Pakistan and it conspiracy theories

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  1. Sunder singh

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    Section 1. Part 1 (Conspiracy
    Theories and their Rebuttals)
    By Anas Abbas
    Conspiracy theories have been quite
    rampant in the Muslim society
    throughout the past few decades.
    These theories form the basis of a
    Utopian world where the Muslims
    are surrounded by the nefarious
    activities and insidious plots of the
    so called anti Islamic forces such as:
    Masonic (Freemasons)
    Zionists (mainly after the
    fallout of Israeli Occupation
    of Palestine),
    The “cruel and tyrannical” (As
    Pakistani class 6 Social
    Studies school textbook
    describes them) The Hindus
    The mysterious “Hindu
    Zionists”
    Last but not the least Uncle
    Sam (USA).
    These theories portray Muslims as
    protagonists who are given a special
    prerogative to enforce their rule
    across the whole planet. Religion has
    been an important element of these
    theories and it has been widely
    exploited by politicians, army
    officers, religious scholars, media
    representatives and “Security
    Analysts” to justify their opinions.
    Most of these theories, especially
    those related to Jews, have been
    heavily plagiarised from the works of
    Christians, Russians and other
    European countries during their
    persecution of Jews in the early 20
    century.
     
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    Theory 1.
    One such theory is quite popular i n Pakistan (an Islamic Country). Apart
    from the Israeli Palestinian conflict
    this theory, among others, is used to
    promote a negative image of Israel among the Pakistani people and
    justifies Israel’s complicity in destabilizing their country.

    The gist of this theory is that during
    Israel’s independence in 1948, its
    first Prime Minister David Ben
    Gurion expressed severe reservations
    against the newly formed land of
    pure known as Pakistan. In its
    independence speech Mr. Ben
    Gurion then urged the people of
    Israel to form an alliance with the
    Hindus in India in order to covertly
    destabilize Pakistan through
    propaganda campaigns, secret
    conspiracy plots and militant
    proxies. In its 62 years of turbulent
    history, Pakistani rulers have used
    such theories to blame and to justify
    the complicity of “foreign elements”
    in every crisis the country has faced.
    This goes on from food, water and
    electricity shortages to economic/
    political instability, terrorism and
    sectarian violence.
    The text of this theory as claimed by
    elements in Pakistan (such as Zaid
    hamid & Dr Shireen Mazari) goes like
    this:
    In 1948 during Israel’s independence
    speech – David Ben Gurion said:
    “The world Zionist movement
    should not be neglectful of the
    dangers of Pakistan to it. And
    Pakistan now should be its first
    target, for this ideological State is
    a threat to our existence. And
    Pakistan, the whole of it, hates
    the Jews and loves the Arabs.
    “This lover of the Arabs is more
    dangerous to us than the Arabs
    themselves. For that matter, it is
    most essential for the world
    Zionism that it should now take
    immediate steps against Pakistan.
    “Whereas the inhabitants of the
    Indian peninsula are Hindus
    whose hearts have been full of
    hatred towards Muslims,
    therefore, India is the most
    important base for us to work
    there from against Pakistan. “It is
    essential that we exploit this base
    and strike and crush Pakistanis,
    enemies of Jews and Zionism, by
    all disguised and secret plans.”
    David Ben Gurion, the first Israeli
    Prime Minister, as printed in the
    Jewish Chronicle, 9 August 1967
    edition.
    This is not simply a diplomatic
    statement; it is a pure declaration of
    war especially when he says “To form
    bases in India to crush Pakistan”.
    Also the timing of this is quite
    significant which is during Israel’s
    independence. Remember that an
    independence speech is quite
    influential towards forming the
    ideology and constitution of any
    particular country. (Unlike Pakistan
    where there is no agreement among
    its people on what its founder Jinnah
    actually said during 1947’s
    Independence speech)
    If this a clear ‘Zionist’ Declaration of
    War and an ideological propaganda
    (as claimed by Pakistan) then why
    did Pakistan never take any actions
    on the following lines during its 62
    years history:
    Pakistan’s Foreign Office has
    never diplomatically
    responded against this highly
    offensive statement of David
    Ben Gurion?
    It never raised this issue in
    UN Security Council meetings
    or during the Organizational
    of Islamic conference (Aka
    OHHH I SEE) meetings.
    It never shared this critical
    security threat with its
    “Sleeping Partner” known as
    the “PRC” China.
    It didn’t raise this issue with
    its major “Cold War”
    exploiter once known as the
    Mujahedeen backer (USA).
    It never shared this ‘common
    security threat’ with its
    restive Zionist Phobic
    neighbor called “Khomeini’s
    Iran”
    Pakistan’s military dictators
    quietly accepted Israeli
    weapons during “1980s
    Afghan Jihad” and Israeli
    humanitarian aid (through
    third parties of course)
    during the 2005 disastrous
    earthquake despite the above
    quoted declaration of war by
    ‘Zionists’.
    The questions above are quite easy
    to answer but before pondering over
    on this, let’s investigate on the
    authenticity of Mr. Ben Gurion’s
    statement? Let’s find out whether
    this offensive quote above really
    belongs to David Ben Gurion or if
    this is a skilful propaganda campaign
    of Pakistan army and religious
    scholars through their media
    representatives such as “Defense
    Analyst” Zaid Hamid or cantankerous
    “Dr” Shireen Mazari. Even before
    investigating this, I would like to
    share a very interesting directive that
    is given to the Muslims in their most
    sacred book Quran. In chapter 17
    verse 36 of this book, they are
    clearly commanded by their God to
    verify every piece of information
    before accepting. Below is a
    comprehensive description of this
    verse by Ghulam Ahmed Pervez
    (Once an employee of central
    Government and counselor of
    Pakistan’s founder Jinnah).
    “ You should not take a stand
    (regarding anything) where you have
    no personal knowledge (Use all
    means of inquiry and then come to a
    conclusion – Allah has given you all
    the faculties for this purpose.) Mind
    it, the ear and the eye and the heart
    – all of them shall have to answer in
    regard to the question whether
    personal inquiry was made about the
    concerned matter” Quran Chapter
    17, verse 36.
    Sadly the gullible believers of
    conspiracy theories have failed
    miserably to apply these important
    messages of Quran and instead
    wasted their time on issues like
    “Four Marriages”, “Jihad” and
    segregation of women through
    “Shuttle cock” Burqa.
     
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    Section 2. Objectives of
    Conspiracy Theories.
    By Anas Abbas
    Objective 1.
    To denigrate Baluchistan’s
    resistance movements and to
    present a picture where the blame
    of all Baluch sufferings go to
    foreign elements even though the
    real culprits are the Punjabi elite
    and the Pakistan army for their
    military operations in that region.
    Conspiracy theories facilitate
    Pakistan’s establishment and Army
    to overshadow the following issues
    on Baluchistan:
    Musharraf’s Trial (After
    Murder of Akbar Bugti)
    Baloch Gas Royalty payments
    (estimated to be in billions of
    rupees since 1950s)
    Baloch Missing persons Issue
    Provincial Autonomy
    Thus with the help of false
    theories, Pakistani Rulers have
    been successful in diverting public
    attention more towards the so
    called Israeli/American agenda in
    Baluchistan as compared to the
    real issues.
    Objective 2 .
    To undermine any effort to form a
    civilian and democratic government
    so the only choice left is army rule
    The strategy employed here to
    achieve this objective by the army
    and its media agents is to present a
    picture in the Pakistani public that
    the army is doing all it can to take
    actions against certain contentious
    issues in Pakistan but it’s the
    civilian government that is acting
    as an impediment in its quest.
    For example: Refer to this brief
    video where ISPR (ISI’s Public
    Relations) is giving this statement
    in the press conference that the
    Pakistan army has captured Indian
    weapons in Swat and all necessary
    proof regarding India’s complicity
    has been send to the civilian
    government (Foreign Office) and
    now it’s the government’s job to
    take this with India.
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    In other words the ISPR that
    represents Pakistan army is giving
    this impression that the military
    has fully done its job of collecting
    evidence against India and now it’s
    the turn of the civilian government
    to raise this issue with India.
    Statements like these then are
    heavily exploited by army’s media
    agents (Zaid Hamid and Ahmed
    Qureshi in particular) to further
    justify their claim that the present
    civilian government is not taking
    these issues with India and hence is
    working with the CIA and RAW and
    the only way to bring stability in
    Pakistan and to fight Indian
    interference is to willingly accept
    an army rule.
    Similar strategy is manifested on
    the issue of drone attacks in
    Pakistan (Widely condemned by the
    majority of population) and is used
    not only by the army sponsored
    media agents but also by the
    opposition political parties to
    exploit public support against their
    rivals.
    Officially, both Pakistan army and
    civilian government maintain that
    they are not complicit in drone
    attacks and there is neither any
    secret agreement between them
    and the US. But numerous reports
    have indicated that both the
    government and the army are
    involved in not only allowing the
    US to use the Shamsi airfield in
    Baluchistan but also to provide
    them with necessary intelligence in
    relation to the locations of the
    targets.
     
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    Objective 3.
    Why a conspiracy theory created
    to portray Pakistani Taliban as
    “Foreign Agents”?
    This is because: To defend the
    image of pro Pakistan Militants or
    Jihadists and Pakistan Army.
    Pakistan formed the Afghan Taliban
    after U.S. conveniently left
    Afghanistan in dilapidated
    condition. In order to protect its
    regional rivalry with India (that was
    supporting Northern Alliance),
    Pakistan has supported the Taliban
    since the beginning to influence
    Afghanistan’s domestic and foreign
    policies. While the Taliban
    continued to pummel Afghani
    women and children as well as
    men, the women elite of Pakistan
    continued to party away late into
    the nights with their partners… life
    was lavish. Most of the masses in
    Pakistan had no idea about the
    existence of Taliban and their
    brutal tactics which was to spill
    onto their lives a few years later.
    However, things dramatically
    changed after 9/11 with U.S.’s War
    on Terror. Pakistan was forced to
    rethink its policy towards the
    Taliban due to American pressure
    and strategic reasons, and a
    general consensus against them was
    formed the world over. The Taliban
    were brought to the forefront and
    their dirty deeds were exposed
    through the internet and the
    media.
    At the same time,
    under Musharraf, Pakistani media
    became relatively free which led to
    the scrutiny of Pakistan’s relations
    with the Taliban. Images of public
    beatings of women, killings and
    executions in soccer grounds were
    all over TV channels. This
    contributed towards forming a
    negative image of the Taliban
    among the Pakistani
    people. (Except the conservatives,
    extremists and political parties
    such as Jamait e Islami)
    Specifically after the TV Boom in
    Pakistan which also happened
    simultaneously, the new free media
    and the newly hosted Talk Shows
    exposed the role of the Military in
    the formation of the Taliban or
    militants through prominent
    politicians who came up and spoke
    out. Military rule came under fire
    as Pakistan’s history of exploitative
    politics and ISI’s role in it came to
    light through critics in talk shows
    and electronic media.
    Thus a negative perception of the
    military was also created.
    By 2007 Pakistan came under the
    strain of excessive bombings by a
    newly formed group known as
    Pakistani Taliban. This group was
    formed on the same ideological
    lines as the Afghan Taliban i.e. to
    enforce puritanical Sharia in
    Pakistan and to fight against any
    occupying forces. However, it
    differs operationally from Afghan
    Taliban as the latter is fighting in
    Afghanistan against U.S. and NATO
    forces and the former is in war
    against Pakistan who is supporting
    the occupying forces. They are
    both controlled by Al-Qaida and
    are mostly collaborate together.
    The graph below shows the
    relationship between these three
    players (Afghan Taliban, Pakistan
    Taliban & Al Qaeda) and how they
    are destabilizing Pakistan and
    Afghanistan.
     
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    Objective 3.
    Why a conspiracy theory created
    to portray Pakistani Taliban as
    “Foreign Agents”?
    This is because: To defend the
    image of pro Pakistan Militants or
    Jihadists and Pakistan Army.
    Pakistan formed the Afghan Taliban
    after U.S. conveniently left
    Afghanistan in dilapidated
    condition. In order to protect its
    regional rivalry with India (that was
    supporting Northern Alliance),
    Pakistan has supported the Taliban
    since the beginning to influence
    Afghanistan’s domestic and foreign
    policies. While the Taliban
    continued to pummel Afghani
    women and children as well as
    men, the women elite of Pakistan
    continued to party away late into
    the nights with their partners… life
    was lavish. Most of the masses in
    Pakistan had no idea about the
    existence of Taliban and their
    brutal tactics which was to spill
    onto their lives a few years later.
    However, things dramatically
    changed after 9/11 with U.S.’s War
    on Terror. Pakistan was forced to
    rethink its policy towards the
    Taliban due to American pressure
    and strategic reasons, and a
    general consensus against them was
    formed the world over. The Taliban
    were brought to the forefront and
    their dirty deeds were exposed
    through the internet and the
    media.
    At the same time,
    under Musharraf, Pakistani media
    became relatively free which led to
    the scrutiny of Pakistan’s relations
    with the Taliban. Images of public
    beatings of women, killings and
    executions in soccer grounds were
    all over TV channels. This
    contributed towards forming a
    negative image of the Taliban
    among the Pakistani
    people. (Except the conservatives,
    extremists and political parties
    such as Jamait e Islami)
    Specifically after the TV Boom in
    Pakistan which also happened
    simultaneously, the new free media
    and the newly hosted Talk Shows
    exposed the role of the Military in
    the formation of the Taliban or
    militants through prominent
    politicians who came up and spoke
    out. Military rule came under fire
    as Pakistan’s history of exploitative
    politics and ISI’s role in it came to
    light through critics in talk shows
    and electronic media.
    Thus a negative perception of the
    military was also created.
    By 2007 Pakistan came under the
    strain of excessive bombings by a
    newly formed group known as
    Pakistani Taliban. This group was
    formed on the same ideological
    lines as the Afghan Taliban i.e. to
    enforce puritanical Sharia in
    Pakistan and to fight against any
    occupying forces. However, it
    differs operationally from Afghan
    Taliban as the latter is fighting in
    Afghanistan against U.S. and NATO
    forces and the former is in war
    against Pakistan who is supporting
    the occupying forces. They are
    both controlled by Al-Qaida and
    are mostly collaborate together.
    The graph below shows the
    relationship between these three
    players (Afghan Taliban, Pakistan
    Taliban & Al Qaeda) and how they
    are destabilizing Pakistan and
    Afghanistan.
    Soon after the suicide bombings in
    2007, TTP (Pakistani Taliban)
    openly started to claim
    responsibility for the attacks and
    got significant coverage by the
    electronic media. In these
    circumstances it became
    increasingly difficult for the
    extremists and the conspiracy
    theorists to openly defend the
    Islamist militant organizations and
    to simultaneously have the Afghan
    Taliban and Kashmiri militants as a
    regional lever for control. Since
    the Pakistani Taliban were openly
    claiming on television to have
    carried out suicide bombings in
    Pakistan in the name of Jihad, ISI
    and its Islamist allies became
    increasingly worried as this was
    tainting the image of
    “mujahids” (Islamic Fighters), Jihad
    (a motivational weapon of Army)
    and spreading the perception that
    the militants were retaliating
    against Pakistan because of the
    indiscriminate bombings by the
    Pakistani army in tribal areas.
    In addition to this, the Lawyers
    Movement added fuel to the fire
    and acted as a catalyst in forming a
    negative image of the military. The
    Military however had to come up
    with a plan which was politically
    safe in the short run and which
    also served their interests in the
    long run.
    To counter all this, Pakistan army,
    Islamists, and allied conspiracy
    theorists devised a plan to launch a
    conspiracy theory that would easily
    blame all the attacks in Pakistan on
    India, Israel and the U.S. Hence
    TTP and any other affiliated militant
    group that was attacking Pakistan
    was then tagged by these
    conspiracy theorists as Indian or
    American agents working in
    disguise as Taliban to malign the
    reputation of the “Taliban” and
    jihad in particular.
    The Pakistan Army did not stop
    here however. They launched a
    proponent agent in the public:
    someone who would act as a
    defender as well as a promoter.
    Right about that time, and
    apparently without any associations
    to the army, Zaid Hamid appeared
    on the horizon and took two
    stances that the army was in dire
    need of. In order to rally support
    for his perspective, he gave his
    ideas a religious aspect insofar as
    glorification of the army was
    concerned. Briefly mentioned, his
    views are firstly that the army is
    sacred and can do no wrong,
    secondly, that our army is destined
    to overpower the whole world, and
    lastly, Ghazwa-e-hind i.e. we have
    to defeat India and we are
    religiously destined to do so one
    day.
     
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    Objective 4.
    To boost the morale of the armed
    forces and the general population
    when the army sees a need for any
    military operation or intervention.
    Before any Military operation, it is
    a tendency of the army to label its
    adversaries as Indians or Zionist
    agents. This is because the army is
    predominantly trained and
    indoctrinated to fight against the
    Hindus (“infidels Indians”).
    A common exploitative tactic is to
    give a conflict a religious context
    e.g. by presenting the ‘enemy’ as
    enemies of Islam. Before the 1971
    operation for East Pakistan
    (operation searchlight) Bengalese
    were targeted by issuances of
    fatwas for their ‘infidel activities’,
    thus painting the Bengalese as
    unfaithful and conspirators against
    Islam. This ideological manipulation
    influences the public sentiment by
    projecting a unislamic and
    imperialist image of foreign
    country/peoples. Prejudiced and
    censored history also makes the
    public vulnerable, making it easy to
    get their support for a military
    operation. The 1992 operation
    against MQM is a textbook case.
    Members of the MQM were
    portrayed as traitors who were
    secretly plotting to create a
    separate state with the help of the
    Indians. Similar strategy is
    employed in Swat and Waziristan
    operations where with the help of
    conspiracy theorists such as Zaid
    Hamid, the army is successful in
    gaining public support and
    motivation for troops.
     
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    Conspiracy theories are common
    all over Pakistan and they
    specifically target the youth of
    Pakistan that accounts for a
    substantial percentage of Pakistani
    population. According to Dawn
    News (Fifty-seven per cent of
    Pakistan’s population is between
    15 and 64, and 41 per cent are
    under 15. Only four per cent are
    over 65. Pakistan is now
    experiencing its largest ever
    youth bulge) United Nations
    Report.
    According to the New York Times
    news paper, in a survey report ,
    commissioned by the British
    Council and conducted by the
    Nielsen research company,
    Pakistani youth is pessimistic about
    its future and is severely impacted
    by the austere economic conditions
    and political chaos in the country.
    The survey revealed that majority
    of those interviewed were deeply
    depressed, demoralised and a part
    of highly frustrated young
    generation; a generation which
    feels abandoned by its government.
    While most people do not trust
    their government, they do
    however; attach loyalty to the
    military and religious institutions.
    Three-quarters of those interviewed
    identified themselves primarily as
    Muslim, with just one out of seven
    identifying themselves as
    Pakistanis. Moreover, the same
    study reveals that the despair
    among them is rooted in the
    unhealthy state of their lives: only
    one-fifth of those interviewed had
    permanent full-time jobs. While
    half of them said they did not have
    sufficient skills to even enter the
    workplace. Moreover, one out of
    four could not read or write- ‘a
    legacy of the country’s abysmal
    public education system, in which
    less than 40 percent of children
    are enrolled in schools- far below
    the South Asian average of 58
    percent’ (New York Times
    Newspaper).
    According to Farooq Sulehria’s
    article titled “Conspiracy theories”,
    Pakistanis readily buy conspiracy
    theories because the masses here
    feel disempowered.
    The best example he has given is:
    “Conspiracy theories, by
    oversimplifying complex political
    questions, save you mental
    labour. Why strain one’s nerves
    to understand Marx’s dull essays
    on economy to understand the
    current financial meltdown when
    we know ”Jewish bankers” have
    engineered this crisis?”
    Under such circumstances, it is
    understandable that majority of the
    population would not strain their
    already stressed nerves over dull
    essays and articles with an open
    mind and make a daunting effort
    for independent research when
    they can simply listen to the
    theories and lectures provided by
    Zaid Hamid and the likes.
    Besides, it’s human nature not to
    oppose the masses. To oppose
    means to take a stand, to have the
    guts to say ‘No’ and that surely
    requires something more than
    education. It requires courage, wit,
    intelligence and an enlightened
    mind.
     

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