August 21, 2016

Discussion On Freedom Of Balochistan With Tarek Fatah & Others - Current Issues

An excerpt from, "The Double Game" By Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, May 16, 2011:
After the September 11th attacks, Pakistan abruptly became America’s key ally in the “war on terror.” Under President George W. Bush, the U.S. gave billions of dollars to Pakistan, most of it in unrestricted funds, to combat terrorism. Pervez Musharraf, who served as President between 1999 and 2008, now admits that during his tenure he diverted many of those billions to arm Pakistan against its hobgoblin enemy, India. “Whoever wishes to be angry, let them be angry—why should we bother?” Musharraf said in an interview on the Pakistani television channel Express News. “We have to maintain our security.” Since Musharraf left office, there has been little indication that U.S. aid—$4.5 billion in 2010, one of the largest amounts ever given to a foreign country—is being more properly spent.

The main beneficiary of U.S. money, the Pakistani military, has never won a war, but, according to “Military Inc.,” by Ayesha Siddiqa, it has done very well in its investments: hotels, real estate, shopping malls. Such entrepreneurship, however corrupt, fills a gap, as Pakistan’s economy is now almost entirely dependent on American taxpayers. In a country of a hundred and eighty million people, fewer than two million citizens pay taxes, and Pakistan’s leaders are doing little to change the situation. In Karachi, the financial capital, the government recently inaugurated a program to appoint eunuchs as tax collectors. Eunuchs are considered relentless scolds in South Asia, and the threat of being hounded by one is somehow supposed to take the place of audits.
"The same general, who later invaded East Pakistan and was called the butcher of Bengal, the same Tikka Khan, invaded Balochistan as a younger officer and slaughtered the ruling family, the members of parliament, the upper house and lower house, who had to flee the country. And it has been an occupied country since then." - Tarek Fatah. The quote is from the video below.

Video Title: Discussion On Freedom Of Balochistan With Tarek Fatah & Others - Current Issues. Source: News World India. Date Published: August 18, 2016.