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Remembering the Fall of Dhaka and lessons learned

Veteran politician and one of the founder members of the PPP, Meraj Mohammad Khan has lamented that Pakistan has not learnt the lesson from the fall of Dhaka and destruction...

Veteran politician and one of the founder members of the PPP, Meraj Mohammad Khan has lamented that Pakistan has not learnt the lesson from the fall of Dhaka and destruction of one united Pakistan on December 16, 1971 and still following a path which leads only to the destruction of the remaining part of this country.
If one compares the political and military situation after 1970 elections with the present day, one can find similarities the way things had moved and divided Pakistan. Meraj, however, warned that Pakistan of 2011-2012 is falling into a trap laid down by troika of the US, Israel and India to degrade this country militarily and economically by destroying its nuclear capability and the economy. He asked the political and military leadership to wake up and try to intricate the country from the game plan of the troika which will make Pakistan militarily weak and economically poor, incapable of governing itself.
During the last ten year after 9/11 in New York, Pakistan is slowly going down economically, its major industries collapsing due to law and order and energy crisis, major institutions like PIA, Pakistan Steels and Railways at the brink of collapse. Pakistan army is engaged fighting its own people in Northern areas besides an uprising in Balochistan.
“Once Pakistan reaches a situation where all its major institutions were rendered ineffective, the US may seek the UN approval for securing the nuclear assets of Pakistan from falling into the hands of the religious extremists, the main worry of the West,” said the veteran politician Meraj Mohammad Khan in an interview with TheNation.
He felt that as the things move, everything that he has spoken will fall into place and create a situation for Pakistan where it cannot escape and has to surrender to the international will. The US for the last ten years has repeatedly, publicly and privately spoken of its worry about Pakistani nuclear arsenal falling into the hands of religious extremists including Al-Qaeda.
“All this is possible if Pakistan fails to understand what is happening around it and take immediate measures to bring law and order and economic stability in the country,” Meraj said, adding: “Pakistan is facing civil-war like situation in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. People of Balochistan, who were demanding provincial autonomy are now openly talking about revolt.”
He said the recent write- ups in US media from Pak-American Mansoor Ijaz should not be taken lightly because they could be part of the plan to destabilise Pakistan. He doubted the honesty of Mansoor.
Meraj went on: “December 16, 1971 will always be remembered as the darkest day in our history but we learnt nothing for that humiliating defeat and after dismemberment of Pakistan, the government of that time approached the Supreme Court for imposition of ban on National Awami Party (NAP) and also dissolved that government of Sardar Attaullah and the Balochis who were demanding provincial autonomy at that time are now asking for independence.”
He said that Frontier Corps Inspector General Maj. Gen Obaidullah Khan has stressed for dialogue to resolve the Balochistan issue which he said is political.
Tracing the history, Meraj Mohammad Khan said that former Afghan president and a revolutionary Dr. Najeeb ullah’s prediction made 30 years ago is proving right and Pakistan is sinking into the quagmire that it wanted to create for Afghanistan by supporting the Americans to manage down fall of Soviet Union.
Dr. Najeeb had invited me specially from Kabul for a personal meeting to explain his point of view in which he openly and frankly discussed Pakistan’s intervention in the affairs of the Afghan Emirate. He had said he (Dr. Najeeb) was aware of all in which Pakistan is involved and its support to the opponents of the regime. Pakistan provided gun and training to the opponents in Afghanistan. Najeeb ullah predicted in the meeting that what Pakistan was sowing in Afghanistan at that time would harvest it in its own country in future. That dark prediction is unfolding in the far western borders of Pakistan. Pakistan is reaping the bitter harvest, the veteran politician added.
Mr Meraj said he did not like Talibanization. “The people of particular sect who claimed to be following right path should have taken part in the 2002 general elections and then impose their interpretation of Shariah law.”
He said that people were talking against America now but we had opposed American influence on Pakistan in 1954 and opposed Baghdad Pact, CETO and CENTO and demanded independent foreign policy. We mortgaged our foreign policy to America in 1954. At that time we had pleaded that we cannot let our defence on the people living across seven seas for which we bear the brunt of rulers, he added.
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