“Don’t blame Pakistan, Haqqanis were your darlings at one time”, Pakistan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Khawaja Asif tells US.

Asif, who is attending the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, added: “Don’t blame us for Haqqanis or don’t blame us for the Hafiz Saeeds. These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back. They were being dined and wined in the White House and now you say go to hell with Pakistanis because you are nurturing these people.”
Asif said Pakistan was ready to work with the US for effective management of the Afghan border to stop terrorist infiltration and to facilitate a peace settlement in Afghanistan.
He said there was no military solution to the dragging conflict in Afghanistan. “Scapegoating Pakistan for all the Afghan ills is neither fair nor accurate… This will only help forces that we are trying to fight collectively.”
Pakistan, he said, had done all it could to facilitate a political settlement in Afghanistan, making sure that Pakistani soil was not used against any country.
In the past, the US has accused Pakistan of not taking significant action against the Haqqani Network. Washington claims the militant outfit has been operating out of “Pakistan-based safe havens” to threaten US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
Pakistan, he said, had in the past done all it could to facilitate a political settlement in Afghanistan, making sure that Pakistani soil was not used against any country.
In his opening remarks, Khawaja Asif also covered Pakistan’s relations with India, the Kashmir dispute, counter-terrorism measures and the country’s economic progress.
Asif said Pakistan has a “larger stake” in seeing the return of peace and stability in Afghanistan than any other country, having suffered grievously from the conflict and instability across the border.
“We are mindful of the strong desire in the US to bring the ‘long war’ in Afghanistan to an end,” the minister said. “We support this objective wholeheartedly and are ready to help in any way we can to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan,” he said.
He, however, made it clear that there were obviously clear limits to what Pakistan could do.
“We cannot take responsibility for Afghanistan’s peace and security and be asked to achieve what the combined strength of some of the most powerful and richest countries could not accomplish,” he told the audience.
“Effective border management, frankly, is the key,” the minister said, adding: “More needs to be done on the Afghan side of the border where terrorist elements are finding easy safe havens.”
“We are keen to work with the US in effectively managing the Afghan border and in facilitating a peace process to the extent we can.”

Published by Gulf News at 16:52 hours on September 27, 2017

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Comments by a Pakistani Girl Living in USA

Dear Trump,

After hearing your speech on US foreign policy today, I felt the urge to pen down my ramblings with reference to Pakistan. Even otherwise when silence burdens one’s conscience, it’s time to break it.

You said: “We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars”.
Please note that Pakistan has spent $123.13 billion, in direct and indirect cost due to war on terrorism, whereas US aid to Pakistan has not been more than US $ 30 billion. Moreover, there has been a 73 percent decline in US security assistance to Pakistan since 2011, and 53 percent decrease in economic assistance, as per the statistics released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Also note that, in 2016, Americas largest of its kind package of military aid amounting to U.S. $38 billion was doled out NOT to Pakistan but to Israel.

Dear Trump, day in day out we wake up to news of terror attacks killing our innocent people. Some shopping in the bazars, some strolling in the parks, some walking on the pathways, some countering the terrorists and even some studying in schools. We are so tired of crying that even our tears have dried up. Alas, almost 62,000 Pakistani men, women, and children have lost their lives in war against terrorism during the last fifteen years. They were as dear to their loved ones as the 2,996 people who were killed in the 9/11 attacks.

Yet, Pakistan you say is “a safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror.”
No that’s not true. Our Army, police and other members of the law enforcement agencies are very successfully and persistently fighting the miscreants. As a result, a total of 33,711 insurgents/terrorists have been killed.

In the view of the U.S. Human Rights Network, “Discrimination in the United States permeates all aspects of life and extends to all communities of color”. Surveys by organizations such as ABC News have found that, even recently, large sections of Americans self-admit to holding discriminatory viewpoints; for example, a 2007 article by the organization stated that about one in ten admitted to holding prejudices against Hispanic and Latino Americans and about one in four did so regarding Arab-Americans. But would it be justified if America is pronounced as a safe haven for racists?? No, because America has been a country that welcomes and embraces diversity. Similarly, Pakistan is no safe haven for the terrorists. It’s primarily a land of simple and struggling people whose sufferings remain untold.

Dear Trump, please don’t add to our sufferings. Please don’t widen the rift between India and Pakistan. You claim to be a problem solver so please don’t create problems for us. Terrorists are losers indeed, but to make them really lose we need to unite, not divide.
Trust me Pakistan has nothing much to lose, but you should not lose your temper.
Well you also said:” It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order and to peace.” Yet it is also a time for you to demonstrate some grace, humility and good language.

Thank you.

A Pakistani by default

Double Standard of Trump

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan on Tuesday said that Indian government was involved in severe human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

The interior minister stated this while reacting to the statement issued after Indian prime minister’s meeting the US president in Washington, which gives the impression as if there was no importance of bloodletting of innocent Kashmiris by India.

Nisar said it is alarming that the US were articulating her views in India’s language.
India has been engaged in crushing the movement of self-determination since day one, he added.
The minister said that New Delhi has been making efforts to present the struggle for independence movement as terrorism.

He vowed that there would never be any compromise on rights of Kashmiris and Pakistan would continue to support their just cause till realization of right of self-determination in accordance with the UN resolutions.
He said the right of self-determination and freedom from Indian subjugation is destiny of Kashmiris and no power on earth can deprive them of their legitimate right.

India’s oppressive posture should have been a source of concern for a principled and conscientious nation.
The interior minister said the statement of the US administration gives an impression as if international laws on human rights are not applicable in the case of Kashmiris and serious crimes including blood bath of innocent people can be ignored.
A few samples of Atrocities committed by Indian Armed Forces on Civilians of Kashmir, Forcibly Occupied in 1947 by Indian Army violating UNO Charter and disregarding the Pact signed by India with UK and Pakistan.

U N O FIGURES OF JANUARY 1989 TO MARCH 2016

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Humanity and The West

Helen Joanne Cox was a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Batley and Spen constituency from her election in May 2015.

At 12:53 pm BST on 16 June 2016, Cox was fatally shot and stabbed outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where she was about to hold a constituency surgery at 1:00 pm. A 77-year-old local man, Bernard Kenny, was also stabbed in the stomach while trying to fend off her attacker.

Thomas Mair, a 52-year-old Batley and Spen constituent had links to the U.S.-based neo-Nazi group National Alliance, shouted “This is for Britain. Britain will always come first” as he carried out the attack.

Cox was born Helen Joanne Leadbeater on 22 June 1974 in Batley, West Yorkshire, England. She was educated at Heckmondwike Grammar School, where she was head girl. During summers, she worked packing toothpaste. Cox studied Social and Political Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1995. She later studied at the London School of Economics.

Following her graduation, Cox worked as an adviser to Labour MP Joan Walley. From 2001 to 2009, she worked for the aid groups Oxfam and head of Oxfam International’s humanitarian campaigns in New York City in 2007. Her work for Oxfam in which she met disadvantaged groups in Darfur and Afghanistan influenced her political thinking. Cox’s charity work led to a role advising Sarah Brown, wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who was spearheading a campaign to prevent deaths in pregnancy and childbirth. Cox was the national chair of the Labour Women’s Network and a senior adviser to the Freedom Fund, an anti-slavery charity.

Reasons for Cox’s Murder

Cox, a supporter of the Labour Friends of Palestine & the Middle East, called for the lifting of the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Cox campaigned for a solution to the Syrian Civil War. In October 2015, she co-authored an article in The Observer with Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell, arguing that British military forces could help achieve an ethical solution to the conflict, including the creation of civilian safe havens in Syria. During that month Cox launched the All Party Parliamentary Friends of Syria group, becoming its chair. In the Commons vote in December to approve UK military intervention against ISIL in Syria, Cox abstained because she believed in a more comprehensive strategy that would also include combatting President Bashar al-Assad and his “indiscriminate barrel bombs”.
She wrote:
By refusing to tackle Assad’s brutality, we may actively alienate more of the Sunni population, driving them towards Isis. So I have decided to abstain. Because I am not against airstrikes per se, but I cannot actively support them unless they are part of a plan. Because I believe in action to address Isis, but do not believe it will work in isolation.

Army major who ‘tied’ Kashmiri man to jeep honoured

The incident had deepened the army-civilian divide and sparked violent protests in the militancy-hit valley. Reports Rahul Singh of Hindustan Times, New Delhi (India). May 22, 2017 Indian Standard Time

An army major, who was in the eye of a storm for allegedly tying a Kashmiri man to a jeep to use him as a human shield, has been awarded the army chief’s commendation card. Confirming the development, army spokesperson Colonel Aman Anand said the officer had been awarded the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation (COAS) card for “sustained efforts in CI (counter insurgency) operations”.

The army found itself in the middle of a firestorm after the surfacing of a video clip that showed a man tied to the fender of a Rakshak jeep and paraded through villages. A day after the video clip surfaced on April 14, 2017 the army ordered a probe into the incident.

In the video, announcements of people being warned that “this will be the fate of stone-pelters” could be heard in the background. The incident had triggered outrage in Kashmir, with separatists saying it was on “expected lines from an oppressor”.

The incident had deepened the army-civilian divide and sparked violent protests in the militancy-hit valley.