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Where is the Difa-e-Pakistan Council?

Why the silence?

It’s been over half a year since we’ve heard from that wonderful consortium of crazy people, the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC).  There haven’t been any news reports of large rallies of the sort held by the DPC last year.  Even when tensions with India mounted in January this year as a result of the killing of Indian troops along the LoC, there was no agitation of the sort one had come to expect from the DPC.

There are some reports that the DPC continues to be active and operating in stealth mode.  We are told that the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olsen met with DPC’s leader Sami ul-Haq this past month and requested his assistance in DC’s ongoing attempts to negotiate with the Taliban.  The DPC may be working behind the scenes, but the drive to mobilize public sentiment in favor of hardline causes seems to have fizzled out.

Mujahid Hussain’s piece in the Viewpoint potentially offers some clues as to why:

According to well placed reports, it has been decided at a high-level meeting that the Defence of Pakistan Council [Difa-e-Pakistan Council] would not be allowed to hold rallies in major cities of Pakistan as the leaders of the Defence of Pakistan Council are adding to the country’s external problems.

This meeting was held at the Presidency. A high-ranking military representative was also present. However, the military representative remained non-committal during the meeting.Jamat-ud-Dawa, responsible for arranging all the rallies and meetings of the Defence of Pakistan Council, and Jamat’s head, Hafiz Saeed, are known for their extremist views. Given this background, Pakistan is facing disturbing situation at the external front.

However, the powers that be do not want to render the Defence of Pakistan Council ineffective even if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has already warned that the Defence of Pakistan Council is harming Pakistan’s interests at external front.

Most likely, a terrified civil government will beg the GHQ and request the military leadership to help rein in the Defence of Pakistan Council. [The Viewpoint]

The DPC’s members themselves have been anything but inconspicuous in the media.  Gen. Hamid Gul lauded Pakistan’s sheltering of Osama bin Laden for almost a decade, Hafiz Saeed, who carries a bounty on his head, used ill-conceived statements by Satish Verma to claim innocence on 26/11 and Maulana Muhammad Ludhianvi is spearheading a pogrom against Pakistan’s minorities

But it appears that the burner has has been reduced from hot to simmer.  The utility of the groups that constitute the DPC hasn’t been forgotten by the powers-that-be in Rawalpindi; yet there appears to be some sort of attempt to check the hitherto unbridled freedom with which the DPC operated.  It is an old game that the generals at GHQ think they have mastered.  The operative word there being “think.”

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Bailing out Pakistan

International lenders must stop incentivizing Pakistan’s bad behavior.

The IMF and Pakistan are in talks again on another bailout package.  Pakistan is in need of a multi-billion dollar loan to, well, pay off another multi-billion dollar loan obtained from the same lender.  This time around though, the IMF appears to have made it clear to Pakistan that the “soft terms” of the bailout package will be provided only after a satisfactory review of Pakistan’s macroeconomic indicators:

The visiting IMF mission, headed by Jeffery Franks, on Wednesday communicated to Pakistan in plain words that no free lunch would be offered this time.

In talks with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, the IMF officials clearly said soft terms for the next bailout package could only be extended after reviewing the country’s economic health and the assurance that plans of the government to stabilise the macro-economic indicators would materialise through a credible mechanism.

“If the IMF is not satisfied, then a bailout package will be offered with strict conditions,” said a senior official who was part of the negotiations with the visiting IMF mission. Pakistan and the IMF here on Wednesday initiated the crucial talks on the ailing economy and discussed the way forward keeping in view the proposed budget of the government. [The News]

To their credit, IMF’s discussions on a bailout package will no longer be only with Islamabad, but with the other four provincial governments as well.  This is especially important given the largely region-centric mandate of the May 2013 elections in Pakistan.

But at the same time, it is perplexing that much of the haggling is over the terms of the loan and not over the granting of the loan itself, which appears to be a foregone conclusion.  Surely, a country that cannot perform the fairly basic function of collecting taxes from its citizens and instead chooses to increase its (reported) defense budget by 10 per cent year-on-year, is incompetent, irresponsible or both.

And the less said about Pakistan’s benevolent financial grants to terrorist groups like the Jamaat ud-Dawa, the better.  Pakistan’s international lenders ought to reward good behavior, but not incentivize the status quo.   If the Soviet Union wasn’t too big to fail, neither is Pakistan.

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Urdunama: Saboot

On December 1, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani-Khar told news channels that while there was “no evidence” to implicate Hafiz Saeed in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, Pakistan would take action if India were to provide proof of his involvement.  A day later, Pakistan’s far-right Urdu newspaper Ummat interviewed Hafiz Saeed on 26/11, who lashed out against Ms. Khar, India and the United States, while proclaiming his innocence.  Excerpts of the interview follow:

On Ms. Khar’s statements promising action against Hafiz Saeed should India provide proof.

[If any allegations are brought forward,] we will leave the matter to the courts.  We have always opted to resolve issues via the court of law and will continue to do so. We would like to resolve all issues within the provisions of Pakistani law. We do not intend to pursue those actions that will create problems; we’re interested in solving problems, not compounding them.

[However,] it has been 4 years since the attacks in Mumbai. In these 4 years, India has been unable to provide any evidence against me in connection with the case. The documents provided by India as evidence could not stand in court and were dismissed by Lahore High Court as propaganda. A similar case was also made by the Supreme Court. A judicial commission was sent from Pakistan to India on the issue of the Mumbai attacks, and no proof of my involvement was presented to them. Despite this, Ms Khar wants to ask India to provide more evidence against me. She appears to be very eager to help India resolve the Mumbai case, but what has she done with regard to the Samjhauta Express attacks, where many Pakistanis were killed?

If Ms Khar says her government would like to resolve the Kashmir dispute through non-military means, can she tell us how successful her government has been thus far? We have about 2-3 issues with India on Kashmir, and her government has been completely unsuccessful in resolving these through non-military means. There is only one way to resolve the Kashmir dispute — jihad.

On why the U.S. pursues action against him.

U.S. allegations against me are both a conspiracy and evidence of the deepening India-U.S. relationship.  Al-hamdulillah, we have been very successful, through Difa-e-Pakistan Council, in bringing various organizations together and exposing the conspiracies of the U.S. and its ally India to the rest of the people of Pakistan. It is because of this that the U.S. and India want to silence me in any way possible.

On peace with India and the U.S.

The U.S. and India are not pursuing the interests of their people, but the interests of their own politicians. India, to this day, has not accepted Pakistan’s right to exist as an independent state. And yet our leaders go to India and grovel for trade. They want to improve trade ties with India and grant them “Most Favored Nation” status. The U.S. completely supports India in its hatred for Pakistan. The U.S. uses India in the subcontinent the same way it uses Israel in the Middle East. Both India and the U.S. are blinded by their hatred for Islam.

We are now in December. It was in December years ago that the very same India dismembered Pakistan.  Do we now seek to improve economic ties with the same country that divided Pakistan and continues to suppress Kashmiris? Every product that is exported from India to Pakistan will be tainted with the blood of Kashmiri Muslims. Our politicians do not understand that the Afghan Taliban in Afghanistan and the mujahideen in Kashmir are fighting wars for the survival of Pakistan.

India unleashes state-sponsored terrorism in Kashmir, and dams rivers flowing into Pakistan; and yet our government wants to grant them “Most Favored Nation” status. If our leaders are incapable of empathizing with the mujahideen in Kashmir, fine.  But they must, at the very least, not get in their way. [روزنامہ امّت]

 

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Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir

Pakistan’s military-jihadi-complex stokes the flames.

Nawa-i-waqt reports yesterday that the who’s-who of Pakistan’s military jihadi complex was present at the September 27 rally in Islamabad in “support of Jammu and Kashmir’s independence.”  Let the name not fool anyone, the Tehreek-e-Azadi-e-Kashmir is a  Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) front.  It has brought its road show to several towns in PoK, including Mirpur, Kotli and Muzafarabad, before the Islamabad rally.

Concurrent to Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi ratcheting up “Kashmir” at the U.N. General Assembly, the MJC has pulled out all the stops to further stoke flames in the Valley.  The TAK is not an irrelevant rabble of jihadi groups.  It includes among its ranks, a sitting member of the Pakistani Senate — Professor Sajid Mir (PML-N).

Those present in the rally included Munawar Hasan (Jamaat-e-Islami amir), Sajid Mir (Senator representing PML-N), Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki (LeT/JuD), Samiul Haq (Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam), Hafiz Saifullah Mansoor (JuD), Ghulam Mohammad Safi (Hurriyat Conference — Tehreek-e-Hurriyat-Jammu Kashmir) and Hafiz Khalid Waleed (JuD, son-in-law to Hafiz Saeed).

Excerpts of the article are included below:

The Islamabad rally supported by the Huriyat and religious parties claimed that Kashmiris were fighting Pakistan’s war, while Pakistan’s civilian administration was seeking dialog with India.  If Kashmir could have been resolved through diplomacy, it would have already been resolved through a UN referendum.  But India has labelled Kashmiris’ fundamental fight for freedom, “terrorism.”

Jamaat-e-Islami’s amir, Munawar Hasan claimed that Kashmiris were fighting Pakistan’s war, while Pakistan’s leaders were yearning for dialog with India.  Senator Sajid Mir stated that the streets of Srinagar are drenched in the blood of Kashmiris, but Pakistan’s leaders have remained silent.  He said that it was the responsibility of the Islamic world to reveal India’s violation of human rights and its cowardliness to the rest of the world.  Samiul Haq stated that Kashmir’s independence cannot be obtained through dialog with India, but only through jihad.  Several JuD leaders claimed that the Indian army is trying to portray itself through a façade of sanctimony in Kashmir. [نواےوقت]

 

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