More US missile attacks on Pakistan


This video from Pakistan says about itself:

It seems that USA needs a new country to destroy and Pakistan has become the latest vicitm in this never-ending so-called “war on terrorism”. Ferocious attacks of US Air Force and Army have began against Pakistan, and as of September 2008, US attacks have killed more than 90 women and children and injured more than 200….how could they ever love USA???

From the Hindustan Times in India of today:

Describing Afghanistan as the greatest military challenge for the US, Defence Secretary Robert Gates has indicated that missile strikes in Pakistan will continue to root out al-Qaeda members based across the porous border.

Well, Mr Gates, as you know from when you were still George W. Bush’s, not yet Barack Obama’s, “Defence” Secretary: those strikes very often “root out” Pakistani civilians who have nothing whatever to do with al-Qaeda. The Pakistani government and parliament have repeatedly protested against those attacks on the sovereignty of their country. So, stop them now!

US missiles kill 24 in Pakistan: here.

PAKISTAN has called on Washington to reconsider a “counterproductive” plan to expand drone missile strikes into Baluchistan province: here.

US expands war into Pakistan: here.

4 thoughts on “More US missile attacks on Pakistan

  1. Change (in rhetoric) we can believe in
    http://www.trinicenter.com/articles/2009/030209.html
    By William Blum
    February 03, 2009
    http://www.killinghope.org

    I’ve said all along that whatever good changes might occur in regard to non-foreign
    policy issues, such as what’s already taken place concerning the environment and
    abortion, the Obama administration will not produce any significantly worthwhile change
    in US foreign policy; little done in this area will reduce the level of misery that the
    American Empire regularly brings down upon humanity. And to the extent that Barack Obama
    is willing to clearly reveal what he believes about anything controversial, he appears
    to believe in the empire.

    The Obamania bubble should already have begun to lose some air with the multiple US
    bombings of Pakistan within the first few days following the inauguration. The Pentagon
    briefed the White House of its plans, and the White House had no objection. So bombs
    away ? Barack Obama’s first war crime. The dozens of victims were, of course, all bad
    people, including all the women and children. As with all these bombings, we’ll never
    know the names of all the victims ? It’s doubtful that even Pakistan knows ? or what
    crimes they had committed to deserve the death penalty. Some poor Pakistani probably
    earned a nice fee for telling the authorities that so-and-so bad guy lived in that
    house over there; too bad for all the others who happened to live with the bad guy,
    assuming of course that the bad guy himself actually lived in that house over there.

    The new White House press secretary, Robert Gibbs, declined to answer questions about
    the first airstrikes, saying “I’m not going to get into these matters.”1 Where have we
    heard that before?

    After many of these bombings in recent years, a spokesperson for the United States or
    NATO has solemnly declared: ?We regret the loss of life.? These are the same words used
    by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on a number of occasions, but their actions were
    typically called ?terrorist?.

    I wish I could be an Obamaniac. I envy their enthusiasm. Here, in the form of an open
    letter to President Obama, are some of the “changes we can believe in” in foreign policy
    that would have to occur to win over the non-believers like me.

    Iran

    Just leave them alone. There is no “Iranian problem”. They are a threat to no one. Iran
    hasn’t invaded any other country in centuries. No, President Ahmadinejad did not
    threaten Israel with any violence. Stop patrolling the waters surrounding Iran with
    American warships. Stop halting Iranian ships to check for arms shipments to Hamas.
    (That’s generally regarded as an act of war.) Stop using Iranian dissident groups to
    carry out terrorist attacks inside Iran. Stop kidnaping Iranian diplomats. Stop the
    continual spying and recruiting within Iran. And yet, with all that, you can still bring
    yourself to say: “If countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will
    find an extended hand from us.”2

    Iran has as much right to arm Hamas as the US has to arm Israel. And there is no
    international law that says that the United States, the UK, Russia, China, Israel,
    France, Pakistan, and India are entitled to nuclear weapons, but Iran is not. Iran has
    every reason to feel threatened. Will you continue to provide nuclear technology to
    India, which has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, while threatening
    Iran, an NPT signatory, with sanctions and warfare?

    Russia

    Stop surrounding the country with new NATO members. Stop looking to instigate new
    “color” revolutions in former Soviet republics and satellites. Stop arming and
    supporting Georgia in its attempts to block the independence of South Ossetia and
    Abkhasia, the breakaway regions on the border of Russia. And stop the placement of
    anti-missile systems in Russia’s neighbors, the Czech Republic and Poland, on the absurd
    grounds that it’s to ward off an Iranian missile attack. It was Czechoslovakia and
    Poland that the Germans also used to defend their imperialist ambitions ? The two
    countries were being invaded on the grounds that Germans there were being maltreated.
    The world was told.

    “The U.S. government made a big mistake from the breakup of the Soviet Union,” said
    former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev last year. “At that time the Russian people were
    really euphoric about America and the U.S. was really number one in the minds of many
    Russians.” But, he added, the United States moved aggressively to expand NATO and
    appeared gleeful at Russia’s weakness.3

    Cuba

    Making it easier to travel there and send remittances is very nice (if, as expected, you
    do that), but these things are dwarfed by the need to end the US embargo. In 1999, Cuba
    filed a suit against the United States for $181.1 billion in compensation for economic
    losses and loss of life during the almost forty years of this aggression. The suit held
    Washington responsible for the death of 3,478 Cubans and the wounding and disabling of
    2,099 others. We can now add ten more years to all three figures. The negative, often
    crippling, effects of the embargo extend into every aspect of Cuban life.

    In addition to closing Guantanamo prison, the adjacent US military base established in
    1903 by American military force should be closed and the land returned to Cuba.

    The Cuban Five, held prisoner in the United States for over 10 years, guilty only of
    trying to prevent American-based terrorism against Cuba, should be released. Actually
    there were 10 Cubans arrested; five knew that they could expect no justice in an
    American court and pled guilty to get shorter sentences.4

    Iraq

    Freeing the Iraqi people to death … Nothing short of a complete withdrawal of all US
    forces, military and contracted, and the closure of all US military bases and detention
    and torture centers, can promise a genuine end to US involvement and the beginning of
    meaningful Iraqi sovereignty. To begin immediately. Anything less is just politics and
    imperialism as usual. In six years of war, the Iraqi people have lost everything of
    value in their lives. As the Washington Post reported in 2007: “It is a common refrain
    among war-weary Iraqis that things were better before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.”5
    The good news is that the Iraqi people have 5,000 years experience in crafting a
    society to live in. They should be given the opportunity.

    Saudi Arabia

    Demand before the world that this government enter the 21st century (or at least the
    20th), or the United States has to stop pretending that it gives a damn about human
    rights, women, homosexuals, religious liberty, and civil liberties. The Bush family had
    long-standing financial ties to members of the Saudi ruling class. What will be your
    explanation if you maintain the status quo?

    Haiti

    Reinstate the exiled Jean Bertrand Aristide to the presidency, which he lost when the
    United States overthrew him in 2004. To seek forgiveness for our sins, give the people
    of Haiti lots and lots of money and assistance.

    Colombia

    Stop giving major military support to a government that for years has been intimately
    tied to death squads, torture, and drug trafficking; in no other country in the world
    have so many progressive candidates for public office, unionists, and human-rights
    activists been murdered. Are you concerned that this is the closest ally the United
    States has in all of Latin America?

    Venezuela

    Hugo Chavez may talk too much but he’s no threat except to the capitalist system of
    Venezuela and, by inspiration, elsewhere in Latin America. He has every good historical
    reason to bad-mouth American foreign policy, including Washington’s role in the coup
    that overthrew him in 2002. If you can’t understand why Chavez is not in love with what
    the United States does all over the world, I can give you a long reading list.

    Put an end to support for Chavez’s opposition by the Agency for International
    Development, the National Endowment for Democracy, and other US government agencies. US
    diplomats should not be meeting with Venezuelans plotting coups against Chavez, nor
    should they be interfering in elections.

    Send Luis Posada from Florida to Venezuela, which has asked for his extradition for his
    masterminding the bombing of a Cuban airline in 1976, taking 73 lives. Extradite the
    man, or try him in the US, or stop talking about the war on terrorism.

    And please try not to repeat the nonsense about Venezuela being a dictatorship. It’s a
    freer society than the United States. It has, for example, a genuine opposition daily
    media, non-existent in the United States. If you doubt that, try naming a single
    American daily newspaper or TV network that was unequivocally against the US invasions
    of Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Panama, Grenada, and Vietnam. Or even against two of
    them? How about one? Is there a single one that supports Hamas and/or Hezbollah? A few
    weeks ago, the New York Times published a story concerning a possible Israeli attack
    upon Iran, and stated: “Several details of the covert effort have been omitted from
    this account, at the request of senior United States intelligence and administration
    officials, to avoid harming continuing operations.”6

    Alas, Mr. President, among other disparaging remarks, you’ve already accused Chavez of
    being “a force that has interrupted progress in the region.”7 This is a statement so
    contrary to the facts, even to plain common sense, so hypocritical given Washington’s
    history in Latin America, that I despair of you ever freeing yourself from the
    ideological shackles that have bound every American president of the past century. It
    may as well be inscribed in their oath of office ? that a president must be antagonistic
    toward any country that has expressly rejected Washington as the world’s savior. You
    made this remark in an interview with Univision, Venezuela’s leading, implacable media
    critic of the Chavez government. What regional progress could you be referring to, the
    police state of Colombia?

    Bolivia

    Stop American diplomats, Peace Corps volunteers, Fulbright scholars, and the U.S. Drug
    Enforcement Administration, from spying and fomenting subversion inside Bolivia. As the
    first black president of the United States, you could try to cultivate empathy toward,
    and from, the first indigenous president of Bolivia. Congratulate Bolivian president
    Evo Morales on winning a decisive victory on a recent referendum to approve a new
    constitution which enshrines the rights of the indigenous people and, for the first
    time, institutes separation of church and state.

    Afghanistan

    Perhaps the most miserable people on the planet, with no hope in sight as long as the
    world’s powers continue to bomb, invade, overthrow, occupy, and slaughter in their land.
    The US Army is planning on throwing 30,000 more young American bodies into the killing
    fields and is currently building eight new major bases in southern Afghanistan. Is that
    not insane? If it makes sense to you I suggest that you start the practice of the
    president accompanying the military people when they inform American parents that their
    child has died in a place called Afghanistan.

    If you pull out from this nightmare, you could also stop bombing Pakistan. Leave even if
    it results in the awful Taliban returning to power. They at least offer security to the
    country’s wretched, and indications are that the current Taliban are not all
    fundamentalists.

    But first, close Bagram prison and other detention camps, which are worse than
    Guantanamo.

    And stop pretending that the United States gives a damn about the Afghan people and not
    oil and gas pipelines which can bypass Russia and Iran. The US has been endeavoring to
    fill the power vacuum in Central Asia created by the Soviet Union?s dissolution in order
    to assert Washington’s domination over a region containing the second largest proven
    reserves of petroleum and natural gas in the world. Is Afghanistan going to be your Iraq?

    Israel

    The most difficult task for you, but the one that would earn for you the most points. To
    declare that Israel is no longer the 51st state of the union would bring down upon your
    head the wrath of the most powerful lobby in the world and its many wealthy followers,
    as well as the Christian-fundamentalist Right and much of the media. But if you really
    want to see peace between Israel and Palestine you must cut off all military aid to
    Israel, in any form: hardware, software, personnel, money. And stop telling Hamas it has
    to recognize Israel and renounce violence until you tell Israel that it has to recognize
    Hamas and renounce violence.

    North Korea

    Bush called the country part of “the axis of evil”, and Kim Jong Il a “pygmy” and “a
    spoiled child at a dinner table.”8 But you might try to understand where Kim Jong Il is
    coming from. He sees that UN agencies went into Iraq and disarmed it, and then the
    United States invaded. The logical conclusion is not to disarm, but to go nuclear.

    Central America

    Stop interfering in the elections of Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, year after
    year. The Cold War has ended. And though you can’t undo the horror perpetrated by the
    United States in the region in the 1980s, you can at least be kind to the immigrants in
    the US who came here trying to escape the long-term consequences of that terrible
    decade.

    Vietnam

    In your inauguration speech you spoke proudly of those “who have carried us up the long,
    rugged path towards prosperity and freedom … For us, they fought and died, in places
    like … Khe Sanh.” So it is your studied and sincere opinion that the 58,000 American
    sevicemembers who died in Vietnam, while helping to kill over a million Vietnamese, gave
    their life for our prosperity and freedom? Would you care to defend that proposition
    without resort to any platitudes?

    You might also consider this: In all the years since the Vietnam War ended, the three
    million Vietnamese suffering from diseases and deformities caused by US sprayings of the
    deadly chemical “Agent Orange” have received from the United States no medical
    attention, no environmental remediation, no compensation, and no official apology.

    Kosovo

    Stop supporting the most gangster government in the world, which has specialized in
    kidnaping, removing human body parts for sale, heavy trafficking in drugs, trafficking
    in women, various acts of terrorism, and ethnic cleansing of Serbs. This government
    would not be in power if the Bush administration had not seen them as America’s natural
    allies. Do you share that view? UN Resolution 1244, adopted in 1999, reaffirmed the
    sovereignty and territorial integrity of the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to
    which Serbia is now the recognized successor state, and established that Kosovo was to
    remain part of Serbia. Why do we have a huge and permanent military base in that tiny
    self-declared country?

    NATO

    From protecting Europe against a [mythical] Soviet invasion to becoming an occupation
    army in Afghanistan. Put an end to this historical anachronism, what Russian leader
    Vladimir called “the stinking corpse of the cold war.”9. You can accomplish this simply
    by leaving the organization. Without the United States and its never-ending military
    actions and officially-designated enemies, the organization would not even have the
    pretense of a purpose, which is all it has left. Members have had to be bullied,
    threatened and bribed to send armed forces to Afghanistan.

    School of the Americas

    Latin American countries almost never engage in war with each other, or any other
    countries. So for what kind of warfare are its military officers being trained by the
    United States? To suppress their own people. Close this school (the name has now been
    changed to protect the guilty) at Ft. Benning, Georgia that the United States has used
    to prepare two generations of Latin American military officers for careers in
    overthrowing progressive governments, death squads, torture, holding down dissent, and
    other charming activities. The British are fond of saying that the Empire was won on the
    playing fields of Eton. Americans can say that the road to Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and
    Bagram began in the classrooms of the School of the Americas.

    Torture

    Your executive orders concerning this matter of utmost importance are great to see, but
    they still leave something to be desired. They state that the new standards ostensibly
    putting an end to torture apply to any “armed conflict”. But what if your administration
    chooses to view future counterterrorism and other operations as not part of an “armed
    conflict”? And no mention is made of “rendition” ? kidnaping a man off the street,
    throwing him in a car, throwing a hood over his head, stripping off his clothes, placing
    him in a diaper, shackling him from every angle, and flying him to a foreign torture
    dungeon. Why can’t you just say that this and all other American use of proxy torturers
    is banned? Forever.

    It’s not enough to say that you’re against torture or that the United States “does not
    torture” or “will not torture”. George W. Bush said the same on a regular basis. To show
    that you’re not George W. Bush you need to investigate those responsible for the use of
    torture, even if this means prosecuting a small army of Bush administration war
    criminals.

    You aren’t off to a good start by appointing former CIA official John O. Brennan as your
    top adviser on counterterrorism. Brennan has called “rendition” a “vital tool” and
    praised the CIA’s interrogation techniques for providing “lifesaving” intelligence.10
    Whatever were you thinking, Barack?

    Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi

    Free this Libyan man from his prison in Scotland, where he is serving a life sentence
    after being framed by the United States for the bombing of PanAm flight 103 in December
    1988, which took the lives of 270 people over Scotland. Iran was actually behind the
    bombing ? as revenge for the US shooting down an Iranian passenger plane in July,
    killing 290 ? not Libya, which the US accused for political reasons.11 Nations do not
    behave any more cynical than that. Megrahi lies in prison now dying of cancer, but still
    the US and the UK will not free him. It would be too embarrassing to admit to 20 years
    of shameless lying.

    Mr. President, there’s a lot more to be undone in our foreign policy if you wish to be
    taken seriously as a moral leader like Martin Luther King, Jr.: banning the use of
    depleted uranium, cluster bombs, and other dreadful weapons; joining the International
    Criminal Court instead of trying to sabotage it; making a number of other long-overdue
    apologies in addition to the one mentioned re Vietnam; and much more. You’ve got your
    work cut out for you if you really want to bring some happiness to this sad old world,
    make America credible and beloved again, stop creating armies of anti-American
    terrorists, and win over people like me.

    And do you realize that you can eliminate all state and federal budget deficits in the
    United States, provide free health care and free university education to every American,
    pay for an unending array of worthwhile social and cultural programs, all just by ending
    our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, not starting any new ones, and closing down the
    Pentagon’s 700+ military bases? Think of it as the peace dividend Americans were
    promised when the Cold War would end some day, but never received. How about you
    delivering it, Mr. President? It’s not too late.

    But you are committed to the empire; and the empire is committed to war. Too bad.
    Notes

    1. Washington Post, January 24, 2009 ?
    2. Interview with al Arabiya TV, January 27, 2009 ?
    3. Gorbachev speaking in Florida, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, April 17, 2008 ?
    4. http://www.killinghope.org/bblum6/polpris.htm ?
    5. Washington Post, May 5, 2007, p.1 ?
    6. New York Times, January 11, 2009 ?
    7. Washington Post, January 19, 2009?
    8. Newsweek, May 27, 2002 ?
    9. Press Trust of India (news agency), December 21, 2007 ?
    10. Washington Post, November 26, 2008 ?
    11. http://www.killinghope.org/bblum6/panam.htm ?

    William Blum is the author of:

    * Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since World War 2
    * Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
    * West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir
    * Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire

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  2. US official says drones using Pakistan base

    By Anwar Iqbal

    WASHINGTON: Drones that attack suspected terrorist targets inside Pakistan actually take off from the Pakistani soil, a senior US lawmaker said at a congressional hearing which also heard from the US intelligence chief that joint US-Pakistan efforts had reduced Al Qaeda’s capability to carry out terrorist attacks.

    On Thursday evening, the Senate Intelligence Committee also heard from US National Intelligence Director Admiral Dennis C. Blair that nuclear weapons were preventing yet another war between India and Pakistan.

    But it was Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, who stole the show with her disclosure about the use of a Pakistan base for the drone attacks.

    Expressing surprise over Pakistan’s opposition to the campaign of Predator-launched CIA missile strikes against targets inside the Pakistani border, Senator Feinstein said: “As I understand it, these are flown out of a Pakistani base.”

    As chairperson of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Feinstein has access to classified information which requires her to exercise caution when discussing sensitive matters in public.

    Even Admiral Blair was taken aback. “Pakistan is sorting out” its cooperation with the United States, he said quietly, while responding to her remarks. He did not say whether what Senator Feinstein said was correct.

    The existence of drone bases inside Pakistan suggests a much deeper relationship with the United States on counter-terrorism than has been publicly acknowledged.

    The CIA declined to comment, but former US intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Senator Feinstein’s account was accurate. Later, Philip J. LaVelle, a spokesman for the senator, said her comment was based solely on previous news reports that Predators were operated from bases near Islamabad.

    ‘Al Qaeda weakened’

    Admiral Blair acknowledged that Pakistan’s current military campaign against the militants was having an impact. He said the pressure the United States, Pakistan and others were putting on Osama bin Laden and his core leadership in Fata had succeeded in weakening the terrorist group.

    “Al Qaeda today is less capable and effective than it was a year ago,” he said.

    The US intelligence chief, however, warned that Pakistan’s intensified campaign against terrorists has failed to subdue multiple insurgencies or quell growing radicalism in many parts of the country.

    Admiral Blair noted that while no major country faced the risk of collapse at the hands of any terrorist groups, “Pakistan and Afghanistan have to work hard to repulse a still serious threat” to their governments.

    He also warned of an “Arc of Instability” stretching from the Middle East to South Asia that would be the source of challenges throughout the century.

    Impact of N-arms

    Admiral Blair also spoke about the impact of nuclear weapons on India-Pakistan relations. He said that leaders in both countries realised that a war between them could soon get out of control, resulting in ‘tremendous devastation’ on both sides.

    “I think there are a number of factors that would perhaps change the attitude that was there in 1947. One certainly is the possession of nuclear weapons by both sides,” Mr Blair said.

    “There is no doubt that senior Pakistani and Indian leaders feel that a war between them would get out of hand and would result in tremendous devastation for both sides, far more than the issues in general in Kashmir that they’re confronting over,” he said.

    “I think the violent extremism in the region of South Asia is changing attitudes, perhaps slowly, in Pakistan and in India… Now Pakistan is realising that this violent extremism can be a threat to them,” Admiral Blair said.

    Admiral Blair said that determined efforts by Indian and Pakistan leaders to improve relations would fail unless Islamabad, for its part, took meaningful steps to cut support to anti-Indian militant groups and New Delhi, for its part, made credible efforts to allay Pakistan’s security concerns.

    “The increase in violent attacks within India is a cause of great concern to its government, as is instability in neighbouring countries in South Asia,” he said.

    In a stark departure from the Bush years, the US intelligence chief said that the failing global economy was a bigger threat to US security than Al Qaeda or the spread of weapons of mass destruction, which had led the list for years.

    The admiral said that a worsening economy led the list of “emerging areas of concern,” while other growing threats include global warming and worldwide food, water and energy shortages.

    “Time is probably our greatest threat. The longer it takes for the recovery to begin, the greater the likelihood of serious damage to US strategic interests,” he warned.

    His comments on the economy were the biggest change from past threat assessments. In recent years the annual assessment, delivered to Congress had focused primarily on terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

    http://www.dawn.com/2009/02/14/top2.htm

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  3. Statement of AAPSO on the Recent Pakistan Turmoil

    Pakistan at Crossroads

    Pakistan, an ally of U.S. in the cold war period had been a strong pro-western country in South Asia. Its confrontation with India over Kashmir had drained most of its wealth in creating a strong army to fight India and was in the forefront in assisting the U.S. backed Mujahideen fighting the Soviet forces in Afghanistan. The entire destabilization of the Pakistan Civil Society during the last years of the cold war was owing to its Afghan policy during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The territory became flooded with millions of Afghan refugees who were openly playing a lucrative narcotic trade thereby drug addition among the people multiplied by millions. As a result the body politics of the state became more divisive and uncontrollable and allowing all sorts of undesirable outside elements to take refuge in Pakistan territory as a “playing field” free for all.

    The destabilization forces retarded the development and progress of Pakistan. Literacy remain very low. In fact in the Pakistan province of Baluchistan the literacy rate of the women were only 2 percent. Forty feudal families controlled the politics of Pakistan with enormous poverty in this “rich country”. As democratic governments could not sustain owing to regular bickering, the leaders amazed wealth and deposited in foreign countries. According to recent survey the President Asif Ali Sardari is the richest person with $1.6 billion U.S. dollars and Nawaz Sherif the next richest with $1.4 billion. This enabled the army to step up and take over the government quite often.
    Although the U.S. and the West blame the Pakistan authorities for the plight of the state, in actual fact it is the U.S. primarily to be responsible for the state of affairs of Pakistan today. As a faithful ally Pakistan followed U.S. dictates for the latter’s geo-political interest and after destabilizing the country dump it as a failed state blaming Pakistan rulers.

    AAPSO welcome and appreciate the statement of the government agreeing to restore deposed chief justice and other judges. Nawaz Sherif responded with calling off agitation and signaled his willingness to cooperate with the government. These are positive developments which help to bring about reconciliation and stability.

    Under the present situation only way out is the two main political parties – Pakistan Peoples Party and the Pakistan Muslim League (N.) should join hand, bury the hatchet and arrive at an agreed formula of a national government and follow an independent policy with a view of rapid development.

    Democratic participation must be upheld, human rights maintained and extremism curbed. Further, develop better relations with neighbours specially India and resolve outstanding issues through dialogue.

    AAPSO appeals to the people of Pakistan to unite and pressurize the leaders to shed their differences and come together for a better Pakistan.

    Permanent Secretariat of AAPSO

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  4. Pakistan: Victory for Pakistan’s Long March

    [Farooq Tariq is a leader of the Labour Party Pakistan. A representative
    of the LPP will be attending the World at a Crossroads conference in
    Sydney, Australia, April 10-12. For more information, or to book
    tickets, visit http://www.worldatacrossroads.org. Below are a collection
    of some of Farooq’s regular reports on the situation in Pakistan over
    the past week. Thanks to Action in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific
    for making the reports available
    (more are available there) to Links International Journal of Socialist
    Renewal.]

    By Peter Boyle and Farooq Tariq

    March 16, 2009 — Mass resistance to the Peoples Party of Pakistan (PPP)
    government’s attempt to suppress a massive people’s movement for the
    restoration of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry appears
    to have triumphed after a massive showdown in the streets of Lahore
    yesterday.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/946

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