By Tariq Majeed

Out of the three rallies, two in Lahore and one in Karachi, held at end of October 2011, the rally of the cricketer-turned-politician stole the show. There was nothing concrete or impressive in his speech; he gave no programme for the change he talks of bringing, yet the rally propelled him to the front rank of political leaders. It was just the big crowd that caught the imagination of the common people and the breaking news media. These were pre-planned effects designed by the rally’s external organizers who are adept at manufacturing new leaders for their agenda.  

Reading the Situation Correctly

1.         Most people look at the political and social scene in Pakistan almost entirely from the domestic/local viewpoint. For example, the occurrence of recent political rallies is seen as a domestic product. But the reality is very different. There is foreign intrusion in every important sector of national affairs in our country. Subversive elements may be from different countries, each party having its own aims. But often some of their aims are common, in which case the agencies of the countries concerned operate in unison. The foreign subversive elements invariably arrange to have support from local Fifth Column and previously cultivated or planted persons at important posts thus acquiring the ability to influence relevant people and state policies.  This phenomenon exists in almost every country in the world, because of clash of interests and power struggle between countries.

2.         There is actually more to this phenomenon, which is of utmost importance in deciphering any major ongoing matter, be it in the national, regional or international sphere. It is that the national policies and resources of the United States are controlled by a powerful clique of Neocons, who, according to American sources, are Zionist Jews and who shape the US policies in pursuit of Israeli and Zionist interests that are contrary to US interests. These Zionist Neocons are a part of Zionism’s network that extends into Europe and Russia. They have clandestine deployment of subversive agents in countries, such as Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, etc, where critical Zionist interests are involved. The Zionists’ vast resources enable them to manufacture events and manipulate the local conditions to suit their schemes, including placing the persons of their choice in key posts in the target countries. 

3.         This brief introduction has been presented, because not taking this external force into account results in the intelligentsia and the media misreading the situation and the policymakers espousing erroneous and harmful policies and moves. Just one example may suffice. If General Pervez Musharraf was bent upon eliminating Nawab Akbar Bugti, there were other methods to do so than the merciless, awful method, that according to media reports, he used for killing Akbar Bugti and other people with him on 26 August 2006.

4.         Akbar Bugti, having the reputation of a ruthless tyrant, was detested by Baluchis. By slaughtering him and his companions using bombs and missiles, General Musharraf generated in Baluchis hatred for himself and the army and sympathy for Bugti. This was what the subversive forces wanted. Their propaganda paints Bugti as a Baluchi victim of the tyranny of an army dictator, and as a hero and a rallying figure for the foreign-sponsored resistance movement, and as one more cause in the grievances of the disaffected Baluchis.

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Looking at the Rallies Critically

5.         The rallies were taken out by:

  1.  Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) in Lahore on Friday, 28 Oct 2011.
  2. Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehrik Insaf (PTI) in Lahore on Sunday, 30 Oct.
  3. MQM in Karachi on Sunday, 30 Oct. 

Local View

6.         According to this view, the rallies were basically for show of force and popular public support and groundwork for each party for the future elections.

7.         MQM’s rally by their admission was in support of President Zardari, in order to counter the ML-N rally’s anti-Zardari agitation. It did not impress the public. 

8.         Muslim League (N) having learnt of PTI’s upcoming rally pre-empted with its own rally. It chose a narrow area between Lahore’s Nasir Bagh and Bhati Chowk, where a small crowd looked large. Punjab’s Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif led raising of slogans against price hike, corruption, loadshedding and President Zardari “whom he called ‘Madari, (juggler), while disowning him as the president of Pakistan.”

9.         Nation, 29 Oct 2011, went on to quote him: “How can I accept a person as president who sends greeting letter to America on the May 2 (day of Osama’s killing) incident’ which was a matter of great humiliation for the country, he said. He said Zardari was day in, day out busy looting the country. He said he cannot accept such a person his president.” These were planned, not off the cuff remarks, and invite attention. The ML-N chief Nawaz Sharif had tactfully placed himself far from the rally; he had gone to Turkey!

10.       Some observers were of the view that both the ML-N and PTI rallies had tacit backing of the “establishment” consisting of senior authorities from army and civil administration and some leading industrialists, who are worried for the country’s integrity in the current state of multiplying misgovernance, collapsing of essential services including Railways and PIA, and yielding to Indian and US interests that go against Pakistan’s vital interests. In another view, the Zardari-Gilani government itself was propping up the ex-cricketer to neutralise Sharif Brothers’ political strength in Punjab, thinking that he could be managed in case he gained access to power.   

11.       It is too early to comment on these views. However, this much can be mentioned that the current crises-ridden situation will greatly worsen if the present regime is replaced with a setup that consists of parties of Imran Khan, Nawaz Sharif, Pervez Musharraf, Altaf Hussain and Chaudhries ruling singly or in coalition, because any such new setup would be coming into power under the plan and the agenda of the same kingmakers in Washington who brought the current setup into power. A ‘rescue’ regime will have to be very different from the regimes that have ruled the country so far.

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12.       PTI’s rally was said to be a great success. The huge gathering was attributed to the people’s frustration with the present regime and their desire for a change, and Imran Khan’s appeal as a new clean leader. Imran Khan’s long speech at the rally played on these sentiments of the people. As reported in Nation, 1 Nov 2011, he made many tall claims and repeated them constantly: “we’ll end corruption, loadshedding, poverty, Thana and Patwari culture”; “we’ll bring back the looted money: “we’ll get the drone attacks stopped; “I know how to break the partnership (between PPP and PML-N).” “He asked the rulers to declare their assets within few months, failing which he would launch civil disobedience movement to oust them.”

13.       His speech was devoid of concrete or well thought out ideas. Some of his plans, like appointing SHO’s through elections, were amateurish. He gave no programme for much-needed reforms in the political system, especially the election system that is presently based on money and media-publicity and evades the application of moral uprightness of the candidates as required in the Constitution. He had nothing to say on reviving the economy, stopping the collapse of Pakistan Railways and PIA and preventing the sale of national assets to foreign companies in the name of privatization. His evasive and weak, and made-in-passing, mention of the Kashmir Dispute merely “asking India to withdraw 0.7 million troops deployed in the valley, and give rights to Kashmiris,” was most disappointing. Obviously, he had been told, though it could be his own idea also, that uttering the words ‘give the right of self-determination to Kashmiris’ would displease India and, therefore, must be avoided.

External Factor

14.       Rallies, processions and public protests are anyway supported by external forces. They create disruption and disorder in the normal work and necessary activities of the citizens, besides intensifying their frustration. They also provide the opportunity and cover stories for the job of saboteurs. On Sunday morning, 30 Oct, several offices of PML-N in various towns in Sindh were attacked with firearms, while two offices were burnt, reported Nation, 31 Oct 2011. The miscreants allegedly belonged to MQM and the PPP, who, reportedly, were retaliating against the insults hurled at President Zardari at the ML-N rally.  Whatever the story, there should be no doubt that the sabotage had been planned in advance by the external forces, as they have been doing so on innumerable occasions in our country.

15.       The large crowd at the rally surprised everyone, the general public, political leaders, media persons, and even the PTI’s organizers of the event; reportedly, Imran himself was surprised. They could not be blamed for being taken by surprise. They had no idea that America’s Zionist policy planners and strategists, who are guiding the raw Khan unseen, have most elaborate machinery at their disposal within every targeted country for gathering big crowds for chosen occasions. They have made hundreds of ordinary characters into national leaders or international celebrities just by the techniques of flood of publicity and assembling of big crowds.

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16.       They activated their machinery for influencing the public, and tasked their two main instruments, MNCs and NGOs, to produce a tidal wave of pro-Imran propaganda through TV channels and newspapers and to motivate and organize the people through direct messages, personal contacts and financial incentives to join his rally. The MNCs, scores of which are in big business in Pakistan, wield dominant influence over all the media organs due to their advertising power. The foreign-funded specially tasked NGOs that number into hundreds finance and conduct both the publicity and the events as programmed. They employ thousands of men and women, are in constant touch with large sections of public and are capable of motivating and moving the people to participate in a planned activity without the people realizing the real motives.      

17.       This rally would always be seen as the decisive event that propelled Imran Khan to the front rank of political leaders and made him a valid claimant to premiership. The big crowd, not the speech, was the talk of the town. It seemed to have awed not just the public but also political pundits and bigwigs. Reportedly, the chief of Jamaat Islami (strange though it seemed) hastened to personally congratulate the Khan. These were designed effects. It was a master stroke of the Zionist planners in manufacturing a new leader.

18.       Simple-minded people ask how can the US Zionists be supporting Imran when he is so obviously anti-US? The Zionists in fact want a regime in Pakistan that should appear to be anti-US, as it is a requirement of their future schemes concerning Pakistan and this region. It is by their own policies and propaganda that anti-US sentiment is rising fast in Pakistanis. The main aim behind the deliberate murders of two young Pakistanis by the CIA spy Raymond Davis in Lahore on 27 January this year was to generate intense anti-American feelings. The same was a designed leading aim in the Obama Administration’s brazen disregard for Pakistan’s sovereignty in ordering the commando raid on a CIA’s safe house in Abbotabad on 2 May for make-believe killing of Osama Bin Laden.

19.       A hostile Pakistani nation led by a pseudo anti-US regime would provide the US Administration the required backing of the American public and the Congress to justifiably step up its scheme of strategic strangulation of Pakistan. Zionist planners call it “shaping the environment” to suit the new strategic shifts. We should not have any doubt about the US policymakers’ intentions concerning Pakistan. Intelligent analysts, especially those in the intelligence organizations, would be aware of it. Pakistan’s civil and military leaders have to comprehend the Zionist game. Only then our country can get out of the Zionists’ grip over the instruments of political and economic power that enable them to install the governments as they desire. 

The writer is an analyst of national and international power game