This is Dubai

I, with my wife, reached Dubai yesterday to join our only daughter, younger son, his wife and two children.
My son, grandson (6y 9m) and granddaughter (4y 1m) received us at Dubai Airport.
All are very glad.
We plan to stay with them for about 4 months

Was Jesus (mpbuh) Not a Human ?

I fail to understand how people get misled when it has been clearly said
John 8:40 – He (Jesus) is a man
Mark 12: Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord
Thus Jesus, may peace be upon him, was a human being but a prophet (messenger) of God. However, he did not say anything of his own but preached only the word of God.
Muhammad, may peace be upon him, also was a human being but a prophet (messenger) of God.
However, he did not say anything of his own but preached only the word of God.
Quran 18:110 – Say: “I am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me, that your Allah (God) is one Allah: whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner.

Dialogue with the deaf

The recently concluded sixth session of the Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue in Washington demonstrates yet again that, at least when it comes to nuclear issues, we are engaged in a dialogue with the deaf.
Secretary of State John Kerry has once again expressed concerns over Pakistan’s nuclear programme, going beyond earlier demands to cap the programme by calling for a reduction of Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities. And once again, this demand was made without correlating it to similar action by India, in clear disregard for Pakistan’s need to maintain credible deterrence to ensure its security.

Kerry was obviously being disingenuous when he cited the example of the US and Soviet Russia reducing their nuclear weapons, which he asked Pakistan to emulate. Unlike the bilateral agreements between Washington and Moscow, he did not call for a reciprocal step from India. To ask Pakistan to unilaterally cap or reduce its nuclear capabilities, without a matching response from India, is either extremely naive or blatantly discriminatory.

Such a biased approach undermines the utility of this much touted strategic dialogue, as well as that of the separate forum for discussions on nuclear and security issues (the SSSNP talks), which have been held annually for several years. As a past participant, I know that in these sessions, Pakistani officials have repeatedly explained the rationale for Islamabad’s deterrence against India’s much larger strategic (nuclear) and conventional forces. Pakistan has also repeatedly highlighted India’s continual stock-piling of its nuclear weapons inventory; acquisition of short, medium and long-range ballistic missiles, including the highly destabilising Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs); efforts to acquire a Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) system; and more recently, according to credible reports, the development of thermo-nuclear weapons. None of this, however, elicits a response from the US. It is as if they are deaf to Pakistan’s arguments and in denial about these realities.
We should not be surprised by the US’s response. Clearly, the US has always had a discriminatory approach towards Pakistan’s nuclear programme. This discriminatory attitude has only hardened over the last decade, as the US has invested heavily in building up India, in order to counter China.

The US policy of a ‘de-hyphenated’ relationship with Pakistan and India is in reality a cover-up for the discriminatory approach of Washington towards the nuclear capabilities of Pakistan and India. We should recognise this reality and adjust our policies accordingly. There is nothing substantive to be gained by Pakistan in its dialogue with the US. It is time for us to refuse to provide opportunities to the US to berate Pakistan for alleged nuclear misdemeanours, while India continues to get a free pass.

Another opportunity for the US to castigate Pakistan is around the corner: the Nuclear Security Summit later this month in Washington. The event would be used through officially inspired media leaks to project the alleged dangers of “outsider and insider” threats to Pakistan’s nuclear assets. Recently, the State Department’s spokesman openly expressed concerns about the security of Pakistan’s tactical nuclear weapons, in response to a question from an Indian journalis. With that even the veneer of official endorsement of Islamabad’s nuclear safety and security measures has been swept away.

From Pakistan’s perspective, the safety and security of its strategic assets is a critical concern – not just because of the threat from terrorists and extremists, but more importantly because the US itself is trying to neutralise these assets. This concern is not new. In the 1980s, when Pakistan’s nuclear programme matured, there were reports that the US, Israel and India were planning to take control of or neutralise this capability. More recently, WikiLeaks and the disclosures by Edward Snowden of classified US documents have revealed the existence of such plans.
The recent book, ‘Confront and Conceal’ by David Sanger, mentions several times that one of the reasons that the US is continuing its military presence in Afghanistan is to “secure” Pakistan’s nuclear weapons and prevent them from falling into the hands of terrorists. But we cannot discount the possibility that this could actually be a ruse and an excuse. As Sanger writes, Secretary Kerry verbally pledged to the Pakistani leadership that he was prepared to “write in blood” that the US has no intention to go after Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, which did not amount to much “since Kerry had no authority to give such a statement”. Consequently, the official declaration made by the US was that it had “no design” on Pakistan’s weapons, which Sanger admits “meant nothing”.

We should also prepare to respond to another emerging US threat to the security of our nuclear assets: cyber warfare. It has already been used against Iran; 1000 centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility were destroyed by the Stuxnet virus. According to a report in the New York Times on February 16, 2016, another more lethal cyber-attack was planned by the US military as a contingency plan against Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility, in the event that the nuclear talks with Iran failed. We in Pakistan have every reason to believe that we too can be the targets of such cyber-attacks and, therefore, need to take this threat very seriously.

So as we prepare to go to Washington again for another round of pointless and damaging engagement with the US, we need to seriously question the merit of such an acrimonious dialogue. At the very least, we must insist that the US should accept our legitimate right to have credible nuclear deterrence and stop demanding unilateral measures. Otherwise, this dialogue on nuclear issues with the deaf has run its course.

By: Zamir Akram, former ambassador and former permanent representative to the UN in Geneva. The views expressed here are his own.

From my diary of March, 1955

To go about your work with pleasure,
to greet others with a word of encouragement,
to be happy in the present and confident about the future,
this is to have achieved some measure of success in living

پڑھيئے ایک دلچسپ اور معلومات کا حامل بلاگ ” میں کیا ہوں ” پر کلِک کر کہ یا مندرجہ ذیل یو آر ایل براؤزر میں لکھ کر
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Indian Spy Agency RAW’s Past Episodes

Here are a few glimpses of what Indian Spy Agency RAW had been doing in the past

RAW and Tamil Tigers:
According to the Jain Commission, which was set up by the then Prime Minister of India, Narasimha Rao, India trained 5 extremist organisations using the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW)
(1) The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
(2) People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE)
(3) Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Fron (EPRLF)
(4) Tamil Eelam Liberation Organization (TELO) and
(5) Eelam Revolutionary Organization of Students (EROS).

The Indian Air Force undertook ‘Operation Poomalai’ to help the besieged Tamil Tigers in the town of Jaffna. The Jain Commission says that RAW provided camps across Tamil Nadu to each of the 5 extremist organisations where they learned the deadly tactics of suicide bombing. For the record, 100,000 Sri Lankans were killed during the course of the Sri Lankan civil war.

RAW and Balochistan:
According to WikiLeaks, “Foreign powers have dangerous designs in Balochistan”, “KGB along with RAW and KHAD had supported insurgency in Balochistan”, and India “is striving hard to destabilize and possibly detach Balochistan from Pakistan.” On February 27, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing ‘The Global Intelligence Files’ whereby 5 million emails were exposed. According to WikiLeaks, militant organisations such as the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) etc are materially and financially funded by CIA, RAW, MI-6, RAAM and Mossad to keep Balochistan destabilised through acts of sabotage and subversion. The BLA alone received Rs 50 to 90 million per month (US $ 400,000 to 850,000 per month). According to Indian newspaper ‘The Hindu’ of October 8, 2015, “India is preparing to take an aggressive position on Balochistan, in a marked departure from South Block’s Pakistan policy of the past. The new Indian position over Balochistan became public when Balochistan Liberation Organization (BLO) representative Balaach Pardili addressed a gathering in New Delhi….reading out a statement from BLO’s exiled leader Nawabzada Hyrbyair Marri.

RAW and Mukti Bahini:
On May 15, 1971, Indian Army’s Eastern Command officially initiated ‘Operation Jackpot’. RAW had set up training camps in the Indian states of West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura. RAW equipped the Mukti Bahini with Italian howitzers, Dakota DC-3 aircraft, Otter DHC-3 fighter planes and Allouette helicopters.
In former East Pakistan (now Bangla Desh), the Mukti Bahini killed from 1,000 Biharis (according to the ‘Chronology for Biharis in Bangladesh’) to 150,000 Biharis (according to the ‘Encyclopaedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict’; page 64). Ultimately Indian Army attacked East Pakistan and, after taking over it’s capital Daca established Bangla Desh.

RAW and the TTP:
According to leaked WikiLeaks cables, “On December 15, 2009, Treasury Department Acting Assistance Secretary of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis met with senior officials from the United Arab Emirates State Security Department (SSD) and Dubai’s General Department of State Security (GDSS) to discuss suspected Taliban-related financial activity in the UAE.” According to the cable, “GDSS believes that India also has supported Pakistani Taliban and Pakhtun separatists.”

India has six neighbours – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan. India has had border disputes with China, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In 1974, India and Sri Lanka resolved their border dispute through an agreement. In 2015, India and Bangladesh resolved their border disputes when the Indian Parliament passed the 100th Amendment Act. India’s border disputes with China, Pakistan and Nepal are yet to be resolved. History is witness that in this part of the world the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) laid the foundation of cross-border terrorism.