneously “but that doesn’t mean I or people from my organisation have killed Kalburgi. ” Regarding the threatening tweet to Bhagwan, he said that Bhagwan should be aware that he could be target for such killing.”That doesn’t mean that my organisation or I want to kill him,” he added.
Bhagwan is retired professor from the Mysore University. He was known was his incisive criticism against Hindutva groups. He recently courted controversy after inviting VHP leader and pontiff Vishveshwara Thirtha Swami for a debate on Hindu scriptures.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has said that it treated the Kalburgi’s murder ‘very seriously’ and culprits would be traced soon and meted out ‘strictest punishment’ according to law. As per police, a special team had been formed to investigate the matter and forensic and fingerprint experts have been called in.
Karnataka state was the first state in South India to elect a BJP government but later non-BJ{ parties replaced the BJP. And now Congress party is ruling the state. However, the Hindutva forces in Karnataka are making all out efforts to wrestle power from Congress.

Indo-Lankan joint test cricketism for 100 s and 50s

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Indian politics without principles: CPM, Congress and BJP join hands against Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal!

Indian politics without principles: CPM, Congress and BJP join hands against Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Indian politicians do not seek politics with firm principles, never look for principled alliance. Indian politics has always been to promote the convenient alliance among corrupt politicians. Anyone who talks in public against corruption and other forms of crimes is targeted by national and regional parties and their leaders because that amounts to direct criticism of their way of life being practiced for years since Independence. Corruption has generated a new class of rich and corporate lords, circulation of black and grey money leading to money laundering business practices.
Today, fortunately there are two politicians who somehow maintain certain principles in their brand politics: one is obviously anti-corruption crusader turned Delhi Chief Minister and AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal and the next is West Bengal Chief Minister firebrand Mamata Banerjee who heads Trinamool Congress party which removed the communist led Left government and formed her own government after about 30 years of CPM rule, rather misrule. In fact, Mamata rescued West Bengal from an increasingly capitalist Communist government as well as the Congress party with pretensions of a secular mindset.
While both Congress and BJP have joined hands to weaken the AAP politics and wreck Kejriwal’s Delhi government so that once again one of these two parties can hope to win elections again in Delhi state, the CPM, Congress and BJP are finding the Mamata Banerjee a similar threat to their political fortunes in West Bengal and North East.
Ever since Mamata’s TMC wrestled power from the Communists, it has been winning all elections, including by-elections held from to time, giving her party the top position that any party had in the state for years.
It appears now the CPM is coming close rot Congress to defeat TMC in West Bengal and BJP at national level. BJP has been trying hard to make its presence felt in the state for quite some time but Mamata’s ever rising popularity has eclipsed its hopes and like CPM, it also feels it cannot enter the state so long as Mamata is strong and hence it also tries for an “understating” pace with both Congress and CPM to defeat TMC.

Accusing Congress, BJP and CPI(M) of joining hands to create disturbance in Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 28 August asked the Centre to look into the work that they had done and their failure to fulfill their promises. “I want to tell BJP, which is in power in Centre, that you should show some signs of responsibility. It can’t be the case that only I (state government) have the responsibility and you (central government) don’t have any responsibility. “Look at your central government and see what work you have been able to do and what you have failed to deliver. Does politics and winning elections mean resorting to communal violence? In Bengal there is no place for communal riots,” Banerjee told a rally. CPI(M), Congress and BJP have joined hands to create disturbance in the state, she alleged and said that in some places they have joined hands to fight election together. “It is a rainbow coalition and the people will teach them a lesson for trying to scuttle the growth of Bengal,” she said.

In fact, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee virtually launched her 2016 state assembly poll campaign throwing a challenge to the trio CPM, BJP and the Congress to come and test the ground of ‘Maa Mati Manush’ in the state. “The communists have been taken care of in Bengal. It is time for them to wear lipsticks and sit quiet. Our target is Delhi now. Tinamool Congress will take the fight to Delhi against the Central government,” said Banerjee while addressing a mammoth martyr’s day rally in Kolkata. The 2016 polls will create a new record in electoral history as Trinamool Congress will sweep the polls, she added.

The CPM had left behind 35 years of rule of “shame”. It is time for the CPM leaders to wear lipsticks and sit quiet now,” she said and added: “They have enjoyed all the Bengali sweet rosgollas for 35 years and had left only the gollas (zeros) for the people. People in Bengal will never pardon them,” she said.
Attacking the BJP government at the Centre without naming it, she said L “They are trying to spread the seeds of communalism but they will not be able to divide Bengal on communal lines,” she warned. But the BJP politics of danga that the rulers in Delhi are indulging in will not go too far. She said that West Bengal’s fight is now against discrimination by the Central government, against violation of federal principles and against the Centre’s deprivation of the state’s legitimate economic demands. Attempts were made to throw mud at the Bengal government by raising the issue of corruption (read Sarada scam) but the rulers in Delhi must know that the Trinamool Congress will never bow down to it out of fear. “Red eyes will not fetch anything out of Bengal,” she said. She went on to ridicule the BJP government as the Centre was launching the Swachh Bharat scheme and the awards were being bagged by the West Bengal government.
Mamata Banerjee was also referring to the UNESCO awards to Nadia (first), Burdwan (second) and Hooghly (third) districts for stopping open defecation practices and introducing the use of toilets. She also scoffed at Narendra Modi’s pet ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padao’ project saying the Central government has allocated a paltry Rs 100 crore for the project. Rupees fifty crore out of it will go for the government’s advertisement. The rest fifty will be divided to all states. “So, it is not aBeti Bachao, it is a Beti Hatoa scheme of the centre,” she added.

“In comparison look at the Kanyashree project,” she said, the West Bengal government had allocated Rs 1000 crore for the project to help girl students with stipends and a one-time grant of Rs 25,000. Bengal has already brought 22 lakh girl students under its purview and on August 14, another 200,000 girl students will join the scheme taking the total beneficiary to 2.4 million girl students in just four years.

Meanwhile, the Youth Congress (TMYC) national President and Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee said those who are trying to come to power in Bengal through riots will fail. Mamata Banerjee will shatter the dreams of BJP, CPI (M) and Congress. She cannot be bowed down by propaganda. The people are with her,” he added.
Mamata Banerjee said that her government would not tolerate ‘politics of riots’ and ‘befitting reply’ would be given.
Warning the CPM leaders, she said, “Do not dare to challenge me on anything. It will take less than a minute to destroy you. But we do not believe in revenge politics and politics of blood. We believe in politics of culture and courtesy. We got violence in the name of protests in return. People will judge everything.” Saying that CPM has again resorted to politics of lawlessness, she added, “Those who pushed Bengal to the brink of destruction, left a legacy of huge debt are dreaming of coming back to power. Forget about 2016 assembly election. CPM would not be able to return in 3016 too.” Pointing out at the violent clash between the CPM cadres and the police, she said “Protests do not mean violence (goondagiri). We have also protested when we were in Opp. We never resorted to violence. The people have rejected the CPM. There is no bigger judge in democracy than the people,” she added.

Pakistani ex-PM Gilani faces arrest in corruption case!

Pakistani ex-PM Gilani faces arrest in corruption case!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The rampant corruption practices by top politicians as rulers of Pakistan, notwithstanding the nation’s destabilization realities, have come to light now.
An anti-corruption court in Karachi on 27 August issued warrants for the arrest of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim, in connection with the multi-billion Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) scandal. Further, the judge ordered authorities to arrest the two PPP leaders by September 10 and present them before the court. At present, the two leaders were on bail in 12 similar cases pertaining to corruption amounting to Rs500 million.
The order was issued after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented a final chargesheet with 12 new cases registered against the PPP leaders before the court. FIA charged them for approving and disbursing fraudulent trade subsidies worth millions of rupees to several fake companies through fictitious claims and backdated cheques.

Both the individuals, who are also senior leaders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), had started consultation with renowned legal experts to ensure their legal defense in view of their possible arrest.
The move comes a day after Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Zardari’s close confidante Dr Asim Hussain was arrested. Cases against the two PPP leaders, some former and serving senior officials of the Trade Development Authority and others were registered by FIA for their alleged involvement in approving and disbursing fraudulent trade subsidies of millions of rupees to several fake companies through fictitious claims and back-dated cheques.

The anti-corruption court had issued arrest warrants for both PPP leaders earlier as well. However, they failed to appear before the court.
Approving the charge sheet during the hearing yesterday, the court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for both of them.
Well-placed sources in the FIA told the Express Investigation Cell that the federal government has taken the principled stance not to accept any political pressure and to take the investigations into the Rs7billion financial scam to its logical conclusion. They said the permission of arrest is also a part of this resolve.
Meanwhile, PPP vice president Sherry Rehman said the former premier Gilani was ready to appear in the court, but insisted transparency and relevant laws should be adhered to in the crackdown against corruption.
Responding to the court’s orders, the former PM said, “I will appear in court on August 31 instead of September 10.”
Raza Gilani, 63, was prime minister from 2008 to 2013 when he was sacked after the Supreme Court held him responsible for defying an order of the court to write a letter to the Swiss government to reopen a corruption probe against then President Asif Ali Zardari. Both Gilani and Faheem are senior leaders of Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Apart from the two leaders implicated in the corruption case, authorities yesterday also arrested a confidant of Zardari, an ex-petroleum minister Asim Hussain from Karachi for alleged involvement in corruption.
It is indeed unfortunate that even Muslim rulers and leaders consider their right to loot their nation’s resources belonging to all people for their personal and family use. Pakistan is not an exclusively corruption nation in Islamic world, in fact there is no Muslim ruler or leader who has maintained any tract record of honesty because they think almighty has made them rulers to do what they want.

Fake companies: Pakistani ex-PM Gilani faces arrest in corruption case!

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Fake companies: Pakistani ex-PM Gilani faces arrest in corruption case!

Source: Fake companies: Pakistani ex-PM Gilani faces arrest in corruption case!

Fake companies: Pakistani ex-PM Gilani faces arrest in corruption case!

Fake companies: Pakistani ex-PM Gilani faces arrest in corruption case!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The rampant corruption practices by top politicians as rulers of Pakistan, notwithstanding the nation’s destabilization realities, have come to light now.
An anti-corruption court in Karachi on 27 August issued warrants for the arrest of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Amin Fahim, in connection with the multi-billion Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) scandal. Further, the judge ordered authorities to arrest the two PPP leaders by September 10 and present them before the court. At present, the two leaders were on bail in 12 similar cases pertaining to corruption amounting to Rs500 million.
The order was issued after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented a final chargesheet with 12 new cases registered against the PPP leaders before the court. FIA charged them for approving and disbursing fraudulent trade subsidies worth millions of rupees to several fake companies through fictitious claims and backdated cheques.

Both the individuals, who are also senior leaders of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), had started consultation with renowned legal experts to ensure their legal defense in view of their possible arrest.
The move comes a day after Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Zardari’s close confidante Dr Asim Hussain was arrested. Cases against the two PPP leaders, some former and serving senior officials of the Trade Development Authority and others were registered by FIA for their alleged involvement in approving and disbursing fraudulent trade subsidies of millions of rupees to several fake companies through fictitious claims and back-dated cheques.

The anti-corruption court had issued arrest warrants for both PPP leaders earlier as well. However, they failed to appear before the court.
Approving the charge sheet during the hearing yesterday, the court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for both of them.
Well-placed sources in the FIA told the Express Investigation Cell that the federal government has taken the principled stance not to accept any political pressure and to take the investigations into the Rs7billion financial scam to its logical conclusion. They said the permission of arrest is also a part of this resolve.
Meanwhile, PPP vice president Sherry Rehman said the former premier Gilani was ready to appear in the court, but insisted transparency and relevant laws should be adhered to in the crackdown against corruption.
Responding to the court’s orders, the former PM said, “I will appear in court on August 31 instead of September 10.”
Raza Gilani, 63, was prime minister from 2008 to 2013 when he was sacked after the Supreme Court held him responsible for defying an order of the court to write a letter to the Swiss government to reopen a corruption probe against then President Asif Ali Zardari. Both Gilani and Faheem are senior leaders of Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). Apart from the two leaders implicated in the corruption case, authorities yesterday also arrested a confidant of Zardari, an ex-petroleum minister Asim Hussain from Karachi for alleged involvement in corruption.

India moves to contain China in South Pacific!

India moves to contain China in South Pacific!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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India, like USA, is trying to both appease for Chinese investments and contain, at the same time, the increasing Chinese influence in the South Pacific. Indian agenda goes even beyond the Asia pivot agenda of USA. Like USA, India is also trying for a “legitimate” global reach in order to play an international role.

Since assuming office in May 2014 at the head of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party with a porpoise of brining black money home from abroad and contain corruption, and develop India as super power , Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has undertaken a series of foreign tours, region wise with a focus on foreign investment. .
Modi has strengthened India’s global strategic partnership with the USA. Following US President Obama’s participation in India’s Republic Day celebrations in January, Modi and Obama signed a “Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean.” India is exercising its own claims to “great power” status. Washington is buttressing India’s ambitions through the sale of advanced weaponry and by supporting its involvement in the Indian Ocean and expanding economic and military-strategic influence in South-East Asia.
On August 21 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted leaders from 14 tiny Pacific Island countries (Fiji, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) at the second Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Even while claiming to be accelerating efforts to forge better relationship with Beijing, India also thinks it needs to better manage the rise of China. India, however, continues to seek investment from Beijing and has so far fended off joining the USA and its allies, including Japan, in a formal alliance.

China has intervened in the South Pacific by providing a mixture of aid, construction, commercial and trade inducements as well as loans to island nations. It has benefited from longstanding resentments in the Pacific over the neo-colonial activities of the main regional powers, Australia and New Zealand, who have mixed police-military rule with exploitative labor practices and commercial dealings.
The summit was part of Indian efforts to build military defence and strategic ties in the Asia-Pacific, designed to counter China’s diplomatic and economic influence. The strategy aligns India more comprehensively with Washington’s “pivot to Asia”—the drive to isolate, surround and if necessary wage war against China. Indian strategic think tanks have been explicit about the need to counter China, despite India’s smaller resources.

Modi offered various incentives to the Pacific Island countries, including the establishment of an FIPIC trade office in New Delhi to enhance trade with India. He also played to their concerns about global warming which threatens many of the low-lying islands. Modi offered to fund solar power and to assist in setting up early warning and response systems for extreme weather events.
The FIPIC was founded in Suva, Fiji, in November 2014 during a bilateral visit by Modi who declared that “the centre of gravity of global opportunities and challenges are shifting to the Pacific and Indian Ocean region. Modi said that while small, the countries assembled were important to India and pledged to stand by them in international forums while India in return expects them to support its UN veto ambition.
India is seeking to expand its military reach into the Pacific. India is lobbying for its naval ships to be able to dock in the western Pacific and for a site to build a satellite-monitoring hub in the region. A satellite-monitoring centre would help India overcome a current “blind spot” whenever its satellites pass over the Pacific—a “shortcoming” that forces it to depend on Australia or the US, thus “limiting strategic applications.” The Indian navy will also extend the same package of “security” and survey assistance that it has for the Indian Ocean, and promote regular “goodwill” visits by its warships. In June the Indian navy deployed four warships to conduct training with Malaysian vessels in the vicinity of the disputed Spratly Islands, near where the Indian state-owned ONGC Videsh has offshore energy exploration leases from Vietnam.
The FIPC conference followed Modi’s visit in March to three Indian Ocean island states—Seychelles, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka. These are all countries where no Indian prime minister had travelled for decades but where China has spent billions of dollars in the recent period.
The Modi government is also seeking to expand India’s ties in Africa with a visit by foreign minister Sushma Swaraj to South Africa in May. Modi’s focus on east Africa and the Indian Ocean had involved reviving traditional relations with these countries, which have significant populations of Indian origin.
But the intent with the Pacific Islands is unprecedented. Fiji is central to the FIPIC grouping. Fiji, where ethnic Indians form almost half the total population, was previously India’s sole interest in the Pacific. New Delhi twice broke off diplomatic ties with Fiji after military coups which targeted the Indian community. Indian actions had only pushed Fiji’s military rulers closer to China. In 2006, after a third military coup, India refrained from criticising Fiji, and subsequently followed Washington’s lead in re-engaging with the regime.
India’s push into the Pacific so far has the tacit support, not only of Washington, but also its cricket allies Australia and New Zealand. Indian officials claim that during bilateral discussions, Australia and New Zealand have voiced their concerns over China’s expanding influence and have sought to draw New Delhi into a full regional anti-China alliance.

India under Modi seems to fall prey to military counseling, totally and all foreign tours being undertaken by Modi are strictly in line with the military push for reaching out to both world powers and small nations in order for ensuring a veto seat on the discredited UNSC to share dais with big powers for controlling world and its resources.

Following the summit, Fijian Prime Minister and former military strongman Frank Bainimarama declared that the Pacific states did not want to be “exploited” by other countries—a signal that Fiji intends continuing doing business with China.
By insisting they would not allow to be used in the geopolitics of “big powers” in the region, the Pacific Islands leaders have made their mind loud and clear.
India cannot afford to miss the point.
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Amid Indo-Pak standoff, PM Modi plans for a Saudi tour!

Amid Indo-Pak standoff, PM Modi plans for a Saudi tour!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Foreign trips of Indian Premier Narendra Modi keep India in regular world media news and Indian strategists would like PM Modi to continue his foreign tours so that domestic issues, especially the corruption cases rocking the parliament, get sidetracked and look meaningless. The Modi government rather successfully pursues the foreign tour policy quite religiously.

By keeping the hype of aborted India-Pakistan NSA level talk sideways, Indian BJP government is meticulously planning, obviously in consultation with Saudi embassy in New Delhi, for a high prolife visit of PM Modi to Saudi Arabia in the near future. The date of Mod’s visit to Saudi kingdom is expected to be announced soon.

PM Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia could perhaps be the biggest headline grabbing story of the year, as and when it happens in coming months. A person closely involved with informal level of contacts between the Arab world and PMO said that Modi’s trip to Saudi Arabia will have tremendous impact. This is going to be an ultimate masterstroke. India and Saudi Arabia hold cordial bilateral relations and Manmohan Singh had visited there in 2010 after a gap of 28 years by any Indian PM.

Saudi Arabia is India’s largest supplier of crude, accounting for almost one fifth of its needs, as also the fourth largest trading partner. In October last year, Modi had sent Dharmendra Pradhan, union minister for petroleum and natural gas for improving business relations in oil sector.

Pakistan is a close ally of Saudi Arabia and PM Modi’s proposed trip to the kingdom amid India’s tussle with Pakistan over Kashmir issue makes the proposal somewhat interesting.

The Indian Muslim community looks up to the Arab world for jobs, religious and spiritual guidance as also of monetary support for social, cultural and educational purposes. Islamic institutions like religious madrassas (BJP questions the purpose of madrassas in India!) and a whole lot of Indian NGOs thrive on donations offered by Arab countries.

Modi had received the warmest possible reception in Dubai and Abu Dhabi by Emirates rulers as also an assurance of investment of Rs four and half crores by Abu Dhabi’s crown prince.

After Modi’s hugely successful trip to UAE, his aides and BJP leaders’ expectations from his proposed tour to Saudi Arabia have gone up and they have their reasons for that. The Modi’s proposed trip to Saudi Arabia gains political or social significance. Since Saudi Arabia is home to Mecca and Medina, it has a very special place in minds of believers of Islam. More so, a huge number of Indians around 28 lakh, mostly Muslims are in Saudi Arabia. That’s the largest expatriate population of that country.

The Hindutva BJP leaders, seeking to make India a super economic power, look forward to huge investments from Saudi kingdom (much more than from Dubai and Abu Dhabi) as they seem to believe that the Arab world rulers have huge sense of trade and investment, something where Modi too excels as a leader is helping them to find a natural bonding. BJP and Indian PM Office also claim there is an irresistible urge between him and Arab world leaders to discover each other.

New Delhi is trying to boost Indian diplomatic profile to woo rich foreign investors from Arab world . A few months back Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani had visited New Delhi. Two days External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj traveled to Egypt and was conscious to point out that strength of relations with Palestine and Arab nations would not be affected by India’s relations with Israel. There are reports that PM Modi has accepted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s invitation to visit Tehran when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the BRICS/SCO summit in Russia. The Prime Minister will also be going to Turkey to attend G-20 summit

Arabs have the capital and we have avenues of investment. In Modi, they see a strong leader who has a positive outlook for business and industry. He also has the keenness to take India and its people to a higher level of growth and development.

It’s hazardous also to make any guesses at the moment but the emerging situations could throw up intense debates and interesting possibilities. His visit to Sheikh Zyed Grand Mosque in Dubai unleashed wide-ranging debates, both within and outside of Muslim community in India.

Saudi Arabian king Salman Bin Abdulaziz and Modi have already struck a personal rapport. Two of them met in November 2014 on the sidelines of G20 meeting in Brisbane. India is eager to extent that friendship and convert it to economic benefits.

There is possibility that PM Modi might travel beyond Saudi capital Riyadh to Jeddah, which is termed as gateway to Mecca, and have some important engagements there. But since there are no dates as yet there can’t be itinerary but all this is being informally discussed.

Obviously, India needs Arab money for India’s developmental purposes. However, whether Modi’s effort for special friendship with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries leaders have any bearing in changing the perception of Muslim community domestically in the longer run is a million dollar question.

Whether or not Indian economic ties with Arab nations would lead Hindutva parties like BJP to view Indian Muslims as legitimate good citizens of India and rebuild their historic Babri Mosque pulled down shamelessly by the ruling Hindutva fascist elements in 1992 in Uttar Pradesh on false pretexts, also remain to be seen.

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Oh, Syria!

Oh, Syria!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Decadence of Syria in Middle East by destabilization policies of external powers for years gave rise to a civil war, engineered by the all powerful USA as part of its regime change fallacy pursued since the era of former CIA boss Senior Bush, has certainly made the enemies of Islam happy. Unfortunately, self proclaimed Sunni leader Saudi Arabia, possibly having seemingly lost faith in Islamic unity, not only supports US scheme for oil rich West Asia but also wants the Pentagon to dismantle all Muslim nations ruled by Shi’a leaders, even if they rule Sunni nations.
Syria, a Sunni nation in West Asia but ruled now by a Shiite leader Bashar al-Assad is a case in point. Both USA and Saudi Arabia want Assad to resign so that a Sunni leader takes over the reign.
The Syrian conflict, now in its fourth, unrelenting year, is an unmitigated disaster even in US arithmetic. By any measure – strategic, humanitarian, political, social or environmental – the conflict has ravaged the Middle East. The humanitarian toll is overwhelming. Over a quarter of a million are dead and half of the country’s population is displaced. Though there has been a flurry of diplomatic activity recently, no political agreement is on the horizon either.
The regime of President Bashar al-Assad now effectively controls only a little more than a quarter of the territory of original Syria and its control is diminishing on a daily basis because it is losing territory to insurgents, ISIS and facing a manpower shortage in the military.
The Syrian conflict is so confounding and disruptive because it’s not just a product of levers and forces internal to Syria. Syria has become the lightening rod for all of the ills of the region. It has become the place of convergence for regional and international rivalries, religious apocalyptic visions, the lack of human security, demographic challenges, the inevitable social and political effects of decades of authoritarianism and the lack of broad-based legitimacy of political elites, social and religious movements.

The ISIS is attempting to move into the regions that have been abandoned by the regime, on 26 July, Assad, who is still adamant and refuses to step aside in order to save the people and nation as per the game plan of CIA in Mideast/West Asia, admitted that the regime had difficulty in holding on to all the provincial centres that it had so far endeavored to do and that it would now concentrate available military resources on securing the Damascus-Homs-Hama-Latakia coastal belt in the west.
The Assad regime is essentially fighting three main enemies—the IS, which holds almost half of Syrian territory although much of it is desert; the Islamic rebel coalition Jaysh-al-Fatah that is supported by Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar; and the Southern Front, a moderate opposition coalition that holds much of the south of Syria.
The Syrian Civil War has now been raging for four years and there does not seem to be any end in sight. The major participants are the Assad regime and its primary supporters Iran and Hezbollah, the IS, Turkey, the moderate Southern Front, the Saudi Arabia sponsored Islamic fundamentalist group Jaysh-al-Fatah and the al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat-al-Nusra. In addition the Kurds are extremely active as are the Western nations fighting an air war against the IS. Each fights for its own cause. Assad’s calculation is if and when the ISIS defeats the other groups, the US led international community will come to his aid to fight the scourge of ISIS.
However, Assad forgets that the war began to remove him from power and USA is unlikely to fight to keep Assad in power. Also, USA does not want the IS to fill the vacuum that would be left in the wake of the removal of Assad.
Turkey perceives Syria and the Kurds as the fundamental threats to its security. From the beginning of the US involvement in the Syrian Civil War the US has concentrated on defeating the IS, while Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have focused on ousting Bashar al-Assad. While the US has supported the Kurds as ‘effective partners’ on the ground in the fight against IS, Turkey and the others supported opposition militia in their fight against the Assad regime.
Apart from Turkey, the Kurds are spread over Syria, Iraq and Iran with their fight for independence starting to gain traction with the arrival of IS into the fray. Currently the Kurdish controlled areas of Iraq and Syria can be considered almost a single entity. Turkey has realized that the Iraqi-Syrian Kurds are now far advanced in their quest to be an autonomous State and are fearful of the influence it will have on their own Kurdish population.
Turkey fears that if it fails to stop Turkish Kurds from joining their brethren, it would translate to the loss of about a quarter of Turkish territory where Kurds are in majority. Such a turn of events, would see Turkey losing its common borders with both Iraq and Iran and suffering a commensurate decrease in its regional influence. Turkey had undertaken a brutal repression of domestic Kurds in the 1980s and 90s, who still account for about 20 per cent of the population. Although the Kurdish militia has been the most effective fighters against IS on the ground, Erdogan has reopened the Turkish civil war with the Kurds instead of attempting to achieve a negotiated settlement for a more durable peace.
The AKP government is pursuing to create a ‘buffer zone’ in northern Syria so that the land area controlled by the Syrian Kurds will not be contiguous to set up an autonomous Kurdish state. Ankara is also rounding up Kurdish activists within Turkey to prevent them from initiating any action towards a ‘greater’ independent Kurdistan. Turkey finally entered the US war on ISIS on July 2015.Now Turkey faces direct threats along its southern border from the IS and the Kurds. The ISIS controls large swaths of desert between Aleppo in north-west Syria, Mosul in northern Iraq and Ramadi in the south near Baghdad.
Turkey has consciously attempted to destabilize Iraq through increased support for IS in Iraq and more importantly through its support for Kurdish autonomy in northern Iraq.
Saudi Arabia expects that removing the Syrian President, who is supported by Iran, from power would bolster its position and lead to greater regional influence. Since the beginning of the war against IS, Saudi Arabia has felt that the flagging of its regional influence. The situation was exacerbated by the US-Iran deal that led to the international community’s acceptance of the Shiite nation and Iran’s increasing influence in the region.
The fundamental political objective of Jabhat-al-Nusra, the al Qaeda affiliate in Southern region is to influence Syria’s transition and to ensure that it becomes an ‘Islamic’ nation.
With its improved status and re-entry into mainstream international politics following the nuclear deal, Iran proposes cessation of hostilities within Syria; a five-year transition period; retention of Syrian sovereignty; and the expulsion of all foreign terrorists from Syrian territory and charting an acceptable way forward with a transitional Syrian Government. Tehran pushes for a negotiated settlement.
No one could have predicted that what started as peaceful protests against Assad’s authoritarian regime could spiral so thoroughly out of control and lead to the establishment of ISIS and the fracturing of the Syrian state. The world continues to lament the state of Syria but has been unable to muster any solutions.
The worst-case scenario is that Syria’s slow, violent burn continues unabated for years to come, accelerating related regional crises. The best-case scenario is a more orderly disintegration of the state, a crumbling that has already begun. This has far-reaching consequences for the entire region, yet the focus continues to be on the rise of ISIS to the exclusion of other deep-seated issues driving the conflict.
The real threat remains the fact that the Syrian could rapidly engulf the neighbouring countries. The antagonism inherent in the Turkey-Kurd relationship complicates the implementation of the Iran Plan. At the absolute baseline the chances of establishing successful peace comes down to Turkey-Iran relations.
It seems inevitable that Syria will continue its path towards complete fragmentation. The USA and its allies do not have a coherent strategy to bring about an acceptable solution so that the people of Syria can start to rebuild their ravaged lives.
Syria’s death knell is audible, loudly and clearly. More than half the Syrian people have become refugees in their own country; their erstwhile ruler Assad continues to bomb his own people along with his opponents. The challenge now is that the civil war is not a Syrian Civil War anymore, it is a Middle-Eastern Civil War, where friends become foes and foes become allies in very short order, creating a confusing mosaic of half-truths and grey areas..
The chief beneficiary of the Syrian and Mideast crises undoubtedly is Israel. Any political solution in Syria, recognised by all participants, therefore, can never be achieved.
Death spree continues unabated in Islamic Arab world and Arab leaders are also responsible for that.
A multitude of proxy conflicts and parochial interests is being played out in Syria, and it is unlikely that all of them can be encapsulated in a lasting political settlement.
In time, may be, there will likely be no more Syria.
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