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33-year sentence to Pashtun hero Dr. Shakil Afridi: Congratulations to Ejaz Haider and Jinnah Institute

Today is another black day for Pakistan. An honournable Pashtun doctor Shakil Afridi who assisted in locating international terrorist and mass murderer Osama bin Laden has been sentenced for 33 years – he was deliberately thrown to the mercy of kangaroo courts that operate under the draconian FCR (the Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) comprising a set of laws of Pakistan that are applicable to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)).

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This is how Pakistan rewards those brave individuals whose acts lead to apprehending an Islamo-fascist mass murderer.  While a helpless civilian government is caught in the cross fire between Pakistan Army and the NATO coalition, what did Pakistan’s lifestyle “liberals” (aka pseudo-liberals who dominate English media) have to say about Dr. Afridi. Here is how Ejaz Haider, the current head of Sherry Rehman’s Jinnah Institute, a pupil of Najam Sethi and unofficial ISPR spokesperson, advocated against Dr. Afridi: http://tribune.com.pk/story/353119/shakil-afridi-another-view/

Felicitations Ejaz Haider, THEY heard you, and a national hero has now been sentenced to 33 years of imprisonment. You cursed and abused an elected President and then advocated in favour of an anti-Ahmadi Jihadi bigot like Hafiz Saeed.  IF people like Hamid Mir and you are the leading lights of journalism and informing public opinion in Pakistan, we are truly done for!  For those who need a primer on the “achievements” of OBL and are wondering why Ejaz Haider wrote an entire article advocating why Dr. Afridi should be tried for treason, read on.

Even before 9/11, Osama Bin Laden had played a horrendous role in Pakistan.  Since the late 1980’s, he is alleged to have been one of the terrorist ring leaders of mass massacres of Shia muslims in Parachinar.  In 1990, he is alleged to have been a driving force and financer along with the ISI and Nawaz Sharif in yet another coup against a PPP-elected government lead by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.

Since the late 1990s, he had been the head of a transglobal terrorist organization, Al Qaeda, which was at the heart of the nexus of interlinked Jihadi groups, ASWJ/SSP/LeJ, JM, HuM, LeT, Taliban, that have lead to tens of thousands of Pakistanis being killed in acts of cowardly terror.

Instead of being proclaimed as a hero, an example has been made of Pashtun hero, Dr. Afridi.  He has become the casualty of Pakistan’s security establishment’s embarrassment when OBL was discovered in the heart of a military cantonment.  While President Zardari was quick to congratulate the United States on the operation that finally got OBL, the rightwing columnists (dominant in Urdu press) and politicians (PTI, PML N) as well as pseudo-liberal columnists (dominant in English press) had a different tune and often aligned themselves with the mourning Jihadis.

Punjab-based Jihadi groups showing their love for Osama bin Laden

Today, Ejaz Haider’s advocacy for treason charges against Dr. Afridi places him with the Upper-Middle class youth supporters (mostly from central urban Punjab and Karachi) who support the verdict of treason against the hero whose work lead to the end of a mass murderer.

Shame on him and all those who support him on some warped basis of allegedly “liberal” tribalism.  LUBP writers, contributors and supporters are often threatened, blackmailed and vilified for having the temerity to write against such fake liberals.

“LUBP writes against all those who don’t think exactly like them” is the pathetic and inaccurate excuse presented whenever confronted with valid criticsm.  Today, many of those making such allegations against LUBP stand either directly or indirecty with Ejaz Haider and his like-minded comrades (Hamid Mir, Najam Sethi) at Jinnah Institute-Friday Times-Jang Group nexus.


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  • Why does LUBP attack liberals and only liberals? I am sure LUBP is run by ISI.

  • Raza Rumi, Hamid Mir and Marvi Sirmed’s new found hero Umar Cheema shows his venom:

    Umar Cheema ‏@UmarCheema1
    When smiles, Dr. Shakil Afridi looks like Rehman Malik….

  • A person who deserved the Award of—
    for his services against the Hub of Terrorism,
    unfortunately , has been punished.

  • Ejaz Haider once again panders to the Pak Army/ISI platform; Haider’s presumptions are selective as usual to make his case. Neither Dr Afridi nor the U.S – even upon entering the house were still uncertain of who was there- it was only circumstantial eveidnce that it was OBL. Dr Afridi was helpful to individuals that turned out to be CIA, but did not cross “soverignty” issues; Dr Afridi knew only that some people wanted to know who lived there.

    In addition, “the UN legal regime” – the Security Council Resolutions adopted after 9/11 nullify a state’s sovereignty if it knowingly harbors terrorists. Pakistan is well known to protect its Strategic Depth terrorist operatives.

  • Message: Don’t embarrass the Pak Military:
    Reuters:No one has yet been charged for helping the al Qaeda leader take refuge in Pakistan. A government commission tasked with investigating how he managed to evade capture by Pakistani authorities for so long is widely accused of being ineffective.

    Afridi’s imprisonment comes at a sensitive time, …Senior U.S. officials had made public appeals for Pakistan, a recipient of billions of dollars in American aid, to release Afridi, detained within weeks of the raid that killed bin Laden and strained ties with Islamabad.

    In January, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in a television interview that Afridi and his team had been key in finding bin Laden, describing him as helpful and insisting the doctor had not committed treason or harmed Pakistan.

    …..U.S. sources told Reuters that Afridi played only a marginal role in the commando operation which killed bin Laden, although he had helped American operatives locate and follow the “courier” that led them to the hideout in Abbottabad.

    The sources suggested that the government’s treatment of Afridi was harsh because the case was being used by Pakistan, including its powerful intelligence agency, to “save face” over the failure to spot or intercept the U.S. commando team that carried out the raid.

  • غلام نبی فائی کو آئی ایس آئی سے رابطے کی بنیاد پر امریکہ سزا ملنا جائز ہے اور شکیل آفریدی کو سی آئی اے کے لئے باظابطہ کام کرنے پر کیوں سزا نہیں ہوسکتی؟؟؟؟؟؟

    آخر کس طرح ایک سرکاری ملازم کسی غیر ملکی خفیہ ایجنسی کے لئے کام کرسکتا ہے؟ ہر چیز میں امریکہ بہادر کی اندھی طرفداری کرنے کے بجائے کچھ تو عقل کے ناخن لو۔

  • Court? WHICH Court and what “Justice”?

    A country where so called Chief “Justice” is a Puppet dancing on the orders of ISI and doing every attempt to destablize Pakistan, HOW you could expect justice in that Country

    May Allah save Pakistan from ISI, Ifti Ch and Media

  • پھر تو وزیر اعظم اور صدر بھی آئی ایس آئی کے پٹھو ہیں، یار کچھ تو عقل والی بات کیا کرو۔

  • Those who protected OBL for 10 long years against state official position of killing/capturing deserve a treason trial . In comparison Dr Afridi did nothing in comparison to OBL protector in Pakistan .

  • sir,with due respect,all pushtoon have their dignities,tradition,freedom,and islam loving nation,in history of pushtoon,pushtoon ambrass islam as by logic,not by sword.pushtoon are those who respect pushtoon tradition,selfrespect,dignities,freedom fighters,and respect their races not to allowed their wives for dollars and position.when Rushian invaded Afghanistan,now american capture afghanistan,these self defined pushtoon leaders support aggresstive nations in Afghanistan.Dr shakill have no wrights to used his position for foreighn country.Now according Pushtoon tradition their tribe Afridi punished him. pushtoon for freedom fightering sacritied their dignities wealth. millions lives ,million homes ,comfortable lives against two aggressive nation.may Allah Help Afghan,Pushtoon.