By Sajjad Shaukat
Recently, suspicious packages found on US-bound planes in Britain and Dubai, which sparked a world-wide debate into what President Barack Obama referred to as “a credible terrorist threat.” Packages posed security threats in Chicago, Newark, and Philadelphia.
According to latest news, some parcel-bombs were also detected in some other European countires, while three of them were exploded in Greek.
However, Obama also remarked that the parcels were bound for “two places of Jewish worship in Chicago…authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States from Yemen, seizing two explosive packages…packed aboard cargo jets.” Other American officials revealed that the plot triggered worldwide fears that al-Qaida was launching a major new terror campaign.
US security experts say that the mail bombs could very easily have ended up on passenger planes, which carry more than half of the international Air cargo coming into the U.S.
The Yemeni government issued a statement, imploring the west “not to rush to judgments in such a sensitive issue that is unfolding before the results of investigations, showing the truth.”
Question arises as to why this foiled terror-incident took place. In this regard, the real story is that with the help of Indian secret agency RAW, Jews are importing bombs and explosives material from Yemen. But this new conspiracy has been made as before some days, Obama is going to visit India. In this connection, the main aim of such a plot is to distort the image of the Muslims—especially Pakistan in one way or the other, which is the main target of Indo-Israeli conspirators.
As regards the failed Times Square bombing, notably, on May 11, this year, while talking on the CBS channel, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had warned that Pakistan would face “severe consequences” if a future terrorist attack on US soil was traced back to Pakistan. While on May 13, Hillary Clinton indicated, “There is more that Pakistan must do to face what is now a common enemy.”
Nevertheless, it was owing to threatening tone of Ms. Clinton and propaganda of American counter-terrorism experts, linking the failed Times Square attempt with Pakistani tribal areas that on May 10, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said that the incident had damaged Pak-US relations to some extent.
The fact of the matter is that the main aim of the planted Times Square plot was to pressurize Islamabad in connection with the coming round of the Pak-US strategic dialogue—unilateral strike on Pakistan and to further tarnish the image of Pakistan. In this respect, on May 29, 2010, while quoting the US officials, under the caption, “Options studied for a possible Pakistan strike”,The Washington Post disclosed: “The US military is reviewing options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan in the event that a successful attack on American soil is traced to the country’s tribal areas…ties between the alleged Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, and elements of the Pakistani Taliban have sharpened the Obama administration’s need for retaliatory options.” The Post further explained: “The US options for potential retaliatory action rely mainly on air and missile strikes, but could also employ small teams of US Special Operations troops already positioned along the border with Afghanistan.”
However, the pressure on Pakistan and the self-created foiled-terror attempts are interlinked. Washington wants Islamabad to do more, and to take military action against the Haqqani group in North Waziristan. While Islamabad has already made it clear that army is engaged in other tribal areas and flood-affected regions, so it cannot attack the militants of North Waziristan.
In this connection rejecting US duress, Pakistan’s army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said that a decision about military action in North Waziristan will not be made on external dictation.
It is mentionable that Pakistan is the only nuclear country in the Islamic world. Therefore, India and Israel with the tactical support of America are creating instability in the country. In this regard, Indo-Israeli lobbies are working in the US and other western countries in order to malign Islamabad. With the help of particularly American media, these hpw lobbies are propagating that the next terror-plan to attack the US homeland will be prepared in Pakistan.
American sources suggested that Muslims were involved in the tragic incident of the 9/11. All the pilots who crashed planes at the Pentagon and the World Trade Centre were Arabs. According to American research institutes, few Arabic youth took regular flying lessons after undergoing terrorists training. They were trained within America, and American security agencies were ignorant of it? Most of these pilots were from Saudi Arabia and the rest from Egypt.
Then why did America attack Afghanistan and Iraq, while no Afghans and Iraqis participated in the terrorist events of the 9/11. Without any evidence, some American intellectuals blamed Osama Bin Laden, hiding in Afghanistan to provide financial backing to the terrorists. That accusation was rejected by Osama. But the US particularly invaded Afghanistan aggressively and destroyed the whole country. At that time, even the American media was astonished and said that without evidence—blaming Muslims for terrorism was a lie.
And now events in the eight years since the September 11 tragedy have proved that this terrorist incident was part of the strategic game to control the routes to the Central Asian states and their mineral wealth.
Although the regime of the Taliban was removed, yet they regrouped themselves, and started guerrilla warfare against the US-led NATO forces. In order to justify support for its aggressiveness, Washington started using terminology like Islamic extremism and ‘Talibanisation.’ The real purpose behind this attack was not to arrest Osama or to remove the Taliban government, but to use them as scapegoat to fulfill a number of designs in relation to the strategic game. Actually the real purpose was to occupy the mineral resources of Central Asian states and control the routes for transporting it to the world.
In this context, besides, Pakistan’s province, Balochistan where China has invested billion of dollars to develop Gwadar seaport which could link Central Asian trade with rest of the world, irritates the US including its other allies like India and Israel. Balochistan has even shifted the central gravity of the Great Game to Pakistan. Notably, Washington which signed a deal of civil nuclear technology with New Delhi wants to counterbalance China by making India the superpower of Asia. In this regard, a cold war has already started between the US and China.
A ‘nuclearised’ Pakistan will be the arena of the next cold war, hence American CIA, Indian RAW and Israeli Mossad are creating instability by supporting separatist and hostile elements in Balochistan and other cities of our country. In this respect, besides suicide attacks and assaults on Pakistan’s security personnel, other incidents like kidnappings and killings of Iranians and Chinese engineers in the last three years might be cited as example.
In this regard, the problem was not restricted to Balochistan alone, it also related to the Karakorum Highway, which was extended to Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa and the tribal areas of Pakistan. The fight in the name of Islam started in Bajor, Malakand and Swat, when in 2004; China signed an agreement with the government of Pakistan for an extension of the historical highway from Gilgat to Swat, passing through Dir and Chitral. That highway was named the Karakorum Highway phase II.
As soon as some parts of that plan were brought to world’s attention, a siren went off in the capitals of some countries—especially Washington, New Delhi and Tel Aviv. The USA took it as a threat to its global plans, and India felt that it threatened its integrity. American close ally, Israel also took it as a greater threat from an Islamic country.
Nonetheless, we cannot see the recent plot of the parcel-bombs in isolation, all similar conspiracies including this one has been created by the Indo-Israeli lobbies with the support of some Americans to target the Islamic country, while these entities have intensified anti-Pakistan campaign.
Sajjad Shaukat writes regularly for Opinion Maker. He writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations.