[Pak Daily Times] The liquidation of the eldest son, Nasiruddin Haqqani, of the Haqqani Network (HN) leader Jalaluddin Haqqani in Bhara Kahu on the outskirts of Islamabad on Sunday night comes barely a week after Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) leader Hakeemullah Mehsud's death in a drone strike in North Wazoo. He is reported to be the fourth Haqqani brother to have been rubbed out by one means or the other. Two gunnies opened fire on Nasiruddin, the chief financier and front man of the HN, as he was buying bread in the bazaar, stopped to make sure he was dead and then fled. Nasiruddin's driver picked up the body and transported it to the Haqqani home near Miranshah ... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas... , North Waziristan, where he is reported to have been buried. No claim of responsibility has surfaced so far, feeding the rumour mills fulltime. The TTP was quick to react, blaming the ISI for the liquidation because they said, of Nasiruddin's close support to Hakeemullah Mehsud. They also vowed to avenge his death. Other speculation centres on the usual cast of suspects, headed first and foremost by the US, which had declared the HN a terrorist group in 2012, in an ironic twist on the HN's once blue-eyed boys status in the eyes of Washington during the anti-Soviet struggle in Afghanistan. Former US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen had categorised the HN in 2011 in testimony before Congress as a "veritable arm" of the Pak ISI. HN is considered one of the most deadly groups fighting the US, NATO ...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all.... and the Karzai Afghan government, with links to al Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and a string of bad turban groups in Pakistain, including the TTP. The Pakistain army's ISPR refused to comment on the liquidation. The local police appeared clueless about whether the murder had actually occurred, and if it had, who was the victim, since the body was whisked away long before the police lumbered onto the scene. The local SHO has been suspended, but what good does that do when the incident is clearly a 'black ops' targeting by whoever was responsible.
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[Pak Daily Times] Pakistain must know who is about to challenge the writ of the state and why. The challenger will be a former chairlift operator who also used to sell firewood to make both ends meet. A manual worker, Mullah Fazlullah ...son-in-law of holy man Sufi Mohammad. Known as Mullah FM, Fazlullah had the habit of grabbing his FM mike when the mood struck him and bellowing forth sermons. Sufi suckered the Pak govt into imposing Shariah on the Swat Valley and then stepped aside whilst Fazlullah and his Talibs imposed a reign of terror on the populace like they hadn't seen before, at least not for a thousand years or so. For some reason the Pak intel services were never able to locate his transmitter, much less bomb it. After ruling the place like a conquered province for a year or so, Fazlullah's Talibs began gobbling up more territory as they pushed toward Islamabad, at which point as a matter of self-preservation the Mighty Pak Army threw them out and chased them into Afghanistan... , has now become powerful enough to threaten the lives of Paks by becoming the head of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP). There are many lessons hidden in this episode. For instance, people who are made irrelevant to the mainstream of society Dire Revenge™ themselves on society that does not listen to a chairlift operator and give any respect to a firewood seller.
Fazlullah obtained religious education (it is not known to what extent), which might have enabled him secure just the job of a chairlift operator. This means that the kind of education he obtained was not enough to offer him social recognition outside the ambit of religion. As a firewood seller, he was also unrelated to societal mainstream. Through his actions, he is now trying to prove himself relevant. When it is told that Fazlullah is a ruthless commander, the strength of his being reactionary is understood. He must be resorting to bringing about a change in society through his reactions. Similarly, if it is told that he is prepared to do anything to enforce his uncompromising interpretation of Islamic law, as he did by launching the FM radio in Swat
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Unlike the reference in West's book, I doubt we'll see the Champ arriving at the train station from a fishing trip and hearing the Marine Band play FDR's favorite tune, "Happy Days Are Here Again" ......anytime soon. :-(
A liberal doing what liberals do: Sh*t on everything decent. This fella, Justin Dolittle, is anti war, sorta like Joan Baez without the tits and or talent. Justin Doolittle is a freelance writer based on Long Island, New York. You can follow him on Twitter @JD1871.
The millions of Americans who regularly watch nationally televised NBA games are, by now, familiar with the "NBA Cares" commercials that run quite frequently during the season. The series of promos is meant to illustrate the league's commitment to serving the community in a variety of ways. One particularly touching example involves a collaboration between the NBA, the V Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; in the spot, several prominent players are shown visiting children stricken with cancer, many of whom look genuinely thrilled to be meeting their heroes. The league deserves credit for encouraging its players to put their fame to good use by bringing some badly needed joy to these children's lives. Wait for it... Here it comes... Continued on Page 49
The military is not a gracious and beneficial ruler who is receiving praise for granting privileges to its subjects. It is an instrument of defense against other powers who might aspire to become not so gracious rulers.
In an ideal world there would be no need for a military. But this is the real world and there IS a bear in the woods.
That said, let's not forget that Western military institutions have officially condemned the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms in the West, like freedom of religion and freedom of political speech.
See e.g. this and this.
These words really do not inspire confidence in the institutions' willingness to protect our freedoms.
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