Category Archives: Pakistan
The White House responded swiftly and sharply to publication Sunday evening of more than 91,000 secret documents painting a bleak picture of the Afghanistan war, calling the leak “irresponsible” and saying that the source – the whistleblower website WikiLeaks — “opposes U.S. policy in Afghanistan.” WikiLeaks said its “Afghan War Diary” consists mostly of reports “written by soldiers and intelligence officers … describing lethal military actions involving the United States military.” WikiLeaks gave three news organizations – The New York Times, The (British) Guardian and Germany’s Der Spiegel – advance access to the “war logs” trove.
They oppose the Afghan War? Who the fuck doesn’t? Oh boo-fucking-hoo you lying, covering-up, war mongering bastards! Meanwhile…the NYT has run an article, entitled the War Log which they explain and validate here, based on Wikileak’s info. From the WikiLeak writeup:
25th July 2010 5:00 PM EST WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary (AWD), an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.
The reports, while written by soldiers and intelligence officers mainly describing lethal military actions involving the United States military, also include intelligence information, reports of meetings with political figures, and related detail.
The document collection will shortly be available on a dedicated webpage.
The reports cover most units from the US Army with the exception of most US Special Forces’ activities. The reports do not generally cover top-secret operations or European and other ISAF Forces operations.
We have delayed the release of some 15,000 reports from the total archive as part of a harm minimization process demanded by our source. After further review, these reports will be released, with occasional redactions, and eventually, in full, as the security situation in Afghanistan permits.
The data is provided in CSV and SQL formats, sorted by months, and also was rendered into KML mapping data.
It’s gonna be a doozie folks you can wade thorough it all HERE…fasten your friggin seatbelts, its gonna be a bumpy, horrendous ride. And Team Obama ain’t gonna like it and neither will the Bushies. Fuck em all I say..warmongering bags of shit.
Pakistan’s Punjab Provincial Assembly on Monday voted to ask President Pervez Musharraf to resign or face possible impeachment by the country’s parliament. Of the body’s 371 members, 321 voted for the motion, including the majority of Musharraf’s own Pakistan Muslim League-Q party. In response to the vote and impeachment plans led by the country’s coalition government, Musharraf stated he will fight the allegations of wrongdoing and asserted that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) simply wants to impose their rule over his own. For the potential impeachment to succeed, it would require the endorsement of two-thirds of legislators in a joint session of parliament. The lower house of parliament was scheduled to meet later on Monday to consider the move. BBC News has more.
Why can’t our Congress do this? It is a rhetorical question…
The party of Benazir Bhutto has already picked a new candidate. But you wouldn’t know who by the individual who was doing the talking at the latest press conference. Bhutto’s husband spoke longer and more often than Bhutto’s son or the new candidate that will represent the opposition party in place of Benazir Bhutto.
Yet Fahim predicted that Zardari would be the kingmaker — consolidating his hold on the party by creating his own clique of advisers — and that some of those close to Bhutto would fade away.– per the IHT article linked above.
I don’t know about you, my dear reader, but its a crap-shoot in Pakistan. There are plenty of folks that want to change the status quo in the PPP party. The Pakistan Peoples Party has held together with bailing wire and rhetoric.
Stay tuned..this story is far from over.
The doctors who attended to Benazir Bhutto have run as fast as they can from the government’s version of how she died. You remember that one don’t you? The ‘hitting her head on a lever’ line? From the NYT writeup:
Athar Minallah, a board member of the hospital where Ms. Bhutto was treated, released her medical report along with an open letter showing that her doctors wanted to distance themselves from the government theory that Ms. Bhutto had died by hitting her head on a lever of her car’s sunroof during the attack.
In his letter, Mr. Minallah, who is also a prominent lawyer, said the doctors believed that an autopsy was needed to provide the answers to how she actually died. Their request for one last Thursday was denied by the local police chief.
Seems to be quite the cover-up doesn’t it? Her husband didn’t want an autopsy, the government didn’t want an autopsy..but her doctors and everyone else in the world want one.
In other news..Bhutto’s 19-year old son will lead the PPP party..assisted of course by his father, Asif Ali Zardari. That is one helluva load to put on a kid that isn’t even old enough to drink yet. In another surprise move, Nawaz Sharif, another former prime minister, also decided Sunday to call off his previously announced boycott of the vote. From the NYT writeup:
The announcement that Ms. Bhutto’s first-born son, Bilawal, an Oxford undergraduate with no political experience, would lead her party was made at a chaotic news conference at the family’s ancestral home here in a southern Pakistan village.
His father, Asif Ali Zardari, said he would manage the chairmanship on his son’s behalf until he finished his university degree, for a minimum of three years.
To make it interesting, Bilawal is changing his last name from Zardari to his mothers maiden name..Bhutto. Things in Pakistan keep getting curiouser and curiouser..
Al-Qaeda did it. Its all Al-Qaeda’s fault. Every nasty, horrific thing that has transpired in the last 6 years is the fault of Al-Qaeda. This includes of course the killing of Benazir Bhutto.
So why is it then that Robert Fisk draws many parallels today in his piece for the Independent that go directly to Musharraf? From Fisk’s article:
Question: Who forced Benazir Bhutto to stay in London and tried to prevent her return to Pakistan? Answer: General Musharraf.
Question: Who ordered the arrest of thousands of Benazir’s supporters this month? Answer: General Musharraf.
Question: Who placed Benazir under temporary house arrest this month? Answer: General Musharraf.
Question: Who declared martial law this month? Answer General Musharraf.
Question: who killed Benazir Bhutto?
Er. Yes. Well quite.
Tomorrows Independent has a good read up as well on this subject. Like, why didn’t Bhutto’s husband want an autopsy? In fact, according to the current Prime Minister of Pakistan..her husband insisted that there not be an autopsy. From Sunday’s edition:
Suspicions over the complicity of Pervez Musharraf’s government in the killing were fueled by its failure to order a postmortem, regardless of Mr Zardari’s wishes, and the fact that the scene of the bombing was washed down with a high-pressure hose within an hour, removing potential forensic evidence. Under the criminal law of Pakistan, an autopsy should have been mandatory, according to a leading lawyer, Athar Minallah.
“It is absurd because without autopsy it is not possible to investigate,” he said. “Is the state not interested in reaching the perpetrators of this heinous crime, or was there a cover-up?”
Christ, what a mess, what a coverup..what a freaking bunch of hooey.