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Talha Mujaddidi | PKKH Editorial Team &  Axis of Logic

We are watching it happen in the streets. The recurring nightmare has become a grim, new reality for the people of Pakistan. After watching the horrors of the U.S. invasions and occupations of Iraq and neighboring Afghanistan for 8 years, the “war on terror” has finally arrived in The Land of the Pure. The sudden arrival of U.S. marines, U.S. military Hummers, the hired killers of Blackwater, houses barricaded for U.S. personnel in Islamabad and the construction of the world’s largest U.S. “Embassy” are terrorizing this nation of 180 million people. The U.S. slaughter and destruction in Iraq and neighboring Afghanistan for the last 8 years warn them of what may lie in store for them, their families, their land.

The U.S. Marines

On 9/21/08 a bomb ripped through the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad killing scores of people and injuring hundreds. Prior to the bombing, U.S. marines off-loaded steel boxes from a truck, by-passed security and took them to the 4th floor of the building. US officials refused to cooperate with the government’s attempts to investigate their activities. One year later, U.S. Marines are leading the occupation of Pakistan.

Until this landing of U.S. forces, the nation’s spokesman for Foreign Affairs had been denying that 1000 U.S. marines were on their way to Islamabad. The thousand marines are now in the capital city of Islamabad. Some of them may be quietly slipping into Balochistan where the presence of JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command) have been reported by foreign journalists. But most are here to defend what will be the largest U.S. embassy/fortress in the world, now under construction and to spearhead the invasion and occupation.

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Recently, I interviewed two of my friends (Ali and Ahmed*) who have worked inside the IDP relief camps. These friends went to IDP camps in early July and since then many IDPs have moved back to their homes in Swat, Malakand and Buner area. Many other refugees have not yet been able to return home, but the situation is improving at the moment. The lack of funds is still is a big problem for the people and the government because the costs of rebuilding entire towns, villages and infrastructure are enormous.

Before we get into the interviews which follow, it is important that the reader know something about the Pathans. The vast Majority of the people living in NWFP (North West Frontier Province are Pathans). Pathans are an ethnic group that speaks the Pashto language. Pathans, or Pushtoon, are also the majority population of Afghanistan. Pushtoons are able fighters and accustomed to living under harsh climatic conditions. Pushtoons were part of most armies that ruled the region and the Indian Sub-continent and they are also staunch Muslims.

Pushtoons have contributed a great deal to the development and prosperity of the Pakistan. Many of Pakistan’s prominent personalities have been Pushtoon. Pushtoons for the most part follow their own tribal laws and customs, and they are very strict about those laws. To the Western world it seems confusing when Pushtoons fight with one another, but these are easily understood as any group struggles for internal control. It’s also important to understand that they have have many tribal laws and customs, which have nothing to do with Islam but rather, are based on their tribal laws and Jirga (council of leaders). Western pressure, western backed NGO’s, military action, political pressure, or other such urbane machinations cannot force the Pushtoons to change these laws or to amend them. Pushtoons are also the backbone of the Pakistan Army, the most powerful institution of Pakistan. Pathans are proficient with the use of modern technology and equipment and they are innovative in new business and customs but they will not alter their tribal codes or laws.

The Pathans are staunchly religious and don’t think of Afghanistan as a foreign country because Afghanistan has a majority population of Pushtoons. The Pushtoons are strongly opposed to the U.S.-led war and they consider the U.S. occupation force to be a repetition of the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Pushtoons are also unhappy with the Pakistan Government because both the current Zardari government and the earlier Musharraf government are puppets of the United States. They also view the rest of the Pakistani elite class and politicians and the majority of the Pustoon politicians to be corrupt and Pro-U.S. for their own self interest.

TM = Talha Mujaddidi, Axis of Logic Columnist
RW = Relief Workers being interviewed.


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AxisofLogic – Finding Clarity in the Baluchistan Conundrum, Talha Mujaddidi in Pakistan

Talha Mujaddidi in Pakistan

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By Talha Mujaddidi in Pakistan. Axis of Logic Exclusive
Saturday, Apr 4, 2009

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By Talha Mujaddidi in Pakistan. Axis Exclusive
Mar 26, 2009, 10:48
Talha Mujaddidi, Axis of Logic columnist, reporting from Pakistan

What took place on March 15 reveals more about U.S. involvement and manipulation of the political process in Pakistan.

“The Long March”, against the Pakistan government, was scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 15, 2009. When I first switched on the TV, around 9 o’clock that morning, I saw that there were only few people on the streets of Lahore. It began as an ordinary day in Pakistan but soon it changed into most memorable for Nawaz Sharif7, former Prime Minister and the rest of the Pakistani people. The reason was that Nawaz, and Aitezaz14, both were under house arrest. Nawaz came out of his house and told public on live TV that he was defying his house arrest and leaving for the Long March. As Nawaz, left his house arrest in a caravan, crowd started pouring onto the streets of Lahore, the police tried to stop the protestors using, tear gas, and a baton charge. The roads were blocked with buses with their tires ripped so that they could not be moved. The crowds kept pouring in, and soon it was clear that the police could not hold back the crowd. Choudary must have seen all this on TV at his house; he too defied his house arrest and took to the street.

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