Conspiracy Theories And The Bilateral Process

The government is compelled to see people getting more infuriated, hawkish and extremist against countries like India, America or Israel.... Photo Courtesy: Express Tribune

The government is compelled to see people getting more infuriated, hawkish and extremist against countries like India, America or Israel.... Photo Courtesy: Express Tribune

Published at Express Tribune blog

Conspiracy theories in current times are adjusting to our youth. Have you ever wondered about the reasons that make conspiracy theories easily impact the minds of people? There are quite a number of reasons, the foremost being that many of us love fiction and mysteries, and another being a simple lack of education. But in Pakistan, perhaps the most important is the trust deficit between the people and the respective governmental institutions or the whole government machinery.

Conspiracy theories proliferating in society or a country reflect a bilateral connection between the respective government and its people – both hermetically connected to each other. How? Let’s take into account the case of Zaid Hamid. I’d not blame the stalwarts of Zaid Hamid who’re in these times following the hawkish ideologies of the man because, as I said, it’s a bilateral process. One needs to understand that the people of Pakistan are frustrated and provoked over the stalemate on most serious long-standing issues between India and Pakistan; for instance: water issue, Kashmir issue, unprovoked border forces fire from Indian side, the involvement of Indian security agencies in the affairs of Pakistan and so forth.

I’m not a supporter of Zaid Hamid, neither do I like his hawkish rhetoric and cliches. But then, I think Zaid Hamid doesn’t reflect both sides of the coin. One side of the coin is Zaid Hamid. The other side of the coin is the failed government. The government has failed to satisfy the needs of the people. And that government’s failure of not dealing with serious problems of Pakistan is leading to the ire in the youth against India.

In the same way, there are conspiracy theories regarding United States of America: the usage of Pakistani bases to perform the drone attacks assignment, which is killing many innocent Pakistanis; the role of American Intelligence Agencies in Pakistan including the abduction of Pakistanis by CIA and FBI; the Blackwater issue; the dubious role of America on Kashmir issue, the failure of American-led Nato forces in Afghanistan and so forth. Again, this all is leading to the ire in the people of Pakistan against United States of America. The reasons are quite valid given that 9 years of war has brought no convincing result until the present time.

In either case, conspiracy theories are evolved and adopted by the people because of the failure of the respective government which cannot grapple the issues. Or to state the matter differently, there’s a huge trust deficit between the people and the government because their voices and judgement and opinion are perennially overlooked by government.

I’m nowhere near to asserting the idea that the above mentioned reason is the “only” ingredient that helps in accommodating conspiracy theories in our judgments and opinions. But give me one reason why people shouldn’t fall prey to these conspiracy theories — the rhetoric and cliches of some media analysts, as it’s called — when government has critically failed to comply with the demands of the people, and as mentioned above too: like the water issue with India, Kashmir issue, illegal abduction of Pakistanis and so on.

People have the right to make choices too and they will make the choices “automatically” – and maybe at times the wrong choices – when the government feebly gives this impression that it’s reluctant to solve the problems people are facing perpetually. According to the previously mentioned scenario on the bilateral process with regards to conspiracy theories, there is only one solution:

government should pay careful attention to the sentiments and needs of the people. If not, the government will be witness to people getting more infuriated, hawkish and extremist against countries like India, America or Israel, when their voices are not given a careful consideration. Those people who strictly denounce the conspiracy theorists should also not blame the youths who fall prey to conspiracy theories, because the coin is always bi-facial — both faces different.

Jundullah — A CIA Backed Outfit

The Chehlum blast in Karachi remains a mystery amongst the lot of mysteries of the series of bombing in Pakistan for years. A lot of different terrorist outfits have been claiming the responsibility of the attack in all these years. So far, the responsibility of twin blasts on the day of Chehlum on 5th February, 2010 hasn’t been claimed by anyone. Earlier, the responsibilities of such particular sectarian violence in the form of blasts have always been accepted by a terrorist outfit Jundullah (Soldiers of God). Since 2003, Jundullah members have been involved in a number of terrorist operations, including mass murder, hostage takings, bombings, raids, car thefts, and other acts of sabotage against civilians and the government of both the countries — Iran and Pakistan. But the latest terror attacks at Chehlum in Karachi are yet to be claimed by them or any other terrorist group. Who did that?

In 2009, Pakistani security forces arrested a senior member of the Jundullah terrorist group Abdolhamid Rigi, who’s the brother of Jundullah leader Abdolmalek Rigi. Pakistani security agencies, after apprehending Abdolhamid Rigi, extradited him to Iran since he was wanted by the Government of Iran. Abdolhamid Rigi was prosecuted in the courts of Iran where he acknowledged the fact that the Jundullah group has been trained and financed by “the US and Zionists“. He was then sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of Iran.

Conspiracy theory, uh? Press TV conducted the interview of Abdolhamid Rigi that explains the situation further.

Why is that we’ve been taking the name of US every time there’s a bomb blast in Pakistan and Iran? Well, it has something to do with the US of course that’s why the populace is exclaiming at times.

In 2007, there was a clear report on Telegraph saying: President George W Bush has given the CIA approval to launch covert “black” operations to achieve regime change in Iran, intelligence sources have revealed. Mr. Bush has signed an official document endorsing CIA plans for a propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilise, and eventually topple, the theocratic rule of the mullahs.

However, the CIA is giving arms-length support, supplying money and weapons, to an Iranian militant group, Jundullah, which has conducted raids into Iran from bases in Pakistan.

It’s quite startling that Pakistani media, on this issue, has been a lot more quiet than usual. However, back in October 2009, Dawn did mention something at the time of catastrophe of Sistan-Baluchistan that killed 10’s of people in Iran. But this isn’t just enough. Dawn, while reporting the news, wasn’t as vocal as it should be, despite that the international media is many times more vocal. Dawn just writes in simple words while reporting the Sistan-Baluchistan catastrophe: But perhaps the most combustible element in this shadowy war of sorts is the US connection.

Why is that the government of Sindh, Karachi — and more precisely the government of Pakistan — has been silent over this issue, I ask? Neither the PPP, nor MQM or ANP ever spoke on it, notwithstanding that, again, there has been all the proofs government of Pakistan has and that the International media is also vocal against Jundullah — the CIA funded organization functioning to create sectarian chaos.

I’m afraid to say that the top leadership of all political parties, including those sitting in London, are known to the facts, but they all are quiet on the issue — including the PPP, ANP, MQM and PML (N, Q). And that again substantiates the fact that the top leadership is sold out.

In a wake of this donnybrook, we need to open the window for these facts and denounce the acts of such double-barreled friendship with US because of their substantiated role in the destabilizing Pakistan.

PS: Knock me not, for I’ve given the references that need to be studied before anyone start roasting me.

Tribute to Amina Masood Janjua

Missing Person & Awaited Justice

Missing Persons & Awaited Justice

Whenever her name comes in my mind, whenever I thought of Missing Persons, tears streamed down my eyes. Amina Masood Janjua — wife of one missing person Masood Ahmed Janjua and Chairperson Defence of Human Rights Pakistan — is struggling for the missing persons in Pakistan. She has endlessly and doggedly strived hard for the Missing Persons of Pakistan who were nabbed by Pakistani Intelligence Agencies in collaboration of United States of America — our best ally.

The case of Missing Persons was petitioned in Supreme Court of Pakistan in veteran president General Musharraf’s era and justice was highly foreseen, but during that time Musharraf took the phenomenally outstanding performance of SC as his insult — as the decisions of SC were going against the idiotic moves of Musharraf’s government — so he imposed emergency in Pakistan and purged the Chief Justice of Pakistan and put him under house arrest. The hope of getting justice was vanished.

Now since the time Judiciary has been restored back and Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is reinstated, the case on Missing Persons wasn’t heard in SC for long, or rather SC didn’t take any serious notice, until last month a protest outside the Supreme Court led by Amina Masood Janjua against inaction on the issue of Missing Persons drew the ire of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry who then ordered the interior secretary to submit a report about the missing persons.

Amina Masood Janjua’s entrance in the red zone, and camping in front of the Supreme Court, made Chief Justice of Pakistan take the notice of the protest; hence, the longstanding case of Missing Persons was reopened again.

Interior Ministry says that it’s doing hectic efforts to trace the Missing Persons and 241 people had been traced while 175 are still untraced. Where are the untraced ones isn’t an inconspicuous and covert thing. Veteran president General Pervez Musharraf sold them to CIA. In the words of one of my American friend Prudence: YES! I have heard of the innocent Pakistani people nabbed by the CIA. It is my understanding that your President Musharraf took advantage of the widespread paranoia after 9/11 and got rid of most of his political “enemies” by literally selling them for around $20,000 each to the CIA for rendition purposes.

People from the US — the state government that’s committing heinous crimes — are ready to accept the fundamental reality and truth, but ineptly many of the Pakistani people — the victim nation of such atrocities — are even now not having sufficient strength to realize and acknowledge some of the evilness of the so-called best leaders.

On 23rd November 2009, all the cases of the “Missing Loved Ones” were fixed for hearing in CJP’s Court room number 1.

On the eve of recent Eid-ul-Azha 2009, 5 Missing Persons have returned back home safely after Supreme Court’s interference.

It’s yet sad that none of the prominent political party beefed up the cause of Amina Masood Janjua — which is after all a cause of our country Pakistan. The self-righteous and double-tongued political leaders and their respective parties are always up for power, but often not for powerless people to emancipate them.

The edgy yet high-mettled activist Amina Masood Janjua’s efforts will never run out InshaAllah. May Allah help her and all of us in this cause. Ameen.

It’s again a high time for us to at least understand and decry the bad side of our shameful leaders and advocate the cause of Amina — a cause to help her get the justice to the Missing Persons and their families — and a cause to render Pakistan the services it has always sought for. I ask judiciary an additional time, are you listening?

Welcome to Islamic Republic of Slave Pakistan

Pakistan Sovereignty Cartoon

First they came for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist; 
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then… they came for me… And by that time there was no one left to speak up.

These words of Martin Niemoller – a leader of one of the German group opposing Hitler and Nazi’s – remind me of the current situation in Pakistan.

We often address various different issues concerning Pakistan and its sovereignty. And at various situations, we, under an excuse of not having any other better alternative – surrender our sovereignty and dignity very happily. We don’t even tend to think of better alternatives we could have.

For instance, the drone attacks in Pakistan by United States Air Force has made me mulled over the dismantled Pakistan’s sovereignty. Today, United States – under a pretext of hunting down Talibans and al Qaeda – enters our territory and fire the missiles from their lofty drones. It mostly kills innocents. And we Pakistani’s remain reticent. Today, they come to hunt al Qaeda inside FATA; tomorrow, they could also use their land forces to enter into FATA and could also extend their aims and directions within Pakistan.

10 years back, when Pakistan conducted its Nuclear test, and we started believing we’re now a safe country with nuclear technology – guessing that no one would dare to have a dark look at us in future. No one yet knew 10 years back that 10 years after we’d be twisted around in an internal warfare so severely, and our sovereignty would get dismantled in such a grave way. Presently, no one yet knows what will happen after 10 years. Do you know? May be after 10 years we’ll see US forces beyond FATA and in other cities as well. It again reminds me of the words of Martin Niemoller “And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”

In another instance, we saw Pakistani intelligence agencies abducted dozens of innocent people few years back. We also discern that it all happened in collaboration with CIA – who worked as a downplayer in abduction. Who knows in future CIA could also be in spotlight in the abduction of Pakistanis. This time, they might not even need zilch help from Pakistan’s intelligence agencies – unlike past when Pakistani agencies were in spotlight – and used to directly abet CIA in abduction. Again, the words of Martin Niemoller echoes in my mind, “And by that time there was no one left to speak up.”

Today, we’re waiting for whom? Waiting for some veiled and sacred help? Even God doesn’t help those who don’t help themselves. This is so embarrassing ad nauseam.

Regarding the drone attacks, people often talk about the left out choices we could have. Particularly about drone attacks, we see the drone attacks fared not work well, coherently. It’s not a personal opinion I want to express, it’s a fact that we loose innocents in drone attacks, and we ought to bar Pakistan’s territory from drone attacks. Everyone wants annihilation of radicals from Pakistan. It’s all de trop what we’re facing today.

We’re undergoing a test-phase and the whole world is witnessing Pakistan can give in over the sovereignty issue. The world also witnesses that the country can also be suppressed very easily. We’re being suppressed by self-appointed superpowers. It’s a global fact that weaker ones are suppressed just like we’re getting suppressed. Those who have abilities to face danger and hardship despite fear – they rules. Such countries truly sparkle as a dignified nation. We’re regrettably not one of it. Welcome to Islamic Republic of Slave Pakistan.