Blackwater in Pakistan: Is The Media Crying Wolf? | Pakistan Politics, Current Affairs, Business and Lifestyle | Chowrangi Blackwater in Pakistan: Is The Media Crying Wolf? These days, media is rife with speculations on presence of the infamous Blackwater (now known as Xe Services LLC) in Pakistan. Every anchor, analyst and expert is turning the same stone, trying to find something new to sensationalize and sell to its audience. Reading and watching reports about “hundreds” of houses taken on rent in Islamabad and suspicious activities of foreigners (apparently Americans, supporting shades and “latest” automatic weapons) in Islamabad and Peshawar, one gets the impression that Pakistan is handed over to mercenaries and Soldiers of Fortune. Incidentally, this is the same media who once provoked the government and teased Lal Masjid administration to events that lead to the massacre. Role of media in Lawyer’s Movement for restoration of Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry is no secret. Later, the lawyers were transformed from heroes to villains by the same media. Whether Blackwater is in Pakistan or not, recruiting locals, planning to assassinate Dr. A.Q. Khan or laying groundwork for US/NATO/Af-Pak forces, the question everybody should ask is the timing of this revelation. Pakistan is a hub of all sorts of spy agencies, mercenaries and “non-state actors” especially since the days of Afghan Jihad. During that time there were counter espionage activities in Pakistan and hundreds died in terrorist activities and ethnic/sectarian riots but nobody blamed the government or its allies for the destabilzation. Even now, while everybody whispers about the role of brotherly nations in insurgency across Balochistan and Tribal Areas, nobody has the guts to openly accuse them like USA. Not to mention the low profile media has kept on Marriott Hotel being a foreign spy-center and Shamsi Air Base used to lodge Drones that rapture Pakistanis. We don’t know for sure if mercenaries of Blackwater will roam the streets of Pakistan for sure, but Drones are a reality and the damage the do on almost daily basis is not as propagated as the hype of Blackwater. One should consider the timing of this revelation. Is it a coincidence that as soon as the stage was set for trial of Pervez Musharraf, a series of events have triggered to divert national attention from the issue. First it was Brigadier Billa, unfolding the dirty laundry of last decade and now, mother of all distractions, Blackwater to occupy Pakistan. Blackwater threat maybe for real, but the way it is being hyped and propagated on media, one wonder if this could be an attempt by the forces that do not want the trial of Pervez Musharraf. anti-government elements, trying to prove that the civilian government is incapable of managing the security, leading to dissolvement of current government or departure of Zardari. Marshall law is a distinct possibility so a Bangladesh style government can be formed, strings pulled by the Army.