Archiv: Pakistan


28.10.2019 - 06:31 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

17.10.2019 - 18:59 [ USA Today ]

President Donald Trump moves to stop ‚endless wars.‘ I stand with him: Sen. Rand Paul

Then-candidate Trump said often that the Iraq War was a mistake, and that we were in too many places for too long. Fast-forward to 2019, and the president is now moving forward to stop the “endless wars.” I stand with him.

The idea that our president would make this decision from this perspective is refreshing and long-awaited. Virtually every president in my lifetime has ended up in a new conflict or extending and expanding the old ones.

In particular, in the past 18 years, from Iraq to Libya to Syria, past presidents went into one bad misadventure after another.

17.10.2019 - 17:36 [ Middle East Eye ]

Trump’s Syria pullout was right. Why is the Washington establishment so shocked?

“The same people that got us into the Middle East Quicksand, 8 Trillion Dollars and many thousands of lives (and millions of lives when you count the other side), are now fighting to keep us there. Don’t listen to people that haven’t got a clue. They have proven to be inept!”

The tweet represents one of the most significant indictments that a US president has ever issued against the foreign policy that his own country has pursued in the Middle East for several decades.

13.10.2019 - 18:52 [ alarabiya.net ]

Pakistan’s PM leaves for Iran, Saudi Arabia to ease tensions

Khan will meet Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani. This is Khan’s second visit to Tehran this year. He also had a bilateral meeting with Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN summit in New York last month.

Khan will later travel to Riyadh after his talks with Iranian leaders.

26.09.2019 - 16:09 [ Bundestag ]

Stenografischer Bericht 25. Sitzung Berlin, Donnerstag, den 13. Februar 2003

Dr. Angela Merkel: Sie machen sich Sorgen, ob wir, die Politiker – egal ob Regierung oder Opposition –, unser Land durch eine schwierige Zeit, insbesondere durch den Irakkonflikt und durch den Kampf gegen den Terrorismus mit Klugheit und Weisheit führen können. Die Menschen in diesem Lande wollen keinen Krieg.

(Hans-Werner Bertl [SPD]: Das ist wahr!)

Diejenigen, die in diesem Saale sitzen, wollen auch keinen Krieg.

(Lebhafter Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler, wie sehr Sie innerlich unter Druck stehen, hat man schon an der Lautstärke Ihrer Stimme gemerkt.

(Lachen bei der SPD)

Dass Sie es aber nötig haben, die Opposition dieses Hauses als Kriegstreiber zu verleumden,

(Hans Michelbach [CDU/CSU]: Pfui!)

zeigt, in welcher Ecke Sie stehen. Aus dieser Ecke werden Sie nicht herauskommen können.

(Anhaltender Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Wer als Bundeskanzler der Bundesrepublik Deutschland den Eindruck erweckt, irgendjemand würde sich die Entscheidung über Krieg und Frieden leicht machen und die letzte Chance aus der Hand geben, der, sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler, hat nicht erfasst, worum es geht.

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Ich sage Ihnen: Sie sind seit Wochen auf einem Irrweg. Das Schlimmste ist – das sage ich mit großem Ernst; das ist meine feste Überzeugung –, dass insbesondere Ihr Verhalten auf dem Marktplatz von Goslar den Krieg im Irak leider nicht unwahrscheinlicher, sondern wahrscheinlicher gemacht hat; denn Sie haben den Druck auf Saddam Hussein verringert.

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP – Lothar Mark [SPD]: Das ist unglaublich! – Weitere Zurufe von der SPD)

Im Gegensatz zu Ihnen war ich in München und weiß, was ich gesagt habe. Niemand hat behauptet, dass es aufgrund der Resolution 1441 einen Automatismus der Gewalt gibt.

11.09.2019 - 09:14 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

11.09.2019 - 08:43 [ Buzzfeed ]

60 Words And A War Without End: The Untold Story Of The Most Dangerous Sentence In U.S. History

(17.1.2014)

Written in the frenzied, emotional days after 9/11, the Authorization for the Use of Military Force was intended to give President Bush the ability to retaliate against whoever orchestrated the attacks. But more than 12 years later, this sentence remains the primary legal justification for nearly every covert operation around the world. Here’s how it came to be, and what it’s since come to mean.

21.08.2019 - 17:21 [ arynews.tv ]

Pakistan decides to approach ICJ over Kashmir issue: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: After highlighting the Kashmir issue at the United Nation Security Council (UN) and Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Pakistan has now decided to approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the Occupied Kashmir issue, ARY News reported on Tuesday.

21.08.2019 - 17:10 [ Junge Welt ]

Kaschmir-Konflikt: Pakistan will vor internationalen Gerichtshof

»Es wurde eine grundsätzliche Entscheidung getroffen, das umstrittene Kaschmir vor den Internationalen Gerichtshof zu bringen«, wurde Außenminister Shah Mehmood Qureshi am Dienstag von lokalen Medien zitiert.

18.08.2019 - 12:57 [ DailyTimes.com.pk ]

Killing of leader’s brother will not derail peace talks: Taliban

Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada was not in the mosque near Quetta when a bomb went off but his younger brother, Hafiz Ahmadullah, was leading Friday prayers and was among four people killed, several Taliban officials have said. There was no claim of responsibility for the blast that came after both Taliban and US officials have reported progress in talks on an agreement centered on a US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in exchange for a Taliban security guarantee.

18.08.2019 - 09:55 [ DailyPakistan.com ]

A new Holocaust in the making in Kashmir

Kashmiris have not yet forgotten that in August – November, 1947, RSS colluded with the Hindu Maharajah of Kashmir to perpetrate the horrific genocide and exodus of Jammu, whereby hundreds of thousands of Muslims were massacred and an estimated half a million forcibly displaced. This reduced the region’s Muslim majority to a minority. This time, RSS is working through BJP, its political wing, to complete its original mission of ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Muslims. The genocide is being substituted by settler colonialism, but the objectives remain the same.

17.08.2019 - 14:04 [ Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan / Twitter ]

I welcome the UNSC meeting to discuss the serious situation in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. It is for the first time in over 50 yrs that the world’s highest diplomatic forum has taken up this issue. There are 11 UNSC resolutions reiterating the Kashmiris right to self determination.

17.08.2019 - 12:05 [ Contra Magazin ]

Erstschlag-Doktrin: Indien deutet Änderung an

Kaschmir gilt allgemein als umstrittenes Gebiet. Es wurde zwischen Indien und Pakistan seit ihrer Teilung im Jahr 1947 aufgeteilt. Die Länder haben drei Kriege um das Territorium geführt.

17.08.2019 - 12:01 [ Washington Post ]

India was a miracle democracy. But it’s time to downgrade its credentials.

Kashmir sits on one of India’s foundational fault lines, that of religion. With the rise and consolidation of an aggressive Hindu majoritarianism, many rightfully worry about India’s future as a multicultural democracy.

17.08.2019 - 04:42 [ Hindustan Times ]

Pak, China trying to speak for world: India after UNSC closed-door meet on Kashmir

“Thwarted,” said a top UN diplomat in a one-word response about Pakistan’s request for a formal meeting of the Security Council that garnered the support of only one of the body’s 15 members: China.

17.08.2019 - 04:22 [ Hindustan Times ]

Rajnath Singh’s hint on ‘no first use’ change is message to Pakistan

Soon after the nuclear blasts in 1998, India adopted the “no first use” policy in a bid to address global concerns of an impending nuclear arms race, especially as the Indian tests were followed by tit-for-tat tests by Pakistan.

The promise not to use nuclear weapons first, a policy adopted by several nations including China, addressed the escalation ladder. It also laid to rest apprehensions or misunderstandings about the possible use of nuclear weapons in a conflict.

17.08.2019 - 04:12 [ Times of India ]

‚No first use’ of nukes policy is open to review: Rajnath Singh

NEW DELHI: Defence minister Rajnath Singh’s suggestion that India’s no-first-use nuclear posture may not be sacrosanct sparked intense speculation in the midst of heightened India-Pakistan tensions in the wake of the abrogation of special status to Jammu & Kashmir.
The defence minister’s comment, which he also later tweeted, came at Pokhran — the site of India’s nuclear tests.

17.08.2019 - 03:58 [ Tribune.com.pk ]

India makes veiled threat of nuclear war

Though Rajnath Singh didn’t name any country, it is understood the threat was directed at Pakistan. It shows Modi’s growing frustration at his ill-conceived move to strip Occupied Kashmir of its autonomy on August 5.

17.08.2019 - 03:49 [ Bloomberg ]

China Blames India for Kashmir Tension as UN Action Blocked

The Security Council met on Friday to discuss Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to scrap autonomy for Kashmir, though the body was divided on how to proceed, with the U.S. and France blocking a Chinese attempt to get the 15-member body to publicly urge parties to refrain from actions that exacerbate tensions along the line of control, diplomats said.

17.08.2019 - 03:47 [ Daily Pakistan ]

PM Imran discusses Kashmir issue with Donald Trump ahead of crucial UNSC session

Prime Minister Imran Khan talked to US President Donald Trump and briefed him about Pakistan’s stance on Kashmir issue.

The telephonic contact took place on Friday, ahead of the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

17.08.2019 - 03:44 [ UN.org ]

UN Security Council discusses Kashmir, China urges India and Pakistan to ease tensions

The Security Council met to consider the volatile situation surrounding Kashmir on Friday, addressing the issue directly within the UN body dedicated to resolving matters of international peace and security, for the first time since 1965.

Although the meeting took place behind closed doors in New York, the Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Jun, spoke to reporters outside the chamber following deliberations, urging both India and Pakistan to “refrain from taking any unilateral action which might further aggravate” what was an already “tense and very dangerous” situation.

15.08.2019 - 11:16 [ Trend.az ]

China requests closed UNSC meeting on Kashmir

Last week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that Beijing was very concerned regarding the situation surrounding Kashmir, stressing that the issue should be resolved by peaceful means and in accordance with the UN Charter, the Security Council’s resolutions and bilateral agreements.

In a separate statement, Yi said that India had changed the status quo in the Kashmir region by amending the Indian Constitution.

15.08.2019 - 10:05 [ Washington Post ]

Pakistan’s response to Kashmir is only helping Modi. It should stay out of this.

Its response has been knee-jerk, unfathomable — and, above all, ironic. Every outburst and flailing against India only validates the Modi government and rallies Indian public opinion behind it. In other words, while claiming to lash out at him, Pakistan is only making Modi look better, even among those Indians who do not agree with the prime minister’s handling of Kashmir.

10.08.2019 - 23:58 [ New York Times ]

Inside Kashmir, Cut Off From the World: ‘A Living Hell’ of Anger and Fear

The New York Times gained one of the first inside views by a news organization of life under lockdown in Kashmir and found a population that felt besieged, confused, frightened and furious by the seismic events of this week.

08.08.2019 - 18:14 [ Times of India ]

Article 370: US neutral; UAE, Lanka back move; China opposes it

Hua said China had always opposed the Indian side’s “entry of Chinese territory in the western section’’ of the Sino-Indian border into the administrative jurisdiction of India.

“This position is firm and consistent and has never changed. Recently, the Indian side has continued to damage China’s territorial sovereignty by unilaterally modifying the form of domestic law. This practice is unacceptable and will not have any effect,’’ she said.

08.08.2019 - 18:07 [ Tribune.com.pk ]

Qureshi says Pakistan ’not looking at military option‘ over Kashmir dispute

“We’re not looking at military option,” Qureshi said, adding, “Don’t we reserve a right to respond in case of any aggression?”

He added, “We have decided to go back to the UN security council to challenge this Indian position, which is morally incorrect.”

India on Monday revoked Article 370 of its constitution stripping occupied Kashmir of its special status.

06.08.2019 - 12:42 [ GEO TV ]

US envoy Alice Wells arrives in Pakistan

United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells arrived in Islamabad on Tuesday. According to sources, a high-level US delegation arrived in Islamabad and will hold delegation-level talks with the Pakistani leadership.

06.08.2019 - 12:36 [ GEO TV ]

Amended resolution presented in Parliament against scrapping special status of IoK

A joint session of Parliament began at Parliament House earlier today to discuss the deteriorating situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir, after the Indian government revoked Article 370 of the constitution which granted special status to the disputed valley.

05.08.2019 - 22:32 [ GEO TV Pakistan ]

PM Imran phones Erdogan, Mahathir, says India’s move in occupied Kashmir will destroy regional peace

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday had telephonic conversations with the heads of two of Pakistan’s ally nations, Malaysia and Turkey, wherein he termed India’s move to revoke Article 370 illegal and one that would destroy regional peace and security.

05.08.2019 - 18:33 [ ZDF ]

Verfassungsänderung – Indien befeuert Kaschmir-Konflikt

Die indische Regierung hat dem von ihr kontrollierten Teil Kaschmirs den Sonderstatus entzogen. Die Anordnung verkündete Indiens Innenminister Amit Shah in beiden Parlamentskammern: Mit einem Eildekret des Präsidenten werde Artikel 370 der indischen Verfassung, der dem Bundesstaat Jammu und Kaschmir Autonomierechte garantiert hatte, sofort gestrichen.

22.07.2019 - 22:14 [ Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan ]

The poverty of the people is the actual cause of the devastation and ruination of a country; & the main cause of the poverty of the people is the desire of its ruler and officers to amass wealth and possessions whether by fair or foul means

Hazrat Ali (AS) Nahjul Balagha

22.07.2019 - 20:55 [ usnews.com ]

Trump Says U.S. Working With Pakistan to Find Way Out of Afghan War

The Pentagon said Pakistan’s army chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, will meet later on Monday with the top American military officer, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford.

22.07.2019 - 20:51 [ theHill.com ]

Trump says he could win Afghan war in a week but doesn’t ‚want to kill 10 million people‘

The president added that Afghanistan would be “wiped off the face of the earth” in 10 days if he chose to bring a quick end to the nation’s longest war, which he called “ridiculous” and said has helped turn the U.S. into the world’s “policemen.”

“I don’t want to go that route,” Trump said.

09.07.2019 - 06:01 [ Common Dreams ]

Dogs of War Howl for Blood in Iran While Americans Cheer US Bombers on July 4th

Last week’s display was a chilling reminder of the horrific deaths caused by successive administrations‘ propensity for war

30.06.2019 - 08:07 [ brettonwoodsproject.org ]

Pakistan requests 13th IMF loan, amid US-China tensions

(04.04.2019)

The focus of the IMF programs was never institutional improvement but structural adjustments, which only protected the interests of a small elite, as these neoliberal policies worked well for them and not the general people.

30.06.2019 - 07:56 [ Hindustan Times ]

Pakistan signs $375 million syndicated loan with UAE banks

Emirates NBD Capital Limited was global coordinator. The transaction was anchored and arranged by Commercial Bank of Dubai, Emirates NBD Bank, Noor Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Mashreqbank and Sharjah Islamic Bank.

30.06.2019 - 07:54 [ Tribune.com.pk ]

World Bank approves $722 million loan for Pakistan

The World Bank has approved $722 million loan for Pakistan that will largely be used for improving civic and public transport facilities in Karachi – the largest metropolis that needs nearly $10 billion additional investment to make it liveable.

30.06.2019 - 07:52 [ AL Jazeera ]

Why Pakistan’s economy is sinking

For decades, the Pakistani authorities have been unable to establish effective tax collection practices. Currently, only one percent of Pakistanis pay their taxes and the country has one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratios in the world.

Successive governments have avoided imposing stricter controls because they have been staffed by members of the same elites that are actively evading taxes. They are able to do so not only because of government inaction but also because of widespread corruption. In fact, it is cheaper for them to bribe than to pay their dues.