PAKISTAN: JAAMATE ISLAMI HOLDS GRAND TRIBAL JIRGA
Introduction and Editors Notes: by Gordon Duff Senior Editor
The article below is received from Opinion Maker, an internet site used by key leaders in Pakistan and the United States as an open forum for discussion, sometimes harsh, but done in an atmosphere of open expression. The forums there and on Veterans Today involve, not only military and civil leaders in both countries but include key tribal leaders from Pakistan and Afghanistan, some who write exclusively for our publications.
The article below isn’t written for American “MSM” (mainstream media). It is a simple report of Grand Jirga, a tribal council of the groups that control the border regions between Pakistan and Afghanistan, an area the United States deems key to the winning of “the war,” a war being fought, on our side, by leaders who are, to say it kindly, “misinformed.”
It isn’t unusual for us to get self serving declarations from Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and the United States. Only by seeing the mistakes in our enemies and friends, can we understand them. More important, however, would be the general recognition that mistakes are being made, on a massive scale, on both sides but primarly the United States. As “primary actor” in this conflict, the power determining who is an enemy, who needs to be killed and what “victory” is, the United States, when dangerously misinformed must be blamed.
With power comes responsibility and a need for reflection and openness. That capability died in the United States the day George W. Bush came to office. When he left, his policies had gained a life of their own. America is heading towad defeat, not just in Afghanistan, but in every conflict we enter as “world policeman” in a world that rejects this role. American leadership is craved by everyone. We are the only hope much of the world has. India, Pakistan, Iran and so many other countries are waiting for us to come to our senses.
Before we do that, the cowards and fools among them either come to us for money or issue childish threats. The cowards and fools among us listen and respond and the innocent continue to die.
What is history going to say of this time? It will say that a new Roman Empire arose, one more corrupt, less skillful, less purposeful than the one that fell. Nero and Caligula would make great American leaders, we have recently enjoyed several with less honor and personal restraint.
Take this moment to gain what enlightenment you can by seeing America through the eyes of simple and honest people:
A POSTIVE SIGN FOR RECONCILIATION
LAHORE: A grand Tribal Jirga organized by the Jamaat e Islami Pakistan at Mansoora Thursday, outright rejected the new US Pak-Afghan policy terming it a declaration of war and an aggression against the tribal people.
A declaration adopted at the Jirga said that the US after facing a clear defeat in Afghanistan, was targeting the tribal areas in revenge and the imprudent Pakistani rulers were victim of a conspiracy to chop off this sword arm of Pakistan only to please Washington.
History was witness that the Tribal people had never accepted foreign subjugation and whoever dared to challenge them suffered a humiliating defeat and the tribal area proved to be the graveyard of the invader, the declaration said.
The Jirga, therefore called upon the Pakistani rulers to immediately stop the military operation in tribal areas on US bidding and check drone attacks as a token to pull out of the US war.
Over three hundred tribal elders participated the Jirga presided over by the JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan in a jam-packed Mansoora auditorium.
Representatives from all the tribal areas and agencies addressed the gathering and apprised the audience of the results of the military operation in their area. While reaffirming their loyalty to Pakistan, they vowed to shed the last drop of their blood for the cause of Islam and Pakistan.
The Jirga called for the withdrawal of troops from tribal areas and going for
dialogue to restore peace besides quick rehabilitation of the displaced millions.
It noted that more than ten thousand innocent tribesmen-mostly women and children- had been killed in the military operation during the last five years while fifteen thousand injured were struggling for life. The military operations were practically carrying on the genocide of the tribal people instead of wiping out terrorists, it said.
In the present chilly weather, millions of displaced tribal people were forced to live in pitiable conditions. Because of drone attacks and army operation, all business in Bajaur, Malakand, Khyber, Mehmand, Orakzai, Kurram, Darra Adam Khel and Waziristan agencies had been ruined, schools and colleges had been destroyed and the residents had become mentally sick.
The Jirga believed that the US, Israel and India were conspiring ethnic, sectarian and factional riots in Pakistan to advance their agenda – to deprive the Muslims of their ideology and culture, to disintegrate this Islamic state and to take over its nuclear assets.
The Jirga however said that the tribal people fully understood the enemy designs and they were not ready to accept the US as their master. However, it counseled the Pakistani rulers to shed off US slavery, adopt an independent policy and accept the tribal areas as an integral part of the country.
It noted that the US and Hamid Karzai were planning dialogue with the Taliban in Afghanistan but the Pakistani rulers were bent on continuing bloodshed.
The Jirga demanded setting up of a judicial commission to assess the losses of the military operations and grant of due compensation for these, an independent financial package for the tribal areas to start business and development projects there.
It also called for a reforms package for the tribal areas, annulment of the FCR, the setting up of FATA Council and establishment of Shariai Nizam e Adal.
Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He is a disabled veteran and has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world’s largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues.
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