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Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan
« Reply #1650 on: May 20, 2020, 07:10:21 PM »
India is proposing 3 year tour of duty for civilians in the army.
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/army-considers-tour-of-duty-model-to-allow-youth-to-serve-for-3-years/story-OsTsmGdUfthLp1cQ6GW6UM.html

While the official reason is to bring discipline to youth, perhaps to respond to the post-COVID state. What is unsaid is (my speculation), that if there is a two front war with China and Pak, the Indian army could be short staffed and these young civilians could take up the slack. The shortest stint in the army is currently 10 years. 3 years seems just enough time to get POK back and stabilize the situation. Connecting the ....

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Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan
« Reply #1651 on: May 24, 2020, 11:44:55 AM »
Baki news..if it were not so humorous.
Two citizens got their COVID results. Both negative. Family joyous, starts firing in air. 5 dead.

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Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan
« Reply #1653 on: October 21, 2020, 07:19:51 PM »
Yesterday many reports of violence in Karachi. What was unusual was it was the army against the police.

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Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan
« Reply #1654 on: October 23, 2020, 07:32:38 PM »
Whoa.

What is that about?

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Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan
« Reply #1655 on: October 24, 2020, 10:07:19 AM »
As  you may know things are not going well in Pak. Inflation, COVID, jobless, unhappiness with army (corruption scandals), ineffective Imran K, FATF sanctions. To make matters worse, Pak has tried to raise heat at the LOC on China's request. After that for some reason the baloch have been activated, they are killing Pak soldiers, the NW Frontier with Afghanistan/Taliban is active, they are killing pak soldiers, and same is happening at LOC (India paying back).

So now the opposition's Pak politicians are seeing opportunity. Nawaz Sharif is exiled in UK, but his son in law is free in Pak and was likely raking up trouble in Karachi. He was arrested from a hotel by the army. Following which the army tried to blame it on the inspector General of Police, who offered his resignation. There was also some shooting between police and army. Much of the police leadership has resigned or gone on leave.

I would add that this is happening in Karachi, capital of Sindh, which hates the domination by the Punjabi army. Sindh wants independence.

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Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan
« Reply #1657 on: November 29, 2020, 10:26:00 AM »
I'm out of free articles.  Could someone please paste it?

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/11/the-taliban-crime-syndicate-waits-out-trump/



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Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan
« Reply #1660 on: December 24, 2020, 05:26:03 AM »
Hi Doug,

murderer (beheading of Daniel  Pearl )
released

cannot bring up article  w/o subscription

I hope  there is not something in this article that points out it is Trumps fault?!

if not this will probably not get play on CNN

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Pearl



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Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan
« Reply #1661 on: December 24, 2020, 07:49:00 AM »
Hi Doug,

murderer (beheading of Daniel  Pearl )
released

cannot bring up article  w/o subscription

I hope  there is not something in this article that points out it is Trumps fault?!

if not this will probably not get play on CNN

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Pearl

I think they are saying  they think he is innocent. It still goes to another court.

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WSJ: US trained Afghan fighter pilot
« Reply #1662 on: December 26, 2020, 03:17:52 PM »
U.S.-Trained Afghan Fighter Pilot Is in Hiding After Being Denied Safe Passage
The case of a top Afghanistan pilot facing death threats from the Taliban has drawn ire from inside U.S. military ranks

Maj. Naeim Asadi was part of Afghanistan's first training program for pilots flying the MD-530 helicopter.
PHOTO: NAEIM ASADI
By Sune Engel Rasmussen
Dec. 25, 2020 11:00 am E



Maj. Naiem Asadi, an Afghan pilot trained by the U.S. military, became known for his bravery during six years of fighting in the country’s war, from battling Taliban and Islamic State fighters to helping rescue a crashed American pilot.

Today, facing death threats from the Taliban, he is in hiding with his wife and 4-year-old daughter, after the U.S. reversed its decision to help him leave Afghanistan and live in America.

In late November, the U.S. military asked Mr. Asadi and his family to leave an American military base in Afghanistan, where he had sought refuge from the Taliban for a month, after the Pentagon withdrew its initial support for his request for protection in the U.S.

“We didn’t expect the U.S. government to leave us halfway,” said Mr. Asadi, who says he has killed hundreds of Taliban and Islamic State fighters during his active duty with the Afghan military.


“After completing a full review of the request, the appropriate officials determined that DoD [the Department of Defense] could not support the request,” Pentagon spokesman Maj. Robert Lodewick said.

As the U.S. prepares to extricate itself from Afghanistan, Washington faces a dilemma over whether to help individuals who fought with and even saved Americans to leave the country—something that could deprive the Afghan military of its best fighters, when the survival of a political project the countries built together is at stake.

Mr. Asadi’s case has raised ire inside the U.S. military, with officers who trained and worked with the pilot saying he has done enough for Afghanistan and for the U.S., and that America should honor its initial pledge to protect him.

Army Gen. Mark Milley, the Pentagon’s top officer, met with Taliban officials on Dec. 15 in an attempt to accelerate peace talks between Kabul and the insurgent group that could help end the nearly two-decade-old conflict in Afghanistan.


President Trump has ordered the U.S. military to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 before Inauguration Day, from about 4,500. President-elect Joe Biden has said he wants to withdraw U.S. troops in Afghanistan within his first term.

As the U.S. drawdown continues, retaining Afghan pilots who can provide air power to defend cities is essential for Kabul and Washington alike.

Thirty-two-year-old Mr. Asadi graduated in 2013 as one of the first four Afghan pilots—known by their American advisers as the Fab Four—trained to fly the U.S.-made MD-530 helicopter, now a cornerstone of the Afghan Air Force. He says he logged nearly 3,000 flight hours on hundreds of missions, making him one of the most experienced pilots in the Afghan Air Force.

On his first mission, in 2014, Mr. Asadi was sent to a small town near the eastern city of Jalalabad, which militants had occupied. In 2015, Mr. Asadi was dispatched to help liberate Kunduz city from the Taliban, firing a barrage of rockets against insurgents who had surrounded an army base, forcing them to flee, he said.


He was also commended earlier this year by the U.S. military for providing air protection to an American soldier waiting to be rescued after crashing his attack aircraft in northern Afghanistan.


This year, Mr. Asadi applied for Significant Public Benefit Parole, a temporary protection status for noncitizens in the U.S. He was helped by 12 retired and active U.S. military officers who supported his case. They offered to help him find employment and set him up with a house in New Jersey in preparation for a new life.

U.S. officers who worked with Mr. Asadi say he is particularly vulnerable, largely because the American-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization mission featured him in promotional videos for the MD-530 helicopter.

The Pentagon endorsed his application, and a Pentagon official verified a Taliban threat letter to Mr. Asadi. On Oct. 27, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approved Mr. Asadi’s parole, according to case documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

However, on his way to pick up his travel documents, Mr. Asadi said he received a call from an American officer informing him that they weren’t ready after all. A week later, the U.S. military confirmed that it had withdrawn its support for his request, which effectively ensured its rejection.

“It’s an extremely challenging balance, and one that the Department of Defense strives to get right,” said a Pentagon official. “The bottom line is that the United States, DoD specifically, cannot be the element that facilitates an active duty military officer deserting his duty.”


“It is patently untrue and inaccurate for anyone to say that Asadi would be guilty of desertion if he left the Afghan military. There is no crime of desertion codified in Afghanistan’s Criminal Code,” said Mr. Asadi’s U.S. lawyer, Kimberley Motley.

Ms. Motley said the Afghan government has a history of imprisoning citizens for alleged crimes that aren’t codified in law, and she worried the same might happen to Mr. Asadi. Mr. Asadi himself says he can’t return to the Afghan Air Force for fear that he will be arrested for desertion.

When Niloofar Rahmani, Afghanistan’s first female airplane pilot, sought asylum in the U.S. in 2016 during a training course, citing threats to her life at home, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said she would be arrested if she returned. Ms. Rahmani received asylum in 2018 and now lives in the U.S.

A spokesman for the Afghan Ministry of Defense, Fawad Aman, didn’t comment on whether Mr. Asadi would be arrested if he returned to duty.

The spokesman said the Afghan security forces took the threats against Mr. Asadi seriously, but they weren’t providing him with extra protection.

“We are responsible for providing security for him and his family,” said Mr. Aman. “We do it for him, as we do for the rest of our personnel.”

The Pentagon and the U.S. mission in Afghanistan declined to comment further on Mr. Asadi’s case. A spokesperson for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services also declined to comment.

A Pentagon official said that after receiving the initial approval, senior U.S. military officials in Afghanistan approached the Office of the Secretary of Defense, which then conducted another review.

Eventually, the Defense Department concluded that the threats against Mr. Asadi weren’t “greater or more alarming” than those facing other Afghan soldiers, the Pentagon official said.

“The solution of the hundreds and hundreds of people who face security threats can’t be to get on a plane to America,” said the Pentagon official. “It would absolutely gut the Afghan security forces.”

His case has struck a nerve among Afghans wanting to leave the country along with U.S. troops, as well as American soldiers eager to protect partners with whom they fought.

The U.S. promised Mr. Asadi a new beginning, and “we need to honor that,” said Rafael Caraballo, a retired U.S. Army pilot who trained Mr. Asadi. “He has nowhere to go.”

Mr. Caraballo said that years ago, Taliban fighters pulled another Afghan fighter he had trained off a bus, found documents in his luggage tying him to the American pilot-training program and slit his throat.

Mr. Asadi “has done everything he can so effectively for” the Afghan military, Mr. Caraballo said. “He needs to see his child grow.”

The controversy over Mr. Asadi’s case comes amid a wave of assassinations of Afghan government officials. Targeted killings of civilians, including officials, have surged to 531 in the first 10 months of this year from 369 in the same period of 2019, according to the United Nations.

Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, said that soldiers who join the Afghan military have to honor their commitments and not use their service as a ticket to leave the country.

“As far as the threat from the Taliban is concerned, every Afghan’s life is threatened,” Mr. Mohib said.

Write to Sune Engel Rasmussen at sune.rasmussen@wsj.com

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Appeared in the December 26, 2020, print edition as 'Afghan Pilot Is Denied Prot

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Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan
« Reply #1663 on: December 26, 2020, 03:46:41 PM »
“We didn’t expect the U.S. government to leave us halfway,” said Mr. Asad

"Neither did we"-The dead ARVN soldiers and their families, murdered by the communists after we abandoned them.

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Re: Afpakia: Afghanistan-Pakistan
« Reply #1664 on: December 26, 2020, 06:22:21 PM »
“We didn’t expect the U.S. government to leave us halfway,”

   - Afghanistan is the US fault?  A little hard for me to follow that.

"If you break it, you own it."   - Sec. Gen. Powell

  - We didn't break Iraq or Afghanistan.  It was broken before we got there.  We declared a right of self defense - to go in and take out the threat to us.  Repeat if necessary.  The rest, civil war, nation building, etc. was a nice idea that didn't work out.

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Chris Christie: Demand extradition for Shiek Mubarak
« Reply #1666 on: December 28, 2020, 07:13:46 PM »
I was sworn in as U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey on Jan. 17, 2002. Six days later, Daniel Pearl, South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan. Pearl was investigating a story about the shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and had been promised by his kidnappers that they would take him to meet Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani. Pearl believed Sheikh Mubarak had information regarding Mr. Reid, the British terrorist who attempted to detonate an explosive device in his shoe aboard a Paris-to-Miami flight in December 2001. Pearl never met Sheikh Mubarak—the meeting was a setup—and he was never seen again. The killers released a videotape of Pearl’s murder.

The Pearl investigation was my baptism into the world of terrorism. We were all still reeling from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The FBI had set up a command center at the South Brunswick, N.J., headquarters of Dow Jones, the Journal’s publisher. Through the combined efforts of the Justice Department and Pakistani authorities, three men were identified as having taken part in the abduction. Their organization, the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty, had been sending ransom demands to the Dow Jones computer servers in New Jersey. Through great computer forensics, the task force of combined American and Pakistani authorities was able to identify and arrest three people, including the mastermind of the abduction, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh.

Mr. Sheikh already had a record of terrorism. In 1994, then a member of Harkat ul-Ansar, an Islamic militant organization, he was convicted of kidnapping four people, including an American in India. He was jailed in India but after his terrorist friends hijacked an Indian Airlines flight, Mr. Sheikh was freed in exchange for the passengers. With assistance from the Taliban, he made his way to Afghanistan.


Mr. Sheikh was indicted in March 2002 by a New Jersey grand jury for the kidnapping of Pearl resulting in his murder. The indictment is still viable and it is a case for which the U.S. can seek the death penalty. In announcing the indictment, Attorney General John Ashcroft also announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Mr. Sheikh with the kidnapping of the American tourist in India.

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Mr. Sheikh and his co-conspirators were also charged in Pakistan. They were tried in 2002 and convicted. While his accomplices were given life sentences, Mr. Sheikh was sentenced to death. His appeal languished until April, when a Pakistani court ordered the release of all the defendants on the grounds that there was conflicting testimony at the original trial and insufficient evidence to support the murder charge. The Pakistani authorities have been fighting the release and have kept Mr. Sheikh jailed. But on Thursday the court again ordered his release.

The U.S. and Pakistan don’t have a clear, formal extradition treaty. Attorneys from my former office asked the Justice Department to notify Pakistan officially that the U.S. would like Mr. Sheikh extradited if he is ever released. No such formal request has ever been made. That is an outrage.

In a series of tweets, the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs has said it is “deeply concerned” about the rulings. Daniel Pearl’s parents, with the assistance of The Wall Street Journal, have been working to have the original sentence reinstated. But the Pearl family shouldn’t have to do this on their own. Mr. Sheikh has twice been indicted in the U.S. for grave terrorist crimes. Washington should do more than express concern. Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo should immediately demand that Pakistan extradite Mr. Sheikh immediately upon his release.

The U.S. cannot again become complacent in the face of terrorism. We did that before 9/11 and paid a grievous price. Instead of being distracted by peripheral issues in the waning days of this presidency, the Trump administration should take this opportunity to stand up against terror. We owe that much to Daniel Pearl and his family.

Mr. Christie served as U.S. attorney for New Jersey (2002-08) and governor (2009-18).

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Re: Chris Christie: Demand extradition for Shiek Mubarak
« Reply #1667 on: December 28, 2020, 10:25:09 PM »
Also convicted in the Daniel Pearl murder:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid_Sheikh_Mohammed

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Pakistan, letting Daniel Pearl's beheader go free
« Reply #1668 on: January 28, 2021, 08:57:03 PM »
Insert wonder what Faux Pres Biden will do about this here. Slap in the face to America snd the civilized world is not a strong enough expression for the moral depravity here.

https://www.reuters.com/article/pakistan-us-danielpearl-int/islamist-convicted-of-beheading-u-s-journalist-daniel-pearl-to-go-free-victims-family-in-shock-idUSKBN29X0VD

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Re: Pakistan, letting Daniel Pearl's beheader go free
« Reply #1669 on: January 28, 2021, 09:17:09 PM »
 "Slap in the face to America"

Not according to his base.


Insert wonder what Faux Pres Biden will do about this here. Slap in the face to America snd the civilized world is not a strong enough expression for the moral depravity here.

https://www.reuters.com/article/pakistan-us-danielpearl-int/islamist-convicted-of-beheading-u-s-journalist-daniel-pearl-to-go-free-victims-family-in-shock-idUSKBN29X0VD