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Vijay Mallya's website hacked by 'Pak Cyber Army' 
Press Trust of India, Updated: August 15, 2010 21:12 IST Ads by Google  Luxury Home Doors Windows – European Quality. Made for India. India's #1 Window & Door Company  www.Fenesta.com  PLAYClick to Expand & Play New Delhi:  Rajya Sabha member and industrialist Vijay Mallya's personal website has been hacked allegedly by Pakistani hackers with "dire" threats that India's cyber space was not secured being posted on it.  The liqour baron's spokesperson Prakash Mirpuri said today that a complaint in this regard would be lodged with the city police tomorrow. A PakistanI flag was also depicted on the website of the chief of Kingfisher Airlines.  "Dr Mallya's website www.mallyainparliament.com has been hacked and the Pakistani flag has been placed with a dire message from an organisation known as the Pakistan Cyber Army," the spokesperson said.  "A police complaint will be filed with the Cyber Crime as soon as the (Cyber) cell opens on Monday," he added.     Mallya said he was shocked at the defacement of his website.  "This morning when I went into my site, I was utterly shocked to see the Pakistani flag and the message," he said, adding "what was more shocking to me was to see that it was done by some Pakistani outfit."  Mallya said he will report the incident to the Union Government tomorrow.  The defaced site says 'Feel the Pakistan' with danger signs and adds that 'we are sleeping, not dead'  "This is a payback from Pak Cyber Army in return to the defacements of Pakistani sites ! You are playing with fire!, This is not a game kids. We are warning you one last time, don't think that you are secure in this Cyber Space We will turn your Cyber Space into Hell," the site says.          'And make sure that you have someone to Cry Over because we gona literally throw you in the deep sea, Will revenge! if any pakistani site Hacked by Indian's!' the damaged site adds.  A cyber expert says that ahead of Independence celebrations, cyber attacks on the websites of both India and Pakistan are usually noticed.  "Some websites belonging to Pakistan get defaced while some sites of India get hacked. The hackers leave their mark to show their strength. Moreover, they target well known websites so that the hackers get huge publicity," Cyber Expert Vijay Mukhi said.









Mumbai: Cops, jawans engage in fist fight
  Mid-Day.com, Updated: August 14, 2010 23:17 IST Ads by Google  Luxury Home Doors Windows – European Quality. Made for India. India's #1 Window & Door Company  www.Fenesta.com  Mumbai:  Passersby watched in horror as fisticuffs and abuses rent the air on P D'mello Road in Mumbai on Friday morning. The two groups of men in khaki were engaged in a bitter fight.  While one team comprised the city police and traffic constables, the other was of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawans.  Traffic constables Pramod Tawde, Sanjay Patil and Seelu Tahide were on duty on P D'mello Road and two CISF constables were manning the perpendicular alley leading to the Mumbai Port Trust's Orange Gate.  That's when a pow-wow ensued over the long queue of trucks awaiting entry to the port, spilling onto the main road, disrupting traffic on P D'mello Road  The minor argument soon snowballed into a scuffle.  "That's when the CISF jawans got into the port gates and called their men," said a source who did not wish to be named. The traffic constables called for help from the police control room.  And the busy spot on P D'mello Road was transformed into a battleground with punches in the air and a barrage of abuses thrown in for good measure.  Police constable Chandrakant Shelar, who reached the spot, said, "I was trying to separate the warring parties when the CISF constables assaulted me."  Shelar is a complainant in a case registered at Sewri police station. Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) Nandkumar Chougle said, "It's the height of hooliganism.  We too are a part of the police force, never behave in an unruly manner. The CISF constables, led by their Assistant Commandant Alok Joshi, beat up our constable brutally."  Senior Police Inspector Rajan Wagle said, "We have registered a case under various sections like rioting, abduction, criminal intimidation.  So far, no arrests have been made as investigations are on."  CISF Commandant Vinay Kajla said, "For now, we do not want to comment. Our investigation is on and we will soon present our side."










U.S.-China Conflict: From War Of Words To Talk Of War Part I
 by Rick Rozoff        Global Research, August 15, 2010          Relations between the U.S. and China have been steadily deteriorating since the beginning of the year when Washington confirmed the completion of a $6.4 billion arms deal with Taiwan and China suspended military-to-military ties with the U.S. in response.  In January the Chinese Defense Ministry announced the cessation of military exchanges between the two countries and the Foreign Ministry warned of enforcing sanctions against American companies involved with weapons sales to Taiwan.  The Washington Post reported afterward that during a two-day Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing this May attended by approximately 65 U.S. officials, Rear Admiral Guan Youfei of the People's Liberation Army accused Washington of "plotting to encircle China with strategic alliances" and said arms deals with Taiwan "prove that the United States views China as an enemy." [1]  During the 9th Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue conference) in Singapore in early June a rancorous exchange occurred between U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Major General Zhu Chenghu, director of China's National Defense University. The Chinese official lambasted the U.S. over more than $12 billion in proposed arms transactions with Taiwan in the past two years, stating they were designed to prevent the reunification of China.  The preceding week China had rebuffed Gates' request to visit Beijing after the Singapore summit.  At that conference Gates spoke of "our collective responsibility to protect the peace and reinforce stability in Asia" in reference to the sinking of the South Korean corvette the Cheonan in late March.  Major General Zhu reacted by casting doubts on the U.S. account of the ship's sinking and indicated that "America’s stance over the Cheonan was hypocritical given its failure to condemn the Israeli commando raid on a flotilla of ships carrying supplies to Gaza on May 31, which resulted in the death of nine activists." He also warned that the latest Taiwan arms package threatened China's “core interests.” [2]  At the same event, General Ma Xiaotian, deputy head of the People's Liberation Army General Staff Department, itemized obstacles to the resumption of U.S.-China military relations, including Washington providing weapons to Taiwan and "frequent espionage activities by US ships and aircraft in the waters and airspace of China's exclusive economic zones." [3]  Matters went from bad to worse after Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited South Korea in late July, accompanied by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen and Admiral Robert Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, and on July 20 Gates, Mullen and Willard announced the U.S. would conduct a series of war games with South Korea in the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan.  The first such exercise, the four-day Invincible Spirit naval maneuvers, started on July 25 and was led by the USS George Washington Carrier Strike Group, named after the 97,000-ton nuclear-powered supercarrier at its core, and involved 8,000 military personnel, 20 warships and 200 warplanes, including F-22 Raptor fifth generation stealth fighters, deployed to the region for the first time. Shifted from the Yellow Sea, which borders the Chinese mainland, to the Sea of Japan (on which Russia has a coastline) at the last moment, the drills nevertheless antagonized China and were transparently intended to produce that effect.     While in South Korea five days before the naval exercises began, Admiral Willard - head of the largest U.S. overseas military command, Pacific Command - announced that future war games of comparable scope would be held in the Yellow Sea, where China has an extensive coastline and claims a 200-mile exclusive economic zone. (For a map of the Yellow Sea, see:
http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/infopage/yellowsea.htm )  Joining a chorus of major U.S. military and civilian officials making statements that could only be intended to taunt China, "Willard said he is not concerned about China’s feeling about U.S.-South Korean naval exercises in that area."  In his own words, "If I have a concern vis-a-vis China it’s that China exert itself to influence Pyongyang to see that incidents like Cheonan don’t occur in the future.” [4]  His comment is entirely in line with others issued before and afterward.  During the Group of 20 (G20) summit in Toronto on June 27 U.S. President Barack Obama held a "blunt" conversation with Chinese President Hu Jintao and accused him of “willful blindness” in relation to the Cheonan incident. [5]  In mid-July Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell dismissed and belittled China's concerns over not only large-scale but ongoing U.S. naval exercises on both sides of the Korean Peninsula by stating, “Those determinations are made by us, and us alone....Where we exercise, when we exercise, with whom and how, using what assets and so forth, are determinations that are made by the United States Navy, by the Department of Defense, by the United States government.” [6] On August 6 Morrell confirmed that U.S. warships will lead exercises in the Yellow Sea in the near future.  Shortly afterward, while preparing to leave for South Korea, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen said, "the Yellow Sea specifically is an international body of water and the United States, you know, always reserves the right to operate in those international waters. That’s what those are. Certainly, you know, I hear what the Chinese are saying with respect to that, but in fact we’ve exercised in the Yellow Sea for a long time and I fully expect that we’ll do so in the future." [7]  On July 21 Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, who had recently returned from visits to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and Japan, spoke at the Nixon Center in Washington, D.C., and in addition to speaking of "our traditional alliances with Japan, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, and the Philippines," stated:  "I think the most important [problem with bilateral relations] is the continued unwillingness of China to deepen the mil-to-mil engagement between the United States and China.  "At the same time, so that there is no mistake about our intentions, we made clear that we will exercise when and where we want to when we need to consistent with international law. And that, as I’ve said, we’ve clearly indicated in the past. We’ve exercised in the Yellow Sea. We will exercise in the Yellow Sea again."     To rub the salt deeper into the wound, he added: "We do not consult with China on Taiwan arms sales. We make a judgment based on what we believe are the legitimate defensive needs of Taiwan for arms sales." [8]  While in South Korea last month for the first "two plus two" meetings between the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense and South Korean counterparts "to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War," [9] Hillary Clinton and Pentagon chief Robert Gates visited the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, still technically at war, to "show solidarity with their allies in Seoul." [10]   The following day Clinton arrived in the capital of Vietnam for the 17th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum and a U.S.-ASEAN post-ministerial meeting on July 23 and 22, respectively. While in Hanoi she spoke of territorial disputes over the Spratly and Paracel island chains between China on one hand and Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines (the last four members of ASEAN) on the other.  On July 23, in a blunt reference to China, she said that the U.S. “has a national interest in freedom of navigation, open access to Asia’s maritime commons, and respect for international law in the South China Sea,” where the islands are located, and that “We oppose the use or threat of force by any claimant,” as "America’s future is intimately tied to that of the Asia-Pacific.” [11]  Clinton formally initiated a campaign to recruit the ten members of ASEAN - Vietnam, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand - into a rapidly evolving Asian NATO aimed against China.  After seven months of unrelenting challenges to China, when it appeared that enough gratuitous insults and mounting threats had already been issued, the USS George Washington aircraft carrier arrived in the Sea of Japan on July 25.  Three years before, the U.S. Defense Department released a report on China which claimed it was "pursuing long-term, comprehensive transformation of its military forces to enable it to project power and deny other countries the ability to threaten it." [12]  Proceeding from that perspective, Washington is ensuring that China will be so thoroughly boxed in by U.S. warships, submarines, interceptor missile systems and advanced deep penetrating stealth bombers - and a ring of U.S. military client states ready to host American ships, planes, troops, missile shield installations and bases - that it indeed will not be able to protect itself from the threat of attack.  Eleven days after the completion of the U.S.-South Korean naval exercises in the Sea of Japan, the U.S. Seventh Fleet began a weeklong series of naval maneuvers with Vietnam, the first-ever such joint exercises.  USS George Washington, fresh from the recently concluded naval war games with South Korea, arrived in the South China Sea for the occasion.  "The formidable USS George Washington is a permanent presence in the Pacific, based in Japan. As one of the world's biggest warships, it is a floating city that can carry up to 70 aircraft, more than 5,000 sailors and aviators and about 4 million pounds (1.8 million kilograms) of bombs. It lurked Sunday [August 8] about 200 miles (320 kilometers) off the central coast of Danang, Vietnam's jumping-off point for the disputed [Spratly and Paracel] islands."   Captain Ross Myers, commander of the George Washington's air wing, was quoted echoing Clinton's earlier assertion that "The strategic implications and importance of the waters of the South China Sea and the freedom of navigation is vital to both Vietnam and the United States." He was interviewed "as fighter jets thundered off the flight deck above." [13]  Several high-ranking Vietnamese military and civilian officials as well as the U.S. ambassador to the country were flown onto the supercarrier "to observe the strike group as it operates in the South China Sea," [14] near the contested Spratly islands.  With senior Vietnamese government and military officials aboard, USS George Washington "cruised near the Paracel Islands - another chain claimed by both China and Vietnam." [15]  On August 10 the guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain docked at Da Nang in central Vietnam, in its first visit to the country, to join the joint naval maneuvers in the South China Sea.  Rear Admiral Ron Horton, commander of Task Force 73 of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, said, "This is indicative of the increasingly closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam. Exchanges like this are vital for our navies to gain a greater understanding of one another, and build important relationships for the future." [16]  The U.S. Seventh Fleet is "the largest of the forward-deployed U.S. fleets, with 50–60 ships, 350 aircraft and 60,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel." [17] That is, the mightiest seaborne military machine in the world.  As the U.S.-Vietnamese naval exercises were underway in the South China Sea, an article by a former commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet (assigned to U.S. Pacific Command), Retired Admiral James Lyons, appeared in the editorial pages of the Washington Times which advocated that "The United States should consider leasing big-ticket military hardware to the Philippines to give it the capability to defend its sovereign territory against Chinese expansionism in the South China Sea...."  In particular, he said "the US should consider leasing a squadron of F-16 along with T-38 supersonic trainers, an aircraft for maritime patrol, and two FFG-7 guided-missile frigates to provide a recognized capability to enforce the Philippines’ offshore territorial claims."  He also wrote that "now that President Barack Obama’s administration has directly challenged China, the US should expand its relations with ASEAN 'by building on our Mutual Defense Treaty with the Philippines.'  "The US should negotiate a commercial agreement for access to logistic support facilities in Subic Bay," [18] where the U.S. maintained a naval base until the Philippine Senate ordered it closed in 1991.  Washington's project for an Asian NATO designed to surround and neutralize China is not limited to Southeast Asia and ASEAN.  The U.S. is currently leading this year's Khaan Quest (pronounced like conquest) military exercises in Mongolia on China's northern border with troops from military partners Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. Previous Khaan Quest exercises going back to 2003 trained Mongolian troops for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. [19]  On August 16 U.S. and British troops will begin ten days of military drills in Kazakhstan, on China's northwest border, in the 2010 Steppe Eagle "multinational exercise, part of NATO's Partnership for Peace programme...."  "The exercise is intended to assist Kazakhstan's Ministry of Defence in its stated aim to generate a NATO inter-operable peace support operational capability," according to British military attache Simon Fitzgibbon. [20] Kazakhstan deployed a "peacekeeping" contingent to Iraq in 2003 and may be tapped for one to serve under NATO in Afghanistan.  To China's south, a senior Indian Air Force official recently disclosed that his government is upgrading another air base near the Chinese border to accommodate warplanes. According to the U.S. Defense News website, "The moves are part of the effort to strengthen India's defenses against China."  In June India approved a $3.3 billion deal to purchase 42 more Su-30 air-to-air and air-to-surface jet fighters, bringing the planned total to 272 by 2018.  Regarding a joint Russian-Indian long-range multirole jet fighter/strike fighter adaptation of the Su-30, the same Indian official said "a nuclear-armed Su-30MKI could fly deep inside China with midair refueling." [21]  On China's Western flank where a narrow strip of land connects the two countries, the U.S. Defense Department announced on August 11 that, in addition to 30,000 U.S. forces not so assigned, "The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan now has almost 120,000 troops from 47 different countries assigned to it," [22] including forces from Asia-Pacific nations South Korea, Mongolia, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand.  The noose is tightening around China and the nation's military knows it.








Victory over Japan: A day to remember 
Aug 15 2010 by Lisa Jones, Wales On Sunday Comment (1) Recommend (1)  IT was a day that spelled the end of a struggle against a tenacious and unforgiving enemy – and today marks the 65th anniversary of victory over Japan in 1945.  As a national service takes place this afternoon around the Cenotaph in London, attended by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, the country will spare a thought for those who sacrificed their lives to secure victory and those whose lives were changed forever by what they experienced.  A commemoration service is due to take place today in St John’s Church, Cardiff, at 11.30am.  From April 1944, British troops managed to fight off advancing Japanese Armies at Kohima and Imphal, India, sparking the beginning of their retreat, after years of demoralising losses in thick, malaria-riddled jungle through the east Indies.  This began a series of victories for the Fourteenth Army, which was made up of more than a million British and Commonwealth men – the largest Commonwealth army ever assembled.  The Japanese finally surrendered on August 14, 1945, following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Soviet declaration of war and invasion of Manchuria. The next day, Wednesday, August 15, was celebrated as VJ (Victory over Japan) Day.  The Burma Star Association was formed to promote the comradeship experienced during the bitter fighting in that country and to support the servicemen, their widows and dependants.  Former Indian Army gunner Walford Hughes, national vice-president of the Burma Star Association, is to make the trip to the Cenotaph today.  Married Mr Hughes, a father of two, said the 65th anniversary was expected to be the last one, due to the advanced age of the remaining veterans.  Mr Hughes, 90, was serving in the South Indian Field Regiment, based in Peshawar, in modern-day Pakistan, guarding the North-West frontier against invasion by the Japanese.  He said: “The Japanese had a push on India, from the South West of Burma. They surrounded us completely. We were ordered to stay where we were for three weeks and help would arrive. There was an air drop of ammunition, clothes, food – all the things we needed to keep on fighting. If we hadn’t done that, the Japanese would have swept through.  “Their orders were to annihilate the British. They thought the rest would be easy. We started the advance that pushed them back to where they had come from. We got a large portion of them on the run.  “At last we could see the end of the war was in sight. The bomb was dropped at that time. We had no idea until the reports came out in the Press.  “If we had had to fight our way back, there would have been a bigger casualty list.”  John Wells, 86, from Barry, is another veteran of the war in Asia. Serving in the Royal Air Force during the campaign, he was stationed in Calcutta, India.  He worked as an engineer, repairing aircraft for the vital missions to resupply troops, evacuate casualties, conduct photo-reconnaissance and drop bombs during the Burma Campaign. He celebrated his 21st birthday there.  Mr Wells, married to Phyl with one child, recalled the conditions that troops were fighting under were arduous. He added: “They used to come to Calcutta on leave and they would tell you some terrible stories about what happened.  “Just after the war finished, they were bringing Allied prisoners of war through. To see those boys, it was unbelievable, what they did to them. It’s something that has always stuck in my mind. You wouldn’t recognise them. They were walking skeletons.  “The Japanese had no fear of death. They would carry on. Very few surrendered. They were formidable warriors.”  Prime Minister David Cameron, who is to join a series of dignitaries at the event today, said Britain must never forget the sacrifices made by those who served the country during World War II.  Mr Cameron, who will place a wreath on behalf of the Government, said: “We must never forget the sacrifices made and the dedication showed by those who served our country.  “They fought and suffered around the world in ferocious conditions. They witnessed incomprehensible horrors. They lost their lives – and many were imprisoned. And they did all this for us – to protect the freedoms we all enjoy today.  “VJ Day, the day the Second World War ended, is a time for this generation to reflect and show its gratitude to our veterans for their bravery, dedication and sacrifice.”  Chief of the General Staff General Sir David Richards, who will place a wreath on behalf of the Army, said: “The Second World War in the Far East began with a series of defeats which rank among the grimmest memories of the British Army, and which caused many thousands of British and Commonwealth troops to suffer captivity in conditions we can scarcely comprehend.  “But in 1944 one of the greatest of all British commanders, the much-loved Bill Slim, effected an extraordinary resurrection.  “First at Imphal and Kohima, then in his 1945 drive back into Burma, he led the Fourteenth Army’s British, Indian and African soldiers to an historic victory.  “The achievement of Slim and his men, and the sacrifice of those who suffered and died for the Allied cause in Asia, remains today one of the most honoured memories of the British Army.”  The service is being organised by the Ministry of Defence along with the Burma Star Association.  After the event, the veterans will be hosted at a special reception attended by Charles and Camilla, Mr Cameron and military representatives.  When victory in Japan was declared 65 years ago, there were celebrations across Wales.  In Cardiff, large crowds gathered in the main streets of the city and at the larger road junctions, walking and dancing, as bonfires sprang up and fireworks were set off.  In the capital’s Civic Centre, old and young alike, uniformed and civilian, danced and sang there into the early hours.  In Newport, thousands lined the streets to see the town’s victory parade.  At Trerhondda Chapel in Ferndale, Rhondda, the pastor said the thanksgiving service was attended by a larger congregation than any he had seen at Cyrddau Mawr. And at Tonypandy, a crowd of several thousand gathered late in the evening outside the police station in the main street and sang Land of Hope and Glory.  The celebrations were such that Pontypool and the Eastern Valley of Monmouthshire were without bus services because drivers and conductors decided they would join other workers and enjoy the holiday.








Ayesha Siddiqa: My country needs help, not disapproval
 An Anglophile writer says Britain could pay a heavy price for showing little understanding of Pakistan's history and current plight  Sunday, 15 August Many of the millions affected by floods in Pakistan are waiting for aid. If the militants reach the needy first, they will gain their allegiance in return  reuters  Many of the millions affected by floods in Pakistan are waiting for aid. If the militants reach the needy first, they will gain their allegiance in return      * Photos enlarge  sponsored links:  Why is the world not responding to Pakistan's current turmoil caused by the floods? Millions have been rendered homeless and hit by food scarcity. There is also now the fear of epidemics in flood-affected areas. Yet, the world does not seem too eager to come to Pakistan's rescue. Is it, as Pakistan's ambassador to the UN, Hussain Haroon said, because of the disenchantment caused by David Cameron when he criticised Pakistan as a source of terrorism? Or could the international community, particularly the European Union, not care less about a state which seems incapable of looking after itself?  Many people are unhappy with the way in which Pakistan has chosen to fight the war on terror or manage its own internal affairs. The present government's inefficiency and, as some consider it, insensitivity in solving people's problems does not inspire many around the world. However, the inefficiency is just one part of the story. For the natural calamity is far more than it could have prepared for.  These are the worst floods in 80 years in the territory now known as Pakistan. The most affected areas are in the north, where the state's military was already trying to fight the Taliban. The available military resources are insufficient to help those perishing in floodwater or dying of hunger and disease. After the 2005 earthquake in the Northern Areas and Kashmir, the local community turned out in force to help the victims. This time, the help is limited because of the economic conditions overall. Related articles      * Thousands dead, millions homeless. Now Pakistan faces cholera and riots     * Ban Ki-moon in Pakistan as flood crisis worsens     * How the rest of the world has so far responded to Pakistan crisis     * Search the news archive for more stories  Food inflation and availability have already hit the country severely. The fear is that the religious right will use this opportunity to make inroads into common people. What matters for a hungry family is not ideology but who provides their food and clothing. But the militants' attempts to win hearts and minds could, alarmingly, bring about the failure or defeat of liberal Pakistan. This is already under siege: the suicide bombing of a popular Sufi shrine in Lahore or the destruction of another shrine in Peshawar are tantamount to attacks on a Pakistan that can think in multipolar terms and is liberal in its perception of others.  David Cameron might have been partly right in what he said the other week, but his choice of venue for delivering his message and the manner in which he did were ill-judged. He could, instead, have put pressure on Islamabad during one of the private meetings, and insisted upon the military breaking its links with militant outfits such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and others. But the Prime Minister seems to have put a greater burden on the ordinary people than on the country's defence establishment, and this may further hamper the supply of aid to the flood-affected Pakistan. The religious right will rally public opinion against Britain and try to paint everything coming from the UK as undesirable – including relief supplies.  Hakimullah Mehsud's Taliban and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have already asked the government to refuse assistance from the US and have offered the government $17m. Although the Taliban may not be able to deliver that kind of money, they intend to use the natural calamity to muster greater support for themselves among the people.  Militant groups are also filling the gap left by the state in numerous areas such as the tribal belt and northern areas affected by floods. And their message becomes more effective as they salvage the lives of the millions made homeless. The short supply of food, medical aid, housing and other facilities have made people desperate. Meanwhile, the state apparatus is inefficient, lacks resources and in many places does not even have the infrastructure to come to the aid of ordinary people.  Pakistan's liberal civil society and the world at large cannot afford to lose a battle that is not solely about saving a state but also about rescuing the soul of liberal Pakistan, as envisioned by the country's founding father Mohammad Ali Jinnah, a man of western tastes and lifestyle. Jinnah was as much an anglophile as many other Pakistanis who want a liberal Pakistan to survive. And this is not just about lifestyle but about a value system.  Like many other Pakistanis, I would like to convince my fellow citizens of the need to fight militant forces which are creating problems for us and for other countries, including the UK. There are millions of ordinary Pakistanis among the 180 million population who do not subscribe to what happened in 9/11 or 7/7. But the liberal voice is being drowned out by those who argue that the US and Britain are ideologically opposed to Pakistan and whose aim is to embarrass us.  Britain's new security policy, especially its border control measures, have added to the estrangement, without necessarily enhancing the security of Pakistanis or Britons. The treatment given to most Pakistanis at the High Commission in Islamabad or at border control in the UK is certainly worse than that meted out to a US diplomatic mission or at an American port of entry. There are many Pakistanis now who are in two minds about visiting the UK.  I am from the generation that grew up reading Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy. The idea of rethinking plans to visit Britain is like cutting me off of my own intellectual legacy. Just imagine the perception of the country among those who are not even anglophiles.  Border controls might be as necessary as the Cameron statement, but eventually it is not going to achieve much in terms of turning Pakistan around or saving its liberal soul. Rather, it is necessary to communicate to the ordinary Pakistani that the world cares for their country and wants it saved not only from floods but from militancy.  The US efforts at pledging greater resources and deploying more helicopters for relief activities in Pakistan are truly commendable. If 10 Downing Street thinks that there is a serious problem of militancy in Pakistan, which there is, it needs to think of other ways to salvage the situation. Perhaps providing a helping hand and nudging Pakistan's government to respond to its people's needs is a better idea.  Ayesha Siddiqa is the author of 'Military Inc: Inside Pakistan's Military Economy'




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