Pak Afghan media war in the 1970s.

Published on: 24/10/2018 | Comments: No comments 

.. by Rahmat Karim Baig

The period that is uppermost in my mind about the state of Pak- Afghan relations in my youth has left an indelible trace when our sources of information were only News papers and Radio. At that time there was no TV channel. I listened to radio news bulletin of Radio Pakistan and Radio Kabul. There used to be a high level toxic propaganda from Radio Kabul against Pakistan and its policies with special reference to Pakhtoons in the then NWFP and fabricated stories of atrocities by Islam Abad against the rights of her Pakhtoon population inside Pakistan border. It was done in Pushto and Dari as well as in Urdu.

There was one hour Urdu program from Radio Kabul which broadcast popular Urdu songs mixed with poisonous propaganda against the state of Pakistan and in reply to this anti Pakistan movement of Kabul, Radio Pakistan Peshawar also broadcast a Pushto program where two names are still in my mind= Mr. Panda Khan and Mr. Shar Pasand Khan who made all out efforts to ridicule the efforts made in Kabul in collaboration with New Delhi.

The Kabul authorities did all for Pakhtonistan and all the propaganda was carried out continuously to instigate the Pakhtoon population in Pakistan and the fabricated stories of the usurping of their social rights. This was a part of the efforts of the man who was called Sarhadi Gandhi and to Intelligence sources he was referred to in code word of ? Red Star? who shuttled between Kabul and Delhi but refused to come to Pakistan. He was on self imposed exilement. Then in 1973 Sarhadi Gandhi decided to come back after completion of his mission and was welcomed back at Torkham border and I saw the stalwart old man with unusual long nose, sitting on a truck, reached Qissa Khawani Bazar and delivered a speech about his decision to return to Pakistan where all members of his family lived peacefully, but he made a will that after his death his dead body was to be buried at Jalal Abad, not in Pakistan which was carried out. Guess why did he make the will..my answer is he did not like Pakistan and he refused to be a Pakistani but what is your idea about such a character and his efforts ?? .. Prof Rahmat Karim Baig, Chitral 24 Oct 2018

Afghan refugees in Chitral to benefit from new policy

Published on: 18/09/2018 | Comments: No comments 

Chitral: The government has announced a new policy according to which children of Bengali and Afghan refugees who were born in Pakistan would be given Pakistani nationality. This is a landmark policy as it will naturalize tens of thousands of refugees who so far though living in Pakistan considered themselves to be aliens and thus mentally did not owe anything to this country.

The refugee boom in Chitral in early eighties has caused many children born in Afghan refugee camps who are now in their twenties and thirties and many are established businessmen having good part in Chitral’s economic activities due to their intrinsic hardworking nature.

The latest policy announcement is a wise step as those who get Pakistani nationality will develop a soft corner for the country and this may help in curbing terrorism coming from the other side of the border aided by local facilitators often refugees, who did not own Pakistan thus far as they were treated as underdogs.??.. CN report, 18 Sep 2018

Taliban and an option for Afghan dispute

Published on: 17/09/2018 | Comments: 2 comments 

The occupation of Afghan throne by Sardar Daud and the ouster of Zahir Shah of Afghanistan had occurred in the middle of 70s but Daud was brutally eliminated within a few years by a pro communist clique headed by Noor Muhammad Taraki and Hafizulla Amin but their hold proved short lived and Mosco wanted to replace them by Babrak Karmal and then by Dr. Najeeb who controlled Afghanistan for a couple of years despite heavy bombardment by Russian gunship helicopters while USA had meanwhile entered the arena enjoying support of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Ours was a military dictator but Brezhneve was not a man to see into the long future of the political tug of war and the aftermath thereof as he was already stupefied but the US secret Agents had become over active to defeat the Russians. The strategy adopted by them was an ill conceived one so received a crushing blow but the US did not recall the causes of the defeat in Vietnam and Korea. They did not regard Taliban a trained force to carry on a prolonged war fare but they did . The NATO alliance was misled by the CIA and dragged into a war that least concerned them.

The current situation is that the north of the country is occupied by Taliban with a good many provinces in the mid and south of the country and kept by a network that is till undetected by NATO. There is no military solution to this prolonged battle except that US and her allies withdraw and vacate the Afghan land as early as possible but this is not acceptable to the US though all other allies insist on this point. The Taliban are getting trained day by day in fighting tactics, ambushing, use of sophisticated weapons and in a nut shell, get stronger day by day. This war is not ending on acceptable grounds and half of the new Afghan generation has been rendered cripples and this passion for revenge is getting higher and higher. There is now one solution to my mind that;

Afghanistan be divided into two states. One to be under Taliban where they shall introduce their ideal system and run their part of the country and the other half be under the pro Ashraf Ghani clique who will have their own constitution and for another 50 years this set up should work under UN sanctions and if conditions improve to a satisfactory level the merger of the two could be reconsidered or vice versa. The US intention to stay in Afghanistan is a misconception and will never be accepted either to the Pathans, Tajiks, Uzbeks, Hazaras or ethnic Turks, let other smaller groups who have always been against US designs. .. Prof. Rahmat Karim Baig, Chitral 16 Sep 2018