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29,226.  He had a daring joint CIA/JASOC cross-border raid into Pakistan.  (United States of America & Pakistan)  Frontline: Top Secret America, writers Kirk & Wiser, director Kirk, PBS 2011

 

 

33,419.  The Taliban leadership hibernated in Pakistan.  They were not defeated or killed.  (Afghanistan & Pakistan)  Amrullah Saleh, Head of Afghan Intelligence Agency 2004-2010

 

 

33,444.  I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to.  (Al Qaeda & Pakistan)  Hillary Rodham Clinton, re al Qaeda leader

 

 

33,446.  You’ve had eight years, now get us bin Laden, Brown urges Pakistan.  (Al Qaeda & Pakistan)  The Times online article 30th November 2009

 

 

33,450.  When 9/11 happened – cui bono – who benefitted?  Afghanistan?  Iraq?  Did any Arab country?  No.  But the Bush Administration was given an open cheque-book with which to take control of the Afghani poppy-fields, the Iraqi oil-fields and the oil-rich and gas-rich Caspian Basin.  And all protest over the two invasions was squashed before it started ... A large portion of al Qaeda funding comes from the Pakistani ISI and it still does.  And yet the ISI is an openly admitted and funded wing of the CIA.  The CIA created hundreds of thousands of extremists and trained them in radical Islamic thinking, and kept a database [al Qaeda] on them all.  All these extremists still receive funding from the CIA channelled to them by the ISI.  They don’t even realise they are really funded by them.  (9/11 & Afghanistan & CIA & Pakistan & Al Qaeda)  The Big Picture – FINAL    

 

 

33,455.  The hunt for bin Laden has been the major pretext for selling the ongoing war in Afghanistan, which has now expanded into Pakistan, so it’s widely called the Af-Pak War.  (Al Qaeda & Pakistan & Afghanistan)  David Ray Griffin, interview Guns & Butter 22nd July 2009, author Osama bin Laden: Dead or Alive?

 

 

33,476.  Betrayed?  Of course.  Pakistan knew his hiding place all along.  (Al Qaeda & Pakistan)  Robert Fisk, The Independent 3rd May 2011

 

 

33,549.  In the nearly eight years since 9/11 Al Qaeda and its extremist allies have moved across the border to the remote areas of the Pakistani frontier.  This almost certainly includes al Qaeda’s leadership – Osama bin Laden.  (Al Qaeda & Pakistan)  Barack Obama

 

 

84,474.  Looks can be deceiving.  I am a lover of America.  Although I was raised to feel very Pakistani.  The Reluctant Fundamentalist 2012 starring Riz Ahmed & Liev Schreiber & Kate Hudson & Kiefer Sutherland & Om Puri & Shabana Azmi & Haluk Bilginer & Martin Donovan & Nelsan Ellis & Meesha Shafi & Imaad Shah et al, director Mira Nair, opening scenes

 

84,475.  The audacity.  The ruthlessness of the act (9/11) was surpassed only by its genius.  And David had struck Goliath.  ibid.

 

 

64,071.  August 17th 1988 Bahawalpur Pakistan: a C-130 Hercules equipped as  a transport takes off from a military airbase.  A few minutes later the aircraft is seen porpoising up and down; its engines seem to be running OK.  Suddenly it plunges into the desert.  There are no survivors.  The leader of a country at the hub of crucial superpower confrontations is dead.  He has been assassinated in the most mysterious circumstances.  (Assassinations: Ul-Haq & Pakistan)  Infamous Assassinations: Zia Ul-Haq

 

64,072.  July 5th 1977 Islamabad: Zia leads a coup against Bhuto’s government and declares martial law.  (Assassinations: Ul-Haq & Pakistan) ibid.

 

64,073.  From the outset democracy is never secure in Pakistan.  (Assassinations: Ul-Haq & Pakistan)  ibid.

 

64,074.  In 1965 India and Pakistan go to war again over Kashmir.  (Assassinations: Ul-Haq & Pakistan)  ibid.

 

64,075.  Zia mounts his coup ominously codenamed Fair Play.  (Assassinations: Ul-Haq & Pakistan & Operation)  ibid.

 

64,076.  Zia immediately announces that he will help the Afghan opposition – the regional war lords who begin attacking Soviet communications within days.  (Assassinations: Ul-Haq & Pakistan)  ibid.

 

64,077.  It begins to look as if the crew have somehow been incapacitated very suddenly after takeoff.  (Assassinations: Ul-Huq & Pakistan)  ibid.

 

 

84,477.  Pakistan: an evil and insidious Islamist nation full of terrorists.  Thank God they are our ally.  Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report   

 

 

84,478.  In Pakistan, the right to go to school is not a given.  In the more rural areas, a girl is born, married off as early as 9 years old, and basically lives life under the control of men.  Janine di Giovanni

  

 

84,479.  A war with Pakistan would be an utter disaster.  Noam Chomsky

 

 

84,483.  Pakistan is not a unified country.  Noam Chomsky  

 

 

84,490.  Pakistan will never be able to match the Indian militarily, and the effort to do so is taking an immense toll on the society.  Noam Chomsky

 

 

84,480.  Pakistan has to export a lot of uneducated people, many of whom have become infected with the most barbaric reactionary ideas.  Christopher Hitchens

 

 

84,481.  I found that a whole series of people opposed me simply on the grounds that I was a woman.  The clerics took to the mosque saying that Pakistan had thrown itself outside the Muslim world and the Muslim umar by voting for a woman, that a woman had usurped a man’s place in the Islamic society.  Benazir Bhutto

 

 

84,482.  Pakistan’s future viability, stability and security lie in empowering its people and building political institutions.  My goal is to prove that the fundamental battle for the hearts and minds of a generation can be accomplished only under democracy.  Benazir Bhutto

 

 

84,488.  Pakistan is heir to an intellectual tradition of which the illustrious exponent was the poet and philosopher Mohammad Iqbal.  He saw the future course for Islamic societies in a synthesis between adherence to the faith and adjustment to the modern age.  Benazir Bhutto

 

 

84,484.  In Pakistan politics is hereditary.  Imran Khan

 

 

84,485.  Pakistan is alarmed by the rising Indian influence in Afghanistan, and fears that an Afghanistan cleansed of the Taliban would be an Indian client state, thus sandwiching Pakistan between two hostile countries.  The paranoia of Pakistan about India’s supposed dark machinations should never be underestimated.  Salman Rushdie

 

 

84,487.  The West should be tougher on Pakistan.  It is trying to play both ends against the middle – to look like the friend of the revolutionaries on the one hand and a friend of the West in the fight against terrorism.  It can’t be both things.  Salman Rushdie

 

 

84,486.  I want poverty to end in tomorrow’s Pakistan.  I want every girl in Pakistan to go to school.  Malala Yousafzai

 

 

84,489.  There is no more dangerous country in the world today than Pakistan.  Peter MacKay

 

 

84,491.  A steadfast partner ... A force for freedom and moderation in the Arab world.  George W Bush, March 2006 

 

 

90,352.  US surveillance of Pakistan extends far beyond its nuclear program.  There are several references in the black budget to expanding US scrutiny of chemical and biological laboratories.  (Surveillance & Pakistan)  Barton Gellman

 

 

95,495.  It did not take Dawood long to choose a new product ... and started trafficking in drugs, chiefly in heroin bound for the European market and Mandrax for South Africa.  And in Dawood’s part of the world, if you want to guarantee the success of a narcotics business, there is only one organisation you need to cozy up to – the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s secret service.  (Dubai & Intelligence Services & Heroin & Gangs: Pakistan & Pakistan)  Misha Glenny, McMafia  

 

 

96,203.  Mr President! [General Zia-ut-Haq]

 

In recent weeks you will have read unflattering reference to yourself in our so-called liberal press.  Pay no attention!  Most of us realise that a backward people such as yours needs, and appreciates, the smack of firm government ...

 

Could you oblige with a photo, Mr President?  It would have pride of place, next to the late lamented Generalissimo Franco, in my gallery of great international Conservatives.  (Pakistan & Letter)  Henry Root, The Henry Root Letters, to General Zia-ul-Haq 26th April 1979

 

 

97,426.  ‘Two and a half million troops from India, Pakistan and the rest of the sub-continent formed the biggest volunteer army in the history of the world’.  (World War II & Pakistan & India)  Saul David, World War II: A Timewatch Guide, BBC 2016, documentary

 

 

104,417.  More than 1,000 women are murdered in Pakistan each year by male relatives who believe the victims have dishonoured their families.  (Pakistan & Victim & Murder & Justice & Honour & Forgiveness)  A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness ***** 2015

 

104,418.  ‘Saba had a gunshot wound on the left side of her face which made it almost impossible to recognise anything.’  (Pakistan & Victim & Murder & Justice & Honour & Forgiveness)  ibid.  doctor   

 

104,419.  ‘They shot her and threw her in the river.’  (Pakistan & Victim & Murder & Justice & Honour & Forgiveness)  ibid.  rozzer

 

104,420.  ‘I will never forgive them.’  (Pakistan & Victim & Murder & Justice & Honour & Forgiveness)  ibid.  Saba

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