میں نے اپنی 10 جولائی کی پوسٹ میں امریکہ کے افغانستان پر حملہ کی ایک وجہ یہ بتائی تھی کہ طالبان نے پائپ لائن کا ٹھیکہ امریکہ کو نہیں دیا تھا ۔ شعیب ڈے والے شعیب صاحب نے اس کو بالکل نئی معلومات کہا تھا اور میرے بیٹے نے بھی صحافی کا نام پوچھا تھا ۔ میں نے اللہ سبحانہ و تعالی کے عطا کردہ حافظہ سے لکھا تھا اور سر دست میرے پاس حوالا موجود نہ تھا ۔ میں جموں کشمیر کی تحریک آزادی کی تاریخ کی کھوج میں سرگرداں تھا اور ابھی فارغ نہیں ہو سکا ۔ اس لئے اس بارے کچھ نہ کر سکا ۔ میں مشکور ہوں جہانزیب اشرف صاحب کا کہ انہوں نے حوالے مہیا کئے ہیں جو میں درج کر رہا ہوں ۔
The Afghan Pipeline Project
In 1997 the Taliban signed a £2 billion contract with an American oil company led consortium to build a 876 mile gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan across Afghanistan. It was Unocal, a Houston based company, that did the bidding and hosted the Taliban delegation in Texas. The consortium to do this was called the Central Asia Gas Pipeline Project. UNOCAL had a controlling interest of 46.5% but aborted the project in December 1998
The Bush administration and the pipeline project
According to a recent book, published in France, the pipelines across Afghanistan agenda was taken up again immediately George Bush came to power in the USA in February of this year (2001). The Bush administration brought a strong oil interest into control in the White House. Apart from Bush himself, Vice President Dick Cheney, the director of the National Security Council Condoleezza Rice, the Ministers of Commerce and Energy, Donald Evans and Stanley Abraham, have all worked for a long time for U.S. oil companies. In fact between them they have a variety of personal interests in these oil projects. In their book ”Bin Laden, la verite interdite” (”Bin Laden, the forbidden truth”), authors, Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, reveal that the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s deputy director John O’Neill resigned in July 2001 in protest over the obstruction of the FBI investigation into bin Laden. The obstruction was by the oil interests who dominate the government because they wanted to negotiate with the Taliban. Until August, the U.S. government saw the Taliban regime ”as a source of stability in Central Asia that would enable the construction of an oil pipeline across Central Asia”, from the rich oilfields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, through Afghanistan and Pakistan, to the Indian Ocean. Until that time, says the book, ”the oil and gas reserves of Central Asia have been controlled by Russia. The Bush government wanted to change all that”. Confronted with Taliban’s refusal to accept U.S. conditions, ”this rationale of energy security changed into a military one”, the authors claim. ‘At one moment during the negotiations, the U.S. representatives told the Taliban, ‘either you accept our offer of a carpet of gold, or we bury you under a carpet of bombs’,” Brisard said in an interview in Paris. Please note this was before the attack on the World Trade Centre.
What Congress Does Not Know about Enron and 9/11
A captured Al Qaida document reveals that US energy companies were secretly negotiating with the Taliban to build a pipeline. The Al Qaida document tends to support recent claims of a cover-up made by several mid-level intelligence and law enforcement figures. Their ongoing terrorist investigations appear to have been hindered during the same sensitive time period while the Enron Corporation was still negotiating with the Taliban.
The Enron pipeline connection to 9/11
The email report, written by Al Qaida’s head of military operations, Mohammd Atef, describes Al Qaida’s view of ongoing secret pipeline negotiations between the US oil companies and the Taliban to build a pipeline through Afghanistan. This Atef report was almost certainly reviewed by the late John O’Neill at the time of the Embassy bombing, shortly after the Al Qaida report was written. At the time, O’Neill was the FBI agent in charge of the Embassy bombing investigation. The shocking pipeline information may explain why O’Neill became fixated about the Saudi-Taliban-Al Qaida relationship for the few remaining years of his life.
BBC NEWS: Afghanistan plans gas pipeline
Monday, 13 May, 2002, 10:20 GMT 11:20 UK
Afghanistan hopes to strike a deal later this month to build a $2bn pipeline through the country to take gas from energy-rich Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India. Afghan interim ruler Hamid Karzai is to hold talks with his Pakistani and Turkmenistan counterparts later this month on Afghanistan’s biggest foreign investment project, said Mohammad Alim Razim, minister for Mines and Industries told Reuters. “The work on the project will start after an agreement is expected to be struck at the coming summit,” Mr Razim said.
The construction of the 850-kilometre pipeline had been previously discussed between Afghanistan’s former Taliban regime, US oil company Unocal and Bridas of Argentina.