Sunday, July 10, 2011

DTN News - PAKISTAN NEWS: Chaos In Pakistan With Insurgency, Ethnic Violence And Govt Sanctioned Journalist's Murder

Defense News: DTN News - PAKISTAN NEWS: Chaos In Pakistan With Insurgency, Ethnic Violence And Govt Sanctioned Journalist's Murder
**US suspends some Pakistan military aid says Obama aide: The Obama administration will hold back about $800 million in aid to the Pakistani military because Washington is unhappy with Pakistan’s expulsion of US military trainers and its campaign against militants, the New York Times reported on Saturday. Relations between the two governments have been strained with the United States wanting Pakistan to intensify its counterterrorism efforts. The relationship also has been tense due to the surprise US raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden on May 2, US drone attacks that have killed civilians and a raft of other issues. The Times, citing three US senior officials, said the United States was suspending or canceling $800 million in aid and equipment —more than a third of the $2 billion it gives Pakistan for security assistance.
About $300 million in US funding is to reimburse Pakistan for deploying more than 100,000 troops along the Afghan border to combat Taliban and other militant forces. Other funding covers training and military hardware, Times sources said.
(NSI News Source Info) TORONTO, Canada - July 10, 2011: During Bush administration, US were whispering to Pervez Musharraf to act on militants, as terrorism originating from Pakistan was becoming a global menace to society all around the world and the same time US closed their eyes on Taliban related activities bombing in Bali, Spain, U.K., Philippines, Mumbai and other countries.

Pervez Musharraf, Bush treated him like a spoilt brat: Pervez Musharraf was invited several times to the White House and Bush treated him like a spoilt brat and affirmed him a status of the closest coalition partner for war on terror against organizations designated as terrorist and regimes that were accused of having a connection to them or providing them with support or were perceived, or presented as posing a threat to the US and its allies in general. It was typically used with a particular focus on militant Islamists and al-Qaeda. Bush provided Pakistan with approx. $20 billion in military and economy assistant / aid. Pervez Musharraf played an even hand between Taliban and the US, on release of monetary / military aid by US or their top officials visit To Islamabad, Pervez Musharraf would arrest few insurgents to appease Americans, while other insurgents were arming and attacking ISAF forces across the border in Afghanistan and the coalition forces from NATO and ISAF were not allowed to pursue the attackers to their safe shelter in Pakistan, causing resurgence of the Taliban. Pervez Musharraf ruled Pakistan as Chief Executive from 1999–2001 and as President from 2001-08. In the face of likely impeachment, he resigned on 18 August 2008.

President Asif Ali Zardari: In April, 2009., President Asif Ali Zardari, under pressure from conservatives, signed a regulation imposing Islamic sharia law in the Swat valley to end Taliban violence. The Obama Team worked in the right direction with Pakistan and have to put their foot down and require for accountability as the current government of Pakistan under Zardari were following the path of their predecessor Pervez Musharraf. Last eight years under Pervez Musharraf administration, Taliban and al Qaeda gathered memento in strength. As of July 2009 the U. S. Air Force’s robotic drone fleet stands at 195 Predators and 28 Reapers, partial fleet would be deployed in Afghanistan to eliminate Taliban and al-Qaeda elements.

Pakistan's ISI Spy Agency Has 'Militant Links' Says Adm Mike Mullen: In early 2011, the US military's top officer, Adm Mike Mullen, has repeatedly accused Pakistan's spy agency of having links with militants targeting troops in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had a "long-standing relationship" with a militant group run by Afghan insurgent Jalaluddin Haqqani. "It's fairly well known that the ISI has a long-standing relationship with the Haqqani network," Adm Mullen told Pakistan's Dawn newspaper."Haqqani is supporting, funding, training fighters that are killing Americans and killing coalition partners. And I have a sacred obligation to do all I can to make sure that doesn't happen."

Govt Sanctioned Journalist's Murder Says Adm Mike Mullen: Last week, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, went public with allegations that the Pakistani government approved the murder of Syed Saleem Shahzad, whose battered body was found in a canal in May.“It’s been reported recently and I haven’t seen anything that would disabuse that report,” America’s most senior military officer told reporters from the Pentagon Press Association.Although he said he did not have evidence linking the killing to a specific government agency, he added: “It was sanctioned by the government, yeah.” Analysts said the statement was unprecedented and would drive the two countries further apart, inflaming public sentiment and offering a gift to radical Islamic leaders who stoke anti-American feelings

Zawahiri hiding in Fata Says Panetta: On April 9, 2011, the new Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who arrived in Kabul on Saturday, said the United States was “within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda” and that the American focus had narrowed to capturing or killing 10 to 20 crucial leaders of the terrorist group in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Mr. Panetta, who took over as defense secretary from Robert M. Gates on July 1, made his comments aboard his plane before arriving on an unannounced trip to Afghanistan. They were Mr. Panetta’s first public remarks in his new post and among the most positive from a senior American national security official about the decade-old war against the terrorist organization, founded by Osama bin Laden, that was responsible for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Mr. Panetta, who as director of the Central Intelligence Agency ran the American commando raid that killed Bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2, said that vanquishing Al Qaeda was one of his most important goals as defense secretary. “Obviously we made an important start with that in getting rid of Bin Laden,” Mr. Panetta said. “We’re within reach of strategically defeating Al Qaeda. And I’m hoping to be able to focus on that, working obviously with my prior agency as well.”

Mr. Panetta, in one of the most specific descriptions from an Obama administration official about Mr. Zawahri’s whereabouts, said that he believed Mr. Zawahri was living in Pakistan’s mountainous northwest frontier. But, he acknowledged, “With these guys you never know. But at least the best intelligence we have is that he’s located somewhere there.” Mr. Panetta indicated that he had raised the issue of Mr. Zawahri with Pakistan’s powerful spy agency, the directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence. “One of the last things I did as director of the C.I.A. was to sit down with my counterparts in Pakistan and make clear to them that there are a set of targets that we have,” Mr. Panetta said. “And the more they can help us go after those targets, the more we will have the ability to achieve our goals in Pakistan.” On who in Pakistan knew about Bin Laden’s hideaway in Abbottabad, Mr. Panetta said he had “suspicions, but no smoking gun.” Later, after a meeting with President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan, Mr. Panetta made his first public gaffe as defense secretary: He told reporters that 70,000 American troops would remain in Afghanistan until the end of 2014.

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