Thursday, June 28, 2012
How The News Are Twisted In Their Own Intersts By Western Press About Pakistan
The western press always portraits Pakistan's darkest view to the readers. The following news reflects the actual face of the American press.
The anti-terrorism alliance between the United States and Pakistan, always complicated and often shaky, was plunged into a crisis by the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011 by American special forces operating deep inside Pakistan. The fact that Bin Laden had been hiding for years almost in plain sight in a medium-size city that hosts numerous Pakistani forces underscored questions about whether elements of the Pakistani spy agency knew the whereabouts of the leader of Al Qaeda.
Since then, both sides have leveled angry criticism at the other. But the Obama administration remains dependent on Pakistan’s military for help in reining in the militant groups that are driving the conflict in Afghanistan but find shelter across the border, not only the Taliban but also the Haqqani terrorist network.
In September 2011, Adm. Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate that Pakistan’s intelligence agency had provided aid to the Haqqani network members who attacked the American Embassy in Kabul.
In late November 2011, American-Pakistani relations took yet another turn for the worse when a NATO air attack killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in strikes against two military posts at the country’s northwestern border with Afghanistan. Pakistan halted joint operations and intelligence sharing on the border and angrily rejected the conclusions of an American investigation that laid some of the blame on the Pakistani military, in a report that described a chain of errors between American and NATO troops.
For the Obama administration, the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert drone strike campaign centered in northwestern Pakistan continues to be of prime importance. Although the drones are best known for targeting senior commanders of Al Qaeda, they are also aimed at Taliban fighters headed for the Afghan border. But in mainstream Pakistan, where the talk is of breached sovereignty and civilian casualties, the C.I.A. campaign is as unpopular as ever.
Domestically, tensions between the military, the civilian government and the judiciary continued to flare periodically. A confrontation between President Asif Ali Zardari and the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, escalated dramatically in June 2012, when the justice ordered the dismissal of Mr. Zardari’s prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani.
The court had found Mr. Gilani guilty of contempt in April for his refusal to act on the court’s longstanding demand that he write a letter to the authorities in Switzerland to seek to reopen a dormant corruption investigation into Mr. Zardari’s finances that started in the 1990s.