The News – Pak Army Has Decided To Sideline Zaid Hamid Supporters Within Its Rank and File

The News today published a piece by Absar Alam titled “Pakistan, US agree on new Afghan set-up”. The analysis piece discusses a potentially new military strategy being worked out by Pak Army. The last paragraph of the analysis piece is worth your attention. The article could be read on The News website here, but for historical archiving reasons – we are producing the article in verbatim below:

Pakistan, US agree on new Afghan set-up

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

News Analysis By Absar Alam

ISLAMABAD: A strategic shift in Pakistan’s three-decade old Afghan policy has taken a quiet but effective shape as Islamabad has successfully negotiated a peace plan with Mustafa Zahir Shah, the grandson of late King Zahir Shah, who would play a key role in future political dispensation comprising all ethnic groups. “It is a strategic coup by Pakistan against rising Indian influence in Afghanistan,” an analyst tartly remarked commenting on the development. As Islamabad has agreed to untangle the complicated jihadist network fabricated by General Ziaul Haq in 1979, it has acquired ‘iron-clad’ guarantees from Washington and other world capitals to gain advantages not only in regional political and economic affairs but also to get peaceful nuclear technology related benefits, sources privy to the most significant development taking place in the region in more than quarter a century, claimed.

Prime Minister Gilani’s spokesperson Shabbir Anwar, when contacted, said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan. “We will do whatever we can in strengthening of the political institutions in Afghanistan.”

Anwar, however, said the Foreign Office would be in a better position to comment on such a development. The foreign office spokesman could not be reached despite repeated attempts as his cell phone was switched off.

“Karzai is fast becoming a seat-warmer for Mustafa Zahir Shah,” a diplomat commented. “But the young leader will have to perform a very complicated balancing act by satisfying both sides of the ethnic divides in the world’s one of the least governable countries.”

To continue to have a political foothold in Afghanistan and counter Pakistan’s thriving liaison with Mustafa Zahir Shah and the Northern Alliance, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh went to Saudi Arabia to get help in establishing contacts with Taliban. Saudi Arabia reportedly has refused to oblige.

According to the clinched deal, Islamabad would help cobble together a consensus political dispensation in Kabul comprising all ethnic groups, help ensure its stability, dismantle the dreaded militant infrastructure and carefully comb its security apparatus to avert the rise of radicalism. On all counts, Pakistan has already started delivering and brick-by-brick demolition of Jehadi infrastructure has already set in motion. A high-level Pakistani delegation held a final round of negotiations with Mustafa Zahir Shah and Northern Alliance in Kabul a couple of weeks ago.

Islamabad’s diplomatic circles are abuzz with this new, exciting development taking shape during the last few weeks. “To convince Mustafa Zahir Shah to lead, and make the leaderships of Northern Alliance and Taliban share power among themselves is a major breakthrough successfully engineered by Pakistan to reclaim its lost position in Afghanistan,” the sources said.

In addition to winning over the confidence of Mustafa Zahir Shah, the weaning off Northern Alliance from India is the most important milestone in Pakistan’s foreign policy as ties between the two sides had been strained for Islamabad’s tilt towards Taliban. As final touches are being given to level the rough contours of this win-win policy, the diplomatic sources in Islamabad are attributing great significance to the sudden dash of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to Kabul over the weekend.

In return for the success of this policy, the sources claimed, Washington has given guarantees to Islamabad that it would support Pakistan’s efforts to buy nuclear power plants from France for peaceful purposes, limit India’s political role in Afghanistan and Pakistan would have the right to buy oil and gas on less-than-market price from the proposed oil and gas pipelines originating from Central Asia and Afghanistan to India. The royalty that Pakistan would earn on these energy pipelines passing through its territory would be in addition to the above benefits.

DG ISPR Maj-Gen Athar Abbas, when contacted to ask if Pakistani officials were engaged in negotiating such an understanding with the help of the US and the Nato in return for political and economic benefits of the country, he said: “It is a political issue and I have no comments”.

When asked about the high level contacts between Pakistani officials and Mustafa Zahir Shah and Northern Alliance leaders, Abbas said: “Not to my knowledge.” The arrests of top Taliban commanders from Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar two weeks ago to Abu Yehya Gadan over the weekend is a testament to Islamabad’s sincere commitment with this new approach.

In his weekend visit Gen Kayani met Afghan President Hamid Karzai to, what the sources said, discuss his role, if any, in the new setup. Almost a week prior to Kayani’s visit to Kabul, a high-level delegation comprising officials who have been handling the Afghan strategy for decades, visited Kabul and met Mustafa to finalise the future peace plan for Afghanistan. The success has been reached following a series of behind-the-scene meetings in and outside Pakistan between Pakistani officials, Mustafa Zahir Shah, Saudi and US officials, and key leaders of Northern Alliance who have earlier been sceptical of Islamabad’s intentions.

The difference this time would be that Pakistan would ensure the acceptance of this new formula both by the Northern Alliance and Taliban with Mustafa Zahir Shah leading the brood. Sources claimed that the new plan would guarantee Pakistan’s political and economic interests in the region as well as the existence of a peaceful Afghanistan after the withdrawal of the US and the Nato troops.

The sources claimed that the establishment is quite serious now in reigning in radical elements who have been creating difficulties for Pakistan in the past. “Now they will not be given a free hand anymore and the elements within the establishment supporting such ideologies and activities would be sidelined in the next round of promotions starting from next month,” source said.

However zaidhamidexposition’s sources within The News have sent us another version of the same article. This version that we have been sent, is the actual piece that Absar Alam wrote. However, the editors of The News decided to edit it a little and omit the name of Zaid Hamid from article. We do not know the exact reasons for this editing, but one possibility might be that Pak Army now do not want itself to be associated with a defender of a Kazzab. The original analysis article written by Absar Alam is being produced below in verbatim:

Strategic shift in Pak Afghan policy

By Absar Alam

ISLAMABAD: A strategic shift in Pakistan’s three-decade-old Afghan policy has taken a quiet but effective shape as Islamabad has successfully negotiated a peace plan with Mustafa Zahir Shah, the grandson of late King Zahir Shah, who would play a key role in future political dispensation, comprising all ethnic groups.

“It is a strategic coup by Pakistan against rising Indian influence in Afghanistan,” an analyst tartly remarked commenting on the development.
As Islamabad has agreed to untangle the complicated Jihadist network fabricated by Gen Ziaul Haq in 1979, it has acquired “iron-clad” guarantees from Washington and other world capitals to gain advantages not only in regional political and economic affairs but also to get peaceful nuclear technology-related benefits, sources privy to the most significant development taking place in the region in more than quarter a century claimed.

Prime Minister’s spokesperson Shabbir Anwar, when contacted, said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan. “We will do whatever we can in strengthening the political institutions in Afghanistan.”

Anwar, however, said the foreign office would be in a better position to comment on such a development. The foreign office spokesman could not be reached despite repeated attempts as his cell phone was switched off.

“Karzai is fast becoming a seat-warmer for Mustafa Zahir Shah,” a diplomat commented. “But the young leader will have to perform a very complicated balancing act by satisfying both sides of the ethnic divide in one of the world’s least governable countries.”

To continue to have a political foothold in Afghanistan and counter Pakistan’s thriving liaison with Mustafa Zahir Shah and the Northern Alliance, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh went to Saudi Arabia to get help in establishing contacts with the Taliban. Saudi Arabia has reportedly refused to oblige.

According to the clinched deal, Islamabad would help cobble together a consensus political dispensation in Kabul comprising all ethnic groups, help ensure its stability, dismantle the dreaded militant infrastructure and carefully comb its security apparatus to avert the rise of radicalism.
On all counts, Pakistan has already started delivering and brick-by-brick demolition of Jihadi infrastructure has already set in motion. A high-level Pakistani delegation held a final round of negotiations with Mustafa Zahir Shah and the Northern Alliance in Kabul a couple of weeks ago.

Islamabad’s diplomatic circles are abuzz with this new, exciting development taking shape during the last few weeks. “To convince Mustafa Zahir Shah to lead and make the Northern Alliance leadership and the Taliban share power among themselves is a major breakthrough successfully engineered by Pakistan to reclaim its lost position in Afghanistan,” sources said.

In addition to winning over the confidence of Mustafa Zahir Shah, the weaning the Northern Alliance from India is the most important milestone in Pakistan’s foreign policy as ties between the two sides had been strained for Islamabad’s tilt towards the Taliban.
As final touches are being given to level the rough contours of this win-win policy, diplomatic sources in Islamabad are attributing great significant to the sudden dash of Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to Kabul over the weekend.

In return for the success of this policy, sources claimed, Washington has given guarantees to Islamabad that it would support Pakistan’s efforts to buy nuclear power plants from France for peaceful purposes, limit India’s political role in Afghanistan and Pakistan would have the right to buy oil and gas on less-than-market price from the proposed oil and gas pipelines originating from Central Asia and Afghanistan to India.

The royalty Pakistan would earn on these energy pipelines passing through its territory would be in addition to the above benefits.
ISPR Director-General Maj-Gen Athar Abbas, when contacted to ask if Pakistani officials were engaged in negotiating such an understanding with the help of US and Nato in return for political and economic benefits of the country, he said: “It was a political issue and I have no comments.”
When asked about the high-level contacts between Pakistani officials and Mustafa Zahir Shah and Northern Alliance leaders, Abbas said: “Not to my knowledge.”

The arrests of top Taliban commanders from Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar two weeks ago to Abu Yahya Gadan over the weekend is a testament to Islamabad’s sincere commitment with this new approach.

In his weekend visit Gen Kayani met Afghan President Hamid Karzai to, what the sources claimed, discuss his role, if any, in the new setup.
Almost a week prior to Gen Kayani’s visit to Kabul, a high-level delegation comprising officials who have been handling the Afghan strategy for decades, visited Kabul and met Mustafa Zahir Shah to finalise the future peace plan for Afghanistan.

Success has been reached following a series of behind-the-scene meetings in and outside Pakistan between Pakistani officials, Mustafa Zahir Shah, Saudi and US officials, and key leaders of Northern Alliance who have earlier been sceptical of Islamabad’s intentions.
The difference this time would be that Pakistan would ensure the acceptance of this new formula: both by the Northern Alliance and the Taliban with Mustafa Zahir Shah leading the brood.

Sources claimed the new plan would guarantee Pakistan’s political and economic interests in the region as well as the existence of a peaceful Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US and Nato troops.

In another noticeable development, the opposition to the views of self-styled security analyst Zaid Hamid, a ka red-cap radical, has drastically diminished within the establishment recently. Booed down by university students in Islamabad and Peshawar, Zaid is struggling these days to save his sinking credibility for his association with Yousuf Ali, known as Yousuf Kazzab, for his alleged blasphemous views.
Sources claimed the establishment is quite serious now in reigning in such radical elements who have been creating difficulties for Pakistan in the past.

“Now they will not be given a free hand anymore and elements within the establishment supporting such ideologies and activities would be sidelined in the next round of promotions, starting next month,” source said.

Our sources have informed us that even the officers within the Top Brass of the Armed forces who were supporting Zaid Hamid have now distanced themselves from Zaid Hamid ever since he was caught defending the false prophet Yusuf Kazab. However, the GHQ has decided to sideline anyone and everyone in the next round of promotions, who have had an association with Zaid Hamid. This sidelining of such officers will be undertaken under the garb of cornering militant minded officers.

6 comments on “The News – Pak Army Has Decided To Sideline Zaid Hamid Supporters Within Its Rank and File

  1. Muhammad Qasim says:

    GOOD !

    ANOTHER BIG VICTORY

    Zaid is struggling these days to save his sinking credibility for his association with Yousuf Ali, known as Yousuf Kazzab, for his alleged blasphemous views.

  2. Moulana Saeed Ahmed Jalalpuri Assasinated says:

    مولانا سعید جلالپوری جاں بحق
    کراچی: کراچی میں نامعلوم افراد کی فائرنگ سے مولانا سعید جلا ل پوری سمیت چار افراد جاں بحق ہو گئے۔ آج نیوز کے مطابق کراچی کے علاقے گلزار ہجری پاکستان پوسٹ آفس سوسائٹی کے قریب نامعلوم افراد نے عالمی مجلس ختم نبوت کے سربراہ مولانا سعید جلال پوری پر قاتلانہ حملہ کیا۔حملے کے نتیجے میں مولانا سعید جلال پوری ، ان کے صاحبزادے اور دیگر دو افراد جاں بحق ہوگئے۔ فائرنگ کے بعد علاقے میں کشیدگی پھیل گئی

    [img]http://www.jang.com.pk/jang/mar2010-daily/11-03-2010/updates/3-11-2010_23833_1.gif[/img]

  3. BIOMAT says:

    Mufti Saeed Jalalpuri, 3 others gunned down in Karachi
    Updated at: 2312 PST, Thursday, March 11, 2010
    Mufti Saeed Jalalpuri, 3 others gunned down in Karachi KARACHI: Four people were killed and two others wounded on Thursday by unknown assailants in Gulzar Hijri area of Karachi, SSP Gulshan Javed Mahar told Geo News.

    The deceased were later identified as Mufti Saeed Ahmed Jalalpuri, his son Mufti Huzaifa Jalapuri, Mufti Qamar Zaman and Mufti Atiq ur Rheman.

    The SSP Javed said that Mufti Saeed Ahemd and his three accomplices were attacked by the gunmen near Gulzar Hijri. The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they succumbed to the injuries.

    The real motive behind the killing was not yet clear.

    According to police sources, two people were arrested following the firing incident.

  4. MaXes says:

    Hidden sources eh. you can talk like that but i aint believing it until i get to know that hidden source from where that (alleged) original article you claim came from. i love my people, and i hate when they start believing things like inscriptions on a rock while in reality the evidence is all but wet sand.

    conclusion: that aint hard evidence. think about it.

    incase the story above is actually true and if the news article really got edited because of some pressure from Pak army. Its a shame to our freedom of press and freedom of expression. its a matter of shame people, that we are not free and our voices are getting dictated. No need to be happy about it.

  5. Malka says:

    THE NEWS, is owned by JANG GROUP, which also owns GEO TV NETWORK. A channel targeted for youth named” AAG” is also owned by the same group. Interestingly the same channel (AAG TV) used to broadcast “ZAID HAMID” in programes like “IQBAL KA PAKISTAN” and “PAKISTAN EIK ISHQ, EIK JUNOON” etc etc.
    What is it other than diplomacy???

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