The Paki Report

Predictable: Pakistani paper suggests assassination of Christian official could be work of Mossad, CIA, or Indian intel agency

Never mind that jihadists were quick to claim responsibility. The handy thing about a good conspiracy theory is that even evidence against it only becomes further “proof” of the depth of the conspiracy.

It’s much easier to blame Israel, India, and the U.S. than to admit that Pakistan is descending into an earthly hell of its own making after so many years of trying to appease jihadists and their sympathizers. “RAW, MOSSAD or CIA could be behind Pak minister’s assassination: Report,” from Asian News International, March 3 via JW>>

Pakistan: More land grabs against Christian property, desecration of graves, Bibles, and crosses

Question for the Paki paper The Nation: Is this also the work of a vast conspiracy by the U.S., Israel, and India? Maybe some of those “400 pro-India and pro-Israel CIAagents,” or others working at the behest of “leading Indian and Israeli tycoons?”

My, but they’re busy. And to top it all off, they’ve cleverly disguised themselves as Pakistanis who speak the local language and have jobs and families in the area. Veryimpressive. “Punjab: Christians fear more massacres after churches and tombs are desecrated,” from Asia News, March 3 via JW>>

Pakistan: Even after death fatwa, assassinated Christian official did not have protections enjoyed by most gov’t ministers

Heavens, that might have inconvenienced the people who wanted to kill him. “Minister not given bullet-proof car,” by Omer Farooq Khan for the Times News Network, March 3:

Pakistan’s only Christian cabinet minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, was accused of blasphemy after denouncing the cold-blooded murderof two Catholic brothers in handcuffs outside a courtroom last year.

OnWednesday,Islamic fundamentalists succeeded in carrying out the death sentence, in accordance with Sharia law.  (In other news, CAIR vows to defeat a democratic effort to ban Sharia in America).

Bishop of Islamabad on jihad murder of Christian politician: “How much more blood will it take to realise that enough is enough?”

Got ants in your pavers? Know when they stop digging? When there’s no sand left. That’s when.

Probably quite a bit more. No one in Pakistan, and certainly no one in Washington, has the courage to stand up to these jihad murderers. “Pain and sorrow of the Pakistani Church and the world over the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti,” from AsiaNews, March 2 (thanks to JW):

Christian politician murdered in Pakistan: “I have been told by pro-Taliban religious extremists that if I will continue to speak against the blasphemy law, I will be beheaded”

Bhatti made similar statements in the video I posted here. And now he is dead: they made good their threats. “Pakistan’s only Christian minister assassinated over blasphemy row,” from the Telegraph, March 2

Hitchens: Our Man in Pakistan

The dreadful treatment of Raymond Davis is a reminder of how dysfunctional our relationship with Pakistan has become.

By Christopher Hitchens

In April 2001, a Pakistani diplomat—the first secretary of the Pakistani Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a matter of fact—was found by the Nepalese police to be stashing a large cache of sophisticated high explosives in his home.Muhammad Arshad Cheema invoked diplomatic immunity to avoid prosecution and, after a short interval, was sent home.

Paki protesters denounce Raymond Davis

In October 1985, after the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean, an act of open piracy that culminated in the rolling of a disabled man, Leon Klinghoffer, from the vessel’s deck into the sea, the organizer of the “operation” was apprehended and taken into custody by the Italian police. But Abu Abbas was not inconvenienced for long. He was released when he was found to be carrying a diplomatic passport—an Iraqi diplomatic passport as it happened, though he was by nationality a Palestinian and had never been accredited to any overseas mission.

In April 1984, during a demonstration by anti-Qaddafi protesters outside the Libyan Embassy in London, a fusillade of shots fired from inside the embassy struck 12 people. One of them, a police officer named Yvonne Fletcher, was killed. So grave was the incident that it led to the breaking of diplomatic relations between London and Tripoli and to a series of negotiations that only ended when Libya agreed to accept “general responsibility.” But the entire staff of the Libyan Embassy was allowed to return home without let or hindrance.

These cases were far more murky and gruesome, and involved much more serious breaches of local and international law, than the decision of Raymond A. Davis to use deadly force against men he believed to be his assailants in Lahore, Pakistan. Additional murk has resulted from inter-agency incompetence on the part of the United States, which has given discrepant accounts of his no-doubt discrepant job descriptions “in-country.” But this does not in the least alter the main element of the case, which is that Davis is “our diplomat,” in the president’s own words and that the Pakistani authorities have no right either to detain him or to put him on trial.

Even if he were accredited to a country like Portugal or Poland, it would make no difference whether or not Davis was a member of the “special forces,” a CIA agent, or a man working under contract. Nor would it matter whether or not he was using his own name. Even in the case of a deliberate breach of local law, he would be repatriated before it was decided whether or not, or how, to proceed against him. But Pakistan is not a “normal” country. It is a failed and rogue state, where Davis would have had to know that his assailants might very well be working for the forces of law and order. There would be no need for him to be carrying arms if it were not notorious that the Pakistani army and police are the patrons of the Taliban and in league with various criminal and fundamentalist gangs.

A similar observation holds true when the grotesque idea of trying him in a Punjabi court is mooted. This is a country where senior lawyers offered their services for free to the boastful jihadist murderer who had just slain Punjab’s governor Salman Taseer in broad daylight, and where grinning police officers oversee hysterical demonstrations calling for Davis to be hanged (never mind the trial). Prison conditions in Pakistan are of a kind to make Abu Ghraib look trivial: sarcastic letters in the Pakistani newspapers mockingly stress the fact that a shortish stay in such a jail would be near enough to a death sentence anyway.

Not to mince words, then, Davis is a hostage. In addition to the usual sense of the word, he is a hostage to the Pakistani authorities who dare not—even if they wish—make an enemy either of the Islamist mobs or the uniformed para-state run by the intelligence services. He is also a hostage to the inability or unwillingness of the U.S. government to call things by their right names. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have made the correct noises about the relevant international statutes governing immunity, and their envoy Sen. John Kerry (who should never have been sent unless notified in advance that he would return with the prisoner) has even spoken of putting Davis on trial in the United States, which in ordinary circumstances might seem a little premature. But they all talk as if Pakistan were a country of law, and they all talk as if Pakistan were not a client state. Its client status, indeed, is what leads so many Pakistanis to detest America, without whose largesse and indulgence it would long ago have faced collapse. Thus to the final irony: We are denied leverage by the fact of the very influence for which we are hated.

This sick relationship with Pakistan, which plays a continuous and undisguised double-cross on us in Afghanistan, will probably have to be terminated at some point. But in the meantime, it will have to be made very clear to the rulers of that country that if they want to keep Raymond Davis in prison, they will have to manage without our subsidies. He may be a bad test of an important principle, but it is still the important principle that is being tested, and we have no more right to compromise on the principle of diplomatic immunity than the Pakistanis have to violate it.

3 thoughts on “The Paki Report”

  1. It wont surprise me, that even these brave Muslims were gunning down an unarmed man, they taunted him with, “Where is your Jesus, why does he not protect you?”

    But we should be patient and so should Islam and Muslims.

    MENE MENE TEKEL UPHARSIN.

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