Afghans in the both side of the Durandline are bond by blood, religion, culture, ethnicity and language & can’t be divided #LoyAfghanistan
By Afghans for peace: The Complex Case of Malala Yousufzai: Oppression, Opportunism and Subversion
By now, you’ve probably heard about the tragic shooting of Malala Yousufzai, a politically outspoken 14 year-old girl from the Swat Valley in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province in North-West Pakistan. She was shot by the Taliban for her political activities and for resisting an edict denying females education. Indeed, the shooting is deplorable. However, the effectiveness with which this story is being used as a propaganda tool to fulfill the oppressive and imperialist agendas of Pakistan and the US causes greater concern.
In a wave of support for Malala culminating in protests across Pakistan and in headlines all around the world, Malala’s opposition to the Taliban has been glorified, and her status elevated to that of a heroine for women’s rights. Indeed, our two favourite anti-feminists had a thing or two to say (or do) about the tragedy: At a recent concert in Los Angeles, Madonna stripped in front of an audience, revealing much more than just Malala’s name written on her back. Laura Bush, the former first lady also stated in an op-ed in the Washington Post that “Malala inspires us because she had the courage to defy the totalitarian mind-set others would have imposed on her.”
It gets really interesting when one considers, to quote Laura Bush, the “totalitarian mind-set” with which the United States and Pakistan have cooperated to create the very grossly oppressive elements against which Malala directed her political critique, and continue to cooperate to create the very conditions that presently allow such elements to flourish in places like the Swat Valley. In 2010, the US gave more than $7 billion in “aid” to Pakistan, most of which either went to the military ($2.5 billion), “coalition support funds ($1.2 billion), or the notoriously malfeasant USAID agency ($1.5 billion) . In turn, Pakistan, with an infamously corrupt and criminal regime and a repressive state on the verge of a collapse, uses this money to continue to maintain its police state status and rob, brutalize and kill ethnic and religious minorities and extrajudicially kill those opposed to the Pakistani state and militants from ethnic groups seeking to gain their independence from Pakistan. Among the areas most heavily targeted by the violence and oppression of the Pakistani military is none other than Swat, the area in which Malala resides and neighbouring Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
It’s no wonder that now, in light of this event, Pakistani politicians are seizing the silver platter that the plight of Malala presents. They’ve offerred a $105,000 bounty for the capture of the shooter and publicly condemned the shooting. Sadly, the government seems to have managed to get the public on their side in this particular incident. Protesters across the country joined the chorus to reduce the tragedy to merely an isolated event having been brought on by the Taliban, instead of holding the Taliban, US and their own government equally responsible for the tragedy. The fact that as late as 2001, the Pakistani government, which funded the Taliban in Afghanistan with US dollars and officially recognized the regime seems to have been lost on the part of the protesters in Pakistan and abroad. That the regime in Pakistan has been able to distort these facts in this way and actually leverage a situation that ought to place Malala’s blood on its hands into a political victory is pure subversion.
A key component of the effort to keep the citizens of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA placated is the heavily criticized US drone warfare program, in which the Pakistani government is also complicit. Two American academics, James Cavallaro and Sarah Knuckey, recently published a report entitled Living Under Drones: Death, Injury and Trauma to Civilians from US Drone Practices in Pakistan interviewed North Waziristan residents that had suffered the terror of Drones.
One resident, Faheem Qureshi, described its negative effects on children’s access to education: “It has affected our education adversely, of course… We cannot learn things because we are always in fear of the drones hovering over us, and it really scares the small kids who go to school.” We wonder what Qureshi’s take would be on justifying drone attacks on the basis of fighting terrorism and preventing the Taliban from denying education to women. Indeed, another resident whose name has been anonymized as Ismail Hussain similary stated that “the children are crying and they don’t go to school. They fear that their schools will be targeted by the drones.”
After interviewing residents whose lives had been threatened, lost loved ones, or sustained physical and psychological trauma as a direct result of drone strikes, Cavallaro and Knuckey summarized the operations as follows:
“ We may have not declared war on Pakistan. But for the people living in North West Pakistan under drones, they’re in a war zone….One of the things we found and documented were incidents of double tapping. There will be an initial strike on a target and then very shortly after, a secondary strike. What has happened in the period between the first and second strike is that neighbours or people nearby or family members or in some cases doctors have come to assist those who may have been injured and still survived. And when they’re doing that, a second drone has hit. The people with whom we spoke, in the communities affected, almost without exception told us “when there’s a drone strike, we won’t go near afterwards.” And we even heard this from some medical professionals…It has made people extremely angry at the United States…One of the things we heard from several people is that they didn’t know what America was before drones. And now what they know of America is drones, death
They go on to address its terrifying effects on many facets of daily life, many of which are far more pressing than access to education.
“Because of that fear, people change their daily practices in really important ways. Medical doctors will not go to a drone strike zone within six hours, because they fear being themselves struck in a secondary strike. Journalists and medical doctors, when they go to the market, when they drive their car, they feel this fear. Some parents admitted-and they were embarrassed to admit this, but they admitted that they wouldn’t send their children to school at certain times, because they were worried about strikes. The jurga, which is an extremely important community mechanism for resolving disputes-there was a significant strike on a jurga. Those people said they had the jurga in a public place because they felt safe, they knew they were civilian. But they were hit, and so now people are afraid to meet in public spaces to resolve disputes.”
In this context where US drones and Pakistani Military are having such a devastating effect on the citizens of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and FATA and their access to education, selective focus on only what the Taliban are doing to people is highly inaccurate and a distortion of reality. In fact, using a visual timeline overlaping repeated false claims made by the US of casualty numbers with actual deaths of children and adults, Cavallaro and Knuckey expose the lies of the US government and complicity on the part of the Pakistani government.
Consider, for example, the case of ten year old Nadia, whose mother and father were both killed in a US drone strike on their house. Why do we only hear about Malala Yousefzai’s tragic story and not about Nadia’s in the mainstream media? Why has selective focus been given to Malala’s fight against ONE of her oppressors, the Taliban. What about the other brutal forces that threaten her, and the people of her community on a minute by minute basis? Why aren’t we equally as outraged when children are killed by drone attacks, by governments’ vicious neglect and violence against children, unwilling to provide them with their other rights, like not living in a state of constant violence and uncertainty? And without parents? Why are so many children forced to grow up as refugees without ever having a place to call home? Why aren’t we outraged at the people who create and fund warlords and criminals like the Taliban? Why are we so obsessed in the mainstream about condemning some forms of violence, but not others?
Where is the outrage when drones kill children like Malala, on a daily basis? When children’s lives are interrupted because of state violence? And for Laura Bush, whose husband is responsible for waging a war that continues to kill thousands of children like Malala on a daily basis in Afghanistan, such selective focus is suspicious and an example of disingenuous opportunism. Indeed, Laura Bush patronizingly concludes in her op-ed “Today, for Malala and the many girls like her, we need not and cannot wait. We must improve their world.” So far, ‘improving their world’ has cost hundreds of thousands of innocent civilian lives in Afghanistan and the region Malala calls home.
We thought people were finally starting to understand the real culprits behind the violence women and girls (and men) face in the poor corners of this world…but with the current selective condemning of the attack on Malala without any condemnation of the context which allowed such an attack to take place in the first place, we are sad and worried. Our lack of knowledge about what happens in other countries, and our inability to see our own implications in their suffering actually allows such vicious attacks to continue.
The first thing that came into my mind was, how the hell is the British government trying so hard to save the life of a Pakistani girl? There must be something seriously wrong that British government save the life of a Pakistani girl like that. The same day, Brit soldiers killed 3 innocent children near Helmand, Afghanistan. I questioned again, why nobody brought those children and thousand others who the US/NATO soldiers shot in the head to UK for treatment?
Pakistan Attacks on Afghan borders.
The rocket attacks are not new — villagers say there have been attacks on and off for two years. But they have become more frequent in recent months. Villagers and a provincial government official, reached by telephone, reported that hundreds, if not thousands, have fled the violence.
“Our life turned into a nightmare out there because of the shelling,” said Gul Ahmad, a farmer who recently fled the village of Tagha Saparai in Kunar province. “We could not go out of our houses to do our farming and our crops dried out,” he said by telephone.
Since then, Munir said, the Pakistani military has shot rockets into Afghan villages daily, and villagers too poor to flee have dug caves as makeshift bunkers. Munir blamed the Pakistani military, which maintains outposts just across the border, for the rocket attacks.
In the past three months, 1,300 rockets have landed in Kunar province alone, killing eight people, wounding 22, destroying houses and forcing hundreds of families to flee their villages, said Wasifullah Wasifi, a spokesman for the Kunar governor’s office. Wasifi said there have been street protests against the attacks, and he, too, pointed a finger at the Pakistani military.
Relations between the two countries are already rocky — many Afghans suspect the Pakistani intelligence service of funding and supporting the Taliban, and the Pakistani government has grown tired of housing an estimated 3 million Afghan migrants, threatening recently to expel them all by the end of the year.”
The Afghan National Army’s chief of staff, Shir Mohammad Karimi, said on Tuesday that, Rocket attacks from Pakistan on Nuristan and Kunar provinces seek to pressure the Afghan government into recognizing the Durand Line.
Kunar Rocket Attacks are Attempt to get Afghanistan to Recognise Durand Line.
Rocket attacks from Pakistan on Nuristan and Kunar provinces seek to pressure the Afghan government into recognising the Durand Line, the Afghan National Army’s chief of staff, Shir Mohammad Karimi, said on Tuesday.
Afghan senators had summoned General Karimi and other Afghan security officials to explain the recent cross-border shelling in the two provinces.
Officials said Pakistan was behind the attacks and blamed the country’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agency and the army for the rockets.
General Karimi told lawmakers that the issue had been brought up with Nato and US officials a number of times.
“We asked Nato to put pressure on Pakistan several times,” General Karimi said. “But it is still unclear why Nato is not taking the issue seriously. Maybe they fear for their supply trucks or [Pakistan’s status as a] nuclear power,”
The Afghan Minister of Interior echoed General Karimi’s stance and said that nearly 1,000 rockets had landed in Afghanistan’s border regions since the start of this year.
“There is no doubt that the ISI and Pakistan’s army are continuing to fire rockets into Kunar province,” said Minister of Interior Bismillah Khan Mohammadi. He added that the Afghan security forces awaited orders from President Hamid Karzai and the Afghan parliament to take action against Pakistan.
He added that Pakistan’s army had penetrated 2 kilometres into Afghan territory.
“Look at these photos that we have collected with the help of local residents,” General Khan said. “The Taliban does not have such heavy artillery; only Pakistan’s army has this.”
Deputy Head of Operations at the National Directorate of Security, Mohammad Yasin Zia, told the Senate he believes that Pakistan’s army is attempting to place Pakistani spies in the houses left vacant by fleeing Afghans.
“These rockets are fired by Pakistan’s army 100 per cent; we reject the claims of Pakistani officials of rocket attacks from Afghanistan,” Dr Zia added.
At the end of the session Afghan senators voted that Afghan forces should take action against Pakistan.
The Slaying of Ito Kazuya: Japan in Afghanistan
On the morning of August 26, 2008, aid worker Ito Kazuya arrived at work as usual. Four armed men suddenly appeared and abducted him. Local people witnessed the abduction, and a force of policemen and villagers gave chase into the mountains above north of the village of Bodyalai near Dara-e-Noor, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The result was a tragedy: Ito was shot three times in the leg and once in the left thigh. On the morning following the abduction, his body was found by the local people: Ito had bled to death.
Ito was drawn to the strife-torn nation by a desire to “help restore ￼Afghanistan to its rightful form, a country rich in greenery,” he wrote in his application to join Peshawar-kai. A graduate of a Shizuoka agricultural junior college, Ito went to Afghanistan when he was 26. He seems to have been almost universally liked by those who met him. One of his classmates remembered Ito as a “warmhearted, honest man.” The local Afghan villagers are said to have had affectionate feelings towards him as well. Children would gather around him calling “Kazuya! Kazuya!” One of his Afghan working colleagues recalled, “Ito never skimped his work.” When news of his killing became known to the local people, one man commented: “For Afghans, this is shameful.”
On his June 2003 job application at Peshawar-kai, Ito explained that he had never even heard of a country called “Afghanistan” before September 11. However, when a lecturer described it as “a forgotten country,” he was moved to learn more and to think about what he could do to help. Ito wrote:
“What I want is for Afghanistan to become a green and fertile country again. But this is not something that can be done in just two or three years. I believe that I can help the children’s future by helping to ensure that they can live in an environment without food scarcity. I don’t take this task lightly, as I am sure that the environment there is tough. But if you don’t go out there and get on the ground itself, then you can’t begin anything.”
Ito had gone to Afghanistan as an agricultural specialist for the Peshawar-kai, a Fukuoka-based aid organization whose long experience in the region dates back to 1983. His main work was to identify and grow crops such as sweet potatoes, tea and hay that could take thrive in the barren Afghan soil that would thrive in the local area. This was part of the effort to reduce dependence on the poppies used to make opium and heroin and boost villagers’ incomes. As one of his Afghan colleagues noted, “He wanted to expand legitimate agriculture.” He also worked on constructing a twenty mile irrigation canal from the Kunar river to a desert area. By all accounts, Ito adapted very well to life in Afghanistan, gaining a working command of the Pashtun language and seeming comfortable in his surroundings. His Japanese friends began to think that Ito might spend the rest of his life in Afghanistan. That indeed became the case, although not in the sense they intended.
Why was Ito Kazuya Killed?
This year has seen a general deterioration of security in Afghanistan. The Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief, which coordinates NGO groups working in Afghanistan, reports that nineteen NGO workers were killed by Taliban militia forces and bandits between January and July, surpassing the total death toll in 2007.
Adil Shah, a suspect in Ito’s kidnapping who was captured on site, reportedly told the Afghan intelligence service that militants in Pakistan asked his group to abduct a Japanese aid worker of Peshawar-kai, agreeing to pay a bounty of roughly US$13,200. The suspect said that the motive was to create a sense of political insecurity and to stop local aid projects from succeeding.
On August 31, Sayed Ansari, a spokesman for the Afghan intelligence service, pointed the finger of blame directly at Pakistan’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) when speaking to Kyodo News. In an interview, he claimed that the ISI “doesn’t want the rehabilitation projects in Afghanistan. That is why by killing the engineers of such projects they want to stop them.”
At this point it is difficult to verify such claims, but the general notion that certain militant groups in Pakistan — official or unofficial — are attempting to create difficulties for the regime in Kabul seems plausible as a motive for the kidnapping.
Naseer & Shahab - Za Pukhtoon Yam (I’m pashtun)
I am elegance
A candle of peace
I am a Lad of Khyber
I am a Pukhtoon
I am extremely blessed
Whether I am rich or poor
I am barely bothered
I am a Pukhtoon
From Haroon Bacha
To Takkar’s music
In the hands of love
I’ve been bred
I am a couplet of Ghani
I am a Pukhtoon
if you hit me with stones
Place a gun to my head
I’ll greet you with a flower
I am a Pukhtoon
A hat on my head
Fond of honor
I am music and dance
I am the Tune of love
I am cherished by all
I am a Pukhtoon
I am a couplet of Ghani
I am a Pukhtoon
This isn’t something new. Stuff like this always happens. This isn’t about a normal kill that a man happen to be greedy and shot a guy. Afghans are always harassed in Pakistan, as poor as they are, more and more money are taken from them as bribes just to finish their procedures or let them go to their destination. I have done my report about Iran but i still have to post about Pakistan/Afghanistan affairs specially these days because its getting worst.
Ranra - Ismail and Junaid
Jaar jaar zama ranra zama laila da-
(O love, You are the light of my life)
jaar jaar zama drana agha waina-
(O love, You are the depth of my speech)
Toro shpo ki ragharegi stargey da janat pa khwa-
(In the shade of night, I wake up besides heaven)
storo ghundhay rawarigi noor ay da makh pa ma-
( Like the stars, Her glow brightens my face)
yakh zra ki mi raabaleegi oor da janaan pa khwa-
(In my cold heart, She ignites the fire again)
khoog ghunday uss lagegi har naway sitam pa ma-
(Now I take pleasure in all the cruel acts bestowed upon me)
Nwar warta salam wai,daasey yao ranra wai-
(The sun bows to the light of my beloved)
Maayo ki wai nishta dai,khumaar ay dai shundaano ki-
(Her lips hold intoxication, what the goblet of wine can’t)
hooro ki wai nishta dai, haya ay da chishmaano ki-
(Her eyes hold the shyness that houris don’t)
sparli ki wai nishta dai, wagma ay da zulfanu ki-
(Spring can’t bear, the fragrance of her hair)
soori ki wai nishta dai,wafa ay da mayaano ki-
(Shadows don’t bear the loyalty her admirers hold)
Gora chi praday shay ta, wora um zama ay ta-
(You’re mine even in the hold of a stranger)
um zama zawaal ay ta,um zama parwaaz ay ta-
(You’re my peak, and my fal)
Ismail pa kama kama dai,Udrawa sailaab ta-
(Ismail is embraced by hardships, let the floods stop flow)
Armaan mi thama thama dai, Raora Inqilaab ta-
(My frustrated desire still awaits the blood-free Revolution)