Nuclear Fallout Rocks Pakistan

By SYED SALEEM SHAHZAD ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, 20 November 2009 (Asia Times – Excerpts) –

The [Pakistani] military establishment has seized the moment to hand over
a list of names to [PPP corrupt traitor Asif Ali] Zardari of [corrupt]
people it believes should be immediately replaced. At the top of the
list is the [PPP] ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani, whom the
[Pakistan] Army has always regarded as a foe for being too close to
the American administration. [PPP corrupt] Minister of the Interior
Rehman Malik is second in line. Although he has been credited with
helping destroy the financial arteries of militants, he is regarded as
too close to Western intelligence agencies [U.S. CIA, British SIS and
Israeli Mossad] and he often bypasses the [Pakistani] military
establishment in anti-terror operations.
The ministers for water and power [Raja Pervaiz Ashraf], agriculture
[Nazar Muhammad Gondal], health [Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani] and many
others are also named in the list, accused of incompetence or
corruption. Initially, Zardari agreed to replace them, but now he is
stalling.
Zardari has also indicated that he is unwilling to immediately shed
his constitutional powers, such as the right to appoint armed forces
chiefs and dissolve Parliament. He has given a March 2010 date for the
delegation of these powers to the [PPP corrupt] prime minister [Yousuf
Raza Gilani].
This is unacceptable to Zardari’s main rival, [PML-N Chief Muhammad
Nawaz] Sharif, who aims to launch a protest campaign against Zardari
by mid-December [2009]. It was Sharif’s campaign that forced Zardari
to restore the judiciary this March.
The [Pakistani] military has indicated to Sharif that it won’t disturb
the democratic setup, come what may; rather, it will press for the
removal of [corrupt] people with whom it is uncomfortable and live
with a weakened Zardari. It does not want mid-term elections in which
Sharif’s victory would be most likely. Although the [Pakistani]
military has good relations with Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League [PML-
N], it views him as too independent and too assertive.
In these uncertain times, [corrupt traitor General (R) Pervez]
Musharraf has re-emerged on the scene. Asia Times Online has learned
that he is pondering the formation of a new political party and that
he recently funneled large amounts of money into the coffers of former
aides to promote his cause. These include former [PML-Q corrupt]
minister of information, Sheikh Rasheed [Ahmed], whom some reports say
has been paid US$ 1 million – the same amount that went to a public
relations team to boost Musharraf’s image.
Insiders say that Musharraf has vast wealth, much of it accumulated
through donations from individuals (these, some say, include Libya’s
Muammar Al-Qadhafi) and corporations to aid previous election
campaigns. There are reports that Musharraf received US$ 30 million
from the United Arab Emirates [UAE] via one of its top bankers, and US
$ 3 million from a Pakistani cellular phone company.
Musharraf believes that with his contacts – especially in the Saudi
royal family – and being internationally known, he could play a
decisive role in the South Asian war of terror theater in which the
Americans are looking for new ways to approach the Afghan-Pashtuns for
reconciliation, along with the elimination of Muslim militants.
The militants, meanwhile, are not standing idly by. On Tuesday
evening, the Pakistani-Pakhtoons’ chief in the Malakand Division of
North-West Frontier Province [NWFP, Pakistan], Fazlullah, showed up in
Afghanistan and confirmed a report by Asia Times Online that Pakistani
militants from Swat and Malakand – who retreated in the face of
[Pakistani] military operations earlier this year – were regrouping in
the Afghan province of Nuristan.
Fazlullah claimed that the militants would resume their insurgency in
the Swat Valley, and, ominously, he said it would coincide with the
planned mass protests against Zardari next month.
Sharp differences between Pakistani leaders over safeguarding the
country’s nuclear arsenal are placing increasing pressure on the
embattled administration of [PPP] president Asif Ali Zardari.
This might be the case, but within Pakistan, the issue of the [atomic]
arsenal – estimated to contain between 80 and 100 [nuclear] warheads –
has turned into a major political row.
Zardari is already seriously at odds with the [Pakistani] military
establishment over dealing with the Pakistani Pakhtoon-led insurgency
and there is a strong likelihood that his [corrupt, tyrannical]
government will face a make-or-break test within weeks in the form of
mass street protests.
Over the past months, Zardari has become increasingly isolated. He has
lost the trust of the [Pakistani] military, which the U.S. now views
as the power to deal within Pakistan, the political opposition is
growing more assertive.
People close to Sharif say a mass campaign, much like the one in March
[2009] that forced the [PPP corrupt and repressive] government to
restore the judiciary that had been dismissed by Musharraf, is
inevitable.
The current situation is a fresh episode of an overall political
imbalance that occurred after the assassination of former [PPP]
premier, Benazir Bhutto (Zardari’s wife), in December 2007 that led to
the August 2008 resignation of Musharraf as [illegal] president and
the election of Zardari as [another unlawful] president in September
2008.
In just over a year, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the [Pakistan] Army
Chief, has eclipsed Zardari and he is now Washington’s point man on
the Pakistani side of the South Asian war theater. The Americans
believe Kayani will push relentlessly to gain victory in the tribal
areas against the Pakistani-Pakhtoons and Muslim militants.
Significantly, the U.S. sees Kayani as the most trusted person to
protect Pakistan’s nuclear assets.
During U.S. Secretary of State [War Criminal] Hillary Clinton’s recent
visit to Pakistan, it was made clear that Washington’s political
administration also approves of Kayani.
This [American] faith in the [Pakistani] military, rather than in any
[Pakistani] political force, comes at a time when the controversial
[unlawful] National Robbers Ordinance (NRO) is due to expire on
November 28 [2009] and opposition parties are ready to challenge it in
court. Legal experts are unanimous that the Ordinance is
discriminatory and directly clashes with the Constitution and that the
judiciary will not allow it to be extended.
The NRO was promulgated in 2007 by Musharraf after a deal was brokered
by Washington and London between him and Benazir Bhutto, who at the
time was the West’s preferred person to succeed Musharraf’s [illegal]
military government. The NRO [illegally] pardoned all corruption cases
pending against Benazir Bhutto and [Asif Ali] Zardari, as well as
dozens of activists of her Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) who had held
important positions in previous [corrupt, tyrannical] governments.
Although Zardari, as [PPP] president, ‘cannot’ be tried under the
[illegal] ‘law’, cases could be opened against many incumbent
ministers after November 28 [2009], which would be a major setback for
the Zardari Government. The PPP’s [corrupt] Secretary General,
Jehangir Badr, has already warned party cadre, who [unlawfully]
benefited from the NRO, to obtain bail before possibly being arrested.

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