Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pakistan, Taliban, Osama bin Laden and Media bytes

Sympathy for Pakistan? May 16, 2011 16:32 IST
By a mix of deception, subterfuge, ingratitude and crocodile tears, Pakistan has begun to get sympathy rather than condemnation when it stands exposed as the haven for the most wanted terrorist in the world, says T P Sreenivasan.
Pakistan has done it again. By a mix of deception, subterfuge, ingratitude and crocodile tears, it has begun to get sympathy rather than condemnation at a time when it stands exposed as the haven for the most wanted terrorist in the world, apart from being the epicentre of international terrorism.
The Government of India [Images] itself, after the initial expression of satisfaction over reaching a milestone in the fight against terror and confirmation of Pakistan's trust deficit, is bending over backwards not to appear to exploit Pakistan's discomfiture. At a time when Pakistan appears to be confused and groping for a face saving, we are even ready to pursue the dialogue with Pakistan. At the height of trust deficit, we wish to chase the mirage of trust.
Our army chief's assertion that India has the capability to have our own Abbottabad provided a perfect handle for General Kayani to turn his embarrassment into bravado. His sovereignty, which he had surrendered to the Americans long ago, suddenly became sacrosanct against perceived Indian adventurism.
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Why we will never see dead Osama bin Laden? What really happened Posted on May 2, 2011 by Raqib By Raqib Shah
We need to look at the facts, use common sense and everything becomes crystal clear. For example, to prove that Osama bin Laden was killed at the compound in Abbottabad, the easiest way is to take the DNA test of the blood on the floor of the compound.
What we all know
August 2010: Pakistan shares with US some details about the compound in Abbottabad. US gathers intelligence that the compound is occupied by Osama’s children.
Jan 27: Raymond Davis, the CIA Station Chief in Pakistan gets an audio file and some pictures of Pak military installations at Tarbela from an informer in Lahore. On the way back he is pursued by two ISI contractors. He realizes that he is being followed and shots both followers in the back. He is arrested by Pakistani police.
March 16: Raymond Davis is released and he shares the information he had gathered with the CIA.
March 17: General Kayani starts criticizing drone attacks in public statements
First Week of April: News started circling that General Petraeus is being transferred to CIA.
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Asian power play, post-Osama
Nayan Chanda, May 14, 2011, 01.08am IST
The early morning American raid on Abbottabad on May 2 that killed Osama bin Laden may also herald the rise of China as a South-West Asian power. With US-Pakistan relations on a knife's edge and Afghanistan facing the impending withdrawal of US forces, doors have opened for a rich and powerful China to step up its presence as a regional hegemon. The latest developments follow a historical pattern in Asia, in which rising tensions between the West and an Asian nation offer China new opportunities to advance its influence.
While some angry voices in the West are calling for a suspension of US aid to Pakistan, the first - and so far only - public support for Islamabad has come from Beijing. After first expressing satisfaction at bin Laden's demise, China pivoted swiftly to laud Pakistan for its "vigorous" efforts to fight terrorism - as if Osama's seven years' presence just outside Islamabad was inconsequential.
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Opposing National Democrats, Supporting Foreign Terrorists
By Mohammad Nafees 14 May 2011
Small signs of support: Protest rallies were held across Pakistan in various cities to protest the US raid in Abbottabad and the death of Osama bin Laden, but the crowds at most were small.
Over the last decade, our nation has gone through a significant ideological transformation on key political issues. If this wasn’t clear enough in recent years, the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of US Navy SEALs on Pakistani soil has made it crystal clear now.
Never before has the US been so overwhelmingly detested in Pakistan as they are now. Just try to quote one example from the past when our religious political parties ever had the desire, or guts, to criticise any military operation carried out against the nationalist movements in Balochistan and East Pakistan, or the democratic movements in Sindh and Punjab. Not easy, right?
But now these religious parties waste no opportunity to curse military operations against terrorists in the country. What has changed their mindset so radically? Why has an act that they once considered legal and unavoidable for the integrity of the country now become illegal and unacceptable to them? The rift between the government and the religious parties has now become very wide and deep. Now, these two sides disagree with each other on most of the fundamental national issues.
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