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January 15, 2012


Filed under: india,ISI,memogate,Mossad,RAW,USA — Tags: , , , , , , — admin @ 11:19 am

Taj Mahal

RAW agents have obtained US government passwords and are conducting spy operations against American officials, according to US media reports.

The Indian hacker group that released Symantec anti-virus source code earlier this month now says it has more proof that Indian intelligence agencies are spying on the U.S. government.

Infosec Island’s Anthony M. Freed posted an article saying one of the Indian hackers, who calls himself “YamaTough,” gave him 68 sets of usernames and passwords for U.S. government network accounts.

YamaTough told Freed the account data is just a sample of the information the hacker group, the “Lords of Dharmaraja,” copied from Indian government servers.

“In the best interest of the federal, state and local municipalities and their constituents, Infosec Island will not publish the compromised account data,” Freed wrote. “We have provided the information to the proper authorities and are fully cooperating with law enforcement.”

This news of RAW spying on their supposed ally America comes just days after it was revealed that Mossad carried out false flag operations against the US which adds to the evidence supporting the fact that RAW and Mossad are working together to destabilise the Pak-American security relationship.

But that is not the only interesting piece of information in this latest report.

Later in the same article, the reporters reveal the existence of a series of memos which prove that RAW has ‘backdoors’ to RIM Blackberry devices.

Last week, the Lords of Dharmaraja publicly posted purported internal Indian military intelligence memos that said Apple, Nokia and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) had given India “backdoors” — secret keys to unlock encrypted communications sent and received by users of their handsets.

As a possible demonstration of the viability of those backdoors, the memos also included transcripts of emails between members of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), a congressional commission that analyzes and reports on bilateral American-Chinese relations. The memos said information revealed in the emails had resulted in Indian naval-intelligence operatives being sent to China.

Reuters said it got hold of a larger set of USCC emails, which it showed to two Indian security experts with ties to India’s government and two unnamed Americans “close to” the USCC. All four dismissed the memos as hoaxes possibly concocted by China or India’s arch-rival Pakistan.

Other Washington insiders told Reuters the memos seemed genuine.

Mansoor Ijaz RAW agent?This is important evidence of another scheme to destabilise Pakistan. Remember that the current crisis was started by the claims of the anti-Pakistan neo-con Mansoor Ijaz. It was later revealed that Mansoor Ijaz has offered to be an agent of RAW. What evidence has Mansoor Ijaz provided to support his claims? Blackberry transcripts. And now we learn that RAW has ‘backdoors’ to Blackberry devices.

What more ingenious way to destabilise Pakistan than to create suspicion and mistrust between Army and the government. And what more perfect way to carry out this scheme than to use hacked Blackberry devices, knowing that they can never be proven but will always cast a doubt between the Army and the government, keeping Pakistan divided against itself and weakened to Indian machinations?


January 14, 2012


Israel false flag

A report in the American website Foreign Policy exposes for the first time the activities of Mossad conducting false flag operations to support terrorists in Balochistan. But the story may not be what you think, and it actually could provide an opportunity for Pakistan to set the record straight with a key ally.

According to the report published on Friday, former CIA officers have confirmed that Mossad has conducted false flag operations..AGAINST AMERICA.

Buried deep in the archives of America’s intelligence services are a series of memos, written during the last years of President George W. Bush’s administration, that describe how Israeli Mossad officers recruited operatives belonging to the terrorist group Jundallah by passing themselves off as American agents. According to two U.S. intelligence officials, the Israelis, flush with American dollars and toting U.S. passports, posed as CIA officers in recruiting Jundallah operatives — what is commonly referred to as a “false flag” operation.

On discovering this betrayal, American CIA officers and even President George W Bush “went ballistic”.

“It’s amazing what the Israelis thought they could get away with,” the intelligence officer said. “Their recruitment activities were nearly in the open. They apparently didn’t give a damn what we thought.”

America has been suspected for years of recruiting, training and arming Jundullah militants in Balochistan to carry out attacks against Iran and to destabilise Pakistan. The US has always denied these claims, but circumstantial evidence including sources claiming to have dealt with CIA agents themselves always kept suspicions alive. Now, we know the truth. Israel had turned on their supposed ally America and was conducting false flag operations against them.

This knowledge raises to important points for Pakistan security interests. The first is to ask why Mossad would choose to so arrogantly betray their ally America, not even giving a damn what they thought. Obviously, Mossad is trying to stop Iran from achieving a nuclear asset. According to the report in Foreign Policy, they have been frustrated by the Americans unwillingness to allow attacks against Iranian targets.

Israel regularly proposes conducting covert operations targeting Iranians, but is just as regularly shut down, according to retired and current intelligence officers. “They come into the room and spread out their plans, and we just shake our heads,” one highly placed intelligence source said, “and we say to them — ‘Don’t even go there. The answer is no.’”

America also continues to work closely with Pakistan Army and ISI in the war on terror. Pakistan being the only Muslim nuclear state, this must also be a source of anger the Mossad who believe that no Muslim nation should possess a nuclear weapon. For this reason, Mossad would want to destabilise Pakistan and the Pakistan-American security cooperation also. By conducting false flag operations meant to make the Americans look like the ones responsible for recruiting and arming Jundallah militants in Balochistan, Mossad has created suspicion between Pakistan and American officers.

Military and intelligence officers should take this report immediately to their American counterparts and show them that Pakistan, not Israel, is America’s true ally in the war on terrorism. At the same time they should hand the CIA proofs of RAW’s same activities. America continues to say that a stable and secure Pakistan is their goal, and now they can help stop the killings and violence in Balochistan by marching to their contacts in RAW and Mossad and telling them that the game is up!

Removing RAW and Mossad’s source of destabilizing both Balochistan and the Pakistan-American military cooperation will help quickly end the war on terror which is hurting the interests of both Pakistan and America and only benefits Israel and India. Now that Mossad’s nefarious schemes stand exposed, it is time to end them for good.

December 14, 2011


Filed under: ISI,RAW — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 12:31 pm

According to a report, Mansoor Ijaz is now accusing DG ISI of plotting a coup against the civilian government.

Mansoor Ijaz RAW agent?About a quarter of the way down the purported BBM exchange between Ijaz and Husain Haqqani, the American businessman proffers an eyebrow-elevating tip. Some hours after the memo was delivered, Ijaz tells his alleged co-conspirator that he has learned of a clandestine effort to evict Asif Ali Zardari from Islamabad’s presidential palace.

“I was just informed by senior US intel,” Ijaz writes in a message on May 10, “that GD-SII Mr P asked for, and received permission, from senior Arab leaders a few days ago to sack Z. For what its worth.” It’s worth a great deal, if only because it carries the same weight as what else appears in the apparently incriminating exchange. In his hasty typing, where he manages to turn “DG-ISI” into an anagram, Ijaz was saying that top American spooks have told him that Lieut. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha secured a green light from Gulf potentates to overthrow the government.

It is already reported that Mansoor Ijaz offered to be India’s agent in the past and was a special guest of NDA also. Many have suspected that this clever schemer has been up to something since he has always been terming Pakistani military as terrorists. Now the cat is out of the bag and it is revealed his true target is the military leadership who he wishes to slander as treasonous coup makers. Obviously there is no evidence to support accusations of coup plotting against the military leadership other than the word of one disgraced foreigner who is possibly on the payroll of multiple foreign agencies. Certainly this is why Gen Pasha visited Ijaz in his hotel and sized him up to be the schemer that he is and then returned to Pakistan to report on his plot. Not wishing to create a reaction from the public who will always stand by their forces, Gen Pasha must have told the leadership ‘in-camera’ about Ijaz’s scheming so that it is not allowed to affect the sensitivities of the masses.

Now that Mansoor Ijaz plot has been revealed Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar should kindly request the US intelligence to arrest their citizen for plotting against a sovereign nation and a supposed ally and a message should be delivered to India that such cheap attempts will never succeed against a united Pakistan.


December 6, 2011


Filed under: india,memogate,RAW — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 11:45 am

Mansoor Ijaz drinking alcohol at a partyHighly placed sources in the Indian government have revealed that Mansoor Ijaz the American businessman whose accusations against the government and the military have divided Pakistan had previously offered to be RAW’s agent. According to these sources high in the Indian government, there is more to Mansoor Ijaz’s claims of brokering a ceasefire in Kashmir than he has admitted.

Eight weeks before the ceasefire, Mr. Ijaz was flown to Srinagar under RAW escort, where he met with top officials including then-XV corps commander Lieutenant-General Kishan Pal and Director-General of Police Gurbachan Jagat. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah hosted a dinner for the businessman on May 10, 2000.

After hosting and interviewing the potential agent, however, RAW officers decided that he was nothing but a shameless self-promoter who told incredible stories and made offers that he could not deliver. According to sources, the claims of Mansoor Ijaz “have caused amusement” among India’s intelligence agency, because he is not taken seriously by anyone.



November 23, 2011


Filed under: memogate,RAW — Tags: , , , — admin @ 10:03 am

Mansoor Ijaz RAW agent?The man behind the anti-Pakistan memo who has termed our national agencies as the world’s terrorists and wants our strategic assets placed under American control was the special guest of NDA it is learned. His special treatment at the hands of Atal Bihari Vajpayee came during the time when he was meddling in Kashmir

Though India opposes any third party mediation on Kashmir, the then National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee accorded Ijaz a status that befits only high-profile emissaries and, at least, on two occasions he visited Delhi on special “out-of-passport” visa, with full secrecy of his identity and itinerary.

According to the report Ijaz is a close admirer of RAW chief Chandar S Sahay.

Recalling his visit to Delhi, Ijaz heaped praise on Chandar D Sahay, then point-man on Kashmir in the RAW, (he later became its chief). Sahay, he believed, was the key man who made India’s hawks understand that peace in Kashmir meant giving the Kashmiris a stake—economic, moral, emotional— in the success of their choice to remain with India or become a semi-autonomous region.

Certain questions must now be probed most thoroughly by our security agencies. American officials dismissed the memo as ‘clumsy fake’ according to CIA analysts which explains why Admiral Mike Mullen could not even remember the memo which he termed as ‘not at all credible‘. Though Husain Haqqani has been very critical of the military in the past, he was the lone voice in US defending our military and intelligence agency after Abbottabad raid and even his critics say the memo is too stupid to be written by a clever man like Haqqani. But this is exactly the type of clumsy and badly done sabotage that is the hallmark of RAW.

It is widely known that India has been trying to drive a wedge between Pakistan and US military in order to cut off our access to the latest technologies and weapons. Mansoor Ijaz is also widely known as an anti-Pakistan operative and know it is also revealed his close connection to India. Could it be that the ‘memogate’ was actually hatched from the India Embassy with their old friend Mansoor Ijaz? One does not need to be a genius to add two plus two and get the answer.

September 1, 2011


Filed under: PSYOPS,RAW — Tags: , , , , — admin @ 1:55 pm

When I first visited the web site I had not heard of any OM Center for Policy Studies before. I found this web site by searching for articles by some top names that I have seen in newspapers, mostly retired military officers. But even the first time I seen the site I thought there was something strange about it. If this is a Pro-Pakistan Think Tank, who are all these authors? When I checked their bios I was shocked by what I see:

About the gora Alan Hart who is a featured author on the web site his bio says “the learning experience he values most, and which he believes gave him rare insight, came from his one-to-one private conversations over the years with many leaders on both sides of the conflict. With, for example, Golda Meir, Mother Israel.” There is also featured the writer Alan Sabrosky who appears on anti-Islamic Nazi website that terms Muslims as ‘HOSTILE HORDE’!

Opinion-Maker Praised On Website That Terms Ummah Hostile Horde

There are also some obviously fake name like ‘dimywx’ and others. I thought if this is a Pakistan military officer web site then it if very strange to see these things. But today I realised that there is even more to the story. Now the website is taking funding through the website AlertPay. Please see the screen capture below:

Opinion-Maker Funding AlartPay

Who is this AlartPay website? I have not seen this before. So I clicked their link to see who is taking the funding. And this is what I have found. AlertPay is in Navi Mumbai!

Opinion-Maker Funding From RAW

Lesson here is beware what you read on the internet! Many of these sites that claim to be Pakistani nationalist website are actually RAW PSYOPS campaigns of the type ‘FLY PAPER’ which means that they attract by putting in some nice pieces to lure innocent people to them and then capture them in the clutches. Many times some people writing on the site does not even know that they are being a tool of RAW campaigns. But the truth reveals itself as it has today and exposes the true face of these schemes.


February 7, 2011


Filed under: india,PSYOPS — Tags: , , , , , — admin @ 9:29 am

The latest internet hoax claiming the secret wedding of President Zardari and an American doctor may be a RAW PSYOPS campaign to undermine the national morale, research indicates. Psychological Operations or PSYOPS is the brand of propaganda campaigns that are meant to influence the emotions and undermine objective reasoning of the enemy. There is clear evidence that the latest internet hoax is actually a PSYOPS campaign of RAW.

This internet hoax appeared recently on a couple of blogs but had not authentic evidence to support it. Actually it was ignored by almost every Pakistani media group as the attempt was so obviously a fake that only someone with a low intelligence would believe such a story. The only media group in Pakistan to publish the story was Jang Group when the reporter Shaheen Sehbai fell for the story. But even Jang discovered the story was fake and ran separate stories that revealed that the president has never even met this American doctor.

The question must be asked why such a story would be invented and who would attempt to spread such a story. This leads to the underlying question of who would gain from Pakistanis believing this lie and losing faith in the government? Obviously the only answer is India who continues their attempts to weaken the strength of the nation by sowing seeds of depression and discontent.

India has seen the strength of a unified Pakistan in the reaction to militant attacks and flood devastation and has been given quite the shock of its lifetime. This has created a realisation in the Indian establishment that as long as Pakistan is united behind its government and security forces, nothing can undermine our sovereignty and our might. Their reaction was this latest hoax created as a desperate attempt by RAW to create division among the people.

But the Pakistani people do not have the brain of a mouse which is the only foolishness that would believe such a small minded attempt to create doubt and division. Rather this story has been laughed off the record as once again RAWs attempt to divide Pakistan has failed as it always will.

November 22, 2010


Filed under: india,terrorism — Tags: , , , , , , — admin @ 9:32 am

The plan between jihadis and Indian intelligence to divide Pakistan for India and a new Khilafat-e-Rashida has been exposed, and the evidence continues to grow. The intelligence company STRATFOR has released a new report showing cooperation between LeT and Indian militants.

Indian Maoist militants, known as Naxalites, have been meeting with members of the outlawed Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), according to the director-general of police for India’s Chhattisgarh state. Based on information from a police source, state police chief Vishwa Ranjan said Nov. 11 that two LeT operatives attended a Naxalite meeting in April or May.

Some anti-Pakistan elements are trying to say this is evidence of ISI involvement in India, but according to the STRATFOR report, “Evidence of direct links between the ISI and the Naxalites is hard to come by.” This is because ISI is not behind any such connections.

As proof continues to pile up about the connections between jihadi militants and their cooperation with RAW to destroy Pakistan, real Pakistani nationalists must stand up to this menace and defend the sovereignty of the mother land.

November 17, 2010


Proposed Map of Division Between Khilafa and India

Proposed Map of Boundaries Dividing Pakistan Between Khilafa and India

Several analysts have been trying to unravel what has quickly become the obvious conclusion that forces are at work against Pakistan, and that the end game is a New Partition that dissolves Pakistan from existence. But recent discoveries about who is behind this nefarious plot may surprise you.


Some excellent research has been done that suggests a trio of conspirators to this plan. These are CIA, RAW, and the network of jihadis supporting a pan-Islamic Khalifat that I will call Taliban for simplicity even though this is not exact. But something has always kept this theory from being readily acceptable. What would the US gain from a plan to divide Pakistan? At first it seemed obvious that the end game was taking control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. But this theory falls apart too quickly. Also, it ignores the reality of American military power and political hegemony. If the US wanted to divide Pakistan, it could do so easily just as it did when it broke up Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

American involvement in a plot to divide Pakistan is also impossible to reconcile with the level of military support being given. The US would not give $2 Billions in military support if it thought this would end up in the hands of Taliban militants and their allies. And even though the Americans do provide support to India, it is clear that they do not trust the Indians as a lone power, preferring to keep them on a short leash.


There are two groups who gain from this plan – the actual conspirators which are India and the Taliban as defined above. It may seem strange that two mortal enemies would cooperate to divide a country like this, but actually there is historical evidence for just such a plan. The American-Soviet Cold War saw frequent times when the two nations would divide up countries based on maintaining a balance of powers, all the while scheming to tip the balance and overthrow the other.

This was also the rationale behind India’s infamous acts against Pakistan in 1971. Certainly the Congress was no friend to Awami League in Dhaka, but it was a marriage of convenience as they say. Both Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Indira Ghandi got their wishes by severing East Pakistan. Do you not see that today Manmohan Singh is playing the same game with Mullah Omar? Why do you think that peace talks are rejected every year?

When Pakistan was but a dream in the hearts and souls of Allama Iqbal and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, it was already opposed by Syed Abul A’ala Maududi and other Islamists who rejected the idea of a sovereign nation and instead were at the time still promoting openly a pan-Islamic Khilafa. Only when Pakistan became a reality from the blood and sacrifice of our ancestors were these anti-Pakistan voices silenced. Just because their story changed, their plans did not change. They have continued to work behind the scenes to create a new Khilafa in which they are the self-appointed rulers. This is why they continually look to the Ottoman


This marriage of convenience is the basis for carrying out the division of Pakistan. By now it is quite clear that the 26/11 attack in Mumbai was carried out as an inside job coordinated by RAW. Though the actual violence was carried out by LeT militants, such an obvious plot could only be possible if RAW looked the other way long enough to allow for the acts to be carried out. In fact, six days before the attacks the security of the hotel was stopped. This is because RAW and LeT must have been working together.

Now, there has been some confusion over the involvement of the American David Headley. But when the facts of his case are understood vis-a-vis the New Partition, it all begins to make sense. When David Headley was arrested, American officials refused to let RAW agents interrogate him for three months. This is because CIA had become aware of the connections between LeT and RAW and had to ensure that there was no time for RAW agents to slip Headley a ‘suicide pill’ or to ‘get their story straight’ about how his involvement would be explained. This is also why India is so determined to have Headley extradited so they can silence him for good.


Indian police preparing to hand over Kashmir to jihadi control

Indian police preparing to hand over Kashmir to jihadi control

Most recently, the Kashmir intifada has taken a curious change. Islamic lashkars are no longer committing attacks while the frequency and intensity of Indian violence against Muslims has skyrocketed. Actually, what militancy has been witnessed in Kashmir recently has been of the defensive variety in which individuals are trying to protect the people and property against Indian violence.

Indians are basically carrying out a slash and burn program against Muslim Kashmie because the agreement with the jihadis allows that it will be ceded to the Taliban. India has understandably agreed to this because it has become unrealistic for them to maintain control over a Muslim population that demands their rights, and India would gladly trade this parcel of land for some others.


Jihadi from Lahore bombing attacks arrested by police AKA national heroes

Jihadi from Lahore bombing attacks arrested by police AKA national heroes

Just as the lashkars have pulled out of Kashmir, they have reorganized in force in Karachi and Lahore. This is because these cities will fall on the Indian side of the new partition. Look at the targets of militant violence in both cities. Targets have been government security infrastructure like CID headquarters and religious locations. Like their Indian co-conspirators, Taliban are not going to leave behind any gifts for the new tenants. Jihadis are bombing mosques and holy sites for two reasons. First, these sites they are attacking are Sufi or Shia or some other site that is considered bid’ah according to the Wahhabism of the jihadis. Just as they destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan with no care for history, so they are also willing to burn Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine. But the additional reason is that they know that the Hindus will make a mockery of any remaining holy sites, even if they do not meet the artificial standards of piety that are the inventions of the jihadi leadership to secure their control over Pakistanis.


Just as during the Cold War between America and the Soviets, each side is willing to make some sacrifice and play a great game because they believe that in the end they will be able to overcome the other. The jihadis believe that they can establish a Khilafa-e-Rashid from the land of Afghanistan and Western Pakistan and use this as a base to expand their power. For this they are willing to sacrifice parts of the Punjab and Sindh. They see this as a temporary condition only because they believe they will regain this land as the Ottomans who are their model.

Similarly, the Indians see such a plan of their own. It will be some sacrifice for them to finally loose their grip on Jammu and Kashmir but they will see this also as a temporary condition while they gain Karachi and Lahore. Islamabad, of course, they will rename for Harbaksh after their general of 1965 war since this will be the greatest insult.

The end game then is for Pakistan to be no more. To the jihadis and the Indians both it is merely an obstacle in the way of their game for power.


Protecting the integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan must be the priority number one of all Pakistani nationalists. Now that the RAW-Jihadi connection has been made, we must unite to break its back. In the words of the Quaid-e-Azam, “In our solidarity, unity and discipline lie the strength, power and sanction behind us to carry on this fight successfully.”

Presently there are forces trying to divide us so that we may be conquered. Some are sworn enemies such as India and some are false allies such as the religious militant groups. We cannot allow them to succeed.

“Muslims! Protect your Hindu Neighbours. Cooperate with the Government and the officials in protecting your Hindu Neighbours against these lawless elements, fifth columnists and cliques. Pakistan must be governed through the properly constituted Government and not by cliques or fifth columnists or Mobs.” (Qaid-i-Azam, 9 January 1948)

Just as Jinnah called on us to protect our Hindu neighbors in 1948 so we must protect all of our fellow Pakistani brothers in 2010. There are evil forces at work that are trying to divide our nation into sects and ethnic groups so that our national identity as Pakistanis will weaken. Our national identity is like the mortar and we are the bricks which may be of different colors or shapes or sizes, but held together with the mortar of our nationalist pride the wall is impenetrable.

September 7, 2010

Is RAW Behind Anti-Pakistan Journalist Latest Lies?

Filed under: China,india — Tags: , , , , , , — admin @ 9:04 pm

Source: Pakistan Media Watch

A column in the New York Times newspaper by American commentator Selig Harrison has raised quite a bit of media attention around a conspiracy theory that the government is giving Gilgit Baltistan to China, a claim publicly denied by the Foreign Office. As with most conspiracy theories of this magnitude, a little basic research demonstrates that Mr Harrison and his claim of Pakistan ceding territory to China are unreliable.

While it took me all of 15 minutes to discover that Mr Harrison’s reputation precedes his remarks in the US, our own media seems to be more than willing to repeat the wildest conspiracies without the least effort in fact-checking. More troubling is that the Mr Harrison’s conspiracy seems to have been fed to him in part by Pakistani media.

The first suspicion I had about Mr Harrison’s claim was that it was simply too outrageous to be believed without some proof. Of course, Mr Harrison provides none in his column.

Most troubling, as I said, is that Mr Harrison’s claim appears to be based at least in part on rumours by unnamed journalists. He says that his sources for this conspiracy theory are:

…reports from a variety of foreign intelligence sources, Pakistani journalists and Pakistani human rights workers…

First, what foreign intelligence sources? While it would certainly be in keeping with journalistic practice to hold confidential the name of an informant, it is not unusual to at least report what agency the informant is associated with. Without playing into alternate conspiracy theories, it is well documented that intelligence agencies partake in disinformation campaigns designed to sow discord in targeted nations. Considering the location in question, is it not important to know which foreign intelligence agency is making these claims?

Second, it is quite troubling that some representatives of Pakistani media have been feeding such stories to foreign reporters. Considering Mr Harrison’s background (as we will explain below), it is worrisome that these Pakistani journalists went to Mr Harrison to promote their story. Certainly Mr Harrison will refuse to expose who these Pakistani journalists are, which is too bad. While there is reason to protect the identities of “whistle blowers” against official corruption for fear of their safety, there is little public good gained by allowing journalists to spread unsubstantiated rumours.

But let’s look at Mr Harrison’s claims directly. Many of Mr Harrison’s claims are nothing more than hysterical conjecture.

Mystery surrounds the construction of 22 tunnels in secret locations where Pakistanis are barred. Tunnels would be necessary for a projected gas pipeline from Iran to China that would cross the Himalayas through Gilgit. But they could also be used for missile storage sites.

I could not help but think of the famous American claims about Iraq’s “aluminum tubes”. The idea that China, which shares a border with China, would need to store missiles under Gilgit-Balochistan makes no sense. Unfortunately for Mr Harrison’s conspiracy theory, though, building tunnels for a gas pipeline would be a perfectly reasonable explanation for an increased presence of Chinese workers in the region. It’s just not quite as scary.

Of course, this is not the first claim that Mr Harrison has made about the break up of Pakistan. The Pakistan Policy Blog noticed this trend of Mr Harrison’s back in 2008, noting that “Selig Harrison has made a career of predicting the imminent break-up of South Asian states”. In 2006, Mr Harrison reported for the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique that Baluchistan and Sindh were preparing to quit the nation.

While there is no denying that we have seen groups of separatists and ethnic strife in the country (what country has not experienced such?), Mr Harrison’s reports consistently take on a tone of imminent national dissolution that is simply not supported by the facts. Four years after Mr Harrison’s prediction in the French media and no such calamity has occurred, of course. Yet Mr Harrison continues to predict the breakup of Pakistan. Perhaps he believes that if he simply wishes hard enough, it will come true?

Joshua Foust, a respected American journalist and intelligence consultant on South Asia, wrote a scathing profile of Mr Selig Harrison in 2008 in which he calls Mr Harrison’s writings on Pashtunistan, “silly, over-hyped nonsense” and says,

As it is, Harrison casts a very unconvincing shadow on the discourse over the Pashtunistan issue. It merits serious discussion—separatist movements always do. But placing them in their proper context, both historically and socially, is just as important as making a case you’ve been trying to make for years. As it is, Harrison seems to rely on mischaracterization, hyperbole, and “the soft bigotry of low expectations” (to borrow a phrase and avoid slinging charges of Orientalism)—hardly the stuff of a world-renowned regional expert. I hesitate to accuse Harrison of wearing ideological blinders, as I can’t really figure out what his ideology is, simultaneously blaming the West for subjugating the Pashtuns while granting them unlimited power to unite, declare independence, and bring down that very same West.

But that’s par for the course for most writing these days on Pashtuns, and even on Afghanistan. It just doesn’t add up. My question here, though, is the same as it was for Ann Marlowe: who the hell keeps paying him to write? I have to assume it is simply the ignorant, those more aware of his reputation than his recent scholarship, without the means to fact-check what he writes so long as it confirms their biases. That is a major loss to the field, that rigor. But, as with the curious longevity of Thomas Johnson (whom, ironically enough, Marlowe has called “brilliant”), it doesn’t seem to be that unoriginal, either.

Today, of course, Mr Harrison is not talking only about a separatist rebellion, but he has added a twist by claiming the government is “handing over de facto control of the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region in the northwest corner of disputed Kashmir to China”. His evidence? Chinese PLA workers building roads and bridges.

Mr Harrison’s column, it is important to note, appears on the Opinion page of the New York Times. It does not even pretend to be an objective or investigative report, nor should it. Mr Harrison makes clear his position when he writes,

What is happening in the region matters to Washington for two reasons. Coupled with its support for the Taliban, Islamabad’s collusion in facilitating China’s access to the Gulf makes clear that Pakistan is not a U.S. “ally.”

This is a position in direct conflict with the official positions of the US and Pakistan. It is simply Mr Harrison’s opinion, and possibly an attempt to change the direction of Pakistan-US relations. Something, it seems, he has been trying to do for years.

An opinion column with no evidence, a discredited author, and sources from unnamed foreign intelligence agencies. One has to ask why the Pakistani media has been so ready to republish such rubbish. In fact, The News republished the piece in full today. The Nation makes note of the author’s “obsessive anti-Pakistan posture”, but then reproduces most of the author’s claims.

Worse still, who are the members of the Pakistani media who are feeding such conspiracy theories to foreign journalists? This blog has been criticized in the past for suggesting that there is a cycle in which Pakistani conspiracy theorists posing as journalists feed outrageous stories to the international press, who then repeat them, giving them the credibility needed to be repeated yet again in mainstream Pakistani media. But we see here an example of exactly this.

Actions of the media have consequences. Those consequences can be good – as when the media uncovers evidence of corruption or brings attention to pressing issues. Or they can be bad – as when the media causes confusion and distraction by placing more importance on sales than on research and facts. While we cannot control what discredited commentators like Selig Harrison write in the international media, we should not be fueling a cycle of misinformation and conspiracy theories. We should be setting an example of journalistic excellence that provides honest and accurate information at home and abroad.

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