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'Hello, I am an ISI agent; want to stay in India': Pakistani man makes startling claim at Delhi airport
28.04.17 - team pt
'Hello, I am an ISI agent; want to stay in India': Pakistani man makes startling claim at Delhi airport



In a strange incident, a passenger approached the Indira Gandhi International Airport officials on Friday and alleged that he was an Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agent.
 
"Hello, I am an ISI agent. But I don’t wish to continue any further and want to remain in India,” the passenger told a help desk at the Airport on Friday after arriving on an Air India flight from Dubai.
 
Muhammad Ahmad Sheikh Muhammad Rafiq, a Pakistani passport holder, deboarded an Air India flight from Dubai and approached a help desk at the Delhi airport and conveyed to a lady at the counter that he wanted to share information about Pakistan's spy agency, ISI.
 
The claim sent the security at Terminal 3 into a tizzy, with intelligence agencies being immediately alerted.
 
38-year-old Rafiq had arrived here by Air India's flight from Dubai and was further booked for Kathmandu. However, he did not take the next flight and decided to break the journey and walked up to the help-desk counter at the airport.
 
During questioning, Rafiq said he was connected with the ISI but had decided to call it a day and remain in India, officials said.
 
Sources said that there is a possibility that he is lying, but officials are checking his passport details to know where he travelled in the past few months.

He was whisked away to an undisclosed destination where he was being questioned by officials from various central intelligence agencies, they said, adding his claims were being verified.




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Clarify your stand on Khalistan: Congress to Canadian Defence Minister
14.04.17 - TEAM PT
Clarify your stand on Khalistan: Congress to Canadian Defence Minister



Senior Congress leaders and legislators today asked the Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan to clarify his stand on the issue of Khalistan. "It is important and in the interest of the good and friendly relationship between India and Canada that Mr Sajjan clarify his stand on this sensitive issue”, they demanded.

The Congress leaders also referred to the Canadian High Commission’s statement on the matter, saying it had tried to hide more than clarifying anything. "It is surprising that the High Commission has preferred to remain quiet on the specific issue that is of serious concern and consequences for the peace loving Punjabis”, they said, adding instead of clarifying the issue, the High Commission has tried to cover it up and put up a vague defence.

The Congress legislators advised the Akali and Aam Aadmi Party leaders not to try to be more loyal than the king by coming to Sajjan’s defence when he had himself preferred not to deny his association with Khalistan sympathizers and supporters.

In a joint statement senior Congress leaders and legislators including Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa, Sukh Sarkaria and Navtej Cheema reiterated that the Canadian Defence Minister and some of his ministerial and MP colleagues there had known affiliation with anti-India forces.

"Moreover none of them have denied these charges, while leaders like Sukhbir Badal, Sukhpal Khaira and HS Phoolka have gone overboard in defending them for the reasons best known to them”, the Congress leaders pointed out, while questioning the intent and interest of the local leaders defending the Canadian lawmakers. "Or is it because you go there with a begging bowl to collect funds”, they asked Khaira and Phoolka in particular.

The Congress legislators asserted that the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh had only reiterated a fact, which Mr Sajjan had not denied himself. "There is no question of insulting a Punjabi or a Sikh in stating a fact about political leanings and inclinations of a particular leader just because he happens to be a Punjabi or a Sikh?” they added.

The leaders strongly supported the Chief Minister’s stand in refusing to meet Mr Sajjan. "We need to draw a clear line as Punjab cannot afford to play with fire which people like Sajjan are stoking and fanning in Canada that has dangerous potential to engulf Punjab and push it back into the dark days”, they said, adding, "this will also send a strong message across to everyone that there cannot be any compromise on safeguarding peace and harmony in Punjab”.




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An Islamic Military Alliance of Sunni Nations and the Hindu Rashtra
13.04.17 - observer with opinion
An Islamic Military Alliance of Sunni Nations and the Hindu Rashtra



THIS IS important, India.
 
This could well be a doomsday scenario for us.
 
This deserves national attention, immediately.
 
About 4 years ago , an alliance of 39 Islamic countries was formed, with Saudi Arabia at its forefront, and quite obviously with Western backing, ostensibly to fight ISIS. This was an axis of Sunni nations.
 
Now Saudi Arabia has helped create its Military arm, under the leadership of General Raheel Shareef of Pakistan, in India's own backyard. It is likely to be formidably equipped with armaments from the Western World, funded by Arab petro-dollars.
 
Whose words held weight across the globe when Gandhi, Nehru, Indira or even Manmohan Singh addressed International issues?
 
Nobody in India's garrulous news channels is talking about it; India's prominent newspapers are not educating the general public, especially a Hindutva- drunk majority of India's highly misinformed population , forcefed on RSS propaganda by a shortsighted BJP government and its crony capitalist backed corporate media, about this clear and present danger. Just as nobody wants to talk about the strengthening of the Pakistan, China and Russia strategic alliance that's preparing to tighten its noose around an increasingly fragile, deeply divided and falsely puffed up Indian State whose fundamental social contract with its myriads of mini-nations and citizens of innumerable ethnic hues is under the sort of strain that it has never known in several thousand years of syncretic civilizational history , not to speak of its seven decades of existence as a democratic republic since it gained independence from British Colonization.
 
So let us now proceed to educate ourselves on the alarming developments in the world around us and ask ourselves some pertinent questions in the light of this new Islamic Military Alliance, knowing that our nationalist government' s bête noire, Pakistan is an important member of this alliance as also the Sino-Russo-Pak strategic alliance, and growing in strategic power in our own neighbourhood  while we run after distant and double- crossing USA and undependable Israel as our longed for allies, our new soulmates in the global game.
 
Back to the Islamic Military Alliance, created on the lines of NATO, to which India, the rising Hindu Rashtra, has no answer as of date.
 
How do you like the idea, India?
 
Especially when General Raheel Shareef , ex Chief of the Pakistan Army heads those united forces ?
 
And especially when the 18% Muslim population is ready to yell blue murder with Al Jazeera and the BBC airing news views and documentaries on cow vigilante lynchings, Love Jehad lynchings, slaughter house and meat shop closures and the fear and misery stalking India's largest minority in the Modi- Yogi era?
 
Especially when Pakistan China and Russia have already firmed up their strategic alliance and India stands isolated in its own continent?
 
Especially when 56 African nations complain to the UN about your racism?
 
Especially when the favoured ally of your ruling dispensation is ruled by a slippery customer like Trump and is losing its strategic power by the day?
 
Will Israel which is loyal to none but itself be your sole lodestar, your only ally in this frightening universe?
 
Is this the denouement that the comparatively less polarising than most BJP Foreign Minister and her formidable establishment at the MEA have been working for?
 
Is this the India whose pronouncements on Panchsheel were once hailed across the comity of nations?
 
Whose words held weight across the globe when Gandhi, Nehru, Indira or even Manmohan Singh addressed International issues?
 
When they bite at India, now none will come to India's rescue.
 
Which was a power to be reckoned with in the Group of 77?
 
The Deep State of the US, the CIA and the Pentagon would dearly love to have kind of leverage over India that they have over so many nations that they have used and destroyed across the globe.
 
When they bite at Pakistan or Saudi Arabia, the Islamic Alliance has to be reckoned with. 
 
When the bite at Syria or Iran, Russia has to be reckoned with.
 
When they bite at India, now none will come to India's rescue.
 
Though of course Russia China and Pakistan would be quite happy to see India be the next theatre of war rather than their own territories .
 
The Islamic Military Alliance may be a Crescent  ending in one of its big stars, Pakistan, but once we look at it in conjunction with the China- Russia- Pakistan Strategic Alliance, again with Pakistan at one end, it begins to look suspiciously like a noose tightening around India's self- absorbed , US-centred neck. Pakistan is hedging its bets all ways, India is putting all its eggs in one undependable unravelling basket.

The US quite clearly is preparing India and the Indian Ocean as its theatre of war in case of a major showdown with China , as far away from their own territory as possible, in a "NIMBY " (not in my backyard ) syndrome plan.
 
This would reduce our "emerging superpower" dreams, our " nuclear power" pretensions, our 7000 year old Civilization, our burgeoning population and our prized land and water territory to rubble in short order.
 
Welcome to Armageddon, dear newly born Hindu Rashtra!
 
Be ready for your Baptism by Fire, which might well end up being your cremation and funeral as well.
 
That Kabristan and Shamshaan speech was more Prophetic than its speaker knew. Let us prepare to be the Ulitmate Graveyard of Civilization.
 
Goodbye India. It was nice knowing you while you lasted, however flawed hypocritical and chaotic you were!




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WORLD WAR III: Pessimism Pays if Prevention is Possible
09.04.17 - observer with opinion
WORLD WAR III: Pessimism Pays if Prevention is Possible



Our world today is staring at the very real prospect its third and last world war. Last, for with it will end the brief sojourn of our species on our planet. Many would call this a Doomsayers pessimism , but many others would argue that pessimism pays if it can help you plan for remedial action and if therefore Prevention of the cataclysm is possible.

There is an urgent need for the chaotic global narrative to be demystified and disambiguated for a wider and clearer understanding among common people who in their numbers can influence broad decision making by political powers by means other than a corporatised media that more often than not spreads disinformation and distorts the plain facts to create public opinion to suit vested interests rather than the common good.
 
There is an urgent need to revive a sleeping and subservient United Nations and for the sheer number of member nations to call the global hegemons to order immediately
 
The first thing to be restored should be the inviolability of the territory, land water and air, of sovereign nations, unilaterally by the global bullies led by the US followed by Russia and China.
 
If at all the world feels that a regime is oppressing its own citizens beyond tolerable limits and  therefore outside intervention is called for in the interests of protection of basic human rights of its people, let the UN General Body decide how and when to do it, and let the UN forces do a limited intervention. 
 
Hegemonic Military Alliances like NATO or the Islamic Military Alliance need to be squarely placed under the UN and not allowed to act militarily without UN permission.
 
The next thing on the agenda is to outlaw regime change machinations, overt and covert, and outside influence on free and fair democratic election processes of sovereign nations by global capital and / or global superpowers or even simply any other nation.
 
This has been at the root of war and is the single biggest threat to both democracy and peace in the world.

Who are the US or the NATO nations or Russia or Saudi Arabia to decide whether Syria needs a regime change? It is the sole prerogative of the Syrian people.
 
But global media is discussing and deciding in TV discussions and CIA in its dirty convoluted innards or its Russian Equivalent is trying to decide what is for no one else to decide but the Syrian people. 
 
If even a semblance of Peace is to be preserved on our climatically endangered planet, this televised rape of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations who are bonafide members of the UN or are sovereign in their own right has to stop immediately and the relevance and collective power of the United Nations of the World has to be restored as soon as possible.
 
But who will bell the cat?
 
PS Here's a thought from a poet and thinker between the two earlier Great Wars, for us to ponder over today
 
(I'd substitute ignorance and indifference for Hate and Desire):
 
Some say the World will end in Fire
Some sat in Ice.
From what I've tasted of Desire
I  hold with those who favor Fire.
But if it had to perish twice, 
I think I know enough of Hate
To say that for Destruction , Hate
Is also great
And would suffice
(Robert Frost, 'Fire and Ice', 1920)




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Oil, politics and religion? NO; The Water War is the real reason behind the Syrian Conflict
09.04.17 - observer with opinion
Oil, politics and religion? NO; The Water War is the real reason behind the Syrian Conflict



As rains failed for several consecutive years in Syria and groundwater tables receded , the government had to place restrictions even on indiscriminate well digging by desperate farmers which led to peasant uprisings which turned more and more restive till the regime opened fire against protesters in Daraa

 

This created more violent protests and thus a cycle of violence began in which the Kurds of north eastern Syria got pulled in amid allegations of unfairness by the regime on sectarian lines in allocating depleting water resources

Israel with its vested  in keeping the Islamic world around it war with itself, US and NATO nations with their greed for oil and international hegemony plunged into the conflict having already destroyed Iraq Libya and Egypt from within, drawing the Shia axis of Iran with the competing strategic and hegemonic  interests of Russia into the messy internecine war that had turned international.

 

Each side began funding jehadi groups to proxy for it leading to the rise of hybridised monsters like Al  Nusra and ISIS whose units keep changing loyalties till nobody knows when and where they are siding with whom or playing double agents for or against whom.

 

In all these complicated strands the simple truth has got buried , so here's the real wake up call, before we get pulled into the last World War.

 

Wake up to climate change , World!

 

Don't destroy yourself faster than is necessary

 

Vulture Capitalism superimposed upon the disastrous effects of climate change and dying agriculture due to acute Water Shortage is at the root of the Syrian Crisis

 

Oil and Arms industries have deep stakes in the conflict

 

The US need to keep Israel supreme and its Muslim neighbours at perpetual war with one another and within their own nation states is another

 

The faultlines of  ethnicity and sectarian religion between Kurds and Other Syrians, between Shia minorities and Sunni majority have been exploited by US and NATO to destroy Syria from within especially since it had a Shia Minority regime ruling over a Sunni majority population

 

This is nothing but yet another case of identity politics complicated by oil greed and hegemonic ambitions of US and Western Europe distracting from a climate change crisis

 

As our planet explodes around us we are distracting ourselves from doomsday warnings by being more and more identity conscious and trying to avoid the directly confronting the very real danger around us

 

We are indeed doomed

Not because we cannot do anything about healing our planet and pulling it back from the brink but from because we don't want to

 

Welcome, Armageddon !

 

This is the Nemesis of the Environmental Nay Sayers brought on by their own blindness

 

The sad part is that those who can see the looming crisis and are crying themselves hoarse to raise consciousness about it and have been working their guts out to prevent it will also perish along with the real culprits.




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