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Dhu'l Qada 11, 1432/October 9, 2011 # 42
Afghanistan: 10th Anniversary of US war. Taliban Victory in
70% of the Country
October 7 brought the war in Afghanistan to 10 years. The
grinding guerrilla fighting continues. In September 2011,
NATO lost 53 killed, mostly Americans, and several hundred
wounded. There were negligible Taliban losses. The US media
completely ignored the loss of 53 elite troops probably
because there are no successes to report.
Western sources say at least 70% of Afghanistan is under
Taliban control and in most provinces Taliban "shadow"
governors have been appointed. One of them was killed early
in October in a NATO attack.
US forces are planning to stay permanently in key cities
while giving up the rest of the country to the Taliban
mujahideen led by Mullah Umar, allied to al-Qaida led by
Please scroll all the way down for more war news usually not
Some think "OCCUPY WALL STREET" is Obama's alternative to
the Tea Party movement. However, the discontent in America
could spark something real here as it spreads to other
cities. Imam Badi's Spotlights do a great job of
highlighting the failure of capitalism.
It's not only CAIR, ISNA and corporate media that are linked
to intelligence agencies; here is one you would not supect
but has been at it for 8 years. Scroll way down.
by Kaukab Siddique
Siraj Wahhaj's latest Tricks: Trying to pose as a defender
Closely linked to governmental group ISNA, he helped put the
Blind Shaikh in Prison for life!
Siraj Wahhaj was invited to the University of Maryland by
Muslims who do not know the real Siraj.
Many Muslims do not know that Siraj Wahhaj has played a
dirty role in the sentencing of Shaykh Omar Abdel Rahman to
life in prison. Siraj lied under oath: as a defense witness,
he went out of way to help the prosecutor and the Zionist
Sir'aj is no imam. His ties with the Zionist power structure
are deep. Here is an eyeopener for innocent Muslims who
invite this central figure of the bootlicker group ISNA.
He boasted to the Wall Street Journal after a paper referred
to his name being placed on a list of "un-indicted
co-conspirators": " I had dinner with Secretary of State
Albright after the list" was published. [Wall Street Journal
October 24, 2003]
This is Clinton's Albright who supported the mass death of
Iraqi children under US sanctions.
Beware of Siraj Wahhaj. Fear Allah and learn more about the
evil Siraj has done. A great scholar is in a US prison cell
owing to this munafiq.
Beautiful article on Palestine by distinguished Muslim
intellectual Jahangir Mohammed in UK. Scroll pl.
Pakistani General Kayani fooled Pakistani politicians again.
Scroll way down.
Muslim woman makes History: Ran 26.2 Miles Marathon in the
Black Hills Sacred to the Native American People.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON LEONARD PELTIER
On October 2, I ran the Crazy Horse Marathon--26.2 miles on
the Michelson Trail in the Paha Sapa (Black Hills) of South
Dakota. The place is sacred to the Lakota ("Sioux" in
Caucasian lexicon) Indians, who enter the depths of its
wilderness on Vision Quest to attain closeness to Wakan
Tanka ("the Creator" or the "Great Maker"). In addition to
their love for- and religious devotion to the Paha Sapa, the
Lakota have the absolute right to the land under the 1868
Fort Laramie Treaty--a treaty with the U.S. government
which, unlike many others was never abridged, abrogated, or
challenged by the U.S.
Leading up to the race, I wondered if it were even
appropriate to run through the Lakota equivalent of the
Harmain (the Ka'aba in Mecca, sacred to Muslims). The mixed
feelings were compounded by the fact that the race was
renowned for its start at the Crazy Horse Memorial, where
the infamous carving by Polish sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski,
stood out like a sore thumb in the midst of the stark
natural beauty of the mountains--an affront to many Lakota.
So, I wrote this to Russell Means (and similar letters to
other Native leaders):
Despite the magnetic pull the Black Hills held for me, I
felt I could not run the marathon as just another trivial
athletic endeavor (whatever its physical challenge), and
decided almost immediately that the only way I could do it
was as a dedication to Leonard Peltier, whose innocence I
(along with 55 members of the U.S. Congress, many Nobel
Prize holders, and people of conscience around the world) am
absolutely convinced of.
Leonard, a leader of the American Indian Movement--a man who
always stood up for the rights of Native people and was
well-known for his stance against the corrupt Bureau of
Indian Affairs administering the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation at the time--is serving two life terms for the
putative murders of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian
Reservation in June of 1975. Despite the fact that the
ballistics evidence clearly showed that he could not have
committed the murder, he was convicted on the false
testimony of a single coerced witness, Myrtle Poor Bear.
2011 marks Leonard's 33rd year in federal prison for a crime
he did not commit. The Jericho Movement and a broad range of
other groups is calling for his freedom.
Since the powers that be have clearly written Leonard off,
and wish for him to be buried alive, one of the few
remaining avenues available to free him is clemency. Please
sign this petition for petition as I have, and encourage
others to do the same, so that Leonard may at long last be
free (DEADLINE IS OCTOBER 15, 2011):
[What was she thinking as she ran? Here is her comment from
"Performed dhikr and made du'a (supplication) for Leonard
Peltier's freedom in the majesty of the Paha Sapa (Black
Hills) for the 26.2 miles of the Crazy Horse Marathon. Also
for Dr. Omar Abdel Rahman, Imam Jamil Al-Amin,
Ahmad Abdel Sattar
, and Sekou Odinga. They are all political prisoners,
and at least praying for them is not illegal."
-- Nadrat Siddique [October 2, 2011]
Greetings to Imam Jamil Abdullah al-Amin
"The mission of a believer in Islam is totally different
from coexisting or being a part of the system. The
prevailing morals are wrong. Their ethics are wrong.
[Modern] Western philosophy...has reduced man to food,
clothing, shelter, and the sex drive, which means he doesn't
have a spirit. In Islam, we're not talking about getting the
poor to vote. We're not talking about empowering poor people
with money. We're talking about overturning that whole
thing, man..." -Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly known
as H. Rap Brown). Happy birthday, Imam Jamil, and may
justice set you free in 2012!
(From Sis. Safiyyah Abdullah as sent by Nadrat Siddique from
Thinking of "Occupy Wall Street"
Spotlights by Imam Badi Ali, JAM Shoora, NC
Capitalism is a huge demon with a beautiful
mask and a big mouth. What you feed it is never enough.
Capitalism is slavery in a modern form.
Like any other trap, capitalism is easy to get
into but hard to get out of.
If you still like capitalism, try missing a
couple of house payments.
Capitalism exists because the people do not
know the just Islamic system. Try the Islamic system of
Everyone is making a profit, be it businesses,
entertainment or the courts. Only the poor suffer as the
drive for profits goes on.
Capitalism is the tool of the oppressors
whipping the oppressed.
Even women are part of the capitalistic slave
trade. The victims range from 10 years to 80 years.
The Honor of the Prophet, pbuh, is the Foundation of
Tyrant Killed by Pious Muslim who is now sentenced to
Qadri facing execution but Raymond Davis killed 3 &
by Shamsuddin Amjad
[Salman Taseer, the Governor of Punjab, tried to amend the
Blasphemy Law, thus opening up the way to undermine Islam.
Pakistan is founded on the love, respect and honor of the
Prophet, pbuh, and cannot accept blasphemy. Taseer was
killed by Mumtaz Qadri, a pious Muslim. Thus the conflict
between the clique in power and the masses became apparent.
Now Mumtaz Qadri has been sentenced to death. Here is the
Islamic response - editor.]
LAHORE, Oct. 5: An all parties conference of Islamic
movements in the Punjab capital on Wednesday termed the
death sentence for Punjab Governor Salman Taseer's killer
Mumtaz Qadri as biased besides being in conflict with Islam
and the country's constitution.
A declaration unanimously adopted at the moot chaired by the
JUP chief Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair demanded
immediate dismissal of the Rawalpindi judge who pronounced a
biased judgment, and announced a countrywide protest on
October 7 against that.
The conference also announced immediate revival of the
Steering Committee of the Tehrik e Namoos e Risalat
[Movement for the defense of the Honor of the Prophet, pbuh]
for deciding the future line of action.
The Jamaat e Islami chief, Syed Munawar Hasan, said the
secular forces in the country have been defeated and Salman
Taseer's killer Mumtaz Qadri was the hero of 90 per cent of
Pakistanis despite unholy efforts from certain quarters to
make the Blasphemy Law controversial.
He said that the judge who announced death sentence for
Mumtaz Qadri had violated not only the Shariah law but also
the country's constitution. The constitution clearly spelt
out the Quran and the Sunnah as the supreme law of the land
under which blasphemy of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) was
punishable by death.
The JI chief said that a complete unity of the Islam loving
forces was inevitable to preserve the Islamic character of
the country and to foil the unholy colonial agenda .
He said that Mumtaz Qadri was a hero not only for the
Pakistani nation but also for the entire Ummah as he put to
death the man who expressed his designs to undo the
Blasphemy Law taking undue advantage of his high office as
Governor, he said. The court order showed that the law of
the land provided protection to a blasphemer and not to
those who love the Holy Prophet, he added.
Syed Munawar Hasan said that the secular elements in the
government and the media desired to undo the Islamic values
and norms of the country in order to convert it into a
value free society.
Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair, in his presidential
address, said that the rulers had pronounced death sentence
to the assassin of a blasphemer in clear violation of the
injunctions of the Holy Quran and the Sunnah.
He pointed out that the CIA agent Raymond Davis who killed
three innocent citizens had been released and sent home with
protocol but the killer of a blasphemer had been sentenced
Jamaat Al-Dawa chief, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, JUI(F) Secretary
General Senator Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, JI's Liaqat
Baloch, Jamiat e Ahle Hadith's Rana Shafiq Pasroori, Al
Dawa's Maulana Amir Hamza, Tehrik e Islami's Hafiz Kazim
Raza, Tanzeem e Islami's Hafiz Aakif Saeed, Allama Ahmed Ali
Kasuri, JUI's Maulana Amjad Khan, Jamiat e Ulema, e
Pakistan's chief Maulana Abdul Malik, JUI(S)'s Abdur Rauf
Farooqi, and Qari Zawar Bahadur also addressed the
Speaking on the occasion, JI Secretary general, Liaqat
Baloch, said that Salman Taseer was representing the secular
forces and had been striving for an amendment in the
Blasphemy law. He said the trial court verdict was against
the sentiments of the people of the country.
Mumtaz Qadri hailed as Hero of Islamic Pakistan.
by Shamsuddin Amjad
[Photo inset: Jamaate Islami leader Muhammad Hussain Mehnati
addressing the crowd in Karachi.]
LAHORE, Oct. 7: Countrywide protest was held on Friday on
the appeal of the Tahafuz e Namoos e Risalat, against the
death sentence announced to former Punjab Governor Salman
Taseer's killer, Mumtaz Qadri.
Ulema and Khateebs in their Friday addresses at mosques
condemned the ATC verdict for being in conflict with the
constitution as also the Holy Quran and the Sunnah and
demanded suspension of the sentence and immediate release of
Mumtaz Qadri. Thy also demanded dismissal of the trial judge
and vowed to continue their movement till Mumtaz Qadri's
Demonstrations were held outside mosques and at different
Press Clubs and were addressed by representatives of
different religious and political personalities.
In the Punjab capital, the Jamaat e Islami held a
demonstration at Multan Road near Mansoora. JI Secretary
General Liaqat Baloch, while addressing the people, said
that Mumtaz Qadri had opted for the path of Ghazi Ilmud Din
and he did not deserve conviction.
He counseled the people in power to correct themselves. He
also advised the tiny secular lobby in the country not to
play with the religious sentiments of the masses.
Liaqat Baloch said the US, the Pope at Vatican and the
foreign funded NGOs had been pressurizing President Zardari
to amend the Blasphemy law but the Pakistani people had
foiled the conspiracy.
JI deputy Secretary General Farid Ahmed Piracha, while
speaking on the occasion, said that CIA operative Raymond
Davis who was the killer of three Pakistanis had been handed
over to the US. Similarly, Ajmal Pahari who had committed
one hundred murders, had not been given death sentence.
Therefore, he said, the ATC verdict against Mumtaz Qadri was
Jamiat e Ittehadul Ulema Pakistan chief and eminent
religious scholar Maulana Abdul Malik, while addressing
Friday congregation at Mansoora mosque, said that the
constitution provided death sentence for blasphemy of the
Holy Prophet (PBUH) whereas Salman Taseer had publicly
promised clemency for Asiya Masih, a convict in blasphemy
Maulana Abdul Malik said that the Noble Prophet had pardoned
many people in his life time but nobody involved in
blasphemy was forgiven. As such, Salman Taseer deserved
death sentence and Mumtaz Qadri got this honour.
Maulana Abdul Malik said that the ATC judge holding the
trial had no knowledge of the Qur'an and the Sunnah.
Accordingly, about forty religious parties at their joint
sitting on Thursday, had rejected the court decision.
In Islamabad, a big rally was held at Aab Para chowk.
Addressing the rally, deputy chief, JI, Punjab Mian Muhammad
Aslam, JUP's Hamid Raza Bhatti, Ahle Hadith leader Maulana
Abdul Aziz and Islamabad Trader Ittehad's Kashif Chaudhary
demanded suspension of Mumtaz Qadri's sentence and his
immediate release. A protest rally was also held outside the
Rawalpindi Press Club.
In Karachi, a demonstration was held outside the Masjid e
Khizra. JI Karachi chief, Muhammad Husain Mehnati, JUP's
Siddique Rathore, JUI(S)'s Mufti Usman Yar , while
addressing the rally, termed Mumtaz Qadri's conviction as
In Multan, a protest rally was held at Clock Tower and was
addressed by JI's Aziz Latif,
JUP vice President Mufti Hidayatullah Qasuri, JUI's Syed
Khurshid Abbas Gardezo, Ahle Hadith leader Maulana Abdur
Rahim, Tehrik e Insaf's Major (rtd) Mujib Ahmed and Jamaat
Al Dawa's Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar and traders
Also, the efforts of Sunni Ittehad Council.
Demonstrations in Support of Qadri who killed the Tyrant
October 7: Following the appeal of the Sunni Unity Council,
shut down strikes and demonstrations were held in various
Pakistani cities to protest the death sentence on Mumtaz
Qadri announced by a secular court. In Karachi, along with
the protests there was scattered violence. In Lahore,
several areas were closed down. In Khairpur, crowds rallied
in support of Mumtaz Qadri.
In Mirpurkhas, there was a complete strike in all business
areas. In Rawalpindi angry crowds rallied and threw stones
to stop the flow of traffic. In the mountain resort of
Murree, shops closed down in support of the Sunni Unity
Council's appeal. [From Khabrain, Urdu language
Major new demonstrations in Yemen: October 7
Large crowds gathered in San'a and Taiz to call for the
ouster of President Saleh. Looks like his end is near.
Al Islah led by Shaykh Zindani, a major component in the
Yemen uprising, which has been joined by the 1st Armored
Division, which defected from the Yemeni army, is seen by
Yemeni observers as strongly pro-al-Qaida. In addition, the
Shar'iah movement, linked to al-Qaida has taken over Abyan
provinces including the city of Zinjibar. Yemeni military is
trying to take it back with the help of US drones.
In an attack on October 5, in Abyan province, US drones
killed 9 al-Qaida fighters including 2 Pakistanis and a
Photo from Yemen Online shows Islamic fighters linked to
al-Qaida with a preacher urging Jihad.
Al Qaeda group in Yemen remains threat to U.S.
Despite the drone-launched missile strike that killed Anwar
Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric, the Al Qaeda
affiliate in Yemen remains a significant terrorism threat to
the United States, according to Obama administration
"Awlaki's death last week is a major blow" to Al Qaeda in
the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, Matthew Olsen, head of the
National Counterterrorism Center, which coordinates
terrorism information across the government, told a House
intelligence committee hearing Thursday.
"But it does not end the threat from AQAP," he added. "We
remain concerned about the group's intent to attack Western
targets as well as its propaganda efforts designed to
inspire like-minded Western extremists."
The Al Qaeda franchise's role in several high-profile plots,
including the failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound
airliner on Christmas Day 2009, and another attempt to blow
up cargo planes headed to U.S. cities in October 2010,
"demonstrate that AQAP is a determined enemy and that it is
capable of adjusting its tactics to achieve its goals,"
FBI Director Robert Mueller said AQAP "has proven its
capability to direct attacks into the United States. And a
strike against its leadership -- even a significant one --
does not eliminate the potential for retaliation or other
action" by the group.
In response to a question, Mueller said Awlaki's death does
not lower U.S. concerns about signs of cooperation between
AQAP and al Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked group battling for
control of Somalia.
LA Times via Yemen Online
Al-Jazeera Director Resigns After Ties to US Intelligence
The Associated Press
The Al-Jazeera satellite TV channel has announced Tuesday
that its director has stepped down after serving the network
for eight years. Wadah Khanfar's resignation follows release
of documents by Wikileaks, purporting to show he had close
ties with the U.S. and agreed to remove some content in
response to American objections. The leaked 2010 U.S.
diplomatic cable indicated that Khanfar was in constant
contact with the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency,
responding to U.S. complaints of negative coverage and
promising to tone down items on the station's website.
Time for Muslims to veto the United States.
Director Centre for Muslim Affairs
After the last few weeks there should no longer be any doubt
that the Muslim world needs to rid itself of American
presence and interference in Muslim lands. There can be no
freedom, self-determination or independence in these lands
unless that happens.
The United States veto of the Palestinian efforts at
recognition in the United Nations, the decision to withdraw
aid for Palestinians, as well as continued US military
presence, repeated drone attacks and assassination of
Muslims without charge or trial in Muslim lands, is surely
compelling evidence that its time for a different approach.
Change happens when the majority of people develop a common
understanding of their situation and decide collectively to
do something about it. The revolutionary movements (not
yet revolutions) in the Arab world this year, are the
product not just of face book (this was just a vehicle for
change), but also of decades of Islamic activism, and
challenge to dictatorship and oppression. Small and gradual
changes over time produce bigger change. This activism
helped produce a common understanding of the nature of these
regimes, leading eventually to these uprisings. We must
never forget the many Islamic activists and their families
who have been persecuted, imprisoned, or killed for exposing
and standing up to these regimes.
However, there will be no revolutions in the Muslim world
unless and until the Muslim masses understand that their
struggle is not just against their own dictators. These
dictators are just the local proxies of the United States
and the West. To produce revolutionary change requires
Muslim masses first to understand that their real struggle
is against western presence and interference in Muslim
lands, and then to do something about it. In both Egypt and
Libya we have seen that removing a Western backed dictator
does not equate to removing Western presence and
interference. Nor will it lead to freedom and independence.
Nowhere is this relationship between the West and United
States becoming clearer than in occupied Palestine. For
over 60 years now the Palestinian leadership have been
struggling to persuade the West and the United Nations of
the just nature of their cause. The Palestinian Authority
accepted the United Sates and Britain as impartial
mediators, even prepared to accept what amounts to a tiny
parcel of land of what was once Palestine. Yet from 1949
-2010 the United States has supplied $106BN of assistance,
mostly military, to Israel. This does not include special
military assistance on occasions and for joint military
projects. Moreover, the economic assistance is provided on
more favourable terms than other countries and not to
programmes but direct to the Israeli government. This
support has continued even when the Israelis have been
massacring Palestinians and Muslims in both Palestine and
Anyone with sense can conclude from this, that the
Palestinian struggle is not just against Israel, but the
United States in particular, and other Western nations that
support it. Yet the Palestinian leadership has treated
this as a local struggle and the US as their friend. If
someone aids and abets your enemy in every conceivable way
for over 60 years, it is an act of gross stupidity to
consider them your friends and as a solution to your
problems. Recognising your enemy is an essential step to
putting an end to your misery. That is why the Quran goes
into so much detail about the threats and enemies Muslims
and humanity are likely to face in this world, and how to
deal with them.
So when the US threatens to veto even the tabling of a call
for recognition of a Palestinian State, and most of the non
-Western nations support it, and almost all the Western
nations oppose it, or abstain, its time to realise who your
struggle is really against? The United States did not even
float the idea of a Palestinian State for the first time
until after 911 in the June 2002 speech of George Bush.
Even then it laid down so many pre-conditions that it made
it virtually impossible to achieve.
Instead of Muslims running to the UN, and, the United States
threatening to veto, it should be Muslims who should be
vetoing the United States. Every penny that Muslims spend
in trade or investment with the United States simply
prolongs our suffering. Instead of our leaders and scholars
pleading for justice with the leaders of Western nations,
they should be addressing and mobilising the Muslim masses
in a global resistance movement against the United States.
They should be calling for the masses to make it difficult
for American companies to do business in any part of the
Muslim world, not through violence but through legitimate
protest, boycott and other means of civil mobilisation and
resistance. This would have a major impact. The American
economy is already collapsing. Muslim masses could hasten
this decline, and as the American people realise that their
regimes policies are making them suffer, they will rise up
against their own government and the State of Israel, and
force change. It is this global resistance against the US
and capitalism, inspired by Muslims, rather than elections
or lobbying that will bring about revolution and change not
just in the Muslim world but in the West too.
The despots of the Muslim world will not support such calls
against the US, but the global Muslim Ummah of two billion
people will. Our scholars and leaders of movements need to
learn to address them not Western instruments of power. It
was to them we should always have turned. In one of his
last commands to Muslims before he passed away the Prophet
Muhammad (saw) asked the believers to " Expel the
Mushrikeen[i] from Jazeera ut- al Arab" ( the Arabian
peninsula, extends all the way to Syria). This order
remains to be fulfilled even today. Revolutions first occur
in the mind before they can be established on the ground.
Its time for a change in mindset and strategy.
[i] NB The definition of Mushrikeen does not equate to
ordinary people or Christians and Jews. It means those who
subscribe to other than the authority and power of Allah
(swt) and try to impose it on Muslims or mobilise against
them (whether they are Muslim or non-Muslim).
Jahangir Mohammed, is Director of the Centre for Muslim
Affairs, an independent think tank on Muslim Affairs,
established in 1997, and based in UK. The centre provides
independent political analysis, thinking on Muslim affairs
here and overseas. It also does research and project
Jahangir was the late Dr, Kalim Siddiqui's Deputy as Leader
of the Original Muslim Parliament established in 1992,
(right up until Dr. Kalim passed away) and was responsible
for most of its strategy, research and development of
projects. The original Muslim Parliament collapsed in 1997
and no longer exists, and the Centre for Muslim Affairs was
He has been a leading advocate of revolutionary change in
the Muslim world since the early 1990's. Something he has
always encouraged and predicted would eventually happen.
He is a writer, thinker and activist and a popular public
speaker at events around the country and in the media.
He is the author of numerous works including:-
"Race Relations and Muslims in Britain" in 1992
"The Home Office Strategy for Islam and Muslims in Britain"
"The Final Crusade against Islam: 911 and the challenge for
the Muslim Ummah" 2002
"Good Muslim Bad Muslim" (an analysis of the UK Governments
Prevent Strategy) July 2011
His articles are distributed, translated and published
around the world.
General Kayani fooled Pakistani Politicians Again. Wants to
New Trend analysis
General Kayani and his military disinformation service once
again proved that Pakistani politicians are no match for the
military even in politics.
The US claimed that Pakistani intelligence, ISI, is in
cahoots with the Haqqani "network" and that America would
intervene militarily to take out the Haqqani fighters
located in Pakistan's North Waziristan.
The Kayani army rang all the alarm bells and claimed that it
was mobilizing to ostensibly defend Pakistan against the US.
[Please don't laugh.]
The politicians took the bait and suspended all their
anti-government activities to gather in Islamabad for an All
Parties Conference [APC]. The meeting concluded with the
announcent that everyone, from Zardari to Kayani to Gilani
is ready to defend Pakistan.
The wind of all this agitation was taken out by Siraj
Haqqani's leadership which told international news agencies
that Haqqani's mujahideen are NOT in North Waziristan but in
liberated territory in Afghanistan, all under the leadership
of Mullah Umar.
After two weeks of disinformation, the Paki regime is now
admitting that relations with the US are back to "almost"
General [retired] Aslam Baig explains Murders
Aslam Baig is known as a patriot and has the confidence of
many Pakistanis. He has given a revealing interview to an
Urdu language TV channel which helps us to understand
Pakistan's inner problems and evils. Here are his main
Richard Armitage, key official in the Bush
administration, visited Baig at his HOME in February this
year and persuaded him to create an opening for talks with
"moderate" Taliban. As a result, Khalid Khawaja and Colonel
Imam set off into the mountains for this "talks" opening
[which would divide the Taliban].
On the way, they were intercepted by Pakistani Taliban.
Colonel Imam had been in the meeting with Armitage; hence
both were seen as CIA agents and executed by a character
known as Usman Punjabi. Perhaps he was a rogue element and
went beyond his orders and was therefore himself
General Baig seems to both detest and admire the
Pakistani Taliban. He blamed the Pakistani military for
killing the top leaders of the Pak Taliban, first Naik
Muhammad and then Baitullah Mehsud.
General Baig said that Pakistan has used jet fighters,
helicopters, tanks and heavy artillery against the Pak
Taliban. They do not have such weapons, so they retaliate
with martyrdom operations and truck bombs, he said.
According to Baig, there is NO SUCH THING as the "haqqani
network" which USA talks about. The forces under the command
of Jalaluddin Haqqani and now under Siraj Haqqani are under
the overall leadership of Mullah Umar. The Taliban in
Afghanistan, he said, are very united and this unity has not
America is not satisfied with the support it gets from
the Pakistani military and civilian government, he said. It
wants total control and micro-management. Hence it was
planning "regime change" and this was why MQM [the fascist
party in Karachi] withdrew from its alliance with Zardari's
PPP government. An MQM led "agitation" was planned by the
US. It failed miserably.
Zardari panicked when he learned that the US wanted to
get rid of him. So he curried favor with China, Iran and
Russia. Now that things have returned to normal, because MQM
failed to destabilize the country, USA is going to continue
with Zardari and MQM has returned to its unity with the
Here is the link for General Baig's interview for readers
who know Urdu:
2011-10-11 Tue 18:43:11 cdt