1,000 Us Marines To Guard Islamabad Mission: Begining the occupation of Pakistan

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  1. IBRIS

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    KARACHI - Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit Khan has said that 1,000 US Marines who will be coming to Pakistan will be deployed at US Mission in Islamabad.
    He said that there was no restriction on the number of personnel that a foreign mission could station at its mission but it is done through mutual understanding.
    The FO Spokesman stated this at Karachi Press Club on Wednesday while replying to a query relating to increase in the strength of the US personnel at Islamabad’s mission. This is perhaps for the first time that a foreign office official has visited a Press Club and replied the queries asked by the media in general.
    The foreign office spokesman usually briefs the media at its office in Islamabad. However, it is general practice that foreign ministers meet the media at any place or occasion they choose.
    The foreign office spokesman said that Pakistan had received credible information about outside interference in Balochistan and this has been reconfirmed from the NATO sources who officially hinted that arms and ammunitions were being smuggled to Balochistan from Afghanistan and reaffirmed the resolve “ we will serve and protect the national interests.” Responding to a question, he said Pakistan-Indian dialogues were suspended after Mumbai attack but efforts were underway to re-start CMBs between the two neighbouring countries. There was a need of shifting the paradigm from conflict to cooperation as far as the relations between Pakistan and India are concerned, he added.
    He said that both Pakistan and Indian Prime Minister in their meeting at Sharm El Shaikh agreed and emphasized the need of dialogues between the two countries. The meeting also agreed to hold between the foreign secretaries of the two countries in New York in September this year where issues like Sir Creek, terrorism and Kashmir would come under discussion. We want to restart CBMs, he added.:blum3:
     
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  3. IBRIS

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    Thousands will be landing in Makran Balochistan. Thousands more will follow. difficult to begin from FATA so better make it from easiest side.







    US to deploy 1,000 marine commandoes at Islamabad's American Embassy
    By: ANI Date: 2009-08-06 Place: Karachi



    US Marine commandoes numbering 1,000 will be deployed at American Embassy in Islamabad under massive expansion work which is nearing completion.

    Pakistan's Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit Khan has said that 1,000 US Marines will be coming to Pakistan to be deployed at US Mission.

    He said that there was no restriction on the number of personnel that a foreign mission could station at its mission but it is done through mutual understanding.

    The FO Spokesman stated on Wednesday while replying to a query relating to increase in the strength of the US personnel at Islamabad's mission, The Nation reported.

    A former Pakistan diplomat had objected to the US plans to have a bigger presence in Pakistan in the pursuit of its strategic interests in the region.

    Former Foreign Secretary Shamshad Ahmed Khan said that it is evident that America wants to remote control the region from Islamabad.

    According to an estimate, Washington is planning to spend a whopping one billion dollars for revamping its main embassy building in Islamabad and increase the strength of its staff.

    The Obama Administration is about to spend 405 million dollars for the reconstruction and refurbishment of the main embassy building and 111 million dollars for constructing a new complex for 330 personnel.

    A further 197 million dollars would be spent for construction of a housing unit for about 250 personnel.

    Not only this, the United States is also planning to give its consular buildings in Lahore and Peshawar a new look.

    Experts believe that this is a clear cut strategy of the US to augment its presence and establish control over the region.


    US to deploy 1,000 marine commandoes at Islamabad's American Embassy
     
  4. Ratus Ratus

    Ratus Ratus Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    Now what is the correct story.. any guesses?

    The Nation paper
    August 06, 2009
    1,000 US Marines to guard Islamabad mission: FO | Pakistan | News | Newspaper | Daily | English | Online

    Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit Khan has said that 1,000 US Marines who will be coming to Pakistan will be deployed at US Mission in Islamabad.

    MID DAY
    Date: 2009-08-06
    US to deploy 1,000 marine commandoes at Islamabad's American Embassy

    Here we get "US Marine commandoes numbering 1,000 will be deployed at American Embassy" Not just plain old marines but commando variety..

    and just to add to it all:

    DAWN
    Saturday, 01 Aug, 2009
    DAWN.COM | Pakistan | US plans for bigger presence raise eyebrows

    The upcoming fortress-like embassy is meant for accommodating close to 1,000 additional personnel being sent to Islamabad as part of the US administration’s decision to increase its staff in Pakistan. The new staffers would augment the 750-strong American contingent already based in Pakistan against a sanctioned strength of 350.

    What appears to be more alarming is that this staff surge would include 350 marines.



    OK make a pick..

    I just love having a bit of sensational media reporting and public servants having their dash at glory
     
  5. Kabuli

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    One thousand? It must be a fortress.
     
  6. Pintu

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    Agreed on Kabuli, I think the embassy is going to be turned into Fortress , but it also signals that the USA is not taking any risk safeguarding its interest in Pakistan.

    Regards
     
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    US Blackwater-Xe mercenaries spreads fear in Pakistani town (Feature) - Monsters and Critics

    US Blackwater-Xe mercenaries spreads fear in Pakistani town




    Peshawar - Fear is spreading across University Town, an upmarket residential area in Pakistan's north-western city of Peshawar, due to the overt presence of the controversial US private security contractor Blackwater.

    Sporting the customary dark glasses and carrying assault rifles, the mercenaries zoom around the neighbourhood in their black-coloured armoured Chevy Suburbans, and shout at motorists when occasionally stranded in a traffic jam.

    The residents are mainly concerned about Blackwater's reputation as a ruthless, unbridled private army whose employees face multiple charges of murder, child prostitution and weapons smuggling in Iraq.

    'Sometimes, these guys stand in the streets and behave rudely with the passers-by, sometimes they point guns at people without provocation' said Imtiaz Gul, an engineer, whose home is a few hundred metres from the US contractor's base on Chanar Road in University Town.

    'Who rules our streets, the Pakistani government or the Americans? They have created a state within the state,' he added.

    Repeated complaints to the authorities have been to no avail since, according to residents.

    Blackwater provides security to the employees of Creative Associates International Inc (CAII), an American company carrying out multi-million-dollar development projects in the country's Islamic militancy-plagued Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

    Founded in 1997 by Erik Prince, a former US Navy SEAL officer and a major contributor to Republican Party candidates, Blackwater has hired thousands of former military personnel from Western countries as well as other mercenaries from the Third World.

    It emerged as the largest of the US Department of State's private security companies, winning multi-million-dollar contracts globally, but attracted a lot of media attention in September 2007 when its personnel killed 17 civilians in an unprovoked shooting while escorting a convoy of US State Department vehicles to a meeting in Baghdad.

    The firm is now facing a civil lawsuit filed in the US state of Virginia by those who were injured and who lost family members in the massacre.

    The company faces charges of human rights violations, child prostitution and possible supply of weapons to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, an Iraqi group designated by United Nations, European Union and NATO as a terrorist organization. It has been declared persona non grata in Iraq.

    To conceal its bad reputation, the shadowy company renamed itself Xe Worldwide in February 2009 and Prince resigned as its chief executive officer the following month.

    In Pakistan, the Interior Ministry asked the regional governments of all four provinces to keep an eye on the activities of Blackwater in early 2008, immediately after it was believed to have been hired by CAII, according to a media report.

    CAII works locally under the name of FATA Development Programme Government to Community (FDPGC).

    Lou Fintor, a spokesman for the US embassy in Islamabad, said that Blackwater-Xe was not in any way associated with its missions in Pakistan. But the denial does not include the possibility that the security firm was working for a private US company.

    Blackwater has recruited dozens of retired commandos from Pakistan's army and elite police force through its local sub-contractors, said an intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    Some Pakistani security officials suggested that besides providing security to the aid workers, Blackwater was carrying out covert operations.

    Among these were buying the loyalties of influential tribal elders and tracking the money flowing to al-Qaeda and Taliban through the national and international banks, something which perhaps goes far beyond the mandate of a private security firm.

    Taliban and al-Qaeda militants who use the tribal regions to attack civilian and government targets inside Pakistan and NATO-led international forces in Afghanistan are also watching Blackwater's moves.

    On June 9, suicide bombers drove an explosive-laden vehicle into Peshawar's sole five-star hotel, the Pearl Continental, after shooting the security guards, and detonated it at the side of the building where some Blackwater guards were staying.

    Sixteen people died including four of the security firm's personnel - two Westerners and the same number of locals. Four more guards were injured.

    The dead bodies and injured were moved quietly. Neither the Pakistani government nor any foreign official admitted these deaths, apparently at the request of US officials.

    'Absolutely no comments,' Qazi Jamil, the senior superintendent of police in Peshawar said abruptly when German Press Agency dpa asked him about the Blackwater deaths.

    But a minister in the North-West Frontier Province government, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he knew that some US private guards died but did not know how many and which firm they were from.

    'The provincial government was not directly dealing with the issue. It's the federal intelligence agencies that handled it,' said the minister.

    The possibility that Islamist militants might be plotting more attacks on the contractors is also a source of concern for many residents in University Town.

    'In the first week of July we requested the interior minister in a letter that targets like Blackwater should be kept away from the residential areas,' said Ihsan Toro, a trader and member of council of citizens in University Town.
     
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    US camp just 30km from Islamabad? - Pakistan - World - NEWS - The Times of India


    The US has reportedly established a secret military training camp near Islamabad. According to the Nation, just 30kms away from Islamabad, exists a
    structure surrounded by high walls.

    The board outside reads: ‘auto repair shop’, but it has no similarity with an automobile workshop. Sources said the structure has an association with a private US defence contractor, DynCorp.
     
  10. indian_blues

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    End of Pakistan sovereignty?
     
  11. roma

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    not the end but beginning,

    of the end
     
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    America tells Pak to shut up - dnaindia.com

    Islamabad: The Obama administration has told Pakistan to either propose a practicable alternative to its drone attacks on high-value targets with n al Qaeda and Taliban links in Pakistan's tribal areas orstop publicly criticising such attacks.

    Diplomatic sources inIslamabad said themessage was conveyed by American special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke during his recent Islamabad visit.

    He expressed doubts about Pakistan's capacity to hit high-value targets and pointed to the 'failure' of the armed forces to root out al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders despite an intense operation and displacement of about two million people.

    According to Pakistani officials, the drone strikes have resulted in the death of 800 civilians, including women and children.
     
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    Such a big US "embassy" looks to be more like a parasitic US government installation than anything. It's almost as if Pakistan is being colonized, and that's the viceroy's HQ.
     
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    As Ratus Ratus pointed out its a 1000 personnel which would include local Pakistanis as well even. The marines will be in the hundreds. Its hardly an "occupation" from any angle although there are many who would see it as such.
     

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