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Overseas Employment Services: Fauji Foundation headhunts for Bahrain’s security units
By Saba Imtiaz

The Overseas Employment Services (OES) of the Fauji Foundation is recruiting hundreds of ex-servicemen to serve in the Bahrain National Guard (BNG).

Advertisements in an Urdu language daily and on the OES website state that the BNG “immediately” requires people with experience and qualifications as anti-riot instructors and security guards.

While an official at the Fauji Foundation said there were 800 vacancies and 6,000-7,000 applications had been received, another at the OES said there were 200 to 300 vacancies and a number of people had been selected.

The advertisement states that a BNG delegation is visiting Pakistan from March 7 to March 14 to recruit people from the following categories: officers (majors), Pakistan Military Academy drill instructors, anti-riot instructors, security guards, and military police as well as cooks and mess waiters. Civilians were required as security guards, while the rest of the categories required experience in the military or security forces. The requirement for anti-riot instructors was NCOs (non-commissioned officers) from the Sindh Rangers or officers of an equivalent rank from the Elite Police Force.

The official at the OES also said that Bahrain’s army had recently recruited ex-servicemen from Pakistan. In December, the OES advertised positions for retired Pakistan Army doctors to serve in the King’s Guard.

The Fauji Foundation was set up in 1954 and serves as a trust for ex-servicemen and their families. It is believed to be among the largest industrial conglomerates in the country.

Bahrain's King Hamad Visits the Bahrain National Guard

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Pakistanis serving in Bahrain’s security forces were reportedly involved in a crackdown on protestors in Manama in February in which seven people were killed and hundreds injured. Some injured protestors told the media that the police who beat them up spoke Urdu.

“They are uneducated, don’t speak Arabic and are difficult to communicate with,” said Maryam alKhawaja, the head of the Foreign Relations Office at the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, about the Pakistanis serving in the anti-riot police.

“Mostly they are Baloch. One story I heard from a witness was that a Baloch refused to shoot a protestor at close range, despite orders from his superior, because he was saying Allah o Akbar. The high-ranking officer, who was Bahraini, took the Baloch’s weapons, beat him and then shot the protestor himself.

According to Reuters, opposition activists estimate that up to half of Bahrain’s approximately 20,000-strong national security apparatus is made up of Sunnis from Pakistan, Jordan and Yemen.

Recruiting security personnel from these countries and any moves to naturalise them is viewed by the opposition as a way to increase the Sunni demographic, given that at least 70 per cent of Bahrain’s population is Shia. Thousands protested in Manama earlier this week against any move to give citizenship to Sunnis serving in the military.

“We can’t tell whether there has been an increase in Pakistanis (in the security forces) since the government refuses to give us any numbers on political naturalisation,” said alKhwaja.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2011

A specimen of how mercenaries respond to Bahraini people’s peaceful protests

Advert in Jang, 25 Feb 2011 http://ejang.jang.com.pk//2-25-2011/lahore/pic.asp?picname=04_10.gif
Advert in Jang, 1 March 2011 http://ejang.jang.com.pk//3-1-2011/lahore/pic.asp?picname=04_06.gif

BLF’s (Baloch Liberation Front) appeal to Balochis to refrain from joining the Bahraini National Force (of Pakistani mercenaries):

http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/2902

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  • Robert Fisk writes:

    The tens of thousands gathering again yesterday at the Pearl roundabout – most of them Shia but some of them Sunni Muslims – dressed themselves in Bahraini flags, just as the Cairo millions wore Egyptian flags in Tahrir Square.

    But this miniature sultanist kingdom is not yet experiencing a revolution. The uprising of the country’s 70 per cent – or is it 80 per cent? – Shia population is more a civil rights movement than a mass of republican rebels, but Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa had better meet their demands quickly if he doesn’t want an insurrection.

    For the record, the Shia rebellion against the country’s Sunni rulers has been going on for years, with hundreds of political prisoners tortured in four prisons in and around Manama, their tormentors often from the Jordanian army – just as many Bahraini soldiers come from the Punjab and Baluchistan in Pakistan. Yesterday, there were repeated demands for the release of political prisoners, banners carrying photographs of young men who are still in jail years after their original sentencing: they run into the hundreds.

    Then there are the disturbing stories of the refrigerated trucks which reportedly took dozens of corpses for secret burial, perhaps in Saudi Arabia. These could be part of the carapace of rumour that has settled over the events of the past few days, but now some of the names of the disappeared – men who were present at the shootings near the Pearl roundabout last week – are known.

    Twelve of their names have just been released. So where is 14-year-old Ahmed Salah Issa, Hossein Hassan Ali, aged 18, Ahmed Ali Mohsen, 25 and Badria Abda Ali, a woman of unknown age? And where is Hani Mohamed Ali, 27, Mahdi al-Mahousi, 24, Mohamed Abdullah, 18, Hamed Abdullah al-Faraj, 21, Fadel Jassem, 45, and Hossein Salman, 48? English residents of a nearby apartment block were warned before the shooting that if they took photographs of the soldiers, they would be shot.

    Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/bahrain-uprising-protesters-in-no-mood-to-compromise-15090811.html#ixzz1GHEsL08l

  • I heard Tariq Fatah condemned Bahraini protesters’ “racism” against Balochi and other Pakistani settlers.

    Of course, the legitimate dwellers of the country must not protest against the mercenaries hired from Pakistan, Jordan and Yemen, most of whom are already simmering with their hatred of Shias.

    Shia = Sabai = Irani = Yahoodi = Wajibul Qatl

  • Ex-servicemen ‘export’ mercenaries to the Middle East
    By Saba Imtiaz
    Published: March 12, 2011

    Bahrainis demonstrate in front of the UN headquarters in Manama as part of the anti-government protests since February 14. Pakistanis serving in Bahrain’s security forces have reportedly been involved in a crackdown on protestors. PHOTO: AFP
    KARACHI:
    While the Fauji Foundation’s Overseas Employment Services is openly recruiting ex-servicemen for Bahrain’s security forces, it appears that it is not the only player in the field.
    The practice of ‘exporting’ Pakistani security personnel to Bahrain has been going on for over 20 years, said a source, who named former Special Services Group officer Javed Latif Kahlon as the man responsible.
    “Kahlon is based in Bahrain and enjoys strong ties with its military. He serves as a senior adviser,” said the source. “He left the Pakistan Army after being implicated in the Attock Conspiracy case. He has recruited at least 2,000 Pakistanis to serve in Bahrain’s security forces, and they were the ones who shot at protestors in Manama’s Pearl Square,” the source said, referring to a crackdown in the Bahraini city last month in which seven protestors were killed and hundreds injured.
    Analyst Ayesha Siddiqa said Pakistan had been sending troops to other countries since the 1950s and 1960s. “The only variation now is that they (the army) don’t want to risk direct involvement,” she said.
    Expatriate Pakistanis form a large part of the workforce in the Gulf countries, holding jobs as doctors, business executives and engineers as well as in the construction sector. Remittances from these expatriates are a crucial part of Pakistan’s economy. Additionally, aid from the region has helped build schools, hospitals and much-needed infrastructure in Pakistan.
    Fahad Desmukh, a long-time Bahrain resident and former blogger, says the new recruitment of Pakistanis in the security forces “can only make life more difficult for those hard-working Pakistanis who have contributed to building Bahrain”. Many Bahrainis believe that Sunni Muslims are being recruited to change the Shia-majority demographic.
    “On Wednesday, pro-democracy protesters at a rally were chanting ‘The police are Pakistani,’ highlighting the fact that they are viewed as mercenaries,” he said. “In the past, the presence of Pakistanis in the security forces has been the cause of xenophobia towards civilian Pakistani migrant workers, and the hiring of more could make the situation worse.”
    Many Pakistanis serve in Bahrain’s anti-riot police, who have been accused by human rights activists of using excessive force.
    “I don’t think the army is supporting this (recruitment) but they will want to keep their ties with the Middle East,” said Lt General (retired) Talat Masood.
    Middle East and Gulf countries have well-established military ties with Pakistan.
    In 1970, Jordan’s King Hussein launched a widespread crackdown on members of the Palestinian resistance movement. In what came to be known as Black September, thousands of Palestinians were killed and driven out of the country. Jordan’s army was assisted by a regiment led by then-Brigadier Ziaul Haq, who was stationed in the country. He was decorated for his services in the operation.
    Pakistani troops assisted Saudi Arabia in the siege of Mecca in 1979. According to a 1991 Associated Press report, Pakistan deployed 13,000 troops and 6,000 advisers during the first Gulf War. Five thousand military personnel were stationed in Saudi Arabia prior to the war. When asked if Pakistani troops could be called out to stem protests in Saudi Arabia, Siddiqa said, “It is a possibility, but that cannot be confirmed.”
    Published in The Express Tribune, March 12th, 2011.

  • Bahrain National Guard to recruit former soldiers from Pak
    Rezaul H Laskar
    Islamabad, Mar 11 (PTI) A trust with close links to the Pakistan Army is recruiting hundreds of former soldiers to serve in the Bahrain National Guard at a time when the Arab nation is experiencing widespread protests against its ruling family, a media report said.

    Advertisements in an Urdu daily and on the website of the Overseas Employment Services of Fauji Foundation stated that the Bahrain National Guard immediately requires people with experience and qualifications as anti-riot instructors and security guards.

    An official of Fauji Foundation said there were 800 vacancies and 6,000 to 7,000 applications had been received while another official at the OES said there were 200 to 300 vacancies and a number of people had been selected, The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

    Media reports have quoted Bahraini opposition activists as saying that up to half of Bahrain”s approximately 20,000-strong national security apparatus is made up of Sunnis from Pakistan, Jordan and Yemen.

    Pakistanis serving in Bahrain”s security forces were reportedly involved in a crackdown on protestors in Manama in February in which seven people were killed and hundreds injured. Some injured protestors told the media that the police who beat them up spoke Urdu.

    The Fauji Foundation, set up in 1954, serves as a trust for ex-servicemen and their families. It is believed to be among the largest industrial conglomerates in Pakistan.

    The advertisement stated that a Bahrain National Guard is visiting Pakistan during March 7-14 to recruit people from the following categories: officers (majors), Pakistan Military Academy drill instructors, anti-riot instructors, security guards, military police, cooks and mess waiters.

    Civilians are required as security guards while the other categories require experience in the military or security forces.

    The requirement for anti-riot instructors was for non- commissioned officers from the paramilitary Pakistan Rangers or officers of an equivalent rank from the Elite Police Force.

    The OES official said Bahrain”s army had recently recruited former Pakistani soldiers. In December, the OES advertised positions for retired Pakistan Army doctors to serve in the King�s Guard.

    Maryam al-Khawaja, head of the foreign relations office at the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, said most of the Pakistanis serving in Bahrain”s anti-riot police are Baloch.

    Recruiting security personnel from countries like Pakistan and moves to naturalise them is viewed by the opposition in Bahrain as a way to increase the Sunni demographic. Bahrain”s 70 per cent population is Shia.

    Thousands protested in Manama earlier this week against any move to give citizenship to Sunnis serving in Bahrain”s military.

    http://news.in.msn.com/international/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5021410

  • “Urgent Requirement Manpower for Bahrain National Guard”, posted on website of Overseas Employment Services, Fauji Foundation, Pakistan

    http://www.faujioes.org.pk/25Feb2011/bng.html

    URGENT REQUIREMENT MANPOWER FOR BAHRAIN NATIONAL GUARD (BNG)

    Reference: Our Jang News Paper Advertisement of 01 Mar 11.

    BNG delegation is visiting Pakistan / Fauji Foundation, Overseas Employment Services, OES from 07 Mar to 14 Mar 11 to select following categories of manpower at Lahore urgently:-

    1. Officers (Majors)

    Retired Infantry Majors, would be taken as Lieutenants
    Age – not exceeding 45 years
    Salary – BD 525 + (Married-Bahraini Dinar, BD 50 or Single-BD 32)
    Contract Period – 2 years renewable
    Leave – 40 days per year
    2. PMA Drill Instructors

    Retired NCOs (Nk / Hav) required
    Age – not exceeding 45 years
    Education – Secondary School Certificate
    Height – 5 feet 9 inches minimum
    Salary – BD 350
    Contract Period – 2 years, renewable
    Leave – 30 days per year
    Experience – must have served as drill instructor in Pakistan Military Academy for at least 3 years
    3. Anti Riot Instructors

    Retired NCOs (Nk / Hav) from Sindh Rangers or equivalent rank from Elite Police Force
    Age – not exceeding 45 years
    Education – Secondary School Certificate
    Height – 5 feet 9 inches minimum
    Salary – BD 350
    Contract Period – 2 years renewable
    Leave – 30 days per year
    4. Security Guards

    Only civilians required
    Rank – would be taken as Jindi
    Age – 20 to 25 years
    Education – Secondary School Certificate
    Height – 6 feet and above
    Salary – BD 162
    Contract Period – 2 years renewable
    Leave – 30 days per year
    5. Military Police (MP)

    Retired Sepoys (MP)
    Age – Maximum 35 years
    Education – Secondary School Certificate
    Height – 6 feet or above
    Salary – BD 162
    Contract Period – 2 years renewable
    Leave – 30 days per year
    Retired NCOs (MP)
    Age – not exceeding 45 years
    Education – Secondary School Certificate
    Height – 5 feet 9 inches minimum
    Salary – BD 350
    Contract Period – 2 years renewable
    Leave – 30 days per year
    6. Cooks

    Retired Armed Forces personnel
    Age – Maximum 45 years
    Education – 8th Class pass
    Height – 5 feet 9 inches
    Salary – BD 162
    Contract Period – 2 years renewable
    Leave – 30 days per year
    7. Mess Waiters

    Retired Armed Forces personnel
    Age – Maximum 45 years
    Education – 8th Class pass
    Height – 5 feet 9 inches
    Salary – BD 162
    Contract Period – 2 years renewable
    Leave – 30 days per year

  • Bahrain is hiring hundreds of Pakistani to serve in its National Guard / Bahrain Urgently Recruits More Mercenaries Amidst Political Crisis

    Bahrain is continuing to hire hundreds of former soldiers from Pakistan to serve in its National Guard, even as pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain demand an end to the government’s controversial practice of recruiting foreigners in to the security forces.

    (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – A call for applicants titled “Urgent Requirement: Manpower for Bahrain National Guard” was recently placed on the website of a prominent Pakistani human resource firm that has close ties to the Pakistani military[1].

    The announcement said it was hiring several categories of ex-military personnel, including anti-riot instructors, Pakistan Military Academy drill instructors, retired infantry majors, and military police.

    The statement said that a delegation from the Bahrain National Guard would be visiting Pakistan for the purpose of selecting the Pakistani personnel from March 7 to March 14.

    A similar advertisement was published in the Daily Jang, Pakistan’s most widely read newspaper, on the first of March[2] , and before that on the 25th of February[3] .

    It is difficult to confirm the exact numbers of Pakistani ex-soldiers who have been recruited in response to the recent adverts, but sources claim as many 800 Pakistanis have already been hired in the past few weeks.

    Bahrain is now in the fourth week of pro-democracy protests in which seven people were killed by security forces and dozens were injured.

    Human rights activists have long complained about the controversial practice of hiring large numbers of foreigners in to the Bahraini security forces to suppress political dissent in the Kingdom[4] .

    Bahrain’s police, military and national guard are staffed in large part by non-Bahraini citizens, mostly from Pakistan, Yemen and Syria.

    One of the chief complaints of the pro-democracy protesters is that no Shii’ite citizens are allowed to serve in the security forces even though they make up approximately two-thirds of all Bahraini citizens.

    Opposition activists also claim that tens of thousands of expatriates, many associated with the security forces, have been illegally naturalized since 2001 to reduce the proportional size of the Shi’ite majority among Bahraini citizens.

    Last week saw clashes between Shi’ite youth and recently naturalized Syrians in Hamad Town[5] .

    The current recruitment of hundreds of Pakistani ex-soldiers in the Bahraini security forces is taking place even as the Crown Prince of Bahrain has been urging the political opposition to enter a dialogue to resolve all political disputes.

    On March 3, King Hamad visited the headquarters of the National Guard and “thanked them on their permanent readiness to protect national security”, a statement from the state-run news agency said[6].

    In an attempt to quell the pro-democracy protests, the Ministry of Interior on Saturday announced it would recruit twenty-thousand Bahrainis, and would not exclude the current protesters[7].

    [1] “Urgent Requirement Manpower for Bahrain National Guard”, posted on website of Overseas Employment Services, Fauji Foundation, Pakistan
    [2]Advert placed in Jang Newspaper, Pakistan, March 1, 2011
    [3]Advert placed in Jang Newspaper, Pakistan, February 25, 2011
    [4] “The Bahraini Authorities Recruit of Mercenaries from Makran Town, Pakistan”, Bahrain Center for Human Rights, June 6, 2009
    [5] “Sectarian violence flares in Bahrain”, Financial Times, March 4, 2011
    [6]“HM King Hamad Visits the National Guard”, Bahrain News Agency, March 3, 2011
    [7]“Bahrain’s Promised Spending Fails to Quell Dissent”, The News York Times, March 6, 2011

    /106

    http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=230742

  • HM King Hamad Visits the National Guard
    Manama – Mar 03 (BNA) –His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the Supreme Commander, today stressed his keenness on Bahrain’s development and prosperity. “Our aim is to promote Bahrain’s progress and prosperity and ensure citizens’ decent living standards”, he said. He was speaking as he visited the National Guard headquarters. He was received on arrival by National Guard Chief Major-General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa.
    He stressed his firm keenness to achieve this lofty goal, “One hand, One Heart”, in a closely-knit family-like Bahraini society. HM the King met National Guard officers and thanked them on their permanent readiness to protect national security and hard-won achievements for the sake of citizens. He also extended his deep thanks to National Guard officers and non-commissioned officers, wishing them success in their duties. Major-General Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa thanked HM Majesty the King, on behalf of all National Guard personnel, for the visit.

    http://bna.bh/portal/en/news/448952

  • Bahrain’s Promised Spending Fails to Quell Dissent

    Hasan Jamali/Associated Press
    Thousands protested Sunday outside the prime minister’s office in Manama, Bahrain.
    By THOMAS FULLER
    Published: March 6, 2011
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    ¶ MANAMA, Bahrain — The leaders of Bahrain’s opposition movement said Sunday that they would not be mollified by offers of money and jobs, raising the prospect of a protracted standoff between protesters and the embattled government of this strategically important Persian Gulf island nation.
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    ¶ “This is about dignity and freedom — it’s not about filling our stomachs,” said Ebrahim Sharif, a former banker who helped lead a protest on Sunday at the gates of a government building.

    ¶ Protesters in Bahrain have held daily demonstrations for the past three weeks, undeterred by a government crackdown that killed seven people. The protests continued on Sunday, with thousands of people gathering in Manama’s Pearl Square, the epicenter of the movement.

    ¶ Bahrain’s Interior Ministry announced over the weekend that it was seeking to hire 20,000 people, a measure it said was designed to benefit job seekers and improve security in the country, which is home to a United States naval base.

    ¶ The oil-rich countries of the gulf, led by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, are also reportedly considering a plan to provide billions of dollars to Bahrain and Oman as part of an effort to address social problems and quell protests.

    ¶ The recent spike in oil prices has given Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil producer, and its neighbors more scope for handouts and subsidies, part of a longstanding tradition of trading cash for domestic peace.

    ¶ As protests have spread across the Arab world, the Persian Gulf countries have opened their wallets more than usual.

    ¶King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia last month announced $37 billion worth of pay raises, unemployment checks and other benefits. The king of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, offered 1,000 dinars, about $2,600, for each family. In January, the government of Kuwait said each citizen would receive the equivalent of $3,500. And last week the sultan of Oman decreed that anyone without a job would be eligible for a monthly stipend of $375.

    ¶ But in Bahrain and Oman, monetary concessions have yet to assuage protesters.

    ¶ More than 100,000 people — about one in five Bahraini citizens — joined a protest in Manama on Friday where many shouted “Down, Down Hamad!” The king’s family, which is Sunni, has ruled the Shiite-majority country for more than two centuries.

    ¶ Smaller protests have also continued in Sohar, a northern industrial city in Oman, which is ruled by Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

    ¶ “Poor people took the money, but are still insisting on getting political reform,” said Abdul Jalil Khalil Ebrahim, a senior member of Wefaq, the largest opposition party in Bahrain.

    ¶ Mr. Ebrahim says future payments in Bahrain by regional governments will be diminished by corruption and may not reach the people who need them. In addition, the cash does not address the central demands of protesters — for democracy.

    ¶ “They are throwing slogans to absorb the anger of people,” Mr. Ebrahim said of the government, which is controlled by Bahrain’s royal family. “But the core of this is political, not financial.”

    ¶ In response to e-mailed questions, Maysoon Sabkar, a spokeswoman for Bahrain’s government, said that support from the gulf countries and the initiative to create jobs at the Interior Ministry were “not aimed at ending protests in Bahrain, but they do form part of an overall program to make necessary improvements for the benefit of all.”

    ¶ Ms. Sabkar reiterated that the government’s main focus was a proposal for a national dialogue.

    ¶ The opposition has refused to negotiate until the government, led by the king’s uncle, Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, steps down. The prime minister has been in power 40 years.

    ¶ The opposition says it plans to ratchet up pressure on the government in the coming weeks. The protests have damaged tourism and the financial industry, said Mr. Sharif, the former banker, who now heads a secular opposition party known as Wa’ad.

    ¶ “We will see every week another activity that will take the momentum higher,” Mr. Sharif said in an interview on Sunday. “We are attacking peacefully all the institutions of the state.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/world/middleeast/07bahrain.html?_r=1

  • Bahrain Centre for Human Rights

    The Bahraini Authorities Recruit of Mercenaries from Makran Town, Pakistan

    The Bahraini Authorities Recruit of Mercenaries from Makran Town, Pakistan: The Bahrain Government’s use of foreign mercenaries to oppress Bahraini people with legitimate demands and grievances leads to a growing hostility towards foreigners
    The Bahrain Center for Human Rights

    6/6/2009
    The Bahrain Center for Human Rights expresses its deep concern and dismay regarding the news received from Baluchistan Province in Pakistan regarding the presence of a Bahraini security delegation in the Pakistani town of Makran. The security delegation is said to be working to recruit men from this city, who belong to the Baluch tribes in Pakistan, to work as mercenaries in the Bahraini security services.

    In his statement to News Online, Mr. Basham Baluch – Official spokesman for the Baluch Liberation Front (BLF) – appealed to the Baluchi people, saying, “The Bahraini army is currently recruiting members of the Makran area in Baluchistan. Under the current circumstances, we call upon the Baluchi nation not to become part of any tyrant or oppressive army, at a time when the Baluchi nation is living in a state of war and is going through a critical period. Instead of turning the young Baluchestanis into hired killers, they should join the national armies (Baluch Liberation Front, Baluchistani Liberation Army, the Baluch Republican Army (BLA)), to make the independence of their homeland a reality.” He added, “We warn all these institutions and demand that they put an immediate end to the recruitment process in Makran area. We are in a status of war, and are struggling against the tyrants ourselves, and we do not want the Baluch people to be used and turned into mercenaries.” The Baluch Liberation Front (BLF) has people’s support among the Baluch in Pakistan and the rest of the Gulf countries, and is engaged in a resistance to separate their province from Pakistan.

    The Bahrain Center for Human Rights believes that the recruitment taking place in Makran aims to bring in more Baluch soldiers to join the Bahraini National Guard as well as the Special Forces that belong to the National Security apparatus. Both of these groups are made up of mostly foreign mercenaries, and used to suppress local movements petitioning for greater rights.
    The National Security apparatus supervises the work of the semi-military forces on the field, which are made up of several thousands of individuals – almost 35% of whom are from Pakistani Baluchistan and were brought to Bahrain earlier, within alternating periods. These units are usually headed by an officer from the Al-Khalifa ruling family or by the tribes that are politically allied with it. Among these forces, there are no Shiite citizens.

    These Special Forces, who are almost exclusively Sunni from a different countries, have been used to suppress the population of villages and areas where the majority of residents are Shiite (since Shiites make up the majority of the Bahraini population). Typically, these forces raid the Shiite villages after besieging the entrances and exits, and use tear gas and rubber bullets on all the residents, which has led to the injury of hundreds of people – among them elders, women and children who were wounded subject to suffocation. As well as this, several properties including houses and mosques have been damaged during sieges.
    The Special Security Forces are also joined by groups of armed civilians affiliated with it. The armed civilians are of different nationalities, some are Baluch and others from some tribes in Jordan, Syria and Yemen. At times these forces dress in civilian clothes with black masks and attack villages, pursuing and abducting demonstrators and activists, and assaulting them.
    According to the international standards on the prohibition of the use of mercenaries, the foreigners associated to the Special Forces are identified as mercenaries. They are brought selectively from abroad to be used in security or military issues outside the regular security and military services. They are trained and equipped, in particular, and are provided with features job-wise and materialistically, which the normal security employees – foreigners and citizens – do not get, such as housing, travel and family reunification. In Bahrain, the majority of the mercenary forces live with their families in areas isolated from the rest of the citizens, such as “Safra” area, and which is a remote area to the south of Riffa town. Most of those were granted the Bahraini citizenship, as part of the government’s demographic change project which aims at changing the demography and turning the Shiite citizens in Bahrain to a minority. Documented reports indicate show that naturalised mercenaries have been used effectively in previous elections to marginalize the liberal opposition and the Shiite majority, as detailed in the documents of the Al Bandar report http://www.bahrainrights.org/node/528 and http://www.bahrainrights.org/node/610 . The actions of these forces and the violations committed by them have been condemned by International human rights organizations in the past.

    The United Nations has repeatedly condemned the countries which have allowed or tolerated recruitment, use of, financing and training of mercenaries. It has even expressed its concerns regarding the danger activities of mercenary groups poses to civil peace and security in small states, regardless of the way the mercenaries are used or the form they take to acquire some legitimate position, such as resettling or naturalization or other. Bahrain, until now, has not signed the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries, 4 December 1989.

    In the course of his comment, Nabeel Rajab – president of the BCHR – said, “We appreciate and respect the Baluch people, for these people have a history and civilization and are conscious of their rights due to the sufferings and oppression which their people have faced. These people also have their contributions in building our country Bahrain just as in the rest of the Arabian Gulf States.
    However the security institutions in Bahrain are taking advantage of the economic situation and poverty that these Baluch are undergoing in their country, and are recruiting more of its youth as mercenaries in a way that violates international law, and are throwing them and risking their lives in battles against the residents of the country who are demanding their rights.
    We believe that the majority of those recruits are ignorant of the role they are playing and the violations they are committing by accepting these jobs. Most of them do not know that mercenarism is internationally prohibited and condemned, besides creates a lot of hatred for the people of this country.”
    Rajab added, “We call upon human rights organizations, political parties and civil societies institutions in Baluchistan province to work on educating young people about the risks of getting involved in such internationally prohibited and condemned work”.

    Based on the above, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights renews its demands for the following:

    1. To put an end to the policy of bringing and using foreign mercenaries to work for the security services and Special Forces to confront the peaceful public protests and local movements for greater civil and human rights

    2. To dissolve the National Security apparatus and the Special Security Forces and to return their powers to the regular security institutions.

    3. To end the decree of laws that violate rights, institutions and practices which restrict and suppress public liberties, and to guarantee and maintain civil and political rights and public freedoms, especially those related to expression, peaceful gathering and organization.

    4. To end the continuous violations, pursuits, and abductions of human rights defenders and political activists, and to guarantee a healthy and appropriate environment for the work of the human rights organizations and civil institutions away from constraining regulations, interference and threats of the security services.

    5. The members of the parliament should work on drafting laws that criminalize recruiting of mercenaries and should question those responsible for the security institutions for all the violations, and which includes recruiting and using mercenaries for internal disputes.

    6. To initiate a genuine reconciliation between the ruling elite and all the people of Bahrain, with all their various sects and ethnicities, and to pave the way for true reforms where the government does not need to use foreigners against its own citizens.

    http://www.bahrainrights.org/en/node/2902

  • Bahrain Uprising::5th Fleet:: Pakistan Army Cheif General Kayani-Mullen meeting:: and Iran

    by إرحل يا ملك البحرين حمد بن عيسى آل خليفة on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 9:34am

    In my opinion Americans would have discussed Yemen and Bahrain’s situation and Kayani would have been asked to send his troops to help Saudi-Bahraini-Yemni kings to counter uprisings in these countries. As Bahrain’s a Shia majority country so it’s obvious that role of Iran in the Gulf region would also been discussed.General Kayani met with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen recently, A website says U.S., Pakistan military chiefs hold secret talks in Oman. and today Admiral Mullen has arrived in Bahrain.Top US military officer Mike Mullen arrived in Bahrain on Thursday, an AFP reporter said, as anti-regime protests gathered steam in the kingdom, where Washington’s Fifth Fleet is based.”Obviously Bahrain has been important to us for decades,” Mullen told reporters shortly before his arrival in Manama.”They are a critical ally and have been for a long time,” he added.Mullen’s visit is part of a regional tour aimed at “reaffirming, reassuring and also trying to understand where the leaderships of these countries are going, and in particular in Bahrain,” the admiral said. Mullen is scheduled to meet Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, whom the United States has praised for taking “positive steps” to reach out to protesters.Bahrain is the home base of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.One of the most important U.S. Navy bases in the world is located a few miles from the site of the mass protests in Bahrain: the headquarters of the Fifth Fleet. There are presently more than 2,000 American military personnel, and several thousand more support contractors working in the 100-acre command facility in Jaffair suburb of the capital city of Manama. If one includes their families, then the U.S. military community in Bahrain exceeds 6,000 people.The key issue here isn’t simply a base. That’s part of it,” says defense analyst Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “But the key issue is Bahrain’s strategic position and the overall security of the area.”That strategic position is right in the middle of the Persian Gulf. So, Cordesman says, U.S. warships can ensure the flow of oil, keep an eye on Iran just across the Gulf and pursue Somali pirates farther to the south.

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=166080720107216

  • Once a liar, always a liar

    No Army Operation Is Going on In Balochistan: General Kayani
    Pakistan’s Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has said that no army operation is taking place anywhere in Balochistan. While Addressing With Inauguration Ceremony of Kasa Marble Project in Balochistan General Kayani said that Pakistan Army will continue to work for the progress of Balochistan. He said Peace and Progress are two necessary things for each other and we will have to bring both Peace and Progress in the Province.

    Army Chief said that People of Balochistan has first right on Wealth of Balochistan. He also announced to Include five thousand more Balochs in Pakistan Army in next few months. He said Balochistan has so much natural resources that with a little try it can became the richest province of Pakistan.

    http://pakistan33.blogspot.com/2011/02/no-army-operation-is-going-on-in.html

  • While people are dying.

    General Kayani reelected as President PGF

    GEO Sports
    General Kayani reelected as President PGF
    Updated at: 2003 PST, Tuesday, February 17, 2009

    ISLAMABAD: The Chief Of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has been unanimously reelected as President of Pakistan Golf Federation for the next four-year term.

    Seasoned amateur golfer Taimur Hassan Amin was also reelected unanimously as Secretary of the Federation at its General Body meeting here.

    In his opening remarks to the General Body, the President thanked the outgoing committee and praised the Secretary and Treasurer PGF for the outstanding services to the development of Golf.

    The President has tripled the budget for the promotion of Youth and talent hunt programme of golf in the country. He assured the house that in spite of difficult economic times; the PGF would try to host Pakistan Open on the Asian Circuit.

    He was also very pleased with the progress made on the development of PGF Golf Course and Teaching Academy.

    http://www.defence.pk/forums/land-forces/22013-general-kayani-reelected-president-pgf.html

  • A few months ago a friend living in Bahrain mentioned the hatred towards pakistanis and that a couple of policemen were burnt alive. This was way before “revolution” started. Now it all makes sense.

  • UN sounds alarm on human rights issues in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia

    11 March 2011 – The United Nations human rights office voiced concern today about the ongoing situation in Bahrain, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, three Middle East countries where public protests against long-term leaders or regimes have been mounted in recent weeks.
    The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has received an allegation that a message is circulating on social networking websites calling for three human rights defenders in Bahrain to be “killed and liquidated,” OHCHR spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists today in Geneva.

    The names, addresses, telephone numbers and other personal details about the three human rights defenders are identified, and their photographs are also shown, Mr. Colville said, noting that the message describes the three defenders as “traitors” and “heads of sedition and incitement.”

    He said OHCHR was “extremely concerned about these threats, which clearly constitute incitement, and calls upon the authorities to ensure effective protection for the three named individuals.”

    In Yemen, OHCHR is expressing concern following allegations that Government security forces have used excessive force against demonstrators and opposition figures. At least 37 protesters and six security officers are reported to have been killed so far since the unrest began.

    “We call on the Government to exercise restraint and to investigate all allegations of extrajudicial killings and human rights violations by the country’s security forces,” Mr. Colville said.

    Security forces are alleged to have killed two demonstrators at the University of Sana’a on 9 March, a day after dozens of students were injured following a similar protest. Other incidents include the reported killing of inmates at a prison in Sana’a and the slaying of two protesters on 4 March near the town of Harf Sufyan.

    Turning to Saudi Arabia, OHCHR voiced concern about the “very tense” situation after live fire was reportedly used against demonstrators in the country’s east yesterday and a number of people were arrested.

    “As in other such situations in the Middle East, we urge restraint on the part of the authorities – and the protesters,” Mr. Colville said. “We also stress that people should be allowed to exercise their internationally recognized rights to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.”

    Public protests have swept across the wider Middle East and North Africa since the start of the year, leading to the toppling of the long-term leaders of Tunisia and Egypt.

    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=37746&Cr=bahrain&Cr1=

  • Despite the threat from Saudi Arabia, Bahrainis have continued to protest.

    Protesters rallied outside the Bahrain Financial Harbour, the island’s financial centre on March 7, calling for the downfall of the government, FT.com said that day. They also held up one dinar notes, after revelations that prime minister Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa bought the land on which the Financial Harbour was built from the government for one dinar ($2.65).

    A rally was also held outside the US embassy, calling for the US to drop its support for the monarchy. Zeinab al-Khawaja, a protest organiser, told Al Jazeera on March 7: “We want America not to get involved, we can overthrow this regime.”

    “All we want is for America not to support the dictatorship in Bahrain.”

    Thousands of women marched in Manama on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day and to support the anti-government protests, USAtoday.com said that day.

    A protest outside the immigration office called for the end of the government’s policy of giving citizenship to large numbers of foreign Sunni Muslims, Al Jazeera said on March 9.

    The policy is aimed at changing the demographics of the country in favour of the minority Sunni sector. The mainly Shia Muslim crowd made it clear they were protesting against the policy not Sunnis in general — with whom they called for unity.

    In response to the ongoing pressure, the Bahraini government announced 50,000 new homes would be built at a cost of $5.3 billion, AFP said on March 8. The government hopes the concessions will entice the opposition into dialogue.

    http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/46994

  • Bahrain police ‘fire tear gas’ at protest

    Several protesters were hurt after inhaling tear gas

    Bahraini police on Sunday fired tear gas at protesters in Pearl Square for the first time since demonstrators began an anti-regime sit-in there last month, witnesses said.

    Several protesters were hurt after inhaling tear gas fired by riot police from a bridge overlooking the square, but the security forces pulled out shortly after, witnesses said.

    http://www.africasia.com/services/news_mideast/article.php?ID=CNG.b805aff6c27f0198bb74cd3263c88566.641

    Rioters drive over police in bahrain 13/3/2011

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B0zBpFHvyA&feature=player_embedded

  • Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 7:06AM | Scott Lucas in Africa, EA Global, EA Middle East and Turkey, Middle East and Iran
    0950 GMT:

    A human chain outside the University of Bahrain to protect students from “thugs”:

    0835 GMT: Robin Wigglesworth of The Financial Times continues her eyewitness report, “Protestors seem to have turned back from marching on PM home, now returning to Lulu [Pearl Roundabout] and BFH [Bahrain Financial Harbour]. Very loud ‘The people want fall of regime’ chants.”

    And then, “‘Victory comes from God’ now ringing out over Lulu. Situation seems — somewhat — calmer, people returing to roundabout.”

    Wigglesworth also confirms that rubber bullets as well as tear gas were used by security forces earlier as they tried to block and break up the protests.

    0830 GMT: Reports indicate that security forces in Bahrain have pulled back from the flyover near Pearl Roundabout, averting the immediate danger of further clashes with protesters this morning (see 0705 GMT).

    A Financial Times journalist reports, “Protestors filling all 3 highway lanes seem to be marching towards [Prime Minister’s] home. Many returning to BFH [Bahrain Financial Harbour]. Police disappeared.”

    0705 GMT: Security forces have gathered on the flyover near Pearl Roundabout, the centre of the pro-democracy protest in Manama in Bahrain. There are reports that tear gas was fired from the flyover towards the roundabout:

    There are also reports of tear gas, rubber bullets, and batons being used by security forces against protesters at the Bahrain Financial Harbour.

    0635 GMT: We begin today with the breaking news and images that security forces have used tear gas against the latest pro-democracy protest in Bahrain, injuring demonstrators.

    http://www.enduringamerica.com/home/2011/3/13/libya-and-beyond-liveblog-battles-and-clashes.html

  • Chairman
    Lt Gen Syed Athar Ali, HI (M) (Retd) Secretary Ministry of Defence
    Members
    Lt Gen Hamid Rab Nawaz, HI (M) (Retd) Managing Director Fauji Foundation
    Lt Gen Waheed Arshad Ch, HI (M), TBt Chief of General Staff, GHQ
    Lt Gen Nadeem Taj, HI (M), TBt Adjutant General, GHQ
    Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani, HI (M) Quartermaster General, GHQ
    Lt Gen Muhammad Alam Khattak, HI (M) Chief of Log Staff, GHQ
    Rear Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, SI (M) Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff (Trg & Pers), NHQ
    Air Marshal Waseem ud din, HI (M), S.Bt Deputy Chief of the Air Staff (Adm), AHQ
    Secretary
    Brig Iftikhar Mehdi, SI (M) (Retd) Fauji Foundation

    http://www.fauji.org.pk/Webforms/ManagementStructure.aspx?Id=75&Id2=77

    The Fauji Foundation (FF), is one of the largest conglomerates in Pakistan, with interests in fertilizer, cement, food, power generation, gas exploration, LPG marketing and distribution, financial services, employment services, and security services. It is run by former officers of Pakistani Armed Forces.[1]
    FF’s shareholding in its associated companies has a market value of USD 661 million, while the companies represent 3.3% of the total market capitalization at the Karachi Stock Exchange.

    Holding entities

    [edit]Fully owned
    Fauji Cereals, Foundation Gas, Fauji Sugar Mills, Fauji Corn Complex, Foundation University, Fauji Security Services, Overseas Employment Services, Experimental and Seed Multiplication Farm.
    [edit]Associated
    Mari Gas Company Ltd., Fauji Cement Company Ltd., Pakistan Maroc Phosphere, S.A, Fauji Fertilizer Company Ltd., Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Ltd., Foundation Securities (Pvt.) Ltd., Fauji Kabirwala Power Company Ltd., Fauji Oil Terminal & Distribution Company Ltd.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fauji_Foundation

  • A day after visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged quick progress toward reform, thousands of protesters gathered before dawn to block King Faisal Highway, a four-lane expressway leading to Bahrain’s main financial district in downtown Manama, causing huge traffic chaos during morning rush hour and preventing many from reaching their offices on the first day of the work week.

    Security forces dispersed about 350 protesters by using tear gas, the government said. But traffic was clogged until late morning and many drivers sent messages of rage and frustration to social media sites.

    Many protesters in recent days have pressed their demands further to call for the ouster of the Sunni dynasty that has held power for more than two
    centuries.

    Witnesses said security forces surrounded the protests’ tent compound in Pearl Square, shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at the activists in the largest effort to clear the protesters since a deadly crackdown last month that left four dead.

    Activists tried to stand their ground and chanted “Peaceful! peaceful!”
    The crowd swelled into thousands with protesters streaming to the square to reinforce the activists’ lines as police continued firing tear gas. By early
    afternoon, police pulled back from the square, eyewitnesses said.

    At Bahrain University, Shiite demonstrators and government supporters held competing protests that descended into violence when plainclothes
    pro-government backers and security forces forced students who had been blocking the campus main gate to seek refuge in classrooms and lecture halls, said Layla al-Arab, an employee at the Arts Collage.

    Two protesters sustained serious head injures and hundreds looked for medical help, mostly with breathing problems from tear gas, hospital officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
    The Gulf kingdom holds particular importance to Washington as the host of the main American military counterweight to Iran’s efforts to expand its armed forces and reach into the Gulf.

    Bahrain has also tried hard to position itself as an attractive investment
    destination and Middle East banking center.

    ….

    Published 19:45 13.03.11Latest update 19:45 13.03.11
    U.S. chides Yemen, Bahrain for using violence against protesters
    White House statement calles on both countries to show restraint and pursue dialogue; at least 100 people injured in Yemen protests.

    By News Agencies
    Tags: Israel news

    The White House chided U.S. allies Yemen and Bahrain on Sunday for violence used by their governments against protesters and urged both to
    exercise restraint.

    “We urge the governments of these countries to show restraint, and to respect the universal rights of their people,” the White House said in a statement.”

    Tens of thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters displaying national flags, march to the Pearl roundabout in Manama, Bahrain, February 25, 2011.

    Photo by: AP

    The statement continued, saying “we urge the government of Bahrain to pursue a peaceful and meaningful dialogue with the opposition rather than resorting to the use of force.”

    Both Yemen and Bahrain are U.S. allies, a factor that has allegedly tempered the United States’ response to anti-government protests, refraining from calling on either leadership to step down.

    http://www.haaretz.com/news/international/u-s-chides-yemen-bahrain-for-using-violence-against-protesters-1.348966?localLinksEnabled=false

  • Saudi Arabian forces prepare to enter Bahrain after day of clashes
    Crown Prince of Bahrain expected to invite Saudi support following anti-government demonstrations in capital

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    Ben Quinn
    The Guardian, Monday 14 March 2011
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    Saudi Arabian forces were preparing to enter Bahrain after clashes between police and protesters. Photograph: James Lawler Duggan/AFP/Getty Images
    Saudi forces are preparing to intervene in neighbouring Bahrain, after a day of clashes between police and protesters who mounted the most serious challenge to the island’s royal family since demonstrations began a month ago.

    The Crown Prince of Bahrain is expected to formally invite security forces from Saudi Arabia into his country today, as part of a request for support from other members of the six-member Gulf Co-operation Council.

    Thousands of demonstrators on Sunday cut off Bahrain’s financial centre and drove back police trying to eject them from the capital’s central square, while protesters also clashed with government supporters on the campus of the main university.

    Amid the revolt Bahrain also faces a potential sectarian conflict between the ruling minority of Sunnis Muslims and a majority of Shia Muslims, around 70% of the kingdom’s 525,000 residents.

    The crown prince, Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, said in a televised statement that Bahrain had “witnessed tragic events” during a month of unprecedented political unrest.

    Warning that “the right to security and safety is above all else”, he added: “Any legitimate claims must not be made at the expanse of security and stability.”

    The crown prince has also promised that national dialogue would look at increasing the power of Bahrain’s parliament, and that any deal could be put to nationwide referendum.

    However, some protesters have pressed their demands further to call for the toppling of the Sunni dynasty.

    The unrest is being closely watched in Saudi Arabia, where Shia are some 15% of the population.

    The secretary general of the Gulf Co-operation Council, Abdulrahman bin Hamad al-Attiya, expressed the “full solidarity with Bahrain’s leadership and people”, adding that “safeguarding security and stability in one country is a collective responsibility”.

    In an apparent reference to Iran, which Gulf Arab ruling elites fear may capitalise on an uprising by Shiites in Bahrain, he also expresssed “strong rejection of any foreign interference in the kingdom’s internal affairs, asserting that any acts aiming to destabilise the kingdom and sow dissension between its citizens represent a dangerous encroachment on the whole GCC security and stability.” Reports that the Saudi National Guard was poised to enter Bahrain were cited by the Foreign Office, alongside a recent increase in protests, as it changed its advice to advise British citizens against all travel to Bahrain.

    Earlier on Sunday, police moved in on Pearl Square, a site of occupation by members of Bahrain’s Shia majority, who are calling for an elected government and equality with Bahrain’s Sunnis.

    Witnesses said security forces surrounded the protesters’ tent compound, shooting tear gas and rubber bullets at the activists in the largest effort to clear the square since a crackdown last month that left four dead after live ammunition was fired.

    Activists tried to stand their ground yesterday and chanted “Peaceful, peaceful” as the crowd swelled into thousands, with protesters streaming to the square to reinforce the activists’ lines, forcing the police to pull back by the early afternoon.

    At Bahrain University, Shia demonstrators and government supporters held competing protests that descended into violence when plainclothes pro-government backers and security forces forced students blocking the campus main gate to seek refuge in classrooms and lecture halls, the Associated Press reported.

    The latest demonstrations took place a day after the US defence secretary, Robert Gates, visited Bahrain and said that the Khalifa family must go beyond “baby steps” reform and enact substantial economic and political change.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/14/saudi-arabian-forces-bahrain-protests

  • بحرین کے دارالحکومت منامہ میں پھر میں پولیس اور مظاہرین میں جھڑپیں ہوئی ہیں اور مظاہرین اپنا احتجاج دارالحکومت کے اقتصادی مرکز کی طرف لے جانے کی کوشش کر رہے ہیں۔

    سیکورٹی افواج نے پرل سکوائر سے جہاں کئی ہفتوں سے مظاہرین جمع ہو رہے ہیں، احتجاج کرنے والوں کو منتشر کرنے کے لیے اشک آور گیس استعمال کی اور ربڑ کی گولیاں چلائیں۔ مظاہرین نے پرل سکوائر کی سڑکیں بلاک کر دی تھیں۔

    شہر کے ایک اور بڑے چوک اور یونیورسٹی سے بھی جھڑپوں کی اطلاعات موصول ہوئی ہیں۔ مظاہرین نے کہا ہے کہ وہ مطالبات پورے نہ ہونے کی صورت میں شاہی محل تک مارچ کریں گے۔

    گزشتہ ماہ پولیس نے سات مظاہرین کو ہلاک کردیا تھا لیکن تب سے سکیورٹی فورسز اور مظاہرین میں جھڑپیں کم ہوئی ہیں۔ تاہم اتوار کو جو بحرین میں معمول کا کام کا دن ہے، دارالحکومت منامہ کے تین علاقوں میں جھڑپیں شروع ہوگئیں۔

    احتجاج کرنے والے جن میں اکثریت شیعہ مسلمانوں کی ہے تیونس اور مصر میں بغاوت سے متاثر ہوئے ہیں اور انھوں نے دھمکی دی ہے کہ وہ حکمراں شاہی خاندان کے محل تک مارچ کریں گے۔ بحرین میں شاہی خاندان سنی العقیدہ ہے۔

    شیعہ مسلمان شکایت کرتے ہیں کہ ان کے خلاف امتیاز برتا جاتا ہے اور وہ چاہتے ہیں کہ ملک میں حکمران سنی اقلیت ملک چلانے میں ان کی رائے کو وقعت دے۔

    ادھر شہری حقوق کے تین نمایاں کارکنوں کا کہنا ہے کہ انھیں موت کی دھمکیاں دی گئی ہیں۔ یہ دھمکیاں حکومت کے خلاف شاہی عدالت تک مارچ کے موقع پر دی گئی ہیں۔ یہ دھمکیاں مبینہ طور پر محمد المسقطی اور ناجی فتیل کو جن کا تعلق حقوقِ انسانی کے لیے بحرین کے نوجوانوں کی سوسائٹی سے ہے اور حقوقِ انسانی کے محافظوں کی تنظیم کے عبدالحادی الخواجہ کو دی گئی ہیں۔

    احتجاج کرنے والوں کا کہنا ہے کہ حکومت مخالف مارچ کو بقول ان کے پتھراؤ کرنے والے ٹھگوں نے روکا جبکہ پولیس اور سکیورٹی افواج یہ سب کچھ دیکھتی رہیں۔

    نامعلوم گروپوں نے ان افراد کی پوری شناخت جن میں ان کے نام، فون نمبر، گھر اور دفتر کا پتہ، گاڑی کا رجسٹریشن نمبر اور شناختی کارڈ کے نمبر شامل ہیں، ان کی تصاویر کے ساتھ فیس بک اور سوشل نیٹ ورکنگ کی دوسری سائٹوں پر شائع کر دی ہیں۔

    احتجاج کرنے والوں پر الزام لگایا جا رہا ہے کہ وہ ملک میں فرقہ وارنہ حالات پیدا کرنے کی کوشش کر رہے ہیں۔ تاہم احتجاج میں سنی بھی شامل ہیں۔

    حکومت نے کہا کہ وہ دھمکیوں کا نوٹس لے گی لیکن حقوقِ انسانی کے لیے اقوامِ متحدہ کے دفتر نے کہا ہے کہ وہ حقوقِ انسانی کے کارکنوں کو ملنے والی دھمکیوں پر فکر مند ہے۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/world/2011/03/110313_bahrain_protests_rza.shtml

  • Will General Kayani accept responsibility and resign?

    بحرین میں پاکستانیوں پر حملے

    ذوالفقار علی
    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، اسلام آباد

    بحرین میں مقیم پاکستانیوں کا کہنا ہے کہ وہاں حکومت مخالف مظاہرین کی طرف سے پاکستانی تارکین وطن پر حملے ہوئے ہیں جن میں کم از کم دو پاکستانی ہلاک اور کئی زخمی ہوئے ہیں۔

    تاہم پاکستان کی وزارت خارجہ نے صرف ایک شخص کے ہلاک ہونے کی تصدیق کی ہے۔

    بحرین چیمبر آف کامرس کے بورڈ کے رکن پاکستانی نژاد بحرینی شہری محمد ساجد شیخ نے بی بی سی کو ٹیلیفون پر بتایا کہ بحرین میں پاکستانی شہریوں پر حملے دارالحکومت مناما میں ہوئے ہیں جہاں زیادہ تر پاکستانی اپنے اہل خانہ کے ساتھ مقیم ہیں۔ انھوں نے کہا یہ حملے شیخ عبداللہ روڈ اور مرکز نعیم میں میں ہوئے۔

    محمد ساجد شیخ نے جو تیس سال سے بحرین میں مقیم ہیں کہا کہ حکومت مخالف مظاہرین رات کے وقت پاکستانیوں کےگھروں میں گھس کر مکینوں پر ’تلواروں، خنجروں اور ڈنڈوں سےحملہ کررہے ہیں‘۔ ان کا کہنا ہے کہ یہ حملے اتوار کی رات سے اچانک اس وقت شروع ہوئے بہت سے لوگ گھروں میں سو رہے تھے۔

    چند روز پہلے پاکستانی اخبارات میں پاکستان کی فوج سے منسک ادارے فوجی فاؤنڈیشن کی طرف سے ایک اشتہار شائع ہوا تھا جس میں بحرین نشنل گارڈ میں بھرتیوں کے لیے سولین، سابق فوجی اور پولیس اہلکاروں سے درخواستیں طلب کی گئی ہیں
    محمد ساجد شیخ نے کہا کہ ان حملوں کے نتیجے میں دو پاکستانی نوجوان ہلاک ہوئے جبکہ لگ بھگ پچاس زخمی ہوئے جو بحرین ڈیفنس فورس کےاسپتال میں زیر علاج ہیں۔

    انھوں نے کہا کہ اس کے علاوہ یہ اطلاع بھی ملی ہے کہ تین چار زخمیوں کو ایمبولینس میں ہسپتال لے جاتے ہوئے اغوا کیا گیاہے۔

    محمد ساجد شیخ نے بتایا کہ’بہت سارے پاکستانی بحرین میں پولیس اور ڈیفنس فورس میں بہت برسوں سے ملازم ہیں اور چونکہ بحرین میں پولیس اور فوج مظاہرین کے خلاف کارروائی کر رہی ہے لہذا اسی کے رد عمل میں پاکستانیوں پر حملے کیے جا رہے ہیں۔

    ساجد شیخ نے بتایا ’وہ ( حکومت مخالف بحرینی) نہیں چاہتے ہیں کہ ہمارے لوگ بحرین میں رہیں یا یہاں ملازمت کریں۔ وہ چاہتے ہیں ہم لوگ یہاں سے نکل جائیں‘۔

    بحرین میں پچاس ہزار سے زیادہ پاکستانی مقیم ہیں لیکن یہ واضح نہیں ہے کہ بحرینی سیکیورٹی فورسز میں خدمات انجام دینے والے پاکستانیوں کی صحیح تعداد کیا ہے۔البتہ پاکستانی نژاد بحرینیوں کا کہنا ہے کہ ان کی تعداد ہزاروں میں ہے۔ پاکستانیوں کی ایک بڑی تعداد مزدوری بھی کرتی ہے اور کچھ ڈاکڑز اور انجینیئرز بھی ہیں۔بہت سے پاکستانی کئی دہائیوں سے وہاں آباد ہیں اور انھیں بحرین کی شہریت بھی ملی ہے۔

    انھوں نے کہا کہ صورت حال نازک ہے اور بحرین میں دو تین علاقے خطرناک ہیں اور’ ہم پاکستان کے سفارتخانے سے مل کر ان علاقوں سے پاکستانی شہریوں محفوظ مقام پر منتقل کرنے کی کوشش کررہے ہیں‘۔

    ساجد شیخ نے کہا کہ ان حملوں کی وجہ سے پاکستان کے تارکین وطن میں خوف و ہراس پایا جاتا ہے اور وہ اپنے گھروں میں قید ہوکر رہ گئے ہیں اور خوف کی وجہ سے باہر نہیں نکلتے۔

    انھوں نے حکومت پاکستان سے بھی مطالبہ کیا ہے کہ وہ بحرین میں پاکستانیوں کے تحفظ کو یقینی بنانے اور انھیں سیکورٹی فراہم کرنے کے لیے بحرین کی حکومت سے بات کرے۔

    ان کا کہنا ہے کہ ’ہم اس ملک سے پیار کرتے ہیں، ہم یہاں رہ رہے ہیں اور یہیں رہیں گے اور ہم اس ملک کے لیے لڑیں گے لیکن ساتھ ہی ہم اپنے خاندانوں اور بچوں کا تحفظ چاہتے ہیں‘۔

    بحرین میں پاکستانی نژاد کینڈا کے شہری شکیل ملک نے بی بی سی بات کرتے ہوئے کہا ان حملوں کے بعد پاکستانیوں میں خوف پایا جاتا ہے۔

    پیر کو لگ بھگ ایک سو غیر شادی شدہ پاکستانی نوجوان بحرین میں پاکستان کے سفارت خانے کے باہر موجود تھے اور ان کا مطالبہ تھا کہ انھیں واپس پاکستان بھیجا جائے یا پھر ان کو تحفظ فراہم کیا جائے۔
    ’پیر کو لگ بھگ ایک سو غیر شادی شدہ پاکستانی نوجوان بحرین میں پاکستان کے سفارت خانے کے باہر موجود تھے اور ان کا مطالبہ تھا کہ انھیں واپس پاکستان بھیجا جائے یا پھر ان کو تحفظ فراہم کیا جائے‘۔

    ان کا کہنا ہے کہ یہ وہ پاکستانی نوجوان تھے جنھیں اتوار کے رات کو حملوں کا سامنا کرنا پڑا تھا۔ تاہم ان کے بقول بحرین کی حکومت کی پاکستانی تارکین وطن کو مکمل حمایت حاصل ہے۔

    بحرین کی صورت حال جاننے کے لیے ماناما میں پاکستان کے سفارت خانے میں ناظم الامور مسٹر اورنگزیب سے ٹیلفیون پر رابط کیا گیا لیکن انھوں نے کہا کہ پاکستان کی وزارت خارجہ کو تفصیلات فراہم کر دی گئیں ہیں اوروہی اس معاملے پر بات کرنے کی مجاز ہے۔

    اسی دوران پاکستان کی وزارت خارجہ کی ترجمان تہمینہ جنجوعہ نے بی بی سی بات کرتے ہویے بحرین میں ایک پاکستانی کے ہلاک ہونے کی تصدیق کی ہے۔انھوں نے کہا کہ سفارت خانے نے بتایا ہے کہ ایک پاکستانی ہلاک ہوا ہے اور کچھ زخمی ہوئے ہیں۔’ہم صورت حال کی نگرانی کر رہے ہیں اور سفارت خانے نے بحرین کی حکومت سے رابط کیا ہے اور اس سے کہا گیا ہے کہ وہ پاکستانیوں کو بہتر سکیورٹی فراہم کرے‘۔

    واضح رہے کہ چند روز پہلے پاکستانی اخبارات میں پاکستان کی فوج سے منسک ادارے فوجی فاؤنڈیشن کی طرف سے ایک اشتہار شائع ہوا تھا جس میں بحرین نشنل گارڈ میں بھرتیوں کے لیے سولین، سابق فوجی اور پولیس اہلکاروں سے درخواستیں طلب کی گئی ہیں۔

    لیکن اس اشتہار میں آسامیوں کی تعداد نہیں دی گئی تھی۔

    یہ اشتہارات ایک ایسے مرحلے پر شائع ہوا تھا جب بحرین میں حکومت مخالف مظاہرین مطالبہ کررہے ہیں کہ ان کے ملک کی سیکیورٹی فورسز میں غیرملکیوں کی بھرتی کا عمل بند کیا جائے۔

    اس اشتہار کی اشاعت کے بعد بحرین کے انسانی حقوق مرکز نے ایک بیان میں پاکستانیوں کی بحرینی سیکیورٹی فورسز میں بھرتی پر احتجاج کیا ہے۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2011/03/110314_bahrain_attacks_rza.shtml

  • sure , they must kill shias , the only group of muslims who fight against israel.they should help bastard dictators which are at service of usa , they have given islam lands to usa to make military basement . and such people will serve israel and usa and kill shia and muslims for them.
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