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CIA’s Drums Of War Against Pakistan

by on 05/19/2011

The latest in this American information-warfare is a CIA planted story in a British newspaper warning of US military ‘deployment’ in Pakistan to secure Pakistani nuclear weapons. It is time for Pakistani officials to take note of the rising pitch of CIA’s drums of war.

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To bring Pakistan and its military under more pressure following the sting operation near Islamabad on 2 May, the United States is using several simultaneous options to hit at the national morale and soften Pakistan from the inside. Washington’s objective is to eliminate pockets of resistance inside Pakistani government and military to ensure Pakistani submission to US regional interests.

India is suddenly amassing large troops on Pakistani borders in a threatening posture. Indian military opened fire twice over the weekend on a Pakistani border post, killing a civilian, just as US senator John Kerry prepared to arrive in Islamabad. The Washington establishment became adept at using India to scare its Major Non-NATO ally Pakistan in the past decade, starting in January 2002 when India was used to force strategic concessions from then President Musharraf.

Before coming to Islamabad, Mr. Kerry stopped in Kabul and tried to cast Washington’s tensions with Islamabad as a case of Pakistan refusing to respect the interests of Afghanistan. But the latest sign of this escalating American psy-ops against Pakistan is the report published by a British newspaper yesterday announcing that “US troops will be deployed in Pakistan if the nation’s nuclear installations come under threat from terrorists out to avenge the killing of Osama Bin Laden.”

The report, published by the Sunday Express, was ludicrously titled, US ‘To Protect Pakistan’. The only name in the report was that of Marco Giannangeli, the writer. No names of any US official were quoted for such a dramatic story.

According to Gulpari Nazish Mehsud, a research analyst at independent think tank Project For Pakistan In 21st Century, the report appears to be an attempt to scare Pakistan’s military into submission. “Since it has been proven by the report we released earlier today that United States is not capable of taking out Pakistani nukes, which is contrary to the reports you often see in US media, it is a matter of deduction that this report is part of information warfare aimed at unsettling Pakistani officials and timed with the sticks that Senator Kerry brings with him,” she told

Mehsud was referring to a Policy Brief titled, Can United States Seize Pakistan’s Nukes? Separating Myth And Reality In The Media Campaign Against Pakistan.

Authored by Dr. Shireen M. Mazari, a Columbia alumni and the former director of Islamabad Institute of Strategic Studies, the Policy Brief says it provides “insights never discussed before in public.”

“This is the most credible analysis to date on US capabilities to seize or destroy Pakistani nuclear weapons,” said Mehsud.

According to the brief, security around Pakistani nuclear sites is “multi-tiered and immense.”

“Any attempt to come close to them for a strike will result in an immediate response–certainly it is not the same case as Abbottabad, which was a general residential area,” wrote Dr. Mazari. “Most importantly, no one knows where all the weapons are located. This strict ‘need-to-know’ is a deterrent by itself.”

The release of the policy brief came a day after the suspected American psy-ops report in UK’s Sunday Express. More importantly, the brief appeared to be a response to questions in Pakistani and international media about the chances for a stealth American attack on Pakistani nuclear installations along the lines of the 2 May operation that eliminated al-Qaeda terror chief.

The brief said Washington is guilty of repeated unsuccessful attempts to spy on Pakistan’s nuclear and strategic missile programs.

“It is US frustration, despite all manner of spying efforts from hi-tech to Humint, at not being able to access locations of nuclear assets – the delivery systems and warheads –that is most telling,” the brief says, adding, “This can be judged by former CIA Director Leon Panetta’s statement on 19 May 2009 that the US did not know the location of all of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons".

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