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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2038

From Bajaur to Jinnahpur

By Adnan Gill

As the kingmakers play musicale chairs in Dubai and London, the Emperors of the New World Order iron out plans to reshape and resize Pakistan into manageable pieces. It is not a question of whether United States/NATO will enter into Pakistan to cleanup the alleged sanctuaries of Taliban and Al-Qaeda; it’s a matter of when it will enter? In all likelihood, it’s going to be sooner then latter.

As we speak, US is beefing up its military closer to the Pakistani shores. Recently, the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln was repositioned from the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman. Telecommunication services on the border areas with Afghanistan are suspended. US troops have amassed heavy weapons and established camps close to the border around Kurram and North Waziristan tribal regions. US gunship choppers are also seen giving air cover to the troops and routinely violating Pakistani airspace. Lately, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Michael Mullen, had been busy warning, the terrorists hiding in the mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan are planning their next attack on the US. Then as if doing a favor, US sent Adm. Mullen to deliver a final warning to Pakistan; US is coming, either stay out of the way or there will be very ugly consequences.

However, that would be the least problem for the Pakistanis, if it ended there. There are other ominous developments in the region that individually do not amount to much, but collectively they will test Pakistan’s survival to the limits. Like starving vultures, there are several parties – nurtured and groomed by the Americans -- waiting in wings for the US to invade Pakistan. They want to pounce on a weakened Pakistan to get their share of meat. As usual, the US military buildup was preceded by the diplomatic equivalent of hysteria, ‘sky is falling.’ In Brussels, the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "We've been very clear that this is a matter for Pakistan to decide," whether they can effectively do the job? British Foreign Secretary David Miliband also parroted Washington’s line. Ironically, even people who are too afraid to leave the security of their palaces, like the Afghan President Hamid Karzai, also mustered enough guts to threaten Pakistan with sending in his army to finish the Taliban.

Around mid 90s, media widely reported, several torture cells ran by the MQM and maps of ‘Jinnahpur’ were discovered from the MQM offices. MQM denied the existence of such maps, but neutral observers believe the MQM was indeed envisioning a separate state for the Pakistani Muhajirs. Jinnahpur would have included two of the largest Pakistani cities, Karachi and Hyderabad. Soon after, the founder of MQM, Altaf Hussain ran out of Pakistan to live in self-exile in the UK. In 2004, during a visit to India, Altaf declared the creation of Pakistan to be, "the greatest blunder in the history of mankind," and asked for direct Indian intervention. Last May, when the MQM hooligans set lawyers’ offices on fire, they repeatedly chanted, ‘Karachi belongs to whom? To MQM.’

Conspicuously, the Americans with a mission to eradicate terrorism from the face of the Earth recently found a new appreciation for militant parties like the MQM. Few months ago, the US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson flew to London to meet the MQM chief Altaf Hussain. Her meeting with Altaf raised more then a few eyebrows over the new-found love between the US and the MQM.

Similarly, Baloch separatist Nawabs are also aspiring for their own state. They are openly soliciting help from India and the US to break Balochistan off Pakistan, "we would welcome anybody, India or even devil himself." Secessionists Sadars like Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Nawab Sardar Brahamdagh Khan Bugti are still vowing to sever Balochistan from Pakistan.

More recently, a bomb exploded outside the Indian embassy in Kabul. Immediately afterwards, Pakistan was blamed for it. Then years of calm was broken when some so-called unknown men from the Indian side of the LOC opened gunfire on the Pakistani soldiers; but the Indian army accused Pakistan of "resorting to unprovoked firing." Taking a queue from the Americans, could India also be positioning herself to enter Pakistan?

But it was the Karachi Mayor/Nazim Mustafa Kamal’s startling remarks that let the cat out of the bag. His secessionist comments confirmed what many suspected for years; that at minimum, MQM wants to sever Karachi and Hyderabad from the Sindh, if not from Pakistan, and name their territory ‘Jinnahpur’. At a businessmen’s dinner in honor of President Musharraf, he told the audience that they should not pull their money out of Karachi, because "if they return after six months or one year the region and its geography may not be the same". Thanks to this one statement, MQM’s vision became crystal clear.

As recent as, couple of months ago, Nazim Kamal was given a star treatment at the US State Department where he was also accorded a 40-minute meeting with the Assistant Secretary Richard Boucher. His trip to the US was a follow-up of a visit to Karachi by the Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Richard Boucher. CNN’s correspondent Zain Virje summarized his trip as, "The mayor of Karachi is a guest with a mission." Lahore’s mayor Mian Amer Mahmood was also in the US but he wasn’t given a treatment even close to what Nazim Kamal received.

In an interview with Steve Inskeep of the NPR’s Morning Edition (aired on June 5, 08), Nazim Kamal’s racist commentary hardly left any doubt in anybody’s mind about the separatist mission of the MQM. Steve Inskeep comments, “Karachi’s mayor considers these ethnic Pushtoons a mortal threat… [who] are plotting to takeover his city. “ In an attempt to create ethnic divisions and convenience the American interviewer that only MQM qualifies to be the sole Pakistani secular partner of the Americans, Nazim is heard saying, “These Pushtoons means what? Pushtoons means like fundamentalists. Religiously fundamentalists, religiously extremists. They are coming in… When it comes to ethnicity they all are [the terrorists].” Then Nazim drove the reporter past some Islamic schools and a house where Daniel Perl was found dead. Nazim then pointed to a bearded man in a window, as if he wanted to show a terrorist’s face, and says, “Look at him. Look at his face.” To make a point that Pushtoons were plotting the locations of these settlements to block his party’s plans for the city, he adds,"It’s a very strategic location… The super highway is there. They can control the highway," to which the reporter inquires, if their plan was in contrast to his own strategic plan? The Nazim responded in affirmation, "they definitely had a master plan before me." Perhaps, Mr. Inskeep wasn’t briefed by the State Department to be sympathetic to MQM’s cause, or probably the seasoned reporter saw through Nazim’s bigoted claims. The reporter explained, he met many locals from slums and realized "[Pushtoons] had no master plan beyond their next meal."

To top off MQM’s apathy for the Pushtoons, a string of remotely triggered bombs exploded in the Pushtoon dominated areas of Karachi. Experts believe remotely triggered bombs are MQM’s preferred method of bombing. A message was delivered; Pushtoons will not have any room in Jinnahpur.

There are multiple opportunists like MQM and Karzai sharpening their claws in an anticipation of Americans to wound Pakistan, so they can devour whatever pieces they can snatch. These opportunists have been carefully nurtured by the Americans. Courtesy of these opportunists, Pakistan is already burning from Bajaur to Jinnahpur. What remains to be seen is whether the Americans will throw a bone to these hyenas or not?

- Asian Tribune -

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