By Dr Shahid Qureshi:
“Very little assistance and don’t know the date when 2.5 million Afghan refugees are going back”, Said to me Sartaj Aziz adviser to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs at IISS (International Institute of Strategic Studies) in London. I asked him “When are you sending 2.5 million refugees back to Afghanistan as extension given to the UNHCR is going end soon, and how much assistance you are receiving for supporting these Afghan refugees”.
Over 3.5 million refugees came to Pakistan due to the USA war with the soviets in 1979. The afghans were also forced to go to Iran and neighbouring Central Asian States, few might have gone to Europe.
Then we had 2nd visit of the US to Afghanistan in 2001, after the self-inflicted 9/11 attacks in 2001 as large number of people believes. Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are created as US Policy to Damage Pakistan.
USA is the only country in the world who can nuclear bomb two cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, kill and injured millions and yet play victim of so called 9/11 attacks’ as well as call it a tragedy of century. All the wars created by USA in Muslim countries from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen have one agenda destroy the country and damage the young population of these countries, keep them moving and on their toes.
According to a secret intelligence assessment prepared by the CIA in February 1984: “Middle East – South Asia: Population Problems and Political Stability’, worried about age structures in societies with high fertility. Noting that as many as one-third of regional population is in the ‘political volatile 15 to 24 age group, ‘the document which was partially declassified in 1986, warned that young people are ‘ready recruits for opposition causes’, including Islamic nationalism, ‘which currently offers the principal ideological haven for Muslim youth”.
According to political experts the growth in population is a distinct advantage in the modern world. Geoffrey McNicoll of the population council explained in a November 1985 conference on global population trends at Stanford University – California that, “population weight conveys power or voice in world affairs”.
Similarly, late Ray S. Cline former Deputy Director of Intelligence at CIA said in a book, “The Power of the Nations in the 1990s’, ‘that a large territory accompanied by a large population, almost automatically confers the status of power on a nation.’ But political analysis, he added, ‘generally gives little more importance to people than to territory, since populous countries of an adequate size can exploit economic resources, mobilise armies, and bring their influence on others”.
I said to Dr Thomas H. Johnson, Associate Professor, National Security Affairs Department, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA at a seminar arranged by an Indian think ‘The Democracy Forum’ in London on 27th November 2017: “You are a brave man by asking Pakistan to be declared a terrorist state for sponsoring terrorism. May I ask you that at the time of terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001, US had over 15 fully functioning intelligence agencies with billions of US$ budget at their disposal. I like to know how many of their officials were put on trial for criminal negligence, how many were sentenced? One would have sacked chiefs of many of them. No?
The question comes to mind is how on earth US and others were able to continuously damage and betray Pakistan from 1965 and 1971 wars with India and later burdened with the over 3 million refugees in 1979. Then US come back in Afghanistan in 2001, and created over millions internally displaced people in Pakistan, collected bio matric data, kill thousands in drone attacks and bombings by its own proxies, over US$160 billion losses to economy, damage to infrastructure and bridges and roads. Killing Pakistani soldiers at Salaala Check post with impunity. Over 70,000 Pakistani civilians 5000 soldiers killed 20,000 injured. For what and how it continues to damage Pakistan?
The short answer is via its agents in the Pakistani bureaucracy and its infiltration in the elite and middle classes. There was no other way to make it a success? Report submitted in the supreme court of Pakistan about the dual nationality of the bureaucrats and their spouses is dangerously alarming as senior police and security officers in interior ministry officials are foreign nationals. These are the rent boys and girls who are delivering to their foreign masters while everyone is looking at the Madrassas reforms. This is how things are getting done. Even SHOs in the police stations are reportedly sending sensitive information faxes to the foreign embassies.
US destroyed Iraq most educated country in the Middle East, Turkey is burdened with 3.5 million Syrian refugees and US is supporting 30,000 strong YPG terrorist group like it supported TTP in Afghanistan.
It has Afghanistan converted into rubble, a state run by the drug barons, where drug production was almost zero before US invasion, now increased to 1400% worth $35 billion a year also funding the Taliban with approximately $380 million yearly.
Approximately 1200 parliamentarians, ministers, politicians, businessmen, civil and military officials. A country of 200 million cannot be left hostage to the elite of 5000 people involved in all kinds of irregularities and corruption?
“Mumbai attacks were part of global strategy to balkanize the countries in the ‘Arc of Crisis’; with US military presence in both regions, to encircle China and threaten peace of the world that gets the world tired of war to accept global hegemony of the US and call it a ‘New World Order for Peace’ said a defence analyst.
Now United States has 200 million reasons to worry about in Pakistan which are more dangerous than the nuclear arsenal and that is young and resilient population.
If the US policy of damaging Pakistan continues it is highly likely that it won’t have any friends left in Pakistan and Indians were never reliable partners.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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