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Pak govt carries out revamp of powerful ISI

Press Trust of India, Wednesday August 12, 2009, Islamabad

Pakistan's powerful spy agency ISI has been restructured by the government by weeding out 32 senior officers of the rank of Brigadiers and Colonels in a move to make it trim, a media report said on Wednesday.

The retrenchment exercise in the agency has been carried out to make it "more efficient and vibrant", The News daily claimed, saying that the process will continue for two years.

Thirty-two officers of the rank of Brigadier and Colonel have been retired from the agency and "other officers who have not proved their utility" will be shown the door in months to come, the report said.

The report said the revamp had been undertaken as the spy agency had expanded out of proportion in the recent years and that many of the top-level officers were continuing to serve in the organisation despite attaining super annuation.

The report made it clear there was no pressure for effecting the revamp and the agency would continue to be under the command of the Army.

The report said the restructuring was an effort to bring into the ISI "energetic and more dedicated personnel" who can "live up to the challenges of the modern age".

The powerful spy agency had recently faced flak from the American lawmakers who alleged that ISI was still maintaining contacts with Taliban and other militant organisations, a charge sought to be strongly refuted by the Army.

http://www.ndtv.com/news/world/pak_govt_carries_out_revamp_of_powerful_isi.php

Cong dismisses Chinese comment
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 12
The Congress today dismissed comments posted on the website of a Chinese think-tank about fragmenting India as "paranoid hallucination" of an individual that does not deserve the seriousness of a resurgent India.

"At best, it could be described as the paranoid hallucination of an individual...India is an inclusive democracy, a confident democracy which has got its rightful place in the comity of nations. It does not deserve the seriousness of a resurgent India. It dies not behove of us as a country to take notice of what can best be termed as paranoid hallucinations," party spokesman Manish Tewari told mediapersons.

Tewari said it was the opinion of an individual pointing to what western thinkers had postulated as the theory of Balkanisation of India in 1950s and 1960s. "Over the years, India's democracy has strengthened," he said. Importance should not be given to the opinion of an individual, he added.

Asked if the party was dismissing the threat perception lightly as it had done in years preceding the 1962 war with China when the party was in power, the Congress spokesman said Indian state had a proper threat assessment and it continued to assess it.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090813/nation.htm#3

ITBP team to ski down Everest
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 12
A team of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) embarked on an expedition today to scale Mount Everest and then ski down the icy slopes in an attempt to create a world record to be the first skiers to do so.

The expedition was flagged off by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram here. He termed it as "vital for honing skills in operational preparedness and crucial for survival strategy."

The expedition would be led by Harbhajan Singh, a DIG-level officer and experienced mountaineer. The 28-member team would climb Mount Everest from South Col and scale the 8,850 m (29,035 ft) summit before skiing down to the nearest camp, said Vikram Shirvastava, Director-General of the ITBP.

Special equipment and clothing have been procured by the ITBP for the expedition. Two special helmet mounted video cameras were planned to be used to record the skiing-down event. Professional high-altitude photographers were also being hired to record the event.

"Eight of us are skiers, who will ski down the summit, while the rest of us will clear the garbage left behind by mountaineering teams at high altitudes," said Harbhajan Singh. The team hopes to set up its first base camp at 17,500 feet (5,300 m) by August 26 before starting their month-long expedition.

The team of 28 members has three Everest-scalers, namely Inspector Hira Ram, Constable Pradeep and Constable Pasang T Sherpa, and two international-level skiers, Assistant Commandant Bhag Chand Thakur and Assistant Commandant Nanak Chand Thakur (Olympic skier).

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090813/nation.htm#5

India wary as China conducts biggest "long-range" war games

India's Navy chief says his military is no match for China's growing forces.

By Dan Murphy | Staff writer 08.11.09

Less than a week after India and China held what they described as fruitful talks on a long-standing border dispute, China embarked on a massive war-game designed to improve its ability to dispatch troops over long distances.

Not surprisingly, some in India are concerned.

As China's economy has grown, so has its offensive military capabilities, which has fueled something of an arms race in Asia, particularly with the region's other emerging economic power, India.

As we reported in June, the Indian Ocean � the vital transport hub for the region's goods and energy � will likely become a region of increasing strategic jockeying as the world's two largest countries seek to secure their economic positions. China's approach is dubbed the "String of Pearls" strategy by US military officials.

China and India fought a border war over their poorly demarcated boundary in the Himalayas in 1962, and China has at times since claimed sovereignty over territory that appears to be well on the western side of the border (this map shows the disputed area.)

On Tuesday, China began a series of military maneuvers that it is describing as its "largest-ever tactical military exercise." The war games, called "Stride-2009," will involve 50,000 troops form China's more than 2 million-member standing army, and are designed to help China improve its "long-range force projection" by using high-speed civilian rail and civilian aircraft in rapidly moving troops, according to state news agency, Xinhua.

According to the PLA General Staff Headquarters, in charge of organizing the exercise "Stride-2009," one army division from each of the military commands of Shenyang, Lanzhou, Jinan and Guangzhou, will participate in a series of live-fire drills lasting for two months. Unlike previous annual tactical exercises, the army divisions and their air units will be deployed in unfamiliar areas far from their garrison training bases by civilian rail and air transport.

The exercise will have troops operating from up to 1,000 miles from their home bases. Though China is a vast country with significant internal dissent � rioting by ethnic Uighurs in Urumqi this July (and in Tibet last year) occurred more than 2,000 miles from Beijing � some neighbors fear it is intent on expansion.

The Times of India said strategists have long worried about the possibility that an expanding rail network in China could be used to "enhanc(e) China's military superiority over neighboring India."

On Monday, Indian Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta warned in rather stark terms that China's military is outstripping India's, according to the Hindustan Times. It was an unusually blunt admission:

"In military terms, both conventionally and unconventionally, we can neither have the capability nor the intention to match China force for force…" He said Beijing was in the process of consolidating its comprehensive national power and creating formidable military capability. "Once that is done, China is likely to be more assertive on its claims, especially in the immediate neighbourhood," said Mehta, who as the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, is the country's senior most military commander.

Two months ago, India's former Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major said China was a greater threat to India than Pakistan.

http://features.csmonitor.com/globalnews/2009/08/11/india-wary-as-china-conducts-biggest-long-range-war-games/

Article Points to Risk of Seizure of Pakistani Nuclear Materials

By REUTERS

Published: August 12, 2009

WASHINGTON (Reuters) ― Pakistan's nuclear facilities have come under attack from the Taliban and other groups, and there is a "genuine" risk that militants could seize weapons or bomb-making material, an article published in a West Point research group's newsletter said.

The Combating Terrorism Center, which is housed at the United States Military Academy at West Point, published the article in the July edition of its Sentinel newsletter, copies of which were distributed widely on Tuesday.

The Pentagon, seeking to bolster Pakistan's government in its fight against Al Qaeda and Pakistani Taliban forces, expressed satisfaction with security at the facilities.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are "comfortable with the security measures the Pakistani government, the Pakistani military have in place to ensure that their nuclear arsenal is safeguarded," a Pentagon spokesman, Geoff Morrell, told reporters on Tuesday.

Written by Prof. Shaun Gregory, the director of the Pakistan Security Research Unit at the University of Bradford in Britain, the article described three attacks against Pakistan's nuclear facilities and warned that sites in the country may be vulnerable to infiltration.

"The risk of the transfer of nuclear weapons, weapons components or nuclear expertise to terrorists in Pakistan is genuine," the article said.

The center said the views expressed in the article were those of the author and not those of West Point, the Army or the Defense Department.

American officials say Washington has taken steps to mitigate the risks, by giving Pakistan assistance in checking containers leaving from key ports for radioactive materials, for example.

Professor Gregory wrote that Pakistani forces guarding the facilities undergo a selection process to keep militant sympathizers out. For added protection, warhead cores are separated from their detonators, and those components are kept in underground sites.

About 8,000 to 10,000 members of the Pakistani Army's Strategic Plans Division and other intelligence agencies are involved in providing security and monitoring, he said, citing interviews with Pakistani and French officials.

"Despite these elaborate safeguards, empirical evidence points to a clear set of weaknesses and vulnerabilities in Pakistan's nuclear safety and security arrangements," Professor Gregory wrote.

He cited three attacks ― one on a nuclear missile storage facility in November 2007, one a month later on a nuclear air base, and an August 2008 attack in which Pakistani Taliban suicide bombers blew up several entry points to an armament complex at one of Pakistan's nuclear weapons assembly sites.

An American intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the facilities described by Professor Gregory were large and it was unclear whether the attackers knew what they contained.

"If they were after something specific, or were truly seeking entry, you'd think they might use a different tactic, one that's been employed elsewhere ― such as a bomb followed by a small-arms assault," the official said.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/12/world/asia/12nuke.html

China : Some Plainspeak

The article forming the basis of this story has caused immense amount of debate here, and I guess also in China. It is a realistic scenario, but personally I have reservations about it. The biggest difference between 1962 and today is that both of us have nuclear weapons. While China has the bandwidth to still go ahead and risk a limited nuclear response by India, the provocation will have to be very high. Arunachal has not really been very high on its list of priorities, as it is more interested in the Aksai Chin, from which its land link between Tibet and Xinjinag (spelling?) passes � and it is in control of that territory already. In fact in 1962 China had made an offer that it will give up its claim on Arunachal if India drops its claim to the area in Aksai Chin which was already in Chinese possession and through which it had already built the highway.

My perception and views on the issue may sound a little unpatriotic (and, in fact they are far from that), but I think that we made a very big mistake in not accepting this solution at that time. If you read up on the subject, you discover that the boundary that we very sentimentally defend is actually of rather dubious origin. The areas under dispute were largely uninhabited (like even today) and un-surveyed. The British Indian Government sent some expeditionary and survey missions to mark their territory in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. There was a lot of intrigue and inaccuracy in the delineation, and at that time the main aim of the British was to keep the Russians out of the region. The resultant boundary was changed by the British themselves on numerous occasions over the next 30 years or so. In early 1900s there was a conference at Shimla on the border issue, attended by the representatives of Britain / India, China and Tibet (which was a British protectorate). The British gave out their perception of the boundary at the conference and an agreement (known as the Shimla agreement � NOT to be confused by one with similar name signed between Indira Gandhi and Bhutto after the 1971 war) was signed by all � except China. China's stance was that the issue of the boundary must be settled by agreement of all the parties, and she found the boundary being professed by the British very arbitrary. This is the boundary that we are still holding on to a hundred years later. As for China, the boundary issue was never settled, because it was unilaterally decided by the British and never agreed to by them. In their view, the issue should be settled between the two sovereign entities, independent India and China based on a mutually agreed settlement without any colonial baggage.

In the run up to 1962, China repeatedly tried to settle the dispute by mutual consultation, but our stance was firm � not an inch of our territory will be ceded. Its another issue that thousands of miles of it remains under occupation of Pakistan and China, with very little scope of us being able to reclaim it � particularly with respect to the latter. At that stage, the opinion of the Indian Intelligence and Foreign ministry was that China is too weak and involved in its internal problems to be able to attack us. We therefore got into a territorial chess with China. The troika of Jawaharlal Nehru, Krishna Menon (the defence minister) and Lt Gen BM Kaul (an ambitious general and an old crony of Nehru, who was the Chief of General Staff and generally more powerful than the Chief of Army Staff Gen Thapar) conceived the 'forward policy'. The gist of this was that we go on setting frontier posts in the disputed territory to bolster our claims � prior to that the troops on both sides were deployed way behind, and the disputed area was by and large unheld. This action was initiated sometime in 1959, and was viewed as hostile by China. Between 1959 and 1962, there were many attempts by China to argue for a settlement based on mutual give and take. But our attitude remained - we can have peace as long as you give up your entire claim � on what's in our possession as well as what's in yours. We keep what we have, and also what you presently have � you give it up irrespective.

To make matters worse, the press and the opposition turned the issue into an emotive jingoistic contest, leaving very little room for Nehru to manoeuvre. Nehru did not make matters any better by carrying out diplomacy through the press � his statements of bravado, meant for domestic audiences, were taken as extreme threats and provocation by the Chinese, who took them quite literally. So that is what actually led to the 1962 catastrophe. The Chinese came in from a position of strength owing to the advantage of terrain and road communications on their side of the border in Arunachal, literally overran the unprepared, underequipped and outnumbered Indian troops, and were in a position to threaten the plains of Assam. Then, they unilaterally called a ceasefire and withdrew to their pre war positions. Apparently, the idea was to demonstrate their might, and try and make India come to a negotiated settlement.

The whole point is that we seem to have learnt nothing from history. Why should a neighbour which is definitely stronger negotiate with you from a position of weakness and agree to a settlement which puts it into considerable disadvantage? To India, Aksai Chin is a 'wasteland where not a blade of grass grows' in Nehru's words. To China it is a piece of land providing it a vital link between two of its frontline provinces. Why should they, under any negotiated settlement, give it up to honour our claim over it, a claim which is based on a treaty that they never recognised in the first place? But we are in the Catch 22 situation again. The issue remains emotive, and no government in its right mind could ever dare to suggest the blasphemy of opening our borders to negotiation. In fact even as I type these words I almost feel like a traitor in saying all that I am.

To make matters worse, articles such as these are played up by the media resulting in whipping up more hysteria and jingoism. Probably what is actually required is an exercise by the government to shape the public opinion towards some kind of a negotiated settlement of the boundary dispute with China. In doing so it needs to take the opposition and the media along with it, to avoid the mistakes that were made in 1962. We should not let statements and gestures by both sides aimed at domestic audiences serve to heighten the animosity and drive the two states to into a game of daring each other reach a point of no return once again.

http://sword.hostrator.com/sword/?p=1

Pakistan's search for identity
World propping up a failing State
by B.G. Verghese

GEN Pervez Musharraf, as Pakistan's newest military dictator, stated soon after taking over that if the Kashmir question were ever resolved, Pakistan would have to invent another "Kashmir". He is not the first Pakistani leader to have made such a remark, and Farzana Shaikh explains why in her latest book, "Making Sense of Pakistan" (Hurst Press, London, 2009), one of the most fascinating books written on that unhappy country which has yet to discover its soul. Indians have made the argument before, but it takes courage, insight and integrity for a Pakistani to do so.

In brief, the argument is that the battle for Pakistan was almost entirely fought by the Muslim League in what is now India and that at Independence Jinnah and his cohorts arrived in the new Muslim homeland as "migrants" to take over a country whose people had never truly sought Pakistan and did not fully understand what it was all about. Pakistan, therefore, started with what Shaikh calls a "negative identity" of being assertively not-Indian, reluctant to accept or even repudiating its Indo-Islamic history, syncretic religious tradition, culture and ethos. This hothouse plant obviously had difficulty in taking root, with Mohajirs (refugees) overlording proud Sindhi, Pathan and Baloch ethnic identities that had established traditions, languages and histories of their own.

The binding element came from resort to "Islam", which became the "ideology of Pakistan". By the territorial logic of the two-nation theory, Jammu and Kashmir (being majority Muslim and contiguous) was by definition an integral part of Pakistan (though this would confound the issues of Hyderabad, Junagadh, et al). Yet the two-nation theory was not easily validated in the new homeland, which started out with a 12 per cent minority population and soon had Bangali nationalism trump Islamic nationalism.

There were other contradictions too. Was Pakistan to be an ideologically Islamic state based on the Sharia or a Muslim homeland with a minority population that was to be hostage to India's fair treatment of its residual Muslim population? Having won Pakistan, Jinnah declared on August 12, 1947, that religion was a personal matter and that Muslims and Hindus would be equal citizens of the new state, a view that shocked his following which repudiated the thesis. Jinnah himself backtracked in January 1948 and spoke in favour of an Islamic state based on the Sharia. But then who was a good or true Muslim? When the Ahmediyas were declared a minority, Pakistan's ulema could not define a true Muslim in evidence before the Munir Commission. With Bangladesh's winning independence in 1971, some in West Pakistan felt ideologically liberated, being rid of a somewhat dubious Islamic excrescence. But with the two-nation theory destroyed, the Islamist narrative gained ascendancy.

Shaikh traces the further development of Islamisation. Bhutto was determined to develop an Islamic Bomb that would re-establish parity with India and put Pakistan in a position to claim a certain Islamic leadership. Then Zia-ul-Haq forged a military-mullah alliance to stave off the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy. HUJI's Binori Madarsa in Karachi, LeT's Mudrike seminary and the Lal Masjid and associated Quranic schools in Islamabad were products of this time. Benazir and Nawaz Sharif thereafter variously sought to curry favour with the Islamists in their competition against one another and the military. Pakistan had by now become a pan-Islamic hub of jihadi terror in places as far removed as Chechnya, the Philippines, Bosnia, Xinjiang, the Arab lands and, of course, Kashmir/India.

The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan brought everything together in favour of the Islamists. The US once again adopted Pakistan as a "frontline state" and shut its eyes to proliferation, drug trafficking, the Kalashnikov culture (which it indirectly bankrolled) and Talibanisation by Islamabad, first of the jihadis, who swarmed J&K, and then the "good Muslim" who would fight atheist communism in Afghanistan. Pakistan handed this enterprise to the ISI under men like Hamid Gul and Javed Nasir. Pushtun Afghans were favoured by it against the Tadjik-led Northern Alliance so that Pakistan would gain "strategic depth" against India and inherit its Taliban protégés once the Russians and Americans left as expected. In Pakistan's search for identity territorially as an Islamic "state" and as an Islamic "nation" operating on a wider canvas, "parity" with India in international councils and as a nuclear power and protector played out in the new Great Game to keep India out of Afghanistan where, it was feared, its presence spelt danger to the idea and security of Pakistan. Both its nuclear and Afghanistan policies are designed as Indian equalisers.

Once unleashed, Talibanisation spread back into Pakistan. General Musharraf was forced to change tack after 9/11 and more surely brought to heel in 2002. But despite US pressure, he limited his fight first to Al-Qaeda and then to the Afghan Taliban. Mounting opposition to him at home saw him cosying up to the Islamists and he was instrumental, through the military, in building up the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), a coalition of the religious right, which took office in the NWFP and Balochistan after the 2002 elections, thus paving the way for the Talibanisation of Pakistan which is the monster that is now devouring the state

The Army has not been free of Islamist tendencies as recent conspiracies have shown. Both have fed on one another. The West fears that a failed or Talibanised Pakistan state could enable non-state actors to acquire nuclear wherewithal. Hence, Shaikh believes, the international community is engaged in propping up a failing state and putting a brake on needed political reforms, and thereby buttressing the military, for fear of its consequences. This, at a time when a new civil society in Pakistan ― the media, the artistic community, writers, historians, the legal community and human rights activists ― sees the need to move away from perennial confrontation with India and over Kashmir and return to the country's real roots which lie in its cultural heritage of a syncretic Indian Islam.

Sections of Indian opinion, too, are veering round to a similar view that would reorient Delhi's policies towards Pakistan. This calls for a paradigm shift that we should foster and not repel.

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090813/edit.htm#4

Countering Foreign Sponsored Intrigues

The Future role/relevance of Pakistan and ISI in international / national scenario becomes utmost important for creating stability in the country and guarding national interest. ISI is an important tool in assisting government in protecting national security, integrity and countering covert and overt operations launched by our adversaries. Practically speaking CIA, RAW, RAAM and Mossad are operating in Asia for accomplishments of their nefarious designs and posing constant threat to Pakistan. Pakistan Security Forces and ISI would be playing pivotal role in eliminating foreign sponsored militancy and countering foreign intelligence agencies intrigues in the coming years.

The foreign intelligence agencies are influencing local political groups and leaders for the attainment of their objectives. RAW through RAAM is supporting BLA (Balochistan Liberation Army under the nose of President Karzai In this connection, Brahamdagh Bugti along with other rebellions of Pakistan have been provided shelters by Afghan government. The ISI is very well aware of their means of influencing, operating and launching subversive acts against Pakistan by the troika. Few days' earlier Pak media even mentioned that Afghan Intelligence detachments No.33 are operating against Pakistan. These detachments facilitates India intelligence agency with a elaborated tasks to create instability in Pakistan through distorting political set up, suicidal bombers looting and kidnapping of innocent people.

These anti Pakistan Intelligence agencies have full support of their political tops brass in defaming and tarnishing the image of Pakistani security forces and defaming ISI and its Chief Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha just after the announcement of new strategy on Afghan Issue. At number of occasions three top class American leaders, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Richard Holbrook, Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army General David Petraeus, head of the US Central Command, said that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence service had links to militants on both its western border with Afghanistan and its eastern border with India.

These leaders leveled baseless allegations against Pakistan intelligence agencies while saying that ISI's links specifically to the Al-Qaeda-linked Haqqani militant network to the forces of Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar. On the other hand Obama number of time revealed that his ground forces will not enter into Pakistan territory while chasing the militants. Moreover targets inside Pakistan will be neutralized in collaboration with Islamabad.

The statements of American's leadership and Obama depicting double face since President and his CIA has adopted a new strategy of maligning Pakistan Intelligence agency. The currant Washington stance regarding war on terror gives two results, either president and its government are working in two different directions or tarnishing the image of ISI purposely with a view to weaken Pakistan. In July, 2009 Western and Indian media again made a try of defaming ISI while revealing that ISI Chief Shuja Pasha has summoned his Indian counterpart KC Verma for a meeting through the Indian defence attaché in the Indian High Commission Islamabad. Pakistani authority strongly negated this news and declared it rubbish thrown by foreign media. Basically it was all preemptive launched by India since her political and military leadership knew that Pakistan would be presenting the proofs of Indian involvement in Balochistan and attack on Sri Lanka team on the eve of meeting of Prime Ministers Gillani and Manmohan Sing at Sharmul Sheikh.

President Zaradari, Prime Minister Gillani , General Ashfaq Parwaiz Kyani and ISPR Chief also very clear mentioned at various for a that allegations against the ISI published earlier in a section of the international media New York Times. We all knew that contentions of US officials and Indian political leaderships are totally baseless and mala fide. Now it's the general perception of world masses that the war on terrorism has been forced by US.

The commitment of Pakistan in fighting terrorism can be judged from the sacrifices rendered by its security forces, intelligence organizations and Internally Displaced persons. Pakistan security and intelligence agencies has suffered more losses than American and foreign troops deployed in Afghanistan since 9/11. Pakistan has defeated Swat militancy as result Number of foreign sponsored terrorists like Mulana Fazlullah, Shah Doran, Baitullha Mehsood and Number two of Therikae Taliban Swat along with hundreds of militant either killed or injured.

According to ISPR ,on July 28,2009 Lt General Jonathon Riley, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) deputy commander, called on Corps Commander Lt General Muhammad Masood Aslam at Corps Headquarters and discussed the matter of mutual interests. He also appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Security Forces in elimination of militancy. Later, the ISAF deputy commander visited the Frontier Corps Headquarters where he was given a detailed briefing on the FC's role in assisting the Pakistan Army in the war against terrorism.

It is worth mentioning here that Pakistan security forces are fully determined to eliminate the foreign sponsored terrorism form the country. On August 8, Corps Commander Peshawar Lt General Masood Aslam was briefed at the Circuit House in Swat about the progress of the ongoing military operation "Rah-e-Rast". In-charge of the operation Major General Ashfaq Ahmad and other senior army officials were also present. The corps commander later visited Government Girls' College, Saidu Sharif where he met the students. He asked the students to concentrate on their education. The locals of the area and students ensured their support to the armed forces and admired their role against insurgents. Commander Peshwar Corps appreciated the high moral of the troops operating in the area. I would also like to mention here about the troops of a mechanized Infantry Battalion (The Volunteers). The unit did wonders in elimination of militancy from Swat and Mangora districts. The officers', juniors' commissioned officers and soldiers set the examples of bravery and laid their lives for the motherland. One brilliant officer (Major Ehsan), six soldiers embraced Shahadt and 12 x soldiers received severed injuries during the conduct phase of operation "Rah-e-Rast'. It is worth mentioning here that it's the only unit which cleared Mangora district under the leadership of Lt Col Azhar by carrying out swift actions against anti Pakistan elements. The unit is a renowned segment of Frontier Force Regiment which is famous because of her rich history against India at Siachen and Jalwala Sector (along Indian Border). The unit also displayed an excellent performance during her stay with United Nation Peace keeping Force Mission Kango.

Coming back towards the topic, I would simply say CIA and her supporting agencies are altogether working on some different agenda. American Agency has started playing and bluffing Obama as per her past experience of providing false information to Former President Bush on the issue of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Similar approach is being now adhered in Afghanistan too.

Basically CIA has its own strategy of creating instability in South Asia particularly in Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and Sri Lanka. ISI is one of the strongest and patriotic intuition which is guarding national interests. ISI Probably has translated the actual motive of CIA, RAW and RAAM against Pakistan. Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army General David Petraeus are extensions of former US government, thus statues quos is maintained and no visible change has yet been noticed on ground regarding Afghanistan.

The current wave of terrorism in the country is directly linked with the covert and real strategy of CIA and its sister's organizations against Pakistan. Attacks on Police Training center Manawa & Sri Lankan Team in Lahore, Suicide attack on a mosque in Khyber Agency were carried out just after the conclusion of Swat Pact between government and Sofi Muhammad group (religious leader), unrest of Balochistan and settlement of Chief Justice Problem are clear indication of involvement of India in collaboration with CIA.

On July 30, 2009, raising questions over the success of the Swat military offensive, US Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke has said it is unclear whether the Taliban has really been hit hard in the operation. Talking to media persons after returning from his visit to Pakistan and Afghanistan Holbrooke said that Washington is yet to ascertain whether scores of Taliban insurgents are actually being killed, as claimed by the Pakistan Army. The undermining Pakistani efforts by Holbrooke are not understood and would be termed as mistrusting the main ally of war against terror.

In fact American and Indian probably never liked to have stable Pakistan. Washington and her watch dog desire is to continue with their state's sponsored intrigues in Pakistan. Thus, government, security forces and ISI should devise some measures to consolidate the recent success through gaining the confidence of the locals, prompt rehabilitation of IDPs, induction of unemployed individuals in various provincial and federal departments and ensuring the safety and protection of peaceful people of the area.

http://www.paktribune.com/news/print.php?id=218022

China mobilizes 50,000 troops as part of 'Stride-2009 tactical exercise

Ani

August 12th, 2009

BEIJING - The Chinese Army is on the move. On Tuesday, 50,000 troops were moving at the start of the army's largest-ever tactical event, in which they will be mobilized and transported vast distances across the nation.

The China Daily said that the infantry troops are moving with air force cover across five provinces in 13 days to reach Northeast China.

The latest annual military drill is focused on improving mobility over long distances by using both military and civilian resources, experts told the China Daily.

More than 100 Chinese and foreign journalists were invited to visit a military base on the outskirts of Beijing Tuesday for an inside view of life in the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA).

The army says the drill, codenamed Stride-2009, is not aimed at specific threats. It will continue for two months.

"I think, this time, we will see some real action that displays the army's modernization. Finally, we will see army mobilization on a large scale, similar to what is often seen in Hollywood war movies," Li Xiao, a military fan nicknamed 'Land Tiger' on the online fan club Super Camp.

The drill will be the largest tactical exercise for the PLA since it was established 82 years ago. (ANI)

http://blog.taragana.com/n/china-mobilizes-50000-troops-as-part-of-stride-2009-tactical-exercise-137274/

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