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India and Pakistan to discuss relations at NAM meeting in Egypt

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt- The prime ministers of India and Pakistan are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement Summit (NAM) in Egypt this week inviting hopes of a resumption of peace talks between the two nuclear armed neighbors.

The NAM consists of 118 member countries of developing countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and make up almost 60% of the world population.  NAM countries consider themselves not formally aligned with or against any major country or power bloc such as NATO.

The importance of this meeting between the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani PM Yousuf Raza Gilani is that this is only the second high level meeting between the Indian and Pakistani leaders since the Mumbai attacks of November 2008.  At least 173 people were killed and more than 300 wounded by terrorist attacks blamed on Pakistan based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Since the attacks, the relations between India and Pakistan worsened dramatically as India demanded Pakistan take action against the responsible parties. This week Pakistan announced that it will “probably” put the five accused attackers in its custody on trial next week. This is welcome news for the Indian government which has predictably  tied any improvement in relations with Pakistan on the prosecution of the accused for the attacks as well as curbing of violence on Indian soil from the Pakistan based militants.

Unfortunately, Pakistan has its hands full on its own soil when it comes to stopping the militants let alone preventing violence from groups inside its terroritory from carrying out attacks in India. But a willingness to fully prosecute any individuals or groups apprehended as well as dismantling the infrastructure of these organizations will go a long way in showing good faith to India in resuming a comprehensive peace agreement with its fellow nuclear armed neighbor.  Similarly India must be willing to consider Pakistan’s disputes with India over Kashmir from all sides and be able to negotiate a lasting and long term peace deal that is so desperately needed in the most dangerous neighborhood of the world and one that has been elusive for over 60 years.

 

Reported by Manzer Munir for http://www.PakistanisforPeace.com

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Indian doctors who saved Pakistani Boy’s Life doing well 6 months later

Karachi, Pakistan- The improving relations between India and Pakistan soured once again after the Mumbai attacks of November 2008. But for Syed Saadat Ali and his wife Nadia, the heightened tensions between the two neighboring countries did not affect the treatment for their son, Syed Raahim, who was operated for a rare congenital heart disorder in New Delhi by Indian doctors in December of 2008, just a mere month after the horrible attacks .

Now six months have passed since Ali and his wife returned from India after a successful open heart surgery for their son who will soon be celebrating his first birthday. As the critical phase of Raahim’s recovery is over, the couple, who had earlier avoided the media, believe that they are in a better position to discuss their case now.

Raahim had been suffering from a rare congenital heart disorder that obstructed blood flow to the infant’s heart, making it difficult for him to breathe. Due to the lack of the required surgery facilities in Pakistan, the couple decided to go to India for his treatment after a positive response from a medical center and doctors there.

“Raahim suffered from shortness of breath since the day he was born and had the ‘Blue Baby’ syndrome in which his skin would turn bluish or purplish due to lack of oxygen, but even doctors at one of the most leading hospitals of the city in Pakistan could not understand what was wrong,” said Ali.
According to doctors, about one out of every 1,000 live-born babies is born with a congenital heart defect in which the major blood vessels of the heart either do not function properly or are not formed during the early stages of fetal development. “In Raahim’s case, his vessels had not been formed,” said his mother Nadia.

“We were asked to take one test after the other along with an ECG, but none of the doctors here could understand what the complication was and were hesitant to operate. We also took his reports to the Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH), where doctors agreed to perform a surgery but failed to satisfy us when we asked about its success rate.”

Ali then sought a second opinion from a doctor in India, as suggested by his close friend and within a day received a response from a doctor at one of the leading cardiac hospitals in India. Despite the talk of war and blame game between the governments of Pakistan and India, they decided to fly and save Raahim before it was too late. Unlike a regular visitor, Saadat and Nadia Ali were soon issued a visa on medical grounds.

“Our governments may have their differences, but once we stepped into India and interacted with the common man, each one of them welcomed us with open arms,” recalled Nadia. In fact, not only did they open their doors for us, but also their pockets to save Raahim’s life, added the father. The cost of the total surgery amounted up to Rs0.65 million, most of which was borne by the hospital trust. “This financial exemption came as a surprise because we could not afford it. For a while, we had lost hope.”

During their month-long stay in the country and frequent visits to the hospital, Nadia said that she was most touched by the support and respect they got in their times of adversity. “From the staff to the common visitor at the hospital, everyone gave us special treatment because we were from Pakistan. This just tells you how political or religious differences never trickle down to the common man, no matter how hard the government or media in both the countries try. Like us, we want more families in Pakistan to benefit from the medical community across the border”, the couple said. A peace between India and Pakistan will allow thousands more children to be saved every year and is one more reason for the two countries to find a solution to their differences.

US Intelligence Report: Pakistan in Danger of Becoming an Islamist State run by the Taliban and Warlords

 

Islamabad, Pakistan- There is growing concern in intelligence circles in the US that the Taliban in Pakistan are determined to make Pakistan an Islamist state controlled by warlords and terrorists and little or no central government authority or power to stop them.

 

Their strategy had its beginnings in the alarming success of the Taliban in gaining concessions from the authorities in the Swat valley this winter after fighting the Pakistan army to a standstill and getting the government to agree to instituting Islamic Shariah law in the valley and in parts of the NWFP province.

 

US intelligence officials believe that it is just a matter of time in as little as 10 years the the growing influence of the Taliban will overrun all the rural towns and communities and the government and the army will be relegated to city centers across the country with large swaths of land and power in the hands of the Taliban and other militant groups aligned with them and Al-Qaeda hell bent on instituting a new Islamic order throughout the country.

 

This scenario presents a very troubling outcome for Pakistanis, Pakistan’s immediate neighbors and the world at large. Pakistan is not a small undeveloped country torn by three decades of war like Afghanistan with only 3 million of its 30 million people living in Kabul and the rest spread out all over the country. Or like Iraq, another country of nearly 30 million people that also has experienced its share of turmoil the last 6 years.

 

Instead, Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world with over 170 million people living in major cities like Lahore (population 11 million) and Karachi the twentieth largest city in the world with a population of nearly 20 million people. With at least 100 nuclear weapons, several dozen highly organized and heavily armed militant groups, a weak and getting weaker by the day central government, abject poverty and high unemployment mixed in with rampant corruption and lawlessness, the country is ripe for a revolution. The Taliban have stepped into the vacuum created by the ineffectiveness of various governments who are more concerned with getting to and holding onto power and plundering the nation for their own personal wealth rather than be concerned with the future of the fragile nation with enemies of the state getting stronger from within. Many Pakistanis are more adept to believing in conspiracy theories of American involvement in various plots across the country rather than opening their eyes to the fact that the biggest threat and enemy of the nation is the Taliban and militants who use violence and terror in gaining bigger control across the country.

 

Furthermore, add religious violence amongst its Sunni and Shiite communities, a raging war and Al-Qaeda at its border in Afghanistan to the west. And an ever present historical feud with arch enemy India to the east who has fought three wars with Pakistan in the last 60 years makes this a country that has reached a boiling point. The disillusionment and hopelessness is very high amongst the majority of its moderate citizens who are intelligent and educated enough to know that the real enemy is the Taliban and militants that are determined to bring about Shariah law across the country but who do not see an effective partner in the government that will stand up to this growing threat. Instead the government capitulated to the Taliban in the Swat valley earlier this year and allowed Shari ah law there and agreed to a truce with the Taliban. Now their power and influence is growing in other parts of country as the Taliban are focusing on gaining strength in the populous Punjab state and other provinces across the country. The future has never looked bleaker for the country.

 

We at Pakistanis for Peace believe and have always believed that the biggest threat to the sovereignty and stability of Pakistan is the Taliban and Islamic militant menace that has begun to sweep the country after originating in the mountains of Afghanistan. The government of Asif Zardari has been quite ineffective in fighting the militant threat and there is not clear counterinsurgency strategy to tackle the Taliban and militant threat. Instead the government has done itself little favor by both half heartedly fighting and taking on the Taliban earlier this year and then agreeing to various truces with the militants to end the fighting. Pakistan needs to learn a lesson from the recent high drama at sea near the Somali coast involving the kidnapping of the American captain by the pirates. You do not negotiate and accept demands of the pirates, kidnappers, or terrorists. You speak to them in a firm manner to give up and surrender, if they do not do so, you bring the full force of your military and do so relentlessly until you gain victory. The country of Pakistan is too vital to regional and global peace for it to become a failed state like Afghanistan did in the 1980’s. Its possible failure and falling into the hands of the Taliban will be the greatest challenge and threat to US and world security for the next 30 years and all efforts must be made by Pakistan and its allies to ensure that never happens. Sometime to keep the peace, you have to go to war.

 

Reported by Manzer Munir for www.PakistanisforPeace.com

 

Charges to be Filed against Mumbai attacks suspect

 

Mumbai, India- The joint commissioner of police in Mumbai, India Rakesh Maria told reporters on Tuesday that the government expected to file charges against Pakistani citizen Mohammed Ajmal Amir Iman, also known as Kasab, who was arrested in India during the attacks on Mumbai in November of 2008.The charges are expected to be filed in the city courthouse according to the police commissioner. In addition to Kasab and nine other members of Lashkar-i-Taiba (LeT) militants, the charges may name around 20 more accused individuals believed to be in hiding in Pakistan, according to an official familiar with the situation who did not want to be named.

 

Indian laws require that individuals be charged formally within 90 days of being arrested. Kasab who was arrested on November 28, 2008 is a Pakistani citizen who along with other militants is accused of planning and carrying out the attacks from Pakistani soil in Mumbai, India and was one of the people responsible for the deaths of at least 173 people and the injury to at least 308 others. His charges include ‘making war against the country and murder’. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.

 

The government of Pakistan earlier this month admitted to the fact that its soil was used by the militants for the planning and carrying out of the attacks. This was a great first step and Pakistan’s government needs to closely examine the charges and the individuals named in the sheet Wednesday and do everything in its power to cooperate fully in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

 

Pakistanis for Peace has long believed in the dangers of these groups operating inside its territory not only against the people of Pakistan, but also against its neighbors. This occasion gives Pakistan a great opportunity to cooperate with the Indian government and show its good faith and its commitment to eradicating terror groups inside its country and in the region. As the recent battles between the Pakistani army and the militants inside Pakistan’s North West Frontier Provience (NWFP) has shown, the militants are getting stronger by the day and their ability to carry out attacks at will should be a disturbing trend for the government of Pakistan and its citizens. Doing everything it can to assist the Indian government will go a long ways in bringing the two enemies back to the Kashmir peace talks that are currently on pause since the Mumbai attacks. We urge both the Pakistani and Indian governments to share every bit of information they have in bringing these heinous individuals responsible for so much death and destruction in Mumbai to swift justice. This is a great opportunity for both governments to act in a manner that illustrates what the people of both countries have longed for the last 62 years and that is to live in peace side by side as they have done for over 5,000 years.

Reported for www.PakistanisforPeace.com by Manzer Munir

Pakistan moves troops from Afghan border to Indian border

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The US government today acknowledged that Pakistan has began shifting troops from Afghanistan border on its west to the east and the long border with India due to heightened tensions between the two countries following the Mumbai blasts of last month. There are confirmed reports inside Pakistan of the elevated national security concerns within Pakistan as well as sightings of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets seen patroling the border over Lahore Pakistan using US made F-16’s. US commanders in Afghanistan are worried that Pakistani troops going to the Indian border will leave them undermanned in helping fight the insurgency within Afghanistan.

As a Pakistani American with family and friends in both India and Pakistan, I am very concerned. Not only because they have nuclear weapons aimed at each other and share a huge border! But also because it is against our vital interests in the US to see south Asia explode and much of East and West Asia as well as parts of Europe affected by a nuclear holucast caused by an all out war between the two nations.

Furthermore, we need Pakistan to continue to help our American troops and personnel in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban and Bin Laden’s boys and do not need the Pakistanis to lose their focus on the war in Afghanistan against the terrorists on Pakistan’s west border with Afghanistan. So, India to the east sharing a huge border and Afghanistan to the west with another war going on over there, it is too much even for one of the largest armies in the world (Pakistan) to deal with considering how easily India could win a war with Pakistan. It would obviously come at a very very steep price and God Willing incoming president Obama and secretary of state Hillary Clinton will be up to the job of diffusing the most dangerous situation in the world when it comes to Pakistan and India.

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