By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
Recent activation of Iranian-Indian assets in Pakistan specially media has raised many serious questions. This one-sided love with Iran must end and its interfering with Pakistan’s minority must be stopped. The criticism on the appointment of General Raheel Sharif as head of Muslim Forces alliance is unacceptable from the elements hiding behind ‘liberalism, civil society and NGOs.
All the Indian-Iranian activated assets are glowing in Pakistan. It is time to call spade a spade to our counterparts in Iran and ask them why is that Iran always betrayed Pakistan for example:
The running of Indian spying operations against Pakistan from Iranian soil in Chabhar and arrest of active service Indian Navy Commodore Kubhushan Yadove in 2016, which lead to the further arrests of over 473 agents of his network mostly members of Shia militant terrorist groups including two employees of Iranian Centre (Khana-e-Farhang Iran) Multan is very serious. Pakistan has a right to ask perfectly legitimate questions to Iran:
(a) Why Iran allowed Indian agency RAW to use its soil?
(b) why it allowed Indians to recruit mostly Pakistani Shias?
(c) it is very dangerous that Iran has allowed Pakistani Shia networks to be used by the Indians?
(d) Pakistani society is not sectarian and almost 3% Shias of Pakistan are living very happily with strong family bond and inter marriages.
One sided love with Iran which is ‘harming and damaging’ Pakistan and that is only possible if self-harming leaders of Pakistan allow it to happen.
For example, pro Iran Asif Zardari signed a very overpriced gas agreement with Iran. The price was agreed $12 per MMBTU and if you add pipeline rent it comes to $14 per MMBTU.
If we look at it in today’s prices it comes down to $10 MMBTU. Iran is not ready to review the agreement after Indian refusal to join in, although ‘reviewing’ is part of the agreement. How the hell one can even imagine. If it has happened in UK or USA, signatory would have been in prison by now. This is a day light robbery and sound like a pawn shop agreement by crooks in place?
In the world open market same gas is available as much as $3 MMBTU. It seems that Iran is very confident that pro Iran Shia elements in the Pakistani establishment and system will allow this self-harming and damaging Agreement to continue.
Due to the activation of Iranian assets in Pakistani media there is no debate on this subject in Pakistani media even it will destroy the whole energy system of Pakistan. Pakistan can just walk out of the agreement if Iran don’t bring down the prices to international market level. Supreme Court of Pakistan must take action against the culprits who are damaging the country.
Is it not strange that when KASB Bank and other financial intuitions in Pakistan were accused of money laundering for Iran by the international financial institutions? The State Bank of Pakistan sold this bank for Rs.1 to another Bank. At that time, Iranian deputy foreign minister came to Pakistan asked for the return of Rs. 22 billion deposited in the bank. Pakistani pro India finance minister quietly returned the Rs.22 billion with the same channel without even bothering to ask for the review of the gas prices.
The other burning issue which is damaging Pakistan’s economy as well as transport vehicles is smuggling of Iranian low standard petrol into Pakistan. It is reported that Iranians have bought some oil marketing company in Pakistan to run this kind of business.
I suppose the FBR, Customs, FIA, ISI and others are still sleeping or stoned? It is highly likely that money generated with the oil smuggling has been channelled into Terrorism Financing and buying assets in media and academia to run fast track campaigns. There are many TV channels currently running on this kind of dodgy money in Pakistan and abroad. Indians are at the fore front to setting the agenda, editorial policies and narrative.
As soon as the news broke about the appointment of General Raheel Sharif as the head of Muslim Forces Alliance all the Iranian – Indian assets in media were activated to criticise the General from Pakistan.
It is an honour for Pakistan off course and other so called brotherly countries must not be jealous. That is why an Israeli writer said: “Iran may be bombastic but Pakistan has the Bomb”, wrote Douglas Bloomfield in The Jerusalem Post on 3rd September 2008, “Iran may boast of great strides in its pursuit of nuclear, missile and satellite technology, but analysts say its progress is no match for its overblown rhetoric. But Pakistan doesn’t need to boast. It already has a stockpile estimated at 60 (now over 200) or more nuclear warheads and North Korean ballistic missiles and US-made F-16s to deliver them.”
It is time to review Pakistan’s narrative and protect the national interests with all possible means including ‘special measures’.
(Acknowledgment: some information is taken from Rizwan Razi’s article: ‘Is there someone listening’. http://daleel.pk/2017/01/01/22928 )
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. He wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ also studied Law at a British University)
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