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Islamabad Airport blast: Who’s responsible? February 7, 2007

Posted by Bolshevik in Quasi-Political Crap.

There was another “suicide blast” in Islamabad yester-evening [Tuesday; February 6, 2007]. Only one person died — the would-be bomber himself, while two security officials were injured. However, the conspiracy theorists in my head got all up-and-clamouring after I saw the pictures which had come in on the wires. Now the thing is, this seriously doesn’t seem like an actual “militant attack.”

Why am I saying this? I have a bunch of reasons. They might not be correct — they’re probably just conspiracy theories, or results of me reading too much into these incidents. But that doesn’t mean the people in my head will shut up. They won’t.

Here’s what they have to say:

1) Suicide bombing never fails this badly. I mean, seriously. Even the tarmac on the road is intact.

2) The pictures which came in on the wires last night show that the bomber’s body is pretty much intact (except the part where he tied the bomb-thingums around his waist). I’m pretty darn sure our suicide-bomb-vendors know how to make better stuff (read: stronger bombs or something).

3) The guy had a very “Sharaee” beard. That’s, like, wayyyy too obvious — suspiciously so.

4) The reaction from ‘authorities concerned’ has been very “mild,” to say the least. The reaction after the Peshawer blasts (when the Peshawer CCPO and all were killed) was wayyyyyyyyy different. Everyone (authorities concerned) sat up attentively after the Peshawat blasts. The reaction to the Islamabad Airport blast, however, is more, like, “Yeah well oh well, whatever!” I work in a newspaper — all their reactions come to us. Security was “beefed up” in places, but something’s missing. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but they’re just not clambouring like they should have.

5) When no “official” is injured (or killed), it generally points to an “agencies ki job” (not that I’m saying that the “agencies” did this — no siwwee bob! :P).

6) Like Ziyad pointed out on the NFP community (on Orkut), “If they really were tribal militants, I expect them to out-gun airport security officials any day.”

Here’re the pictures. The “labels” have been put in by the photo editors at APP and Online (click on thumbnail to view larger picture):

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[Pictures courtesy: APP and Online]


Poly-archy vs. Democracy — The engineering of consent October 4, 2006

Posted by psykedelik in Quasi-Political Crap.
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set of thoughts in my head .. will formalize them later …

Akbar Bugti – a layman’s perspective August 27, 2006

Posted by Bolshevik in Quasi-Political Crap.
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Akbar Bugti’s death came as a rather late-breaking, albeit exciting (in a strange, sadistic way) development early Sunday morning. By now almost everyone knows what the powers-that-be think of the matter. Here, however, is what those who empower the powers-that-be – the masses — had to say:

“Although death is never a good thing, but in my opinion this was a stand that the government absolutely had to take at this point. They had been trying to sort .the issue out for a long time now, and they took this step as a last resort, when they figured out that nothing else was working,” veteran music critic and socio-political commentator Nadeem Farooq Paracha, popularly known as NFP, said.

When asked about what he thought would happen next, he replied, “Nothing, as far as I think. There will be minor uprisings in Balochistan and the surrounding regions, but I’m sure that the government has anticipated those, and is prepared to deal with them. Bugti’s death is in fact a major blow to the uprising in Balochistan. The government will probably go after the remaining rebel leaders in the province now. However, I think that this is a short-term solution.”

“The Bhutto regime had undertaken a military operation in Balochistan in the 70s, and Bugti had actually been supportive of the move, in return for which he was made the Governor of Balochistan,” NFP further added. “Balochistan’s main issue with the government was their economy. The government had previously acknowledged that fact, and was trying to help stabilize the economy of the province. However, this meant that the feudal system that had been set up by the tribal leaders would be demolished, which would have affected their powers adversely. This is why Bugti and others like him ended up rebelling. The government realized that it was high time to get rid of these people if Balochistan was to be helped at all. Prolonging the standoff would only have led to a stalemate – there was no other political way out.”

Bugti was no hero. He was pro-government until the government asked him to let it build the Gwadar port. He was a typical feudal lord and was one of the main reasons behind Balochistan’s economic backwardness. I’m not pro-Musharraf but I have no sympathy for people like Bugti either,” said “a citizen” who wished not to be named.

 “Bugti was not just a man — He was a legacy, a feudal lord, a state within a state, a continuance of the Bugti family era. So when we speak of him, we’re not talking only about a single person – we’re talking about a thought process, an ideology. Out with one Bugti, and up with the next. What will happen now is that his ideology will continue, and we will see some other Bugti or a like-minded so-called terrorist continue where he left off. Saddam Hussein was removed, Osama Bin Laden was forced to go underground, the president of Iran was changed, North Korea was boycotted – and what happened?.Nothing! Like they say, ‘You kill one Osama Bin Laden, and you create a 101 new Bin Ladens.’ I don’t see how the killing of Bugti would do anything to promote ‘peace’ or erase the backwardness of Balochistan. All of that will remain the same. The rebels will just regroup under some other name,” according to another interviewee who wished to remain anonymous.

“I think it is imperitive to remember that even Bhutto tried to remove Bugti. The basic problem there was that the Bugti nawabs appropriated the royalty on gas that was meant for the people of the area and the government was happy with this trade off. So yes Bugti was a feudal lord, the reason for Balochistan’s economic issues, etc. But are extra-judicial killings really the solution? Or are there other means to resolve such situations — like who facilitated the (initial) corruption? Why couldn’t our judiciary get him?” says Nabeel Hussein.

“What will happen next, is a few days of chaos in Balochistan, after which the army will take over. The new cantonments being built will be strengthened, and in about a year or so, everyone will forget Bugti. And Gwadar will finally proceed at full speed. What I’m happy about is the fact that all the development work pending in Balochistan will finally go ahead. Interntional companies shouldn’t be scared of venturing into Balochistan anymore. There are some european companies that have been hired for services on gas wells in Sindh and Punjab, but not in Balochistan, even though they believe that it has great potential for petrochemical products. But they refuse to venture into Balochistan because they are scared of the Bugti’s and the Marri’s and the Mengal’s,” according to Jibran Mirza, a reader from Islamabad.