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

Are Kashmiris, Palestinians, Afghans the terrorists? How?

 

Are Kashmiris, Palestinians, Afghans the terrorists? How?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The tendency followed by criminals to call others the criminals is not new at all. Like thieves, criminals also quickly call others who suspect them to have committed crimes or sins. A regime that kills a section of population on some mischievous reason first names and calls them the criminals, frauds or even terrorists in order to justify its crimes. This has been the true situation from street to state.
Fascist Israel very loudly calls the besieged Palestinians the terrorists whose lands it occupies with US terror backing and expands the illegal territories it acquired thus far by killing the Palestinians on some fictitious pretexts, while its military ally India keeps killing the Kashmiris whose lands it occupies and whom it kills on regular basis maybe for fun and to impress the anti-Islamic world for big favors and also calls them the terrorists. The illegibility of US led western terror forces occupying Arab nations to ensure their collective energy security, defaming Islam as a terrorist religion and looting their resources in a systematic manner, is not yet recognized by the highly educated Americans and their corporate media lords who always paint Muslims in dirty colors.

For Israel, India, USA, EU and every anti-Islamic nation the Muslim victims of colonialist and imperialist wars are the terrorists and these brutal regimes and their leaders do not know how they dirty and blood thirsty they look in a mirror.

Terrorists are those who employ misguided Muslims to perform terror attacks. Terrorists are those who demolished mosques across the globe, especially in India where Hindutva criminals destroyed historic Babri Mosque in India in 1992 and justify their ghastly crime. Terrorists are those who used Pakistani military to kill Muslims there.  Terrorists are those who plan hidden agenda to terrorize Muslims and entire humanity by terror actions. Terrorists are those who portray Muslims in the media as terrorists.

True Muslims are not terrorists and they can’t be so.
How come the colonialist and imperialist nations want to see the victims as terrorists and the real terrorists as the so-called democrats? They occupy the Muslims nations by brutal forces, the kill local people brutally but also called the victim of their terror attacks the terrorists. The reason is simple Muslims are nobody in the world which is being effectively controlled by Jews, Christians and neo-colonialist terror allies.
Western and bulk of Eastern media have been painting, rather fairly successfully, the Muslims as the terrorists and conversely Islam as a terrorist religion. Having strategically misused some misguided Muslims to tarnish the image of Islam, these essentially anti-Islam fanatics have fully taken advantage of the absence of a Pope like top figure to defend Islam and guide Muslims, let Muslims themselves also kill each other alongside the genocides of Muslims perpetrated by terror wars launched by US led NATO terror alliances.
Interestingly, the anti-Islamic western military alliances and their nations tactfully utilize the services of the terrorized Muslim nations as well, including Saudi led GCC.
In the process s of all terror wars now concentrating in Mideast, one basic truth lies unnoticed by one and all pushing the hard truth about terrorism very underneath.
Americans are the top terrorists on earth as evidence by its illegal use of atomic bombs on civilian populations of Japan, killing and wounding millions of people. In terror techniques Americans re closely followed by Israeli Jews who not only continue to suffer from some vague and fake prophesies but also commit ghastly crimes against Palestine humanity.
The fact that instead of ending the terror wars that were launched on false but specific causes, the USA and its terror allies continue with its terror wars against Islam and Muslims and loot the resources of Islamic world is enough proof to show that Islam and Muslims are the victims and not the cause of terrorism, and that Americans are the topmost terrorists and terror strategists on earth.
It is indeed cruel that USA and its nuked ally Israel jointly call the Palestinians as terrorists. It looks like a crude joke played on the suffering of the terrorized humanity. Upon imposing the criminal Jews on Palestine in Mideast who were busy conspiring against their ‘civilizational opponents’, particularly in Europe, killing them in a sustained manner, the USA-Israel terror twins began a historic conspiracy against Arab nations that opposed the imposition by USA-UK duo of a criminal Israel in the Arab world. They plotted against Arab nations and provoked them for a war. USA and UK supported Israel with everything they had, including terror goods, intelligence and war specialists.
Initially, Arab leaders thought they were fighting Israel and they could win but very soon they realized that they are fighting the formidable USA-UK terror twins who emerged victorious and riches after the World Wars. Weak Arab nations were nowhere near the western powers in terms of military prowess and strategy and they lost all the 3 wars one after another and fully comprehended the hidden agenda plus power of USA in Mideast. They began playing their card very close to their heart and their fight for Palestine against Israel because very weak.

Notwithstanding continued Israeli brutality and US promotion of a criminal Israeli regime, Palestinians do long for a free Palestine for their own freedom and salvation.
Egypt, then the torch-bearer of Arab nationalism, led the Arab wars against Israel in 1948, 1956 and 1967 in which Palestine was a central cause. With direct, massive support from the US and other western powers, Arab armies were soundly beaten, routed at three different fronts eventually in 1967. Gaza, East Jerusalem and the West Bank were lost, along with the Golan Heights, the Jordan Valley and Sinai, as well.

The 1967 war also brought an end to the Arab dream of independent Palestinian action, which was almost entirely hijacked by various Arab countries. Moreover, the war shifted the focus to the occupied West Bank and Gaza. When Israel under Ariel Sharon decided to free Gaza strip, Arab nations began revising its Palestine dream but Israel not only continued to occupy West Bank along with important zone Jerusalem but began aggressively attacking Gaza Strip where the Hamas party ruled as custodians of an elected government. Israeli regime sought to take back Gaza strip for constructing Jewish illegal settlements. On the eve of general election the Olmert government launched a bloody war in Gaza strip, killing Palestinians, including children and women. UN and all human right watchdogs condemned the attacks on Palestine civilians but both USA and Israel chose to ignore them. USA used its veto handle to save and defend Israeli military terror exercises against people in Gaza strip.
Israel’s victory and the US-West’s unremitting support convinced some Arab governments to downgrade their expectations from Israel and its western bosses in protecting Palestine. Egypt lost hopes of making Palestine a reality and finally succumbed to a collective sense of humiliation and, later, redefined its priorities to free its own land from Israeli Occupation.
Eventually, after abandoning the Palestine agenda, Egypt fought and celebrated its victory of the 1973 war, which allowed it to consolidate its control over most of its lost territories. The Camp David accords in 1979 divided the ranks of the Arabs even more and ended Egypt’s official solidarity with the Palestinians, while granting the most populous Arab state a conditioned control over its own land in Sinai.

 

The Egyptian people, despite the passing of time, love Palestinians and have never truly normalized with Israel. The Egyptian government works on political urgency and self-preservation, while its media blasted anti-Palestinian campaign vigorously to woo Israeli capitalists to invest money in Egypt. The Egyptian media scapegoated Palestinians in Gaza, targeted the starving Palestinians in Yarmouk, Syria, the past civil war in Lebanon, the mistreatment of Palestinians in Kuwait in 1991 and, later, in Iraq in 2003. They do exactly what pleases Israel and USA.

However, Egyptian people are as ever determined to reject normalization with Israel until Palestine is free. Not just Egotisms but all Arabs support and many fight for the cause of Palestinians.
Israel has betrayed UN by refusing to implement the resolution 242 adopted by Security Council on November 22 1967, reflecting a new status quo as per US plan: Israeli withdrawal “from occupied territories” in exchange for normalization with Israel.
Today, it plays pro-Israeli policy and against Palestine by jointly erecting terror blockades around Palestine to make the life of besieged Palestinians miserable. Having lost the pivotal Egyptian leadership, Arab countries were divided into camps, each government with its own economic agenda. As Palestine was then under Israeli control, Arabs slowly walked away from a cause they once perceived to be the central cause of the Arab nation.
Now Saudi Arabia has replaced Egypt as torchbearer of Arab nationalism and defender of Palestine.
The so-called ‘Arab Spring’ was the last nail in the coffin of Arab solidarity with Palestine. The outcome of the ill-fated ‘Arab Spring’ was a massive letdown, if not betrayal, not just of Palestinians but of most Arabs, except the rich ones whose wealth is protected by USA and Israel. The Arab world has turned into a massive ground for dirty politics between old and new rivals.

Not just Palestinians are victimised, Syrians, Egyptians, Libyans, Yemenis and others are being victimised, as well. Palestine suffered the most as their struggle for sovereignty having got mixed up with Arab spring revolution lost its appeal even globally. Palestinians also became problem boys. Their firing of toy missiles into vacant zones of Israel has been criticized by USA while Israel attacks and kills Palestinian children because they deny them chance to grow and attack Israel with real missiles.
With UNSC veto powers led by super power USA jointly misleading the world, Palestinians, like Kashmiris, face impending existential threat from their colonist, essentially fascist masters.
Irrespective of what some “concerned” nations view Palestinians, Kashmiris, Afghans, Libyans, Syrians, others the fact remains that they are the real victims of state sponsored global terrorism circumstances.
Irrespective of all the terror tactics being employed by colonialist powers to silence the freedom fighting masses, Kashmir, Palestine, and other such nations will gain freedom and sovereignty from the brutal masters in due course. All terror restrictions would be overcome by the masses who seek independence and sovereignty to decide their own future fearlessly.
That has been the story of human history so far and it shall continue to wheel the global freedom movement world over!

 

Anti-Pakistanism: Has India gone on the back foot now?

Anti-Pakistanism: Has India gone on the back foot now?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Anyone who knows Indian mindset and watches the cruelly structured anti-Muslim debates in r Indian TV channels, ill-focused on Muslims, Islam and Pakistan, would not reply positively. India where Hindutva has taken deep roots thinks to Congress misrule for years since independence in 1947 is incapable of changing its fanatic mindset.
Anti-Pakistanism has been the lifeline of Indian government and strategic community for decades. In recent weeks, however, the tone of Indian criticism of Pakistan appears to be slowed down after the visit of Pakistani investigative team to India following the Pathankot terror attack.
Anti-Pakistanism has been the key driving force of Indian foreign policy since its Independence in 1947 and precisely this ‘philosophy’, rather than anti-0Kashmirism, is responsible for Indian military terrorism in Kashmir, killing thousands of Kashmiri Muslims, as freely as jungle vultures do.
India’s objectives in supporting all efforts by any sources to destabilize Pakistan, including USA and NATO are widely known. New Delhi has been striving to isolate Pakistan in the region and internationally by projecting it as a terrorist country, exporting terror across the globe. Obviously, India thought world would believe what it tells them.
All strenuous efforts of India to isolate Pakistan have eventually resulted in at least one achievement. USA, a staunch supporter of Islamabad for obvious reasons has diluted its policy for Pakistan and South Asia region and refocused the policy on now targeting China through its ‘Asia pivot’ with Indian support as Pakistan does not oppose its ‘rock ally’ China providing economic sustenance and Pakistan would not join USA in targeting its ally china. Pakistani position has emboldened Washington to bully Islamabad by stepping up ‘strategic alliance’ with India, though it does not in any way support Indian’s big ambitions like vet handle to jointly control and bully the humanity.
Indian economic clout today is owed to Soviet Russia which as part of promoting non-capitalist economies worldwide against the then dominant capitalist economies promoted by USA and Europe, helped India overcome economic hardships and develop industries and innovative techniques in boosting agricultural sector as well. Today Moscow has a reason to worry that India that converted Russia sponsored state economy into corporate one in a step by step manner, is seen in every anti-Russia capital in the West to procure terror goods for its arms depots. India has emerged a military buyer of American and Israeli terror goods. Since New Delhi is pumping a lot of cash into Washington, the US president Obama also does not consider Pakistan a lucrative ally. And, Washington keeps asking Islamabad to ‘do more’. Funny thing!
One of the outcomes of strategic alliance offered by New Delhi Is that USA no more actively supports Pakistani cause for Kashmir, leaving Kashmiris to the military fancies of India, killing Muslims in fake encounters and burring the dead bodies in secret places.
Horror! Indian solders love to consume Muslim blood profusely and Indian state and media lords glorify the military terrorism in Kashmir valley. China, now ‘owning’ a part of Kashmir as a gift from Pakistan obviously supports Pakistani cause of Kashmir.
Indian double speak on its china relations is also known. Days after New Delhi cancelled the visa granted to Uyghur political leader Dolkun Isa, media reports suggest that the Indian government has cancelled the visas of two prominent activists who were supposed to travel to Dharamsala to attend a high-profile meeting of Chinese dissidents and exiled leaders. Lu Jinghua, a prominent Tienanmen activist and Ray Wong, a Hong Kong based activist have claimed that their electronic visas were found to have been cancelled. After making fun of china by issues electronic visa to Chinese Muslims, India has developed cold feet and cancelled the visa issued. India ill treating Muslims in India and Kashmir cannot have any special love for Chinese Muslims, after all. India simply can’t so openly antagonize China, a veto member.
Indian government and media have focused on dividing Pakistan and its friendly nations so that India could freely dictate its terms to Islamabad. New Delhi believes continuous focus on the matter can unsettle Pakistan in due course.
India’s strenuous efforts for years to target its nuclear neighbor Pakistan on terrorism issue by claiming to be a top terror victim have not succeeded the way New Delhi sought and expected. Now it appears Pakistan is the real terror victim. The more forcefully India argued and blamed Pakistan as a terror state causing terror attacks in India, the more it has been exposed as the nation promoting terrorism in the region. India sought close ties with big powers with veto facility to advance its global interests and terror victim syndrome suited India the best.
The famous Sept-11 hoax engineered by anti-Islamic forces in USA had come as a perfect occasion for India, like many other nations like Russia seeking US favors, to join anti-terrorism drive across the globe.
Claiming to be a noted terror victim, India has been on overdrives in peddling narratives to malign Pakistan, claiming it s terrorist nation and asking UN and USA to declare Pakistan as such. India, when joined by its new strategic partner USA, increased its status of being an ally of USA, the big terror victim and an ally to fighting terror together.
Even while facing threat from India, Pakistan has continued to play an active role in the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process since its inception in 2011. The Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process is a platform to discuss regional issues, including security, economic cooperation and connectivity among Afghanistan, its neighbours and regional countries with a view to promote lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The terror attack on Pathankot in Punjab seems to have exposed Indian hidden terror agenda to destabilize its neighbors, particularly Pakistan.
Last week, Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit confirmed that all outstanding issues, including the Jammu Kashmir dispute were discussed during the meeting between Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary and his Indian counterpart Jaishankar. Both foreign secretaries met at South Block New Delhi recently on the sidelines of the ‘Heart of Asia-Istanbul process’ conference. Earlier, Chaudhary was received by Pakistan’s High Commissioner Abdul Basit upon his arrival at the Indira Gandhi International Airport with a full but mischievous smile.

The meeting provided a useful opportunity to exchange views on recent developments in bilateral context. In line with our Prime Minister Sharif’s vision of peaceful neighborhood, the Foreign Secretary underscored Pakistan’s commitment to have friendly relations with all its neighbours, including India,” Basit said in a statement. The Foreign Secretary emphasized that Kashmir remains the core issue that requires a just solution, in accordance with UNSC resolutions and wishes of the Kashmiri people,” he added. (The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan had met in November last year during the SAARC summit in Nepal. The talks between the two sides, however, suffered a setback post the January 2 ‘terror attack’ on the Pathankot airforce base).
The Pathankot attack has split Congress and BJP – the major shareholders of Indian politics and secret agendas of the state, especially concerning Islam, Muslims and Pakistan and Bangladesh. Congress raised the Pathankot terror attack issue in the Lok Sabha and advised the Narendra Modi government to negotiate with Pakistan from a position of “strength” and not “emotions”. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed Jyotiraditya Scindia (Congress) to raise the Pathankot issue with a rider that it would not be politicized. Amid opposition by BJP treasury benches feeling threatened by its own doublespeak, Scindia recalled that the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from Pakistan had a member from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Quoting a Pakistani media report, he said the JIT told the government there that “a drama was staged” to malign Pakistan and the Indian authorities did not cooperate with the team. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu urged the Speaker to expunge Scindia’s remarks against the BJP government. BJP government does not want the world, especially the USA and EU, to peep into the secret terror agenda of India, ill focused on Muslims, including its own Muslim employees.
India has a new worry. It used to say that Pakistan perpetrates terror attacks on Indian soil. Now Pakistan has evidence to show to the contrary that Pakistan is the target of Indian terror experiments. The abduction of the Indian national Commander (retired) Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistani military has also exposed Indian agenda. Indian spy admitted RAW destabilizing Pakistan and Jadhav’s confession is a solid proof of Indian state sponsored terror. Pakistan does not even spare Iran, in that it accuses Jadhav of carrying an Iranian visa and use its territory to destabilize Pakistan in the garb of business activities. Significantly, the unfolding of the arrest coincides with the visit of the Pakistani members as part of the Joint Investigation Team to probe the attack on Pathankot airbase allegedly by jihadis owing allegiance to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). The release of Jadhav’s confessional video coincided with the visit of the Iranian President Rouhani to Pakistan. The Pakistani media and the officialdom touted that use of Iranian soil by India for destabilizing Pakistan was vigorously discussed during the interlocution with the visiting Iranian President.
The sinister opportunity of using Pathankot attack to blast Pakistan and coerce USA to end its alliance with Pakistan did not work as Washington, the largest terror operator on earth, knows what is happening in India but refrains from exposing India for fear of losing Indian money bags. With regard to Pathankot probe, Indian duplicity stands naked before the world.
When China at the UN vetoed India’s proposal to ban JeM Chief Masood Azhar whom India calls the ‘mastermind’ of Pathankot attack, India became furious. Indian side says it is now becoming increasingly clear that Pakistan acquiesced to joint investigation under American pressure.
India seems to be concerned about the Pakistani predicament over Saudi-Iran conflictual situation since it gets economic support from both. India say it is evident that Pakistan tried to target both India and Iran with one salvo.
Senge Hasnan, the Director of Gilgit-Baltisan National Congress, says: “It is not an issue of India but an issue of Pakistan adjusting itself between Saudi Arabia and Iran’s developing strategic conflict.” Senge further added that the Jadhav affair was a way to ’embarrass’ Iran and build pressure at a time when Pakistan has to choose a side between Saudi Arabia and Iran.’
As an Islamic nation Pakistan is friendly with both Iran and Saudi Arabia as it cannot choose between Iran and Saudi Arabia because it has both Sunnis and Shi’as. The nuclear weapons umbilical between Riyadh and Islamabad is well known. In December of 2015, Riyadh announced a coalition of 34 countries to fight terrorism. Reportedly, Saudi Arabia has mooted a NATO like alliance of Islamic countries which by all indications excludes Iran. There are also reports to suggest that Pakistan has been entrusted to develop the proposed alliance.
Riyadh signed economic agreements worth $122 mn with Pakistan, of which $76 mn are grants rather than loans.

 

This constitutes the largest official assistance provided by Saudi Arabia to Pakistan in last five years. As per some reports the non-official gift could be as much as $1.5 bn in March 2014. Apart from energy imperatives Islamabad’s other economic vulnerability vis-à-vis Riyadh is the 1.5 mn Pakistanis working in Saudi Arabia and their remittances. Hence, the spy in Commander Jadhav has been created to enable Pakistan’s military-intelligence establishment to leverage Iran and India with the duplicity it has honed over the years.
The world community has not dismissed spy issue raised by Pakistan but rejected the Indian explanation over Pathankot attack with the disdain it deserves. India says Pakistan has nurtured three types of Taliban i.e. Tehrik Taliban Afghan, Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP), and euphemistically speaking Tehrik Taliban Pakistan Military (TTPM). The latter in fact is the progenitor of the other two. The Pak Army, given its beholden status to the US, has no option but to follow the diktat, but not without duplicity, as in the case of Osama bin Laden.
Analysts and incorrigible optimists saw a glimmer of hope in Pakistan’s unprecedented gesture of quickly admitting the use of its soil in the Pathankot attack as a new strategy to corner India. This hope stemmed from the fact that Pakistan has in recent years been buffeted by pernicious blow back of its jihadi narrative. Centripetal jihadi forces killed Pakistani children in an Army school (APS) in Peshawar, and students in Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
In fact, Pakistan is a terror victim. Pakistan, as per Global Terrorism Database prepared by University of Maryland in US, covering the period between 1970 and 2014, has the highest killed in any country (450) in school attacks. There were some 850 attacks on places of learning. The rate of attacks has increased alarmingly in the run up to APS massacre.
All of Pakistan seems to be combusting, thanks to its support for US war on terror, allowing the NATO terrorists to occupy Pakistan and making the Islamic nation a safe haven for terror operations against Pakistanis and Islam. Today the internal threat levels in Pakistan have become so pernicious that the authorities had to embark on a National Action Plan (NAP) to fight ‘terror’. Under the plan, military courts have been set up by a constitutional amendment. The military courts have so far awarded 61 death sentences and four life imprisonments. The security map of Pakistan presents a grim picture. Karachi is under the control of Pak Rangers, there is the ongoing Zarb-e-Ajb operation in FATA and parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and now the military had to intervene to control the situation in Punjab following the judicial hanging of Mumtaz Qadir, the assassin of Governor Salman Taseer.
It seemed that for sheer survival Pakistan had begun to introspect. Pakistan sees USA and India jointly playing the anti-Pakistani mischief. In February this year, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs cautioned the government against giving support to armed struggle in Kashmir and confined itself to moral and diplomatic support. But the Chinese refusal to impose sanctions against Jaish-e-Mohammad and its chief Maulana Masood Azhar has belied all such hopes.
Strangely, Indian strategic community feels sympathetic towards China falling what it calls “a victim of unrelenting jihadi terror from Uighur Muslims”, went against the other 14 members of the Security Council is a reflection of the emerging China-Pakistan axis that the world and particularly India, in the two-front context, will have to deal with.
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is o worrying New Delhi, as it is generating new dynamics, crippling India’s anti-{Pakistan efforts. Baluchistan and Kashmir are critical to this corridor. India worries that the envisaged Chinese strategic ingress in Baluchistan is bound to upset Iran given that Baluchi straddle the Pak-Iran border for approximately 900 km. The Baluch-Brahui culture is common to Baluchistan of Pakistan and Baluchistan of Iran just as the Afghan-Pushto culture transcends the Durand Line separating Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is vulnerability for Pakistan. The Pakistan part of Baluchistan has been smoldering since at least the 70s. It was because of the precarious situation in Baluchistan in 1974 that the Pak Army bounced back to a super power status within the country because the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Bhutto had run out of all options. After the 1971 war, Bhutto to a large extent had circumscribed the military. When asked to deploy in Baluchistan, the Pak military blackmailed to get its numero-uno position. The 989 km long Persian Gulf is critical for Iran as it covers most of the northern coast and serves as the economic life line for the country.
Extra regional powers like the USA and India too have heavy presence in the region. Any kind of Chinese presence, direct or indirect, in Gwadar is certainly not a welcome proposition for India, Iran and other players in the Gulf region.
The Kulbhushan Jadhav episode and the Chinese veto on Masood should thus be appraised in the larger geopolitical context. The desperation to somehow nab an Indian from the Chabahar port or waters to browbeat both India and Iran is now evident. These deceitful tactics or measures only accelerate
India now talks about Pakistan’s implosion and Pakistan’s eventual disintegration leaving entire Kashmir to India. India wants and expects a situation to arise when the ongoing China-Pakistan economic corridor project splinters because of vivisection of Pakistan.
Nations and civilizations have perished not because of external pressures, but because of implosions. India, targeting Muslims, Kashmiris, does not think it can implode easily. India is loud that Pakistan, which refused to own-up Ajmal Kasab and even its soldiers in Kargil, is now drumming the Indian ownership of Jadhav with his confession.
India presents sources of Pakistan’s destabilization. Accordingly, it is not India but the jihadis and their suicide bombers. ‘The same suicide bombers, who killed Benazir Bhutto, who killed children in APS, who killed students in Bacha Khan University, who attacked Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, who killed Ismaili Shias, who attacked the ISI headquarters, nuclear establishments, airbase and naval base and more recently who killed innocent people in Iqbal Park in Lahore’.
Indian plan is to get Pakistan out of its Kashmir claims once for all and make it come for ‘useful’ ties with New Delhi by citing that most attacks in Pakistan and India have been by suicide jihadi teams. India wants a joint war on Muslims in Pakistan and Afghanistan with US-Israeli terror goods.
Jihad, in fact, is not war but guidance for better life for Muslims. Only enemies of Islam can go for war with US-Israeli-Indian terror goods, and destabilize Muslim nations. They can use even Pakistani terror goods for that.
Is India and Iran producing these suicide bombers? India says they are incubating in various madrasas of Pakistan. Over the years, Pakistan has been reduced to such a hell thanks to NATO and India.
Total destruction is staring at Pakistan.

 

Observation
True, anti-Islamism is the root cause of Indian hatred for Pakistan and Kashmir, while Indian corporate as well as other media, ill focusing on Pakistan and Muslims very dutifully defends Indian crimes against humanity in Kashmir and India proper. Kashmiris are forced to face the Indian military tyranny for years now.
In hating Islam and Muslims, India is joined by fellow anti-Islam nations, mainly Israel which targets the Palestinian people for blood and land, moving very fast to strike military and deals for high precision terror goods to India fighting a freedom struggle in Kashmir. .
Apart from the known features like state sponsored terrorism, terror nukes, and hatred for Islam and Muslims, there is one another important factor that binds strategic military allies India and Israel: both Indian and Israeli military experts have a little knowledge about Holy Quran and they readily misuse and misquote the Holy Book to suit their sinister arguments.
Like Indian state encouragement and promotion of Hindutva moorings, Israeli state promotes Zionist crimes against Palestinians.

Obviously, China’s blocking Indian effort to malign Pakistan by its failed UN move has created a sort of panic situation in strategic community in New Delhi, ill focused on Pakistan and other neighbors.
India’s slow peddling of its anti-Pakistanism may be deliberate as it might be preparing for another terror attack in the most sophisticated manner so that Pakistan would not be able to deny its ‘involvement’ in it.
The US super power effectively controls both nuclear powers of the region. One seriously suspects the triangular terror a drama by India, USA and Pakistan to keep the South Asia region tensed.

 

Tamil Nadu Poll 2016: Big battle for defeating formidable Jayalalithaa!

Tamil Nadu Poll 2016: Big battle for defeating formidable Jayalalithaa!
-Dr. Abdul Riff Colachal
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Tamil Nadu will elect a new government in three weeks’ time from now. Without any serious doubts one can say the ruling AIADMK is in an advantageous position to retain the Madras fort maybe with very little problems, but then, as it can only be expected, the trend could change drastically in these three weeks.
The elections to the 234-member TN Assembly will be held on May 16 and the votes polled would be counted on May 19. The state is facing a big battle for defeating formidable ruling AIADMK led by well set Jayalalithaa. Hence tension prevails in every party head quarters in Chennai.
The alliances of DMK-Congress led by Karunanidhi and People’s Welfare Alliance (PWA/PWF) led by Vaiko, along with other minor parties and alliances, are gearing up to unseat the Jayalalithaa’s government by revealing all drawbacks of the government, while the Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK is successfully propagating the programs and steps being taken by her government.
Even as all major parties are busy campaigning for the poll, Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa, PMK Chief Ministerial candidate Anbumani Ramadoss and former CM and DMK chief Karunanidhi have on April 25 filed their nomination papers in R K Nagar constituency in Chennai, in Pennagaram in Dharmapuri district and Thiruvarur constituency in Nagapattinam district, respectively for the May 16 assembly election.

Jayalalithaa is the sitting MLA of the R K Nagar constituency. (In 2011 elections she had won from Srirangam but she had to quit the seat following the court orders over illegal asset case. Possibly she thinks Srirangam is not an auspicious constituency and decided to contest from RKN constituency when the judge wrongly released her, and won it). The AIADMK chief arrived at the Tondiarpet zonal office of the Chennai Corporation and filed the nomination. Hundreds of AIADMK cadres waited for Jayalalithaa along the roads since morning. As a result of this, Rajaji Salai, Mannarsamy Koil Street, Suryanarana Chetty Street and Tiruvottiyur High Road faced traffic snarls. Dance troupes entertained the crowd as loudspeakers blared party songs. Other main candidates in the constituency are Shimla Muthuchozhan of DMK, P Agnes of PMK and former Manonmaniam Sundaranar University vice-chancellor Vasanthi Devi of VCK.

While Karunanidhi came to file the nominations for the poll along with his close realties like wife and Maran, CM Jayalalithaa came to file the nomination papers along with Sasikala, her thick friend who possibly is more than any of her close relatives.

People’s Welfare Alliance convenor Vaiko, was expected to file his nomination before the Revenue Divisional Officer in Kovilpatti but after reaching the office on April 25 as per plan, he decided not to file nomination papers and instead made one of his followers to file the nomination papers to contest from Kovilpatti. Later, speaking from a ban in Kovilpatti Vaiko blamed the DMK for not allowing him to contest by creating caste related problems in the constituency. Vaiko also announced he would not contest the state assembly poll, thereby creating shock among his supporters. Of course, without the leader in the field, the party workers may feel dejected.

The decision of Vaiko not to contest the assembly poll, because of DMK caste politics, is not wise at all. Delhi people rejected the candidates of Aam Aadmi Party for the parliamentary poll mainly because Arvind Kejriwal did not contest from New Delhi and went to Varanasi to fight against Modi. Later, when Kejriwal contested for Delhi assembly poll from New Delhi, people voted him and his party overwhelmingly and game them a historic mandate.

Vaiko needs to learn from Kejriwal experience. Latest news reports he might contest from another constituency.
As it was speculated, the week beginning April 25 saw a flurry of hectic political activity with top Chief Ministerial contenders — J. Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi — and other players like Anbumani Ramadoss filing their nomination papers. The next five days should set the high stakes ball rolling for the May 16 Assembly polls. Though filing of nominations began on Friday, so far less than 100 candidates have submitted their papers, leaving all major action to take place this week as the last date for filing the papers will be April 29. As April 25, Monday is an auspicious, muhurtham day, most leaders, including Karunanidhi and Vaiko, who are the products of the Dravidian movement, chose the day to file their nominations.

DMDK chief Vijayakanth, the Chief Ministerial candidate of the DMDK-PWA combine, will file his nomination on April 27 before the Assistant Commissioner (Excise) in Villupuram. The last day for filing nominations is April 29 and scrutiny would be held on April 30 and nominations can be withdrawn till May 2.
DMK and BJP are facing an existential threat situation in the state in their own ways. While DMK has been a ruling or opposition party for decades, BJP has just managed to enter the state by profitable alliance with DMK and its foe AIADMK, alternatively. While BJP’s far of getting totally wiped out of the state is logical, similar feelings. If any, in DMK is unwarranted as DMK cannot disappear irrespective of the poll outcomes, whether AIADMK or PWA wins. However, both AIDADMK and DMK do not take the PWA seriously enough. Though the arrival of PWA to represent common me people of the state with its anti-corruption and anti-liquor agenda was embarrassing for the ruling AIADMK, it does not think can defeat both the top Dravidian parties, the DMK sees Vaiko led alliance a serious threat to its future ambitions because DMK was hoping to win the poll this time by riding on Jayalalithaa’s disproportionate asset case which is now in the supreme court.

DMK’s efforts to divide the PWA and even every party in the alliance have not been successful. Interestingly, DMK leaders view the PWA as coming in the way of DMK returning power but they fail to understand the even without PWA, DMK cannot defeat AIADMK. It is time the party revised its poll strategy if it really wants oust the Jayalalithaa’s government. Targeting the PWA won’t do any good for DMK.

Meanwhile, the BJP, having lost hopes of making inroads in Tamil Nadu like in Karnataka and AP/Telengana, has harked back to its old formula of Hindutva politics to woo the Hinuds. Already the BJP leaders have begun appearing in saffron cloths in public meetings to impress the Hindus.

After failing to form an alliance of any significance, the BJP in Tamil Nadu has harked back to its old formula of Hindutva politics and left alone to face its own unhappy fortunes in the TN poll where dominant parties and alliances are sure to dominate the poll outcomes, the BJP has reverted back to its Hindutva basics to woo the Hindus the strategy that helped the outfit to enter the state decades ago.
The saffron tint in the manifesto it released last week was obvious. Apart from its long-time pet projects such as protection of cows, the party this time went more adventurous. From enactment of a strong anti-conversion law to removing State control of temples, the party’s focus was on the hardcore Hindu urban voter. There were also assurances to specific caste groups the party has been targeting over the past two years. BJP now openly targets Muslims as well as atheists so that Hindus would vote for the BJP Hindus. At the event to release the manifesto, RSS man and BJP national secretary H. Raja, the brain behind the Hindutva document, accused the DMK of minority appeasement for stating in its manifesto that sale of temple lands would be considered under certain circumstances whereas the Wakf Board lands under encroachment would be retrieved. The party promised reservation on the basis of income in place of castes. The Congress reacted immediately, calling the promise a challenge to the Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes. It said when converts being brought under reserved categories affected the Hindus already in the group.
In the ongoing assembly poll only one party – PMK- has decided to contest all seats alone. Not even the ruling AIADMK could not make a firm decision to go it alone, though it did reject both national parties Congress and BJP that sought alliance with the ruling dispensation as their first choice, and though it left many parties, including TMC and DMDK, after negotiations for alliance.
DMK, dreaming for an early return to power to help the ‘families’ make quick wealth by easily defeating the AIADMK, decided to have alliance with Congress, leaving another dreaming party BJP with its long term ambition to rule Tamil Nadu. Having got no big party, BJP looked for at least small parties to win at least a couple of seats if other parties can allow that to happen.
As it stands now, Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK has advantages over DMK-Congress duo but, having just begun a joint campaign in a systematic way, the new untested PWF alliance of 6 parties, committed to cause of common people, anti-corruption and anti-liquor, job creations, etc is capable of upsetting the apple cart of Jayalalithaa.
Meanwhile, there are a few instances of members quitting DMDK and TMC and joining DMK or AIADMK as they think one of these two Dravidian parties alone would form government as usual. Even while they were in DMDK and TMC they wanted their leaders to make alliances with bone of these parties, and having disappointed by the leadership decisions of both parties to abandon both and join the PWF, the ‘rebels’ have left the parties. In fact both DMK (and to some extent, AIADMK) encouraged those who are not happy with their leadership to dessert their parties and join them for MLA seats and future favors. Such cross movements are common during poll seasons in Tamil Nadu as elsewhere in the country.
Fighting a tough electoral battle ahead of the May 16 Assembly polls, DMK chief M Karunanidhi, in his inaugural poll campaign in the capital on April 23, charged arch rival and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa with running “queen’s rule” and called for a change of guard. “Will there be any dawn for the poor people of the state? There is a need for change and all should strive to bring that change. But in that process, don’t bring disappointment to me and for DMK,” he said while launching his election campaign at Saidapet in Chennai.
Taking a swipe at Jayalalithaa over the December 2015 torrential rainfall and subsequent demon floods-deluge in Chennai, he said the CM had not even visited flood-affected areas, including RK Nagar where she is contesting again, to meet people while opposition parties, including DMK, had lent a helping hand to the citizens. Karunanidhi said he himself had gone to the affected areas, adding that it was important for persons in public life to meet people often.
Even in the past, Tamil Nadu has witnessed cyclones and similar situations, and then Ministers had worked to face the crisis, the DMK leader said. “But this queen (Jayalalithaa) doesn’t come out at all. She only travels in a helicopter,” he said in a reference to the AIADMK supremo undertaking the aerial route to address election rallies in different parts of the state. There is “queen’s rule” in the state who is not bothered about people, he said. Karunanidhi emphasized that DMK workers were committed to public service even as he alleged people were facing many problems in the state under AIADMK rule.
The shrewd Dravidian politician said he was confident of a good show by his party, pointing out to the good turnout at the meeting. Earlier, in a slip of the tongue, the DMK president sought votes for DMK and “Communists” before being corrected by party leaders, including his grand nephew and former Union Minister Dayanidhi Maran. Now communists are with PWA. The 92 year-old immediately corrected it to ‘Congress’, which had aligned with DMK recently after the two parted ways in 2013 on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.
Criticizing AIADMK supermo and incumbent TN chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s statement that she lives for Tamils as the people have made her what she is, former Opposition leader and DMDK leader Vijayakanth has asked her if she would give away all her wealth, like her bungalows, to people of Tamil Nadu in appreciation of what they have done to her by making her CM of the state for three terms.
DMK tops the list of parties that have announced new schemes for the people if they come to power with many many projects and proposals for every section of Tamil community. However, the critics say they would not fulfill all those promises in full. Perhaps they would do a few things for a few days as a lip service and close them. They had it when won the elections then defeating the Congress party when they sold rice at Re one per two liters for a day in three big towns, Chennai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore and Madurai.
Speaking in Pondicherry, Jayalalithaa said DMK gimmicks are known to people as it has no concern for peole just like Congress party. DMK-Congress duo is a Himalayan corruption alliance.
Meanwhile, the opposition leaders Stalin, Vijayakanth and Vaiko have complained to the TN election commissioner about the hidden money bags in various places and transported by cars, vans and even ambulances. Stalin wondered if police is also involved b the ruling party in transporting and distributing money. Stalin said the election commissioner is doing enough to unearth money and arrest the guilty. Though there are reports about recovering hidden money in lakhs, no one has been arrested so far, making the inland money laundering easy.
If it is serious about coming power in the state, PWA needs to step up campaign and stop making contradictory and unnecessary statements. No point in worrying after the poll because you have to wait for another 5 years to correct your mistakes.
Time is running very fast. Chennai fort is far away!

 

Sri Lanka: Sirisena’s reconciliation would fail without punishing the guilty!

Sri Lanka: Sirisena’s reconciliation would fail without punishing the guilty!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Reconciliation is closely and directly linked to repentance by those who have committed sins or crimes- knowingly or otherwise.  A fake reconciliation move on the part of any regime that has committed and perpetrated crimes against minorities for whatever reasons cannot ensure peace and stability in that country. The case in point here is Sri Lanka, an island nation in South Asia facing the threat of dangerous level of climatic disorders.

Sri Lanka, like India, does not seem to repent for their sins and crimes perpetrated against minority communities, especially the Tamils primarily because they don’t expect forgiveness of the Tamil community at all and want to coerce and pressure the besieged minority community to just forget about the past and try to assimilate themselves with the majority Singhalese.

If one watches Lankan TV channels and read news media portals one thing is crystal clear that the SL government and majority look at the Tamils and other minorities as a problem which needs to be put down  by all means, including with force. They, thus, have got no sympathy for Tamils, whom Rajapaksha regime and military targeted. In fact, they have no regrets whatsoever for the crimes they committed against humanity in the name of fighting ‘terrorism’.

Sri Lankan war crimes against humanity are a very serious issue and both UN and USA have asked for in-depth investigation and prompt punishment for the culprits. Though president Sirisena had declared to proceed with reconciliation with Tamils and other minority communities, nothing has happened so far to fix the culprits, because Rajapaksha and majority Singhalese community do not want any punishment for their community and military.

Possibly, Sirisena does not want to be seen as a ‘traitor’ of Singhalese community to which he belongs.  This predicament is very similar to Congress government unable to punish the Hindu criminals who demolished historic Babri mosque.

 

The Sirisena regime has to realize the harm of not punishing the criminals who killed so many Tamils as the collective punishment for the action of a few individuals in LTTE they also inflict on the psyche and life of Tamils who are the target of Singhalese military.

Tamils simply cannot forget, let alone forgive, the war crimes committed against their kith and kin by the Rajapaksha military, ill focused on minority communities.

President Sirisena should have announced repentance for the former regime and sought reconciliation with Tamils so that they would forgive the government’s crimes.

 

Crimes – state or private- against minorities is punishable offence. But that the SL government is neither willing nor ready to admit its crimes against Tamils only shows it’s petrified anti Tamil and anti-India mindset is still strong and Lankan military would relaunch the war on Tamils when they want.

The Rajapaksha regime committed the ghastly war crimes against Tamils on the strength of support extended by many sources and the Indo-US fight against so-called terrorism. Now the Sirisena is slow peddling with the investigation of UN, encouraging only a local enquiry to close the war crime file once for all. With a clean chit from the Sirisena regime, Rajapaksha could stage a ‘valiant’ come back.

No!  That should not happen.

President Sirisena has a very important pledge to keep as people of Sri Lanka who voted him to presidency by kicking the then president Rajapaksha look forward to his fulfilling his promise of bringing the war criminal to justice. Reconciliation, if any, won’t be genuine if the people, especially Tamils are disappointed by his irresponsibility.

The Sirisena government is duty-bound to bring the war criminals to justice and make Tamil community and others feel free to live on the island.

The UN investigations into Lankan war crimes and punishment of the war criminals would strengthen democracy in the country and discourage war crimes across the globe.

 

Kerala assembly poll 2016: Congress and Left neck to neck, BJP may not open account!

Kerala assembly poll 2016: Congress and Left neck to neck, BJP may not open account!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Basics

 

Kerala, a state on India’s tropical Malabar Coast, has nearly 600km of Arabian Sea shoreline. It’s known for its palm-lined beaches and its backwaters, a network of canals popular for cruises. Its many upscale seaside resorts. Inland are the Western Ghats, a mountain range whose slopes support tea, coffee and spice plantations as well as abundant native wildlife.

Kerala is a state where Hindus, Muslims and Christians jointly dominate political scene, also enjoy almost equal status in the government except that a Muslim leader is denied the position of CM of the state and other top administrative positions. Once by chance a Muslim belonging to Muslim League became acting CM for a very brief period. Whether it is the hidden policy of Kerala state or it just happens beyond what the leaders want. Only the future can answer this puzzle.

The state has witnessed significant emigration, especially to Arab states of the Persian Gulf during the Gulf Boom of the 1970s and early 1980s, and its economy depends significantly on remittances from a large Malayali expatriate community. Hinduism is practiced by more than half of the population, followed by Islam and Christianity. The culture is a synthesis of Aryan and Dravidian cultures, developed over millennia, under influences from other parts of India and abroad. The production of pepper and natural rubber contributes significantly to the total national output. In the agricultural sector, coconut, tea, coffee, cashew and spices are important.

Muslims account for over 29 per cent of Kerala population while various Christian sects account for about 24 per cent. Hindus and others are the remaining population. While large numbers from both religions back the LDF, the majority has always been with the UDF. What the BJP was doing was breaking the so-called Hindu monolith, much of which was with the LDF.
A multicultural Kerala is going to poll in May, along with other four states, including Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. At the outset is appears no party seems to be in a position to form a government as there are two major alliances, one led by Congress and other by CPM, fighting the polls for years – and winning or losing them. First, the basic facts about Kerala: the state Assembly has 140 seats (Kerala sends 20 seats to the Lok Sabha and just nine to the Rajya Sabha). But alliance politics in the state extends not just to parties but factions within parties.
In the last Assembly elections of 2011, an opinion survey conducted on March 9, 2011 had predicted 77 to 87 seats for the UDF, 53 to 63 seats for the LDF and 0 to 5 seats for BJP. A second round of survey on March 31, 2011 revised the tally as 80 to 90 for UDF, 50 to 60 for LDF and 0 to 2 for BJP. The actual figures in the 2011 state Assembly elections stood as 72 for the UDF, 68 for the LDF and none for the BJP.
In the 2011 elections, the Congress led UDF got 45.83 percent of popular vote while the Communists led LDF had 44.9 per cent vote. The UDF won 72 seats while the LDF’s tally was 68. The BJP had 6.03 per cent vote share. In about 35 seats the margins were less than 5,000 votes. These are potential swing seats. In 2006 a six per cent margin in vote share helped the LDF grab 100 seats in the 140 strong state assembly.

Veteran leader of the Opposition and former CM of Kerala, VS Achuthanandan as usual emerged the crowd favourite with a whopping 73% wanting him to contest elections. If the opinion poll is any indication, CPI (M) politburo member Pinarayi Vijayan might as well give up his chief ministerial ambitions, if any, as 56% of the voters consider the Lavalin Case to be a bone of contention in the coming elections.

It seems in the internecine quarrel between Achuthanandan and Pinarayi Vijayan, the two tallest Left leaders, the BJP is gaining ground. BJP seems to have pocketed the Ezhava community which has sizeable votes. But the ultimate gainer could be the UDF and hence Chandy does not over criticize the RSS-BJP duo.

That is why the Kerala election in 2016 could make history.

 

Poll fortunes

 

Like in Tamil Nadu where AIADMK and DMK rule the state alternatively Kerala is also being ruled alternatively by the Congress party led UDF alliance and Communists led LDF alliance. Now in the ongoing battle for new assembly, the ruling Congress led UDF hopes to retain its power, thereby dismantling the traditional perception of alternative government. Although it is engulfed in a serious corruption scandal, the UDF thinks there is no serious anti-incumbency against the government.
Arguably this is going to be the most interesting election of all because the outcome could be historic: a return of the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in a state where no government has ever ruled for a second term and the balance between alliance partners is so fine that a tiny percentage swing of votes can lead to a major electoral upset.
The 2016 Kerala Assembly election opinion poll -C for Survey- has predicted that LDF would win the elections securing around 77 to 82 seats in the upcoming Assembly elections in May. The poll also predicts that the ruling United Democratic Front, immersed in corruption scandals, would come second with 55 to 60 seats. The survey says that while the LDF would get 41% of the vote share, the UDF will secure 37% and even the BJP front would manage to get about 15%.

This would be a significant rise in the BJP’s vote share as it had managed to get only 6.03% of the total vote share in 2011. This assessment was based on the results of the local polls held last year in which persons with personal appeal would win and BJP fielded their best but untested people. The survey which began on February 1 and went on till February 16 was conducted in 70 constituencies comprising 568 villages and 148 towns. According to the survey- some people believe that the Bharatiya Janata Party might be able to open its Assembly account in the state. The pollsters say is because the BJP/NDA will eat into both UDF and LDF vote shares.

That the BJP is likely to gain or two seats in the state – a mile stone if it wins even one seat – would in itself be a first for both the party and the state, where the BJP is yet open its account in the state legislature, in spite of their strenuous efforts in every poll to somehow win a seat, while it is comfortable in Karnataka and has a strong vote bank in Telangana and AP. In Tamil Nadu, thanks to BJP-RSS strategy of wooing both AIADMK and DMK for alliances alternatively, has own seats in assembly and parliament. For the first time, BJP, having dropped by both top Dravidian parties, is in reverse gear, even facing an existential threat.

What is significant about the poll is that in spite of the anti-incumbency factor and the controversies that the Oommen Chandy government is mired in, the LDF’s vote share from 44.94% in 2011 will apparently reduce in 2016. While 57% of those polled were convinced that allegations raised by the solar scam accused Saritha S Nair regarding Kerala CM Oommen Chandy is true, 65% believe that the solar scam will prove to be the cause for the UDF downfall while 19 % prefer to blame the bar bribery scam in this regard.

 

Congress dilemma

The current Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, is enormously popular although the slender majority of the UDF in the assembly (72 seats) belies this as huge number of MLAs of Muslim league sustains the government notwithstanding the occasional government crises. The liquor bribery crisis has cost the UDF government a couple of ministers, including the all powerful Finance Minister KM Mani, the Kerala Congress chief.

Popularity of CM Chandy at times put him in trouble. He does not want any other Congress politician emerge to claim the CM job. In fact, his cabinet colleague and rival, Ramesh Chennithala, led a campaign that he must stop meeting people and attend to work in the secretariat: he just can’t say no to anyone. In this he is different from his erstwhile mentor AK Antony, who, while being in the public eye, is a much more private person. Chandy was Antony’s chosen successor and long-time lieutenant but later became a silent critic of Antony’s unpopular and unpredictably idealistic political positions. The state Congress president M. Sudheeran with a clean image is behind the UDF government’s decision to implement total liquor prohibition in a phased manner.

As Chief Minister, Chandy has taken steps that have been controversial. The liquor policy – which involved shutting down more than 700 bars with permission to sell liquor accorded only to five star hotels – has led to loss of revenue, court cases, a crisis for Kerala’s lifeline industries such as tourism, and serious allegations of graft. Finance minister KM Mani from alliance partner Kerala Congress is still fighting off charges of corruption after a dilution of the policy, allegedly in return for financial contributions. But first Chandy has stood firm, going on to say that Kerala will become a ‘dry’ state in the next 10 years while conceding that the revenue loss will amount to Rs 8,000 crore or more. Communists, most of them are heavy drunkards; do not want any ban on liquor in the state. This attitude comes handy to the Congress led government’s slow peddling the liquor prohibition policy.

Obviously, he has won tremendous support from the victims of alcohol, women. But an equally important political intervention by Chandy has been the policy of the UDF towards the Ezhava (toddy tapper) community. Traditionally the Ezhavas would always back the Left Democratic Front (LDF) – mostly the Communist Parties. However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been wooing the Ezhavas aggressively. In fact, one of the first trips undertaken by Narendra Modi when the BJP campaign to launch him as Prime Minister began in 2013 was to a huge function to commemorate Ezhava spiritual leader Sree Narayana Guru at Sivagiri in Varkala district, where he spoke on the tragedy of untouchability – including political untouchability. Modi’s meeting drew unprecedented crowds. However, he could not become hero in Kerala politics. The event set off alarm bells ringing in the Left parties because here was an effort to decamp with a part of its base, from right under its nose.

Chandy saw all this and looked the other way. For him Ezhavas deserting the Left could only mean a boost to the UDF and the BJP is not strong enough to pose a challenge.

Minorities decide poll outcomes

A swing in minority voters will decide the outcome in the Assembly polls in Kerala in favour of either of the two traditional rival fronts led by the Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist). A major swing in the Muslim and Christian votes that traditionally went to Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) saw the Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by CPM coming to power in the 2006 elections with 98 seats in the 140-member Assembly.
Poll observers view this as the result of swings in the Christian and Muslim votes. Such wild swings were never witnessed in the past elections in Kerala. While Muslims stood solidly behind the IUML and the Christians behind the Kerala Congress or the Indian National Congress till 2006. The IUML had won 14 seats in 1982, 15 in 1987, 19 in 1991 and 13 in 1996. However, there has been a slight fluctuation in the seats won by the Kerala Congress factions. This is mainly because of splits and defections in the Kerala Congress. The two major factions of the Kerala Congress had won the maximum number of 14 seats when they were in the UDF.
This came down to nine in 1987 when one faction switched over to the LDF. The Kerala Congress (J), which went to the LDF, had to content with just one seat in the next polls in 1991, while the other three factions in the UDF got as many as 12 seats. When the Joseph faction returned to the UDF before the 2011 elections, the Kerala Congress could regain the past glory to some extent by winning 11 seats.

Analysis of the seats won by various parties showed that the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the sole arbiter of Muslims in the state, and the Kerala Congress and its splinter groups, championing the interest of Christians, had suffered a huge loss in both Muslim and Christian belts in the 2006 polls. The IUML, which had won 16 seats in the Muslim-dominated Malappuram district and other Muslim pockets in other districts in the 2001 elections, could get only seven seats in the 2006 election. Similarly, the number of seats of the three factions of Kerala Congress came down from 13 in 2001 to nine seats in 2006. The IUML increased its seats to 20 and the Kerala Congress factions to 11 in 2011, when the United Democratic Front (UDF) came to power with a wafer thin majority of just 72 seats. The UDF could wrest only 16 seats in the belt from the LDF then.
The LDF had its highest haul of 34 seats in the Muslim and Christian belts in 2006. It had wrested as many as 31 seats from the UDF then. The opposition front managed to retain 18 seats in the 2011 elections, when it lost the power by just three seats.
The analysis demolishes the myth that the Muslims and Christians consider the IUML and the Kerala Congress are their sole arbiters. They had stood solidly behind these parties when they aligned with the UDF because of their fear that the Communists were against their faith. However, these fears were found unfounded with the Communist-led governments never making any attempt to interfere with their faiths. They started reposing their trust in the LDF after the CPM allowed their comrades to follow their faith and made conscious efforts to reach out to them by defending their rights and challenging the attacks on them in various parts of the country.
If the periodical swings in the minority votes since 2001 are taken into consideration, the swing this time is likely to favour the LDF. Political observers see the gains the LDF has made in the civic polls in Malappuram and the Christian-dominated Central Travancore as an indication of how the minority votes will behave in the current election.
Left leaning political analysts say that the Muslims had rallied behind the IUML in the past as they had no other alternatives. The emergence of Indian National League (INL), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) and the Welfare Party in the wake of the Babri Masjid demolition has ended the IUML monopoly over the Muslim votes. “Though many of these parties have not gained the strength to win elections, they have the potential to defeat the IUML. The CPM has been using them overtly and covertly to their advantage by playing up the threats to the minorities from the bid by the Sangh Parivar to consolidate the Hindu votes.
Muslims had backed the LDF in local body elections held in November last year as the wave of intolerance sweeping the country had confounded their fears. The CPM had cashed in on this by launching protests against the Dadri lynching and a series of beef festivals across the state. The situation may return to normal as the intolerance wave has lost its intensity among the people in the state now. However, he does not rule out a minor swing of Muslim votes in favour of the LDF in the coming elections. The CPM has sought to create a division in the IUML votes by fielding many prominent Muslim personalities in the election this time. This may sometimes backfire as the candidates picked up by the CPM are mostly businessmen, who were aligned with the IUML previously. The profile of the candidates does not match their accusation that the IUML is a party of elites.
E T Mohammed Basheer, Kerala IUML union general secretary and MP, said the CPM’s attempt to project itself as the protector of the minorities will not succeed as the people are aware that the Left parties do not have the strength to take on fascist forces at the national level. The only party that can challenge the Sangh Parivar throughout the country is the Congress. Therefore, he expects the Muslims to strengthen the Congress by voting the UDF to power in the Assembly elections in the state. The IUML leader said that the setback the IUML suffered in Malappuram in the local body elections cannot be taken as a barometer as the issues in the Assembly elections are different. He also attributed the defeat the IUML suffered in certain pockets in the district to the division in the UDF. But he is confident that the IUML will improve its tally of seats and help the UDF to retain power for another term.
The state of the Christian votes is slightly different with several interest groups emerging in the community. The CPM and Congress have been trying reach out to the community through these groups. They try to ensure the support of the Church in the high ranges of Idukki and Wayanad districts by sponsoring the High Range Samrakshana Samithi (HRSS) that came into existence by opposing the Congress stand on the Gadgil committee report on the protection of the Western Ghats.
The CPM ensured the defeat of the Congress candidate at Idukki in the Lok Sabha election by lending support to the HRSS candidate Joyce George. This time, the party has additionally aligned with a splinter group of the Kerala Congress (M) led by former MP Francis George to strengthen its position in the Christian belt. The dissidents came out of the UDF after many of their prominent leaders were denied seat to contest the election. Several such groups were active in the Christian community which is trying to use the LDF for their gains. “The CPM is dancing to their tunes. This will not help the LDF as it may alienate their traditional Hindu votes.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s attempt to stitch together a grand alliance with the help of caste organisations like the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana (SND) Yogam might upset the political equations in the state. The grant alliance might eat into the votes of the LDF more as the lower caste Ezhava community that SNDP represents has been the main backbone of the CPM for long. He feels that the BJP might upset the LDF’s applecart if the SNDP and other Hindu organisations fuel a Hindu consolidation in the election as they expected. However, the grant alliance could inflict damage to both the rival fronts. They say that the BJP-led alliance may not win many seats but it will certainly tilt the balance in favour of either the UDF or the LDF. But none of them are ready to risk a guess at this point. All they say is that Kerala may witness a neck and neck race in the elections to be held on 16 May.
However, the Hindu consolidation may remain as an illusion for the BJP at least now. If the BJP rule ends abruptly in New Delhi, everything regarding Hindutva vote bank strategies would also end.

 

AIADMK in Kerala

An interesting, rather stimulating fact about the Kerala poll is the participation of AIADMK in the poll. Boosted by the party’s success in six wards in the 2015 civic polls in Kerala, the AIADMK has fielded seven candidates for the ensuing Assembly polls there. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) led by J Jayalalithaa -the incumbent Tamil Nadu CM- announced its list of Candidates for the poll-bound states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Buoyed by its success in the local body polls held in November last year, the party will field seven candidates in Kerala this time. The party has fielded candidates in the Chitoor, Nemara and Malampuzha constituencies in Palakkad district, Peermedu, Devikulam and Udubanchozha constituencies in Idukki district and one from the Thiruvanathapuram constituency. CPM leader and former CM Achuthanandan also contests from Malampuzha. All these seven constituencies are border areas and boast of a sizeable Tamil population. For the 2016 Assembly elections, the party has increased the number of its candidates in Kerala to seven from six in the 2011 elections. Whether or not Ms Jayalalithaa would campaign in these constituencies is not clear as yet.

A rich bar owner, entrepreneur and whistleblower Dr. Biju Ramesh contests as the AIADMK candidate from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency in Kerala in the upcoming assembly polls scheduled to be held on May 16. Dr. Biju who is the chairman and MD of the Rajadhani business empire in Kerala, is also the Kerala Bar Owners’ Association president had also been in the news for his alleged payment of a bribe of Rs.1 crore to finance minister KM Mani on the association’s behalf to renew licences of all those bars which were forcefully shut down by the Chandy-led UDF government in 2015. Dr. Biju contests against BJP candidate tainted cricketer Sreesanth and Antony Raju who is the Left candidate. Though the ruling front is yet to announce its list of candidates, state health minister VS Shivakumar is fielded as the UDF candidate from the Thiruvananthapuram constituency.
It may be possible for AIADMK to win any seat in Kerala, highly politicized state in the country. However, the popularity of Jayalalithaa has reached Kerala, where many people talk high of Jaya’s freebies tactics.
While Congress supporters in Kerala say that their government will stay, the leftists argue Keralites cannot offer the corrupt rulers another direct chance to misrule the state. Unfortunately, there is no third front in the state as almost every small and big party is in one of the two alliances. Former leader of Kerala Congress, PC George emerged as a rallying point for those who oppose the two fronts but he did not decide to float or lead a third front and wanted to join the Left front but later changed his mind and is now contesting as an independent candidate from his own constituency where he facing candidates of both alliances.
Unfortunately, Keralites, more educated than Tamils, are not as lucky as Tamils who have a new third front led by PWF of Vaiko to fight for the genuine concerns of common people of the state while the ruling AIADMK and opposition DMK just make promises and hurl mutual accusations against one another without in fact caring for the people.
That the Communist parties have made poll alliance with its arch foe the Congress has confused the people of Kerala. Earlier, communist parties had promised lands for the tillers, factories for the workers, bungalows for the poor, etc and tactfully betrayed the people. In West Bengal, the ruling communists gave away the peasants lands to the corporate lords for building factories and justified their action as the necessary one. Now communists and Congress have joined hands to oust Mamata’s Trinamool Congress government in Kolkata – seemingly an impossible task now.

 

Why do Pakistani cricket, hockey players appease India?

Why do Pakistani cricket, hockey players appease India?
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Obviously none appeases anybody without getting rewards or benefits. This is not a Newton’s law but a generally accepted truth.
Of late, Pakistani cricketers and hockey players try to make Indian teams happy by underplaying for their country. Is it for extra money or for some other more important reasons?
Put in simple language, does Pakistani government send a crucial message to New Delhi though sport mischief? Let us probe it.
India and Pakistan used play hockey as equals, even in cricket Pakistani team offered stiff and tough opposition. The aggressive nature of Pakistani team many times won titles and medals.
Of late, however, Pakistani teams play badly, meekly surrendering before its nuclear neighbor India.
There could be two reasons for that kind of abject behavior. One is Pakistan seeks Indian support for the entry of Pakistani cricketers in IPL and make money. India has denied Pakistani batboys and bowlers some space in IPL drama as they all want to play for Indian IPL.
Pakistan hockey team is literarily out of Sultan shah hockey in Malaysia by deliberately underplaying in order to appease India.
Pakistan hockey community has blasted the national federation (PHF) after the green shirts were routed 1-5 by arch-rivals India in the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh on Tuesday. “This is what happens when the Pakistan Hockey Federation continues to appoint its favorites to key positions and ignores merit and the need of the hour,” Olympian Samiullah said. He said it was shameful to witness the way India drubbed Pakistan today. “No matter what we do in an international event but whenever we play India our players have always picked up their game and shown passion. But today India showed how quickly it was moving ahead in hockey,” Samiullah said.
Olympian Ayaz Mahmood blamed Pakistan’s poor showing in the Azlan Shah Cup to the circumstances that the national team went through before its departure for Malaysia. “Just before the tournament, the manager and chief coach Hanif Khan left the training camp in protest over selection issues. Then the PHF again brought back Khawaja Junaid as chief coach when in the past he has failed to deliver,” he said. Another former player Ahmed Alam added: “Our hockey is just not improving at all even after the federation was changed. It is clear we need to bring in a foreign coach and support staff now or we will be nowhere in a few months time.”
The PHF also came in for criticism recently when they turned down an invitation to send the national team to the Champions Trophy in London this summer. Former captain Hasan Sardar also rued the dismal state of Pakistan hockey. “Pakistan was already out of the Olympics and before that the World Cup. Now we are losing by such a big margin to India. A lot of brainstorming is required to set things right. The federation needs to reassess its priorities,” he said.
Pakistan’s crushing defeat by India generated criticism in Pakistan. Though Pakistan exited early, in the playoff for the last position Canada let Pakistan put 5 goals and win it, thereby reducing the heat a bi tin Pakistan.
On the strength of ‘historic’ win over Pakistan, Pakistan could defeat Malaysia 5-0 to reach final against Australia. Whether or not Austria also would be kind to India – remains to be seen in the final to be played on April 16.
Not only in hockey even in cricket has Pakistan underpaid against India. In World CUP T20 Pakistan apparently was under pressure to underplay in favor of India winning the cup this year. Pakistan’s early exit from the World T20, which the West Indies won, prompted a wave of criticism in the cricket-mad country, with widespread calls to revamp the country’s domestic structure. Fast-bowler Wasim Akram, who actively supports Indian causes, said the team had been exposed in all departments and were miles behind their competitors.
Pakistan’s exit did not help Indian win the cup, however, as West Indies somehow has managed it at the last moment with English help.
On Mar 19, 2016 it appeared it all panned out as Indian teams wanted and every Indian fan wished. First the rain gods relented to let the marquee game get underway and then Pakistani team blessed Virat Kohli, the champion, to get away with a good 50 runs, making the difference between the two teams. But India did not let any Pakistan batboy shine as expected by Pakistan in response to Pakistani favor. Pakistani team, Pakistani fans and even government agencies are deeply hurt by this misbehavior of India which failed the convention of returning the favors in a systematic manner.
India was alive in the ICC World Twenty20, and it comes at the cost of Pakistan, who remains winless against India across the ODI and T20 world cups. 118 was a tricky chase on a turning track, but Pakistan’s move to play four pacers backfired in the 18-over game, which India finished in 15.5 overs with Kohli staying unbeaten on a sublime 55 in 37 balls, to celebrate the six-wicket win. The performance gave India their first win of the tournament, after an upset defeat against New Zealand in Nagpur. And for the record, it became 11/11 for India against Pakistan in ICC events. Pakistani help boosted Indian morale in a big way.
After the great crushing defeat, skipper Shahid Afridi, focusing on IPL chances said: “First of all, I want to congratulate Dhoni and his team for playing well. I did not expect the pitch to spin so much, but no excuse. We were ‘short by 30-35 runs’. Their spinners bowled well. I think we didn’t bowl in the right areas and I didn’t bowl well. Virat Kohli played an ‘awesome innings’ but he did not elaborate on how Kohli got so many runs.
Shahid Afridi became a WC sacrifice. The 36-year-old so-called all-rounder and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had hinted that World T20 could well be his last as skipper. After the defeat by India, Pakistani media began criticizing the Afridi team as a buffoon team, playing for India. Facing criticism for Pakistan’s dismal show in the ICC World Twenty20, Shahid Afridi stepped down as captain of the team but he will continue to play in the shortest format of the game. The Afridi-led Pakistan failed to make it to the semifinals of the World Twenty20 in India, where his comments also drew the ire of former players.
“Today, I wish to inform my fans in Pakistan and all over the world that I am relinquishing the captaincy of the T20 Pakistani team of my own volition,” Afridi said in a statement.

Afridi, however, asserted that he will be available for selection as a player in the team even though PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan has made it clear that the all-rounder is out of tune with the latest techniques and no longer a surety in the side. The mercurial cricketer played 27 Tests for Pakistan before retiring from the format in 2010 with 1716 runs and 48 wickets. In 398 ODIs, he has 8064 runs and 395 wickets, while 98 T20 International appearances have fetched him 1405 runs and 97 wickets.

Afridi found himself mired in controversies during Pakistan’s World T20 campaign. First, he drew flak in Pakistan for stating that he and his players were loved more in India than back home. Later, Pakistan lost three of their four group stage games, including a high-voltage clash against arch-foes India, to bow out of the tournament. Amid the dismal on-field run, Afridi stirred up another controversy by specifically thanking Kashmiris for cheering his team in Mohali. The remark was criticised by the BCCI with Board Secretary Anurag Thakur saying that the cricketer should avoid making political statements.
Not only Afridi, even the coach also stepped down. Post the World T20 debacle, Afridi had sought forgiveness from the people of his country for failing to live up to their expectations. Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis resigned on Monday weeks after his team’s humiliating exit from the World Twenty20 tournament at the group stage. The 2009 champions had been widely blasted by fans following a lacklustre performance with just one victory against lowly ranked Bangladesh and big losses to India, New Zealand and Australia. The 44-year-old took on the job for the second time in 2014, having previously held the post in 2010-11.
He made a formidable partnership with Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq to lift the team to number two in the Test rankings late last year, a spot they had previously attained in 2006.
The fast-bowling legend failed, however, to reverse Pakistan’s fortunes in the game’s shorter formats, with the team ranked a lowly seventh and eighth place in Twenty20 and one-day internationals respectively.

West Indies needed 19 runs in last 6 balls (one over) which was an impossible task without the bowler help, The most dramatic end to a world event you would ever see, Stokes to bowl the final over.
Captain Morgan and Stokes have a deliberation about the field. Apparently they decided to finish off the match without going for an extra super over. If Stokes resorts to dotball technique he is well versed with, Windies would lose and England could be the world champions. If Stokes alternatives with single and dotball, again WI would win and even if he offers 2 or 3 runs per ball, again WI cannot win. So 4s and 6s are only option for Stokes to let Windies shine, since India has fallen unexpectedly and against its declaration.
But England decided not to be so. However, Stokes was a kind dramatician, wanting WI to enjoy only 6s and win the match easily. So, Stokes offered Brathwaite only 6,6,6,6, in the first four f balls and WI did exactly was expected of them- dancing all over and enjoy liquor. However the same Brathwaite who ‘hit’ only 6s in the last over of the final against England could not hit even singles and was out as quickly as possible in the ongoing IPL The reason? Bowlers did not let him hit any 6 or 4. This happens to Gayle and other big ‘hitters’. .
Pakistan seems to be scared of India in getting Pakistani teams destroyed though sustained efforts. Indian obnoxious role in getting Pakistani bowler Aamir from international cricket tournaments came as a big shock and pain for Pakistani cricket and insult for Pakistani government. Since India controls cricket boards and ICC, Pakistan could not do anything to save their best bowler and he had to suffer for many years before he could be allowed to rejoin the team. Aamir seems to have lost his grip over the ball as his performance in the T20WC matches proved.
It is known, Pakistani payers are fond of visiting India and spend time in Mumbai and other towns on ‘business’ or just like that. They don’t want nay restriction from Indian side to Pakistani visits to India. This could be on motivating factor for Pakistani teams to collapse in front of Indian teams.

If one observes closely, it is clear India plays for India and let India know that.
Possibly, Pakistani teams received ‘special packages’ for their kind behavior towards neighbor India. However, anyone is eager to know the details of the ‘deals’, sorry they are not made available for the public.
However, this kind of mischievous behavior by Pakistani teams confuses the world.
Abraham Lincoln has said none can fool the world for too long. Do India and Pakistan think they fool the world forever? Maybe they are exceptions?

Emerging Saudi Egypt relations!

Emerging Saudi Egypt relations!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Syrian crisis has provided significant stimulus for the Saudi kingdom to act quickly to bring all West Asian Muslim powers under one strategic umbrella that, in turn, led to Saudi king to resort to active shuttle diplomacy in the region, shoring up support for a peaceful Mideast. Arab world has been in turmoil for years now, sacrificing millions of Muslims without any real cause.

There have been a series of visits by Saudi leaders, including the king Salman himself, to Turkey and Egypt to expand the Saudi’s diplomatic profile in the region.   King Salman’s recent and first ever visit to Egypt plays important role in streamlining the Saudi led Mideastern relations in general.

 

King Salman’s visit to Egypt

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman concluded a five-day visit to Egypt on April 11, one day after he addressed the Egyptian parliament and the day he left for Turkey for an official visit. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdel-Aziz arrived in Cairo on April 07 on his first official state visit to Egypt since ascending to the Saudi throne in January 2015. Saudi PM Salman was greeted by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi upon arrival. King Salman met grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, the highly prestigious Sunni educational institution, on Saturday. The Saudi leader delivered a speech in the Egyptian parliament.

Salman previously visited Egypt’s southern Sinai city of Sharm El-Sheikh in March 2015 for an Arab League summit. During his five-day visit, the two sides were expected to sign four agreements worth roughly 22 billion dollars. In a show of support for President General Abdel-Fatteh Al-Sissi, who illegally toppled the first ever elected president of Egypt, Mohammad Morsi of Muslim Brotherhood and took military control of the country, the king pledged billions of dollars in new investment for the cash-challenged country.

For his part, Sissi transferred to the Saudis sovereignty of two islands in the Straits of Tiran that were contested by both countries. As the latest Saudi policy, the Saudi king called for Egyptian cooperation against extremism and terrorism. The two uninhabited islands that Sissi gave to the Saudi king are of enormous strategic importance, lying at the mouth of the Gulf of Aqaba from where it can control access to Jordan’s Port of Aqaba, Israel’s Port of Eilat. Sissi went out on a political limb to gift the two islands to the Saudis, a very unpopular move among Egyptians.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed on establishing a land bridge to connect the two countries, visiting King Salman Bin Abdel-Aziz said in a joint press conference. “The land bridge will be named after King Salman,” Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said. Earlier, President al-Sisi has granted the Saudi king, who arrived in Cairo for a five-day visit, the Collar of the Nile.
The two sides have signed eight agreements, six memos of understanding and three cooperation programs that covered fields including education, health, housing, agriculture, electricity and marine transportation. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed on establishing King Salman University in the North Sinai city of Tour.

Among the agreements signed by Egypt and Saudi Arabia during the visit are those related to housing projects in the Egyptian Sinai peninsula, the establishment of King Salman University in Tur town of South Sinai, the development of Egypt’s largest public hospital Qasr al-Aini, the building of a power station in western Cairo and the formation of a joint investment fund with a capital of 60 billion Saudi riyals -about 16 billion dollars. “All these agreements show the seriousness of the Saudi side to support the Egyptian economy, as there will be capital flow to Egypt which means there will be more employment and economic movement in the country in the near future.

Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed on establishing a land bridge to connect the two countries, visiting King Salman Bin Abdel-Aziz said in a joint press conference. “The land bridge will be named after King Salman,” Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said. Earlier, President al-Sisi has granted the Saudi king, who arrived on Thursday in Cairo for a five-day visit, the Collar of the Nile. The two sides have signed eight agreements, six memos of understanding and three cooperation programs that covered fields including education, health, housing, agriculture, electricity and marine transportation. Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed on establishing King Salman University in the North Sinai city of Tour.

Not mentioned publicly was Saudi Arabia’s alliance with Qatar and Turkey, both of which are accused by Egypt of supporting Islamist groups. Turkey pursues friendly policy towards Saudi Arabia and Iran and seeks Egyptian help to make the Mideast tension free and free from illegally nuclearized Israeli aggression.

The Egyptian presidency described Salman’s visit to Cairo as “crowning the close brotherly ties between the two countries.” Saudi Arabia has supported Cairo with billions of US dollars to help revive the country’s economy following the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
The visit comes at a time when Egypt is suffering political and economic pressures due to years of domestic political turmoil that led to economic recession and security challenges resulting from regional chaos. The Saudi investments show awareness that investment in Egypt is investment in the future, because politically Egypt represents a political weight and strategic depth for the Gulf region, and economically investments in Egypt are promising and fruitful.
Saudi investment in Egypt is nothing new, as Saudi business tycoons have been investing in the country over the past few decades. Today, it is the Saudi government that pumps investments into Egypt, which is a new and positive aspect and an indicator of the soundness and healthiness of the investment environment in Egypt,” Saleh explained.
Sisi in Riyadh
Earlier, Egyptian President Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had visited the kingdom in 2015 for economic support. On 02 March 2015, visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held in-depth talks in Riyadh over the thorny regional issues before discussing the economic package for Egypt. The two leaders highlighted the current crisis in the Middle East and reviewed aspects of bilateral cooperation. They emphasized the depth of strategic relations between the two countries. The meeting also addressed the security conditions following the growing political chaos in Yemen. During a TV interview, Sisi said the two countries need to coordinate considering the “difficult condition” in the Arab region. Sisi’s visit was the latest in a series of meetings in Riyadh between Salman and top officials from his Gulf neighbors and Jordan.
Since late March, Egypt has joined a Saudi-led military coalition that has been launching airstrikes against the Shiite Houthi militants in Yemen, who have seized several cities in the country since September 2014, including the capital Sanaa, and have recently forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to the Saudi capital of Riyadh. Egypt is currently providing naval support to the coalition, which has been airdropping weapons and equipment supplies to pro-Hadi tribal militia in Aden to fight against the Houthi militants. Despite Russia’s abstaining, the UN Security Council voted in favor of an arms embargo against the Houthis and the supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The resolution also imposed sanctions on the Shiite group, demanding its withdrawal from the Yemeni areas it has previously seized.
Later, on 15 April 2015, during a Saudi minister’s visit to Cairo, Egypt and Saudi Arabia agreed to carry out a major strategic military maneuver in the latter’s territory, which is to be joined by other Gulf and Arab states, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said in a statement. The statement came after a meeting between al-Sisi and visiting Saudi Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman, who had also held talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sedqi Sobhi. “Egypt represents one of the main and effective forces to achieve security and stability in the Middle East region,” the Saudi defense minister said.
Egypt has been in need of this “economic push,” arguing it comes at a time when the country is suffering declining foreign currency reserves, shortage of US dollars and low investment growth rates. “I believe all these investments will have a very positive effect on Egypt,” the professor told Xinhua, noting it needs at least until the end of 2016 to evaluate the investments based on how much funds will have been pumped into Egypt, what investments will have been initiated, etc.

 

Past

In the years immediately after the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia were cordial, though driven by mutual suspicion of the Hashemites reigning in Jordan and especially Iraq at the time, and continuing from an anti-Hashemite alliance formed by King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, King Farouk of Egypt and President Shukri al-Quwatli of Syria after the foundation of the Arab League in 1945. Subsequently President Gamal Abdel Nasser and King Saud of Saudi Arabia co-operated to limit the reach of the Baghdad Pact, which they felt was designed to increase the influence of Hashemite Iraq. As a result, the two countries signed a bilateral military pact in 1955, and worked to successfully prevent Jordan from joining the Baghdad Pact.

Egypt came to have extensive involvement in the Saudi army, economy and education system. However the alliance was undermined by Saudi anxieties about the Egyptian government’s promotion of anti-monarchical forces in the Arab World, including the uncovering of an Egyptian-style Saudi Free Officers Movement and increasing labor unrest, Egypt’s increasing shift towards the Soviet Union, and efforts by Iraq and its western allies including the United States to drive a wedge between the two countries.

Under President Nasser, Egypt, backed by the Soviet Union, came to represent the Non-Aligned Movement and pan-Arabism, and was a nominal advocate of secularism and republicanism. The Saudis by contrast were strong supporters of absolute monarchy and Islamist theocracy, and were generally close to the governments of the United Kingdom and USA.

By 1958 this deterioration in the relationship apparently had led to King Saud offering a bribe of £1.9 million to Abdel Hamid al-Sarraj, the head of Syrian intelligence at the time and later Vice-President of the United Arab Republic, to secure the assassination of Nasser. An era of tension between Egypt and Saudi Arabia set in, negatively impacting the pan Arab nationalism.

Arrival of Mubarak as Egyptian leader tried to put the bilateral ties with Saudi back to normal footing. Unlike the situation at the time of Nasser, Mubarak’s Egypt – a conservative dictatorship closely allied with Washington – no longer represented an ideological or political polar opposite to Saudi Arabia. Nevertheless, there remained mutual suspicion and a rivalry between the two countries, both aspiring to preeminence in the Arab World in general and among the Arab allies of the US in particular. Saudi’s preeminence remained intact, however.

The Saudi Egypt rivalry manifested itself, for example, when President Barack Obama made a major tour of the Middle East in 2009, soon after assuming power. The Saudis resented Obama’s choice of Cairo as the venue for making a key policy speech, and State Department officials made an effort to mollify the Saudi leadership by following up the Cairo speech with a high-profile Presidential visit to the Saudi capital.

USA views Mideast with Israel playing central role. Obama also shamelessly continued the traditional US policy for essentially fascist Israeli, though in a low key. He also visited Israel and enjoyed life with Jewish criminals, invited them to White House for “talks’. The democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is wooing the strong Jewish lobbyists in USA and Israeli regime as well to support her candidature.

 

Egyptian revolution

During the 2011 Egyptian revolution, Saudi King Abdullah expressed support for Hosni Mubarak. “No Arab or Muslim can tolerate any meddling in the security and stability of Arab and Muslim Egypt by those who infiltrated the people in the name of freedom of expression, exploiting it to inject their destructive hatred. As they condemn this, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its people and government declares it stands with all its resources with the government of Egypt and its people.” He condemned the “people who tried to destabilize the security and stability of Egypt.

 

On 10 May 2012, ambassador Kattan announced that the kingdom agreed to provide US$500 million in aid to Egypt and will deposit an additional US$1 billion at the country’s central bank as part of the $2.7 billion support package they had agreed in 2011. Saudi Arabia will also export $250 million worth of butane to Egypt, which has faced ongoing shortages of the fuel, as well as US$200 million to help small and mid-sized firms. The donation was part of a move by multiple Gulf States to send a large aid package to Egypt.
Muslim Brotherhood leader and Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi’s first official visit was to Saudi Arabia in July 2012, although his views are not fully aligned with those of the Saudi government. Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi stated that Saudi Arabia is a pragmatic country and that whoever the president of Egypt is, Saudi government is aware of the fact that it has to maintain good relations with this country.

Saudi Arabia has supported Cairo with billions of US dollars to help revive the country’s economy following the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. On 10 May 2012, the Saudi kingdom agreed to provide US$500 million in aid to Egypt and will deposit an additional US$1 billion at the country’s central bank as part of the $2.7 billion support package they had agreed in 2011. Saudi Arabia also exports $250 million worth of butane to Egypt, which has faced ongoing shortages of the fuel, as well as US$200 million to help small and mid-sized firms. The donation was part of a move by multiple Gulf States to send a large aid package to Egypt.

Saudi Arabia has been the key backer of al-Sisi since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his one-year rule. It has pumped billions of dollars to help and invest into Egypt’s battered economy. King Salman met grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, the highly prestigious Sunni educational institution; the Saudi leader also delivered a speech in the Egyptian parliament. Sisi’s visit was the latest in a series of meetings in Riyadh between Salman and top officials from his Gulf neighbors and Jordan.
According to Saudi Press Agency, on 02 March 2015, the visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud held in-depth talks in Riyadh over the thorny regional issues. The two leaders highlighted the current crisis in the Middle East and reviewed aspects of bilateral cooperation. They emphasized the depth of strategic relations between the two countries. The meeting also addressed the security conditions following the growing political chaos in Yemen. During a TV interview, Sisi said the two countries need to coordinate considering the “difficult condition” in the Arab region.
Egypt and Saudi Arabia on 15 April 2015 agreed to carry out a major strategic military maneuver in the latter’s territory, which is to be joined by other Gulf and Arab states, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said in a statement. The statement came after a meeting between al-Sisi and visiting Saudi Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman, who had also held talks with his Egyptian counterpart Sedqi Sobhi. “Egypt represents one of the main and effective forces to achieve security and stability in the Middle East region,” the Saudi defense minister said.
Since late March, Egypt has joined a Saudi-led military coalition that has been launching airstrikes against the Shiite Houthi militants in Yemen, who have seized several cities in the country since September 2014, including the capital Sanaa, and have recently forced President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to flee to the Saudi capital of Riyadh. In return for economic aid, Egypt is currently providing naval support to the Saudi led coalition, which has been airdropping weapons and equipment supplies to pro-Hadi tribal militia in Aden to fight against the Houthi militants.

Despite Russia’s abstaining, the UN Security Council voted in favor of an arms embargo against the Houthis and the supporters of former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The resolution also imposed sanctions on the Shiite group, demanding its withdrawal from the Yemeni areas it has previously seized.
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Egypt has been in need of this “economic push,” arguing that the country is suffering declining foreign currency reserves, shortage of US dollars and low investment growth rates. “I believe all these investments will have a very positive effect on Egypt,” an analyst told Xinhua, noting it needs at least until the end of 2016 to evaluate the investments based on how much funds will have been pumped into Egypt, what investments will have been initiated, etc.

After the 2011 turmoil, the economic growth was as low as 1.5 percent and it gradually increased until it reached 4.5 percent in the current fiscal year and is expected to reach 5.5 percent in the coming fiscal year as the government stated, which shows that Egypt is on the rise economically,” the political economy professor illustrated.

Over the past five years, Egypt’s foreign currency reserves declined from 36 billion US dollars in 2011 to 16.5 billion dollars as of end of March 2016, and the government is currently struggling to reduce an ongoing budget deficit of about 36 billion dollars.

Egypt has conducted feasibility studies for these Saudi projects to ensure their benefit to the Egyptian economy. When the Saudi funds are transferred to Egypt, they will positively affect the value of the US dollar compared to the Egyptian pound as they will increase the currency reserves at the Egyptian central bank, and if they do not devaluate the dollar, they will at least stop the current deterioration of the Egyptian pound.

Saudi-Egyptian ties are bound to grow in strength and depth with increasing number of mutual visits from both sides at high levels. Economic and security ties will gather momentum.

 

Observation
The just concluded five-day visit of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Egypt represents Riyadh’s political and economic support for Cairo to overcome current challenges, said Egyptian experts. The visit saw the signing of agreements of Saudi investments in Egypt worth about 25 billion US dollars, according to a statement from Egyptian International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr.

Egypt has been facing Western political pressure, particularly from Italy, after the recent death of an Italian young man in Cairo and Italy’s suspicion of the involvement of the Egyptian police in the tragedy, to the point that the Western country recalled its ambassador to Cairo for consultations. Saudi King’s visit has a political dimension, as it indicates a sort of support to Egypt amid some political challenges, including the case of Italian student Giulio Regeni’s death in Cairo.

 
Saudi investments in Egypt may lead to more Gulf investments in Egypt, since the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are greatly interrelated politically and economically. However, Saudi Arabia has to focus on a very important issue- establishment of Palestine in Mideast. S  given True, so long as Israel is in Mideast,  it won’t allow Palestine to  get UN recognition as a full state, though it has won defacto recognition in the UN general assembly against the will of US-Israeli twins.

Saudi Arabia has been strenuously making efforts to free Palestine from Israeli terror regime but without any success. Israel and Egypt are jointly causing existential problems with terror blockades  from both sides for the  besieged Palestinians and Gaza Strip where the Hamas rules is the prime target  of Israeli military,  attacking it regularly on fictitious pretexts. Even turkey’s efforts to breach the blockades to free Gaza Strip have ended in Israeli military attacks on the Turkish aidships.

It is a fact that Israeli aggression on Palestine territories continue with its military using US terror goods and Pentagon services.  Israel and its major terror ally USA very conveniently  use the Hamas-Fatah conflict to divide the Palestinians and create obstacles for the establishment of much delayed Palestine state.

Saudi kingdom could use its new friendship with Egyptian regime to remove the blockade from its side so that Palestinians could begin to live human life. Giving justice to the Palestinians should be the key objective of new Saudi Egyptian relations.

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Pakistan, China kick off joint military exercise!

Pakistan, China kick off joint military exercise!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Pakistan and China have showcased their all-weather friendship with the launch of one of the biggest joint military exercises in decades. According to the Inter-Services Public Relations, the war games that began on April 11 near Jhelum followed speculation over whether China will step in to fill the economic, military and diplomatic void if Pakistan’s relationship with the US further deteriorated.
This exercise is the fourth in a series in which Special Forces from both sides will participate. The two-week-long exercises are aimed at “mutual exchange of experience and information through a comprehensive training programme in real time”.

The exercise which will enhance bilateral relationship and capability of the air forces of the two friendly neighbours, saw participation of three different types of frontline fighter aircraft belonging to various PAF squadrons for the first time, said Air Commodore Syed Muhammad Ali, official spokesperson for Pakistan Air Force. PAF has been a regular participant in a number of international air exercises with various air forces, including the US Air Force (USAF), Italian Air Force, Turkish Air Force and other allied countries. The spokesman said Pakistan and China enjoy very close relationship spanning over six decades.
Pakistan and China began on April 14 their fifth joint air exercise, Shaheen-V, at an operational base in Pakistan. A contingent of People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) comprising combat pilots, air defence controllers and technical ground crew and a Pakistan Air Force (PAF) contingent are participating in the exercises. The last such exercise between Pakistan and China – Shaheen-IV was conducted in Beijing in October 2015.
The strategic partnership has been further strengthened through the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, infrastructure development and routine joint military exercises. The Pakarmy termed the exercise a “true manifestation of a famous Chinese phrase that Pakistan-China friendship is higher than the mountains and deeper than the oceans.”
This is the first time that brigade-level war games are being staged by Pakistan and China and it reflected long-term engagement between the two countries.
It was the fourth joint military exercise between the two countries since 2004. The exercises come amid sharp digs at Pakistan from US Republican presidential hopefuls during a debate held. A leading US Presidential candidate described Pakistan as nearly a failed state while another suggested Washington cut foreign aid to Pakistan to zero. However, both Islamabad and Beijing have dismissed suggestions that their war games are aimed against any country.
General (retd) Talat Masood went as far as to suggest that he was hopeful that “one day Pakistan and India would conduct similar war games together.” An American diplomat, contacted to give his view on the matter, played down the development saying the US had no concerns over the growing friendship between Pakistan and China.
China–Pakistan relations began in 1950 when Pakistan was among the first countries to end official diplomatic relations with the Republic of China on Taiwan and recognize the PRC. Since then, both countries have placed considerable importance on the maintenance of an extremely close and supportive relationship and the two countries have regularly exchanged high-level visits resulting in a variety of agreements. The PRC has provided economic, military and technical assistance to Pakistan and each considers the other a close strategic ally.
Bilateral relations have evolved from an initial Chinese policy of neutrality to a partnership with a smaller but militarily powerful Pakistan. Diplomatic relations were established in 1950, military assistance began in 1966, a strategic alliance was formed in 1972 and economic co-operation began in 1979. China has become Pakistan’s largest supplier of arms and its third-largest trading partner. Recently, both nations have decided to cooperate in improving Pakistan’s civil nuclear power sector.
According to Pew Research Center in 2014, Pakistanis have the most favorable view of China after China itself. Maintaining close relations with China is a central part of Pakistan’s foreign policy. China supported Pakistan’s opposition to the Soviet Union’s intervention in Afghanistan and is perceived by Pakistan as a regional counterweight to NATO and the United States.] In addition, Pakistan was one of only two countries, alongside Cuba, to offer crucial support for the PRC in after the Tiananmen protests of 1989. China and Pakistan also share close military relations, with China supplying a range of modern armaments to the Pakistani defense forces. China supports Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir while Pakistan supports China on the issues of Xinjiang, Tibet, and Taiwan. Military cooperation has deepened with joint projects producing armaments ranging from fighter jets to guided missile frigates.
Chinese cooperation with Pakistan has reached economic high points, with substantial Chinese investment in Pakistani infrastructural expansion including the Pakistani deep-water port at Gwadar. Both countries have an ongoing free trade agreement. Pakistan has served as China’s main bridge between Muslim countries. Pakistan also played an important role in bridging the communication gap between China and the West by facilitating the 1972 Nixon visit to China. The relations between Pakistan and China have been described by Pakistan’s ambassador to China as higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than eyesight, sweeter than honey, and so on. According to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute Pakistan is China’s biggest arms buyer, counting for nearly 47% of Chinese arms exports. According to a 2014 BBC World Service Poll, 75% of Pakistanis view China’s influence positively with only 15% expressing a negative view. In the Asia Pacific region, Chinese people hold third most positive opinions of Pakistan’s influence in the world, behind Indonesia and Pakistan itself.
While initially ambivalent towards the idea of a Communist country on its borders, Pakistan hoped that China would serve as a counterweight to Indian influence. India had recognized China a year before, and Indian Prime Minister Nehru also hoped for closer relations with the Chinese. However, with escalating border tensions leading to the 1962 Sino-Indian war, China and Pakistan aligned with each other in a joint effort to counter Indian encroachment. One year after China’s border war with India, Pakistan ceded the Trans-Karakoram Tract to China to end border disputes and improve diplomatic relations.
Since then, an informal alliance that initially consisted of joint Indian opposition has grown into a lasting relationship that has benefited both nations on the diplomatic, economic and military frontiers. Along with diplomatic support, Pakistan served as a conduit for China to open up to the West. China has in turn provided extensive economic aid and political support to Pakistan. Since the two sides established their “all-weather diplomatic relations”, there have been frequent exchanges between the two countries’ leadership and peoples.
Since Sept 11 hoax, Pakistan has increased the scope of Chinese influence and support by agreeing to a number of military projects, combined with extensive economic support and investment from the Chinese. The strong military ties primarily aim to counter regional Indian and American influence, and was also to repel Soviet influence in the area. In recent years this relationship has strengthened through ongoing military projects and agreements between Pakistan and China.
Since 1962, China has been a steady source of military equipment to the Pakistani Army, helping establish munition factories, providing technological assistance and modernizing existing facilities.
On 20 April 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Pakistan as his first foreign visit of the year, also the first by a Chinese president in 9 years. Pakistan’s military initially depended almost entirely on American armaments and aid, which was increased during the covert U.S. support of Islamic militants in the Soviet war in Afghanistan. America under US President Richard Nixon supported Pakistan in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. However, the period following the Soviet withdrawal and the dissolution of the Soviet Union led indirectly to the increasing realignment of America with the previously pro-Soviet India. With the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, there is a general sentiment in Pakistan to adopt a foreign policy which favors China over the United States. Washington has been accused deserting Pakistan in favor of a policy that favors stronger relations with India, while Pakistan sees China as a more reliable ally over the long term.

 
China is the largest investor in Pakistan’s Gwadar Deep Sea Port, which is strategically located at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz. It is viewed warily by both America and India as a possible launchpad for the Chinese Navy, giving them the ability to launch submarines and warships in the Indian Ocean. China has recently pledged to invest nearly US 43 billion dollars. China and Pakistan are involved in several projects to enhance military and weaponry systems, which include the joint development of the JF-17 Thunder fighter aircraft, K-8 Karakorum advance training aircraft, etc.
Currently, sixty percent of China’s oil must be transported by ship from the Persian Gulf to the only commercial port in China, Shanghai, a distance of more than 16,000 kilometres. The journey takes two to three months, during which time the ships are vulnerable to pirates, bad weather, political rivals and other risks. Using Gwadar port instead would reduce the distance and possibly the cost.
The relationship has recently been the subject of renewed attention due to the publication of a new book, The China-Pakistan Axis: Asia’s New Geopolitics, which is the first extensive treatment of the relationship since the 1970s.
Meanwhile, the Pakistan Foreign Office said on April 14 that more RAW agents had been arrested and further details about them will be shared soon.
There have been attempts by USA and India to create a wedge in China-Pakistan ties, particularly in military sphere but the bilateral relations, known as all-weather ones, have been steadily developing, in fact in a big way. In fact one of the objectives of Asia pivot of USA is to contain china and its relationships with a number of countries, like Pakistan and coerce India to support US interests in the region. India is doing the job well but not to the full satisfaction of Washington which, after selling terror goods to Islamabad, also coerces New Delhi to hurriedly purchase the latest weaponry and other terror items that Pakistan already has in its arsenal.
Governments are wasting national resources on terror goods by terrorizing the humanity first.

 

India blatantly destabilizing Pakistan!

India blatantly destabilizing Pakistan!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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It is fact that containing and destabilizing Pakistan has been Indian official policy toward Pakistan ever since Pakistan came into existence as a sovereign nation to protect the interests of Muslims who while in India had faced only problems, including insults, from fellow Hindus whose superiority complex was too much for Muslims to bear.

Perhaps, Hindu leaders of British India did not expect Muslims to demand a separate nation for themselves as Hindu intolerance levels reached the peak level, disallowing Muslims to live in India peacefully. In fact, Hindutva intolerance level has once again raised its ugly head taking full advantage of the BJP government ever since it won a national election with a big majority in the parliament. RSS-BJP thinks now the situation is different from  what existed during the British rule and Hindus now ruled the country and can push for Hindutvazation of Indian politics.

With Indian state maintaining a Hindutva mindset and intelligence and judges seemingly promoting Hindutva agenda in a subtle manner, India media targeting Islam and Muslims, Muslims feel threatened as they are insulted and even injured, murdered.  India takes “sweet revenge” on Indian Muslims over 1947 partition and the way historic Babri Mosque has been razed to the ground by the Hindu fanatic criminals in 1992 backed by both central and UP state government clearly show the Indian mindset.

That Indian government, Indian state, intelligence and judges try to shield the Hindu criminals who pulled down the Mosque and delay the final judgment clearly vindicate the global suspicion about Indian state conspiracy against the Mosque and Muslims.

Kashmir issue and bilateral water sharing problem, among other issues, have petrified India’s anti-Pakistan mindset so much Indian media also view Pakistan as enemy number one. Growing ties between Pakistan and China, on the one hand, and strong Pakistan-Lanka as well as Pak-Nepal relations, on the other, could not let Indian strategic community to view Pakistan as an important neighbor, also with nuclear as arsenals.    However, Pakistan seems to have no problem with India over its close relations with Bhutan or any other nation.

Regular cross boarder fires do not help promote cross border trade which is useful to Kashmir, sandwiched between the South Asia’s nuclear powers, continue to create tensions in the region.

The problem is military, generally speaking, decides most of the foreign policy matters both in Pakistan and India and their missiles target each other. However, Pakistan is the worst affected nation between the two in their undeclared cold war. India got nukes from Russia in order only to threaten its neighbors, especially Pakistan that in turn forced Pakistan also to have the nuclear facility at a very high cost, affecting normal life of Pakistan as scarce resources were diverted from social sectors to create a nuclear regime to take on India, to defend itself from any mischievous attacks.

It is not uncommon for both to accuse one another on issues and for new problems cropping up in the bilateral relations.

It is not surprising that Pakistan’s army chief on April 12 accused longtime regional rival India, ill-focused on Pakistan, of seeking to undermine his country’s $46 billion project to build an economic corridor to transport goods from China’s western regions through the Pakistani deepwater port of Gwadar.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, speaking at a development conference in Gwadar on the impact of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said the significance of a Pakistan-China economic alliance had “raised eyebrows” in the region. “In this context, I must highlight that India, our immediate neighbour, has openly challenged this development initiative,” Sharif told the participants of  the conference in Gwadar.

General Raheel Sharif made a special reference to Indian intelligence agency RAW that is blatantly involved in destabilising operations against Pakistan. ‘Let me make it clear that we will not allow anyone to create impediments and turbulence in any part of Pakistan’. Therefore,” it is important for all to leave behind confrontation and focus on cooperation.” Pakistan knows too well India opposes a peaceful region in South Asia if it were to surrender Jammu Kashmir back to Kashmiris and withdraw all forces from neighboring JK.

Indian officials could not be reached for comment immediately. RAW is India’s Research and Analysis Wing, its main external intelligence agency.

Last month, Pakistan said it had detained a suspected Indian spy for RAW in Baluchistan, the southwestern Pakistani province where most of the CPEC is taking shape.

India has confirmed that the man is a former Indian navy official but denied that he is a spy. Pakistan believes India is supporting a separatist insurgency in resource-rich Baluchistan. It also accuses India of fuelling strife in the city of Karachi. India denies any such meddling.

India has long accused Pakistan of backing militants fighting Indian security forces in its occupied part of the divided Kashmir region, of helping militants launch attacks elsewhere in India and backing the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Having amassed huge arsenals of terror goods from all possible global markets including another fanatic nation Israel, India, however, does not want to resolve the Kashmir issue and make the region tension free.  India possesses more nukes than its military ally Israel.

Pakistan says it only offers diplomatic support to the Muslim people of Kashmir living under what Pakistan says is heavy-handed Indian rule. It denies backing militant attacks in India and the anti-Pakistan statements by India directly and through USA are essentially the rhetoric meant for domestic purposes.

Indian media makes money by churning out anti-Pakistan stuff as a major part of Indian policy.

India needs to know that it cannot continue to be engaged in destabilizing efforts to force Pakistan to automatically support Indian case for Kashmir.

However, New Delhi can make South Asia tension free by granting Kashmiris sovereignty and allowing them to decide their own future.

For this, first India and Pakistan should create soft borders connecting India, Pakistan and Kashmir.

Kashmiris are the real terror victims. India’s occupation forces in Kashmir have murdered over 100, 000 Kashmiri Muslims and yet have no sympathy for them but continue to target them by stage managed fake encounters.

 

 

Whose religion is Islam, anyway?

Whose religion is Islam, anyway? -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal ___________   It may be rather easy and simple for anyone to quickly say that Islam is the religion of Muslims as Christianity for the…

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