19 September, 2018

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Imran Khan’s Words: Are They Relevant?

By Mano Ratwatte  –

Mano Ratwatte

The newly elected Pakistani PM, the flamboyant, albeit a bit controversial Cambridge educated, cricketing icon, former Playboy who was  married three times (like President Trump) before finding conservatism, Imran Khan ran on a platform of anti-corruption in a land torn by war.

Pakistan is being torn between radical Islamic extremist forces and moderates as a spill out from the terrible war in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s military plays a very active role in its political realm. Unlike India, or Sri Lanka, Pakistan has been relatively unstable since its creation and no democratically elected Prime Minster was ever allowed to complete a term of office. Their military plays the most important role; in a way like how the Thai military controls its governments and a coup is successful only if it is approved or at least tacitly okayed by their revered king. 

Does Pakistan border on being a failed state now because of the trap it laid for itself during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979? It became the biggest conduit for weapons and training for all sorts of Afghan, and other Jihadi forces including Bin Laden, that the US sponsored to fight a holy war against the Soviets who lost and withdrew with their tails tucked in 1989. Then, after its decision to ally with US after 9.11 terrorist attacks when General Musharaff was President it became an active state trying to juggle extremist forces and its strong relations with the US: their biggest weapons supplier to fight extremism on their borders as well. Sri Lankans will recall how he flew back from Sri Lanka and overthrew the democratically elected government on allegations of corruption.

Imran Khan, the cricketing legend also is pragmatic and sees no end to war and the bleeding of his nation’s resources. He gave a great interview on TV recently. I transcribed it after watching it. I think there is a lot of powerful sentiments and hopes of the Pakistani people, he has expressed below. 

My fear is that extremist Jihadi forces, or foreign forces trying to oust him if he keeps to his principles and does what is right by Pakistan, and not by foreign powers. I also look forward to him trying to genuinely reduce tensions between his country and its arch rival India: in fact Pakistan can learn a lot from India about trying to become a secular nation. If tensions are reduced between the 2 nuclear weapons armed neighbors, and if they can genuinely address the problems in Kashmir, he will have achieved a lot. Having had very good Pakistani friends, students, and roommates as well, I can easily say that their sore point is always India; having lost 3 wars so badly to India, they yearn for a day they can beat Indian in anything: cricket, hockey, war or anything else. Indians don’t suffer from that inferiority complex about Pakistan and usually smirk when they talk about Pakistan. Imagine an open border in Punjab for families separated by the tragicevents of the partition, and its implications for free trade if mutual suspicions and biases can be reduced.

Also if Imran Khan can finally silence the guns, and stop the extremist terrorist Jihadis and reach and honorable peace, Pakistan will be much better place than now and even enjoy an economic boom like Sri Lanka since 2009 when that war ended with the military vanquishing of the LTTE despite pressures from Western powers. The West wanted to rescue the LTTE leadership to manipulate and seek leverage to their advantage and theirs wasn’t a concern only for the tragic number of civilian casualties.

Below is the entirety of his comments I was able to transcribe. I hope Sri Lanka’s leaders read it too.

Imran Khan’s speech

“We will only be an ally of the US in peace. it will not be an ally in war. 50,000 Pakistanis have died. This country has been radicalized. We are more insecure than ever before. There is something like 80 Billion Dollars that this coutry has lost in war; US aid is about 20 Billion Dollars. 

Country is sinking into poverty, into chaos; the state is getting weaker. There is a consensus in Pakistan there is no military solution; therefore, we will look for a political solution. We would want to be an ally in PEACE with the US; it is time to give peace a chance for both Pakistan and the US. We had awful fighting. And if peace means that you are anti US, then people do not understand. Unfortunately some people in the US think, if you do not do whatever the US tells you to do, you are anti US.

I believe it is time for the US for US to make Pakistan a friend, rather than a client state, a hired gun which is paid money to do its bidding. I think that time is over; Pakistan is past that stage. The country can no longer can take this war anymore. And I think for US also, they should also hope this election brings a partner in peace and US needs a peace partner to exit from Afghanistan” : Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan. A Cambridge graduate.

I dearly wish Sri Lankan leaders will read the above and think. US toppled the Iranian democratically elected government in 1953 because it didn’t do their (and British colonials’) bidding and Iran took charge of its petroleum industry. What was the end result? 

And the tempestuous President Trump has created fear and instability along with economic hardship for many nations with the new set of sanctions and boycotts imposed by it. Will Sri Lanka suffer as a result of these sanctions? Sometimes people wonder whether the only reason Trump nullifies so many agreements and even environmental regulations enacted during Obama’s time only out of spite and visceral hatred, and not because of any logical, military, national security or economic reasons.

Should Imran Khan also fear Pakistan’s extremely powerful military which has far greater control of Pakistan’s political process than any other nation in South Asia? Rumour has it that they backed his candidacy this time because they too are tired of corrupt politicians.  

Will foreign powers do what they did in Egypt if Imran does not toe the line? After encouraging democracy, it immediately scuttled the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood (MB) government which was alarmingly turning too conservative and oppressive. Do you hear any western nation demanding free and fair elections there again after overthrowing the MB civilian government? General Sisi “won” his free election with 97% of the vote. That is like how Saddam Hussein won elections too.  Remember Sri Lanka’s alleged veering towards China triggered off two very powerful nations in 2015 which helped engineer a successful democratic regime change. On the other side, you can see how mute a certain powerful nation is about human rights violations and large number of deaths of civilians in the tragic proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Yemen; recently a bomb made in a western nation was dropped on a bus full of school children by Aeroplanes of a close Oil rich ally of  this western nation. There was not a peep by that powerful nation. Queer huh? Perhaps the US leaving the UN Human Rights council means they will no longer impose double standards? One for their pet clients who buy tens of Billions dollars worth of deadly weapons and another for the empty pocket nations like Sri Lanka? Isn’t it high time for some extremely powerful nations to stop toppling regimes violently, via coups or even democratically if they do not toe their line or become their errand boys?

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    Mano Ratwatte
    Imran was at Oxford University. Not at Cambridge U
    Your question, “Imran Khan’s Words: Are They Relevant?”
    The answer is “No”.
    Why? He is blaming ‘others’ for Pakistan’s predicament.

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      Mano Ratwatte
      Oxford or Cambridge is a trivial detail. But it shows the ‘exclusivity’ in his upbringing. His cricketing team members recall that the moment Imran enters the changeroom, everyone stands up and will be silent till he leaves.
      Imran is from the gentry but not filthy rich. His pudding today might look good but we have to taste it in five years time.
      Sorry for the pessimism but Mugabe let us down. So did Zumo. Indian politicians? Too numerous. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak? And on and on.
      Aung San Suu Kyi took all of us for a ride.
      Did someone let us down recently? Sorry …..Hmm……..Hmm……”Cannot Remember”

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    Thank you, MY IMMEDIATE correction. Thank you. I erred. He was educated at Oxford. Sorry about it. I worry about him catering far too much to religious conservatism. Also on a personal note, is he a good father to his children from his first wife? Or does he consider women to be just appendages and not equal partners. Sorry about my mistake.

    I always joked, India should start a small war somewhere in the deserts of Rajasthan with them and then feign defeat and concede about 1,000 sq kms to Pakistan and their army and people will be extremely thrilled. The Partition was horrific(Read Freedom at Midnight). large scale massacres, rapes of Muslims moving to Pakistan and large scale, rapes massacres of Hindus moving to India. Their’s is not a loving partition as in Czech and Slovakian split. It was sealed in blood. Pakistan decided to call themselves Islamic Republic of Pakistan.. India just Republic of Pakistan… Religion has always been part of their identity; otherwise there is no difference between the Punjabis on both sides of the border. and then Kashmiris, Balochis and Sindhis have a totally different identity.

    Failure is NOT an option because they have nuclear weapons. Also with China in the picture, this is likely to be turbulent period. But I hope he can succeed in bringing the disparate ethnic-tribal groups together. Being my second favorite Cricket team, I hope IK and his team succeeds. If you look at any of the social indicators, birth rates, literacy, health indices they are far behind on lots of fronts. There is a massive tug of war between moderates and Islamists. Can IK be the moderate just Islamist amidst domestic and foreign trouble-makers? Sorry but thank you for your comment. I regret not cross-checking a simple fact.

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      Mano Ratwatte
      Is there another fault or mistake on your part in your article?
      You have said “ Pakistan decided to call themselves Islamic Republic of Pakistan”….”India just Republic of Pakistan”. ….
      ..” Religion has always been part of their identity.

      I had thought India was a secular state. Now there is reason to doubt .

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      Mano,
      You say “in fact Pakistan can learn a lot from India about trying to become a secular nation.”
      Don’t you think that would defeat the very purpose of being Pakistan. If Pak became secular, then they would be back to being Indian Muslims, just like the ones across the border. They would in fact be Indians, and the border would be unnecessary. Great idea, but not likely. But maybe possible if India wants to join Pakistan?

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        old codger

        Pakistan would collapse immediately the moment you remove Islam and Kashmir from its national psyche.

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      You are an old fashioned academic to ‘correct’ something trivial. Chandre might have called it ‘nit-picking’ – it probably is!

      I am pessimistic as to whether Imran will achieve anything at all. However I earnestly hope he will have some success.

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        I hope it works,. Too many complicated problems; Sindhs, Balochis and Punjabi sections. Tribal areas, arch conservatives, Taleban and radicals and moderate urban educated people with economic problems and lack of jobs. We should all hope he succeeds no?

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      Pakistan is in a mess. Imran can only make a start to a lengthy process of reconstruction . Making peace with India is impossible without conceding Kasmir to India, which is an Indian pre-condition Pakistanis will not let agree to. The partition was a British creation, punishment for both India and Pakistan for gaining Independence and booting them out of India.It is an intractible problem. Imran or Pakistan cannot dictate to the US. Pakistan has to lick US boots, obey their own military or else there will be more chaos created for the country. All Imran can do is to improve the economy, grow more food and keep the citizens content and, nothing grand. Tinkering. That’s a big improvement of their present situation.
      Oxford and not Cambridge! And whoever got that wrong about Imran have not given much thought and what was written is worthless.

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    What Imran Khan has proved so far, is that he achieves whatever target he sets for himself, whether it is Cricket, Social Projects and now Politics. Going by his track record, there is no reason for anyone to think that he will fail in his plans to take Pakistan forward. All we can do is to wish him good luck and hope that Sri Lanka too will get an Honest leader like him in the near future.

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      Yes Sir, agreed. Hope and wish him the best.

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    “Isn’t it high time for some extremely powerful nations to stop toppling regimes violently, via coups or even democratically if they do not toe their line or become their errand boys?”
    I forwarded your comment to Donald Trump. Will wait and see.

    Soma

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    An old joke:
    General Zia Ul Haq used to have a monthly meeting with Allah.
    ZUH: Oh Almighty Allah, when will my country become economically equal to India?
    ALLAH: Not in your life time
    ZUH: Oh Almighty Allah, when will my country become militarily equal to India?
    ALLAH: Not in your life time.
    ZUH: Oh Almighty Allah, when will my country become a true democracy like India?
    ALLAH: Not in your life time.
    ZUH: Oh Almighty Allah, when will my country become a true Islamic nation?
    ALLAH: Not in my life time.

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      Soma

      Why not ask god the Dollar rate to be less than all neighbor countries

      God when will be the dollar rate of sri lank go down than bangladesh

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      soma

      We never knew you had a sense of humour or any racist for that matter.
      Do you think Allah too has a sense of humour?

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    Sri Lanka desperately needs an Imran Khan to fight money politics and corruption that has pushed lanka into a debt trap.

    Bondscam Ranil Wickramasinghe who looted the Central Bank with Washingtons Fake Xperts at IMF and Millennium Challenge Corporation, who does health checks in New York, and has put Lanka in a bigger foreign debt trap than Mahinda Jarapassa must be impeached and imprisoned for looting Lanka.

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    ” Also if Imran Khan can finally silence the guns, and stop the extremist terrorist Jihadis and reach and honorable peace, Pakistan will be much better place than now and even enjoy an economic boom like Sri Lanka since 2009 when that war ended with the military vanquishing of the LTTE despite pressures from Western powers. The West wanted to rescue the LTTE leadership to manipulate and seek leverage to their advantage and theirs wasn’t a concern only for the tragic number of civilian casualties. ”

    Anybody knows why this Royalty goes to writer political essays. He isputting a knot to his head and the knee. What does he knows about Pakistan? Because just watched Imran Khan’s cricket in the past while watching Murali’s games too and now Imran is the Prime Minister?

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      LOL, nice barbs. Thanks dude. I hope they succeed. Just been an amateur student of geo-politics all my life; not an expert like you. But LOL. Afterall, it was Pakistani Taleban who attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team; Tiger LTTE you might know so well always cheered the Sri Lankan cricket team. Murali is a national asset ! Imran Khan is their national asset no Sir/madam? enjoyed your barbs.

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        “Murali is a national asset!”?
        But Imran Khan is now Pakistan’s PM.
        The so called National asset is not fit to be even SL’s bowling coach, as he is of indented Indian Tamil.labour origin by the former British colonials.
        But SL still needs the British to buy it’s tea produced by the Indian indented Tamil labour class in exchange for guns to keep them half starved in dilapidated line rooms under control. That is the strange irony.

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          Uthungan

          Have you forgotten how the crooks wasted the hard earned foreign exchange on imported chairs, cars, varieties of whisky, interest paid on inflated loans, loss making investments, ………………?

          Do you seriously believe Imran Khan is going to run the country?
          On the contrary, Lt. Gen Naveed Mukhtar (Inter Service Intelligence ) the figure head of the state within the state which is deeply rooted in the nation’s structure, will continue to mismanage the country as has been the case in the past.

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        Don’t forget, the LTTE also attacked Colombo the day SL played the 2007 World cup finals.

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    Mr. Rathwaththe: Even King SaAH of Iran divorccfed a few good woemn simply because he was the king. Imran Kahan followed the same thing. He sacrificed those in order to place him at the right spot. Pakisthan is an improtant country as it it is the boarder between islam and non-believers. So, in order to control the minds of the Ialamic world Pakisthan needs to be controlled. US do not allow any one to govern if they go agsinst them. See Putin, Alvarez chavez and Venezuela. So, they will monitor Imran Kahan and sabotage him. He will learn pretty soon what odda are against him. See MOdi. See Iran. they are wih the them since the PM before Saah’s coming back. Yet, Iran can not have a palce in the world theatre. PAkisthan is one like that. Aligening with India is a very good idea. India is very maelable. So, it can not bee broken from outside. On the other hand, for this rregion, only fitting kind of govt is not the Western styles or the westminister style, The same kind sub kings or Maharajapas governing the specific ethinic group like govts. Those govts evolved gradually. Western styles are imposed on them by forced and will not work.

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    Mr.Rathwaththe: I think that Bhuto was killed by the forer Army – politician because of CIA influence. Imran Khan is a peoples’ man and he had said that does not want luxury cars etc. So, he has to be careful with the CIA. Pakisthani Army has CIA agents.

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    What Sri Lankans expect from new Pakistan leader is tackling their drug trade.

    Nothing more than that.

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    Under his leadership Pakistan could be come more vibrant democracy and dynamic country once again .
    It is wrong leadership that lead the country into bad politics .

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    Hope he succeeds. Pakistan is a nuclear power. Failure is not an option. Perhaps it is the military that is the stabilizing factor? Like in Egypt you mention it is the military that stops it from going the way of radical islam?

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    I hope he succeeds in his very difficult balancing act with so many disparate forces tugging in all directions. Wish him well please.

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    Don Stephen wanted Ceylon as Sinhalese Buddhist Country. Lankawe started to slide down the hill. Jinnah wanted Islamic Republic. Pakistan slide faster than Lankawe down the hill. Prediction is Bangladesh will take over Pakistan soon.
    Army Generals had one problem. “Give up to Islamization of country. “
    1. Imran Khan has to Bend back to china for loans. They have even made Chinese as a nationally recognized Language. 60,000 Chinese in Pakistan. Imran Khan cannot just ignore. Pakistan went to China hoping to beat China. Now it is worse or equal to Lankawe on the China’ grip.
    2. Pakistan was separated from India for Islamization. Imran Khan cannot play any jokes on that. Just one question of Old King, “You want two countries or one country?” did the entire trick he wanted in LG election. That the power of the Marx’s opium. A Lankaweyan votes for Sinhala UNP_SLFP clans suggesting that Pakistan is going to be turned into secular country by Imran Khan is an ultimate hypocrite, poisonous, tricky suggestion. It can’t be an honest expectation, but “only rice from moon”.
    3. There is no LTTE in Pakistan like this Old Royal saying. But Pakistan is ruling Baluchistan. Just because British people captured and rule somebody, one Country cannot go into another country. Pakistan has to let that go. Imran to suppress Baluchistan will favor Islamic Extremists. It is just Like Lankawe’s Chitanta, Yahapalanaya politics.
    4. Kashmiri is a “Caught a Tartar” for Pakistan. It is now controlled by India and punches falls on India’s face. If India let it go, Pakistan won’t be able to do the same thing or control it. Bangladesh war is double jeopardy for Pakistan’s bad strategical planning.

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    5. Pakistan did not buy Terrorism from America. It is the norm of the many Muslims world these days. Other than Putin won in Chechenia and Xinjiang is kept under control in China, most of the countries have these problems. There is nothing wrong about the war Taliban fought against the oppressive Soviet Russia. It is not Afghanistan;, but all eastern bloc countries broke up with USSR and forced it to collapse. . It was the same war LTTE fought against India; But the Sinhalese took the advantage of it. Same way Al Qaeda brain washed the Afghani warriors. America tried to negotiate with Taliban before invade Afghanistan. But they preferred it this way. Both In Afghanistan and Pakistan it is mainly foreign warriors fighting the war. It is not comparable to Tamils freedom seeking war. The imbecile Royalty is just bluffs everything without understanding anything.
    6. Imran Khan came as PM because Pakistanis didn’t want their Ranil or their Old King. Same like Lankawe, Pakistan’s New King, Imran Khan will have to work on his path of coming for second term. Predicting here a Lee Kwan Yew or Abraham Lincoln birth is lazy politics. It is not provoking the readers; It is placate the self-ego!. One may remember when new King came to power he compared him to Gandhi & Lincoln because he indicated he was going to implement something like Banda-Chelva pact. Then in November 2016 he said in Galle in a Rapist Army meeting that was waiting to meet President Trump in February 2017 and have the Resolution 30/1 repealed.

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    Lets kep up with SL tradition and we got be better than our neighbors. Lets elect much younger Malinga as the 2020 Presidents. Slinger 2020, Jayawewa!

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    Oh well….as long he doesn’t start selling too much oil and natural gas to China he’ll be successful. In Sri Lanka, that Japan is scouting Lankan waters will do away with the need for too much Indian to balance the China equation.

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    Better not to expect too much from Imran, in his speech he says – “We will only be an ally of the US in peace. it will not be an ally in war” – this message is enough for the US to craft the counter strategies from now on. Imran will only end up as another US stooge to destroy the little that is left in Pakistan, who knows IK’s win in itself may have been a manipulation by the US, if as JD says in his comment above, there are CIA Agents in Pakistan Army. Even the rogue Pervez Musaraf who came talking big also ended up as a boot licking US puppet.

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      You hit the nail on the head Iqbal!
      Methinks there are more nails.

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        Thanks, any average Pakistani is a good individual to interact with, I have many Paki friends, although they’ve different religious ideologies and tribal divergence – but unfortunately its leadership, regime & the country as a whole is corrupt.

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    What has Imran’s three marriages and play-boying got to do with ruling Pakistan? A weird introduction. I am waiting till you write an article about a Middle East king!

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    Pakistan was a very friendly nation and Pakis were nice people just like Sri Lankan Muslims. But that was 20 years ago.

    Now both Pakis and SL muslims have been radicalized and they cannot be treated as friendly entities anymore. In fact quite the opposite. They are our enemies.
    I have been to Pakistan on two occasions while serving in the army as part of my training. While there I was also involved in a relationship with a Pakistani girl. Lovely person she was.

    But again, that was 20 years ago. Now the Burqa has taken over their sweetness. And as for men their beards have taken over their personalities.

    What a pity.

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      Rtd. Lt. Reginald Shamal Perera

      Cause of 3 Black july relationship with Girls like you had relationship
      with Pakistan girl now Pakistanis are enemies for what you are doing
      like you have correctly mentiones

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    Worth delving into history?
    Following partition of the sub-continent, Pakistan needed something to unify the people. Religion was the obvious choice. This as usual strayed into bigotry area. The religious clergy have carved themselves an impregnable safe slot. The then leaders needed protection, created the Pakistan Army under “Indian invasion” ploy. The Pakistan Army evolved on racist lines. East Pakistanis were rated ‘fish-eating natives speaking an alien language Bengali’. (This led to the birth of Bangladesh – this is a different story.) Pakistan had been under Armed Forces rule with boring regularity. The Clergy/Armed Services have evolved into an Ogre. Successive civilian rulers used the office to do the next best i.e. just to plunder.
    India looked on smiling while local and international arms dealers laughed all the way to the bank. Gandhi was assassinated by an RSSman and this helped to keep RSS under check. Indian Armed Services is not on race/religion/ethnicity.
    .
    Will Imran bridle the Pakistan Clergy/Armed Services Ogre? The Ogre will grunt “Do I smell the blood of a Reformist?” Imran will be admired if he stood and looked the Ogre in the eye.
    .
    Does this remind CT readers of a 2015event? Hmm……..Hmm……”Cannot Remember”

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    But the Chinese like Pakistani 60’000 Chinese is in Pakistan

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    Pakistan is made up of quarreling regional entities whose social, cultural and ethnic differences are far too wide to be stitched into a working whole. Punjabis, Sindhis, Afghans, Pathans and dozens of minority tribes and groups who have fought each other for centuries. Jinnah thought the central feature of Islam would progressively unite the country after its formation in 1947 as years pass by. But poor economic conditions, feuding politicians, the coming of radical Islam, world and regional power politics have only made Pakistan an utterly unstable country where the constituent parties find no common ground. The country is so unsafe they are unable to hold popular international Cricket matches there – although Pakistant to use a popular phrase is Cricket-mad. The only factor that keeps them going and from total collapse is a highly corrupt army led by greedy Generals whose time and efforts is to fill in their own pockets while they are in office. The army wasted most of the country’s resources in pursuing an unnecessary nuclear programme to build a bomb – mockingly called the Islamic Bomb – calculated to intimidate India. Pakistan was born of prejudice – religion. She has survived rather thinly because of ant-Indian prejudice. Kashmir is their Beggar’s wound similar to our hinganage vanaya. The country trails in almost all of the UN Indexes in education, health, sanitation, social security, good governance and many other.

    Any Pakistani political leader moving towards peace or normalising relations with India is assured of a brief stint – often assassination, believed to be by sources connected to the army. After nearly 70 years of hostility – and watching India grow industrially, agriculturally and in many other spheres the people of Pakistan want better relations with India. But the army – and now radical Islam – is on the way.

    One can only hope Imran Khan, with millions of fans and friends in India, will succeed. But will the Pakistani army – called in jest as the only army in the world with a State as opposed to all others universally where States have armies – place the interest of the nation before that of salivating, self-centered Generals.

    Only time will tell.
    Kettikaran

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    “I also look forward to him trying to genuinely reduce tensions between his country and its arch rival India: in fact Pakistan can learn a lot from India about trying to become a secular nation.”

    Maybe Imran Khan has good intentions, but there is no secular Sunni Muslim nation and this is where the problems begin. The Shiaa Muslims, who are relatively peaceful, have been brutally attacked by the Sunnis, with the best example being Syria. The Wahhabist Saudis have convinced the United States to put punishing sanctions on Shiite Iran, in a desperate bid to curtail Iranian influence in the Middle East and Yemen.

    As for Pakistan, it openly supports the Taliban along with Al Qaeda. Remnants of ISIS have also joined the party. Pakistan also supports Islamic terrorists in Kashmir. These alliances are very strong, it is unlikely Imran Khan can change the status quo.

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    Addenda to the K.Pillai “Worth delving into history”

    Imran has announced the cabinet and presided over the second cabinet meeting today Friday.
    All from the upper class. Several defectors from traditional political parties PPP and PML (N), which has raised doubts over his vow to create a ‘new Pakistan’. Please read link
    https://lankanewsweb.net/featured/32028-veterans-and-‘turncoats’-form-bulk-of-imran-khan’s-cabinet

    12 members served former military dictator Pervez Musharraf! Some key positions held by some who have been in civilian AND military cabinets – the born-born-again-again lot.
    .
    Sorry Mano Ratwatte for my pessimism. But we are with you in wishing Imran ‘THE success’.
    Imran definitely hears the grunt of the Pakistani-Armed-Services/Religious-Clergy Ogre? He must amputate the Religious-Clergy first.
    .
    Some mundane questions
    Do we have a Musharraf? Answers based on mustache not accepted!
    Is our Armed Services taking after the Pakistani counterparts?
    Do we have multi-born-agains (aka party jumpers)? Hmm……Hmm……”Cannot Remember”

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    Pakistan was an artificial creation where religion was used as the sole basis as an identity to create a nation. As it has been proved the frail thread of religion is not sufficient to unite a people but the strong bond of a common language, origin/ancestry , ethnicity, and history/culture, heritage is much stronger. This is why Bangladesh broke off as a separate nation and the Sindhi and Baluch who have their own history language and identity different from the Punjabi majority hate them and want their own nations and so do the Kashmiris. Kashmiris do not want to Indian or Pakistani but just Kashmiri. Other than religion , a Muslim Bengali from Bangladesh is the same as the Hindu Bengali in West Bengal in India, it is the same with Punjabis across the border. They are the same people. Hindu/Sikh on the Indian side and Muslim on the other side with a few Christian Punjabis on both sides of the border. The British and the Americans also encouraged the creation of Pakistan , with opportunistic Jinah , as they thought India will be in theSoviet/ Non aligned camp and Pakistan their ally to thwart the then Soviet Communist expansion. When they originally carved up Pakistan territory whole swathes of Hindu majority land in North India was also to be Pakistan from west to east. Just like the eastern Tamil Muslims in Sri Lanka demanding large swathes of Tamil Hindu land to be part of their territory and the Sinhalese racists deliberately encouraging this. Tamils are still the largest community in the east and not the these lately arrived South Indian Tamil origin fake Arab Muslims who again a trying to create an artificial identity based solely on religion. This was later revised , as Indians and Lord Mountbatten vehemently opposed this move. How history has changed The west now is the ally of India and Pakistan a hotbed of Islamic Terrorism.

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    Contd: Not many people are aware and this fact deliberately not publicised that Jinna was born a Hindu. As a child he was worshipping Lord Siva and Vishnu and not Allah. His father and grandfather were both Hindus. His grand father Premjibhai Thakkar (Gondal), a Lohana, who, to support his family, entered into the trading of fish within the coastal town of Veraval in present day Gujarat. . His business, however, clashed with the strong(vegetarian)moral ethics of the Lohanas and as a result he was ostracised from the community. He made enough money in this trade and attempted to rejoin the community. He also discontinued the fish business. However, the Lohana leaders, in their SHORT SIGTED wisdom, did not accept his request.Think about the course of history, if they had not had inflated egos and had welcomed him back. We would now have a united India IE Present India,Pakistan and Bangladesh. Premjibhai’ s son Punjalal Thakkar (Jinnah’s father) was enraged at his father’s humiliation and reacted like any other Lohana – with equal and opposite force. He adopted the Muslim religion and changed the names of all his four sons. However, he continued to use his Gujarati nickname: Zino (pronounced Jinno in old fashioned Gujarati) which means ‘Skinny.’ Jinno`s son – Mohammad Ali – changed his family name to Jinnah – the nickname of his converted father. Here is the fact. Gandhiji who effectively gave birth to independent India (Bharat) and Jinnah, who is the father of Pakistan , are both sons of Saurashtra,(old Kathiavad) Gujarat

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    India and Pakistan must accept that the money and effort spent on developing nuclear weapons were bad money.

    Reconciliation and Peace talks in the past were shams and bluffs. Imran can expose the real bluffer and earn a slot in history.

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    Mr.Ratwatte. Whether what he says is relevant or not is not the question. What is important is that he uttered them.

    In our country it is the other way about, Rob the people and rob most.It started in 1977.

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    Imran had been fielding for two decades and is yet to hit a four !
    He started batting even before the fielding entered the ground !
    ” Kashmir is part of Pakistan” and no runs shown on the score
    board . Is it new to Pakistan ? To India ? To Ranil ? To the US ,
    China or Russia ? Why then to the rest of the world ? This is not
    cricket to play to win . You are here to lose like everyone else !
    And lose it thumbs up if possible !

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