Thank you, Raymond Davis!
The honour (ghairat) brigade in Pakistani media (sponsored by Aabpara) had presented CIA Operative Raymond Davis as an insult to Pakistan’s national honour and security.
However, yesterday’s (May 1, 2011) surgical operation by the US special forces in Abbottabad and the elimination of the most vile terrorist Osama Bin Laden suggests that Raymond Davis’ presence was much needed, not only for the security of the US citizens but also for the innocent and peace loving citizens of Pakistan. After all, Raymond Davis was tracking wanted terrorists and was not giving them support or manufacturing apologetic arguments for them.
Now that the US special forces have successfully eliminated the Al Qaeda’s chief, the following few aspects merit consideration.
Diminished utility of OBL and recruitment of fresh jihadi proxies
The ISI’s cooperation or lack of resistance in the elimination of OBL must be seen in the context of diminished utility of this man (OBL) in ISI’s international jihad enterprise. He was more like a used cartridge, which had to be disposed off and replaced by fresh, more loyal contingent of jihadis.
9/11 happened a decade ago and since then, an alternate Islamofascist terrorist leadership has been created by the Aabpara empire (ISI’s intelligence + Saudi money). Heading this is the Jalaluddin Haqqani network which has been relocated from North Waziristan to Kurram Agency where they have given a fresh boost to the genocide of Shia Pushtuns of Parachinar. This group has been bolstered by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) that is headed by Hafiz Saeed, recently released by the ISI-backed Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Along with them, a whole range of other terrorist groups and individuals have been made ready which include Malik Ishaq (soon to be released by the Supreme Court), Masood Azhar, Qari Saifullah Akhtar and Illyas Kashmiri. Most of these dangerous terrorists are in their prime and have the backing of Pakistan’s judiciary along with the continual support of ISI. They either belong to Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Jundullah, Jaish-e-Muhammad or other splinter groups.
In the decade after 9/11, Pakistan’s security establishment has also prepared Imran Khan (of PTI) as the political face of the Taliban. A suave, urban and polished ex-playboy, Imran’s narcissistic ploy of (mis)using his philanthrophy for political gain is fully supported by the boys in Aabpara.
Even though Pakistan’s ISI did not have a direct involvement in tracking or killing OBL, their provision of logistic support and lack of resistance to the US operation is very revealing. They have not given this indirect support to the US out of any philanthropic notion or for combating terrorism. They were more interested in the 25 million dollar US taxpayer money (bounty for OBL) while also circumventing and sidestepping the elected government by proving the ISI’s utility to the US government.
ISI’s media strategy
In the coming days and hours, the tactics employed by the ISI’s proxies in the media will be that now that OBL has been eliminated, the US should pack up and leave. Pertinent questions as to why OBL was residing in the middle of a Military Cantonment town will be casually brushed aside.
Both the right wing Urdu media and pseudo-liberal English dons (camouflaged proxies of the ISI) will come to the aid of their security establishment masters. Asif Zardari and the PPP will be cursed and any mention of Generals Kayani and Pasha will be kept to a minimum.
The loudest anti-US voices will come from the upper class urban elites (and their middle class employees) who will increase their anti-US fervour to ensure that the next generation of Islamofascist terrorists are not harmed and the jihadi adventurism of GHQ continues unabated. Many articles will be written about the extra-constitutionality of the US killing terrorists on Pakistani soil but never any mention of what these terrorists were doing in my country in the first place!!
End of OBL or the beginning of a long struggle?
For too long, the outside world has bought into the rubbish and lies that are peddled by a compromised and corrupt Pakistani media. The end of OBL is simply the beginning of what is a long struggle by Pakistan, the United States and the global community in countering the menace of Islamist terrorism.
Pakistan’s English speaking elites can no longer cry foul everytime a terrorist is killed by a drone attack. After the ridding of Osama bin Laden, an increasing number of Pakistanis wish that the other international terrorists and organisations (SSP, LeT, LeJ, TTP, Jundullah, JeM) bred by the security establishment meet a similar fate. We have lost 35,000 Pakistanis that include Shaheed Salmaan Taseer, Shaheed Shahbaz Bhatti and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto in this struggle. Their deaths should not be in vain.