ISLAMABAD/BERLIN | | pakistan

ISLAMABAD/BERLIN (Own report) - On the weekend, the German Foreign Minister held talks in the Pakistani capital, to prepare for the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan. Berlin is seeking to intensify the "strategic dialogue;" it had initiated last year with Islamabad, explained Guido Westerwelle. In return, the new Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has promised to play a "constructive role" in Afghanistan. Various cooperation projects underpin the "strategic dialogue," which the German government wants to use to apply the necessary pressure on Islamabad - also in relationship to Afghanistan. Germany would like to promote not only economic cooperation but cooperation between both countries' military forces as well. Berlin has also promised new arms deliveries to Pakistan. German government advisors are now warning against Pakistan's plans to resolve its civil war with the Pakistani Taliban through negotiations. This could only complicate the situation for pro-Western forces in Afghanistan. Therefore, negotiations should be refused. more…

ISLAMABAD/PULLACH | | pakistan

ISLAMABAD/PULLACH (Own report) - The German foreign spy agency camouflages its agents as development aid workers, even in war zones. This was exposed by concordant reports on the arrests of three agents of the German Federal Intelligence Service (BND) last week in the Pakistani border region with Afghanistan. It was reported that the three spies claimed to be involved in so-called development aid activities and were using vehicles and calling cards with the emblem of the German Association for International Cooperation (GIZ). The GIZ - as other German organizations - is engaged in the border areas, where the West is waging war, aided by intensive espionage, against the supporters of Afghan insurgents. With the use of this camouflage, the BND is tolerating the eventuality of additional dangers for development aid workers. The BND has been active in the Pakistani border regions of Afghanistan since the 1980s, when it was supporting warlords, still waging war today at the Hindu Kush. At the time, the BND's activities contributed toward reinforcing Pakistan's intelligence service, which today is considered one of the predominating forces in the Pakistani establishment. more…

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON/BERLIN | | pakistan

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON/BERLIN (Own report) - In answer to the most recent threats of a putsch in Pakistan, Berlin and Washington have been intensifying their consultations on a common policy toward that country. In light of the West's announced withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pakistan's predominating military intends to tighten its grip over the country to enhance its influence in that neighboring country, according to rumors in Islamabad. The generals are also no longer willing to sit back and accept the continuous violation of Pakistani sovereignty by ambushes from US drones and NATO aerial attacks. The country's military, which is already cooperating closely with China, could, in the long run, turn its back on the West and form an alliance with Beijing, according to speculations expressed in Berlin. Whereas the USA and the EU - particularly Germany - are insisting that violations of Pakistan's sovereignty be attenuated with conciliatory gestures, influential German politicians are warning against overstraining US operations in Pakistan. The cooperation should be intensified in the business and educational fields, otherwise it would not be possible to maintain long-term western influence in that country. more…

ISLAMABAD/BERLIN/LONDON | | pakistangrossbritannien

ISLAMABAD/BERLIN/LONDON (Own report) - Government advisors in Berlin are calling for the activities of the British police and military in Pakistan to be placed under EU control. As recently formulated in a discussion paper of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Brussels is, at the moment, developing only economic activities in this South Asian country and, therefore, has insufficient clout to rival competition from the USA or China. The remedy could be the EU's becoming involved in the upgrading of the Pakistani military and repressive apparatus, along the lines of the German-European police initiatives in Southeast Europe and Afghanistan. For this, it would be necessary to integrate current British activities under EU authority. The SWP reminds of Great Britain's colonial past, to praise Brussels as allegedly unblemished. These government advisors also see an opportunity for the EU to extend its influence at the expense of the United States. In many respects, the USA has its hands tied due to the region's virulent anti-Americanism. Europe could profit from this void. This SWP demand is gaining in significance now because of Pakistan's greater importance, through the escalation in the war in Afghanistan, as the linchpin country for preventing a total defeat at the Hindu Kush. more…

BERLIN/ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON | | pakistan

BERLIN/ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Own report) - The German government is contributing to the escalation of war in Pakistan with weaponry, military training and finances. As announced by the German Ministry of Defense, the German military (Bundeswehr) will broaden training programs for the Pakistani military to support its counterinsurgency efforts in the northwest of the country. The establishment of new border control centers as well as arms deliveries is also being discussed. The German military is considering a NATO intervention, in which, according to the situation, German participation could become an option. The new war is a consequence of the West's occupation of Afghanistan. For years, anti-western resistance has been spreading to Pakistan and is now approaching the capital Islamabad. Under western pressure, the Pakistani government has ceased its efforts to reach a peaceful solution this month and launched a comprehensive military offensive. Islamabad will be able to handle the foreseeable mass flight of millions of refugees from the combat area only with western aid. With "humanitarian aid," for example from the Berlin government, it will be possible to channel and control the movement of refugees. This aid constitutes thereby an indirect financial contribution to the war. more…

BERLIN/ISLAMABAD | | afghanistanpakistan

BERLIN/ISLAMABAD (Own report) - With his visit to the Middle East, the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is hoping to avert the bankruptcy of the state of Pakistan. Pakistan, where he arrives on Monday, is one of Germany's most important military allies in Asia. After months of serious economic difficulties, the country is facing bankruptcy in this global financial crisis. An economic collapse would push Pakistan to the brink of political disintegration with dire consequences for the West, which is dependant on its contribution to the occupation of Afghanistan. Subsequent to his visit to Islamabad, the German foreign minister will pressure two Persian Gulf oil producing nations to support standby credits for Pakistan. But his visit to Islamabad will begin with talks on military cooperation in the region bordering Afghanistan, where the US has been carrying out regular air raids - leaving numerous civilian casualties. A group of German parliamentarians is presently holding talks with officials in Islamabad on the continuation of so-called German development aid, adding a civilian component to Western intervention in Pakistan. more…

The Next War

KABUL/ISLAMABAD/BERLIN | | afghanistanpakistan

KABUL/ISLAMABAD/BERLIN (Own report) - German Defense Ministry reports have made known that the German government is buttressing the extension of the Afghanistan War to Pakistan through millions of Euros for embedding civilians in military operations. According to these reports, Berlin and Brussels are earmarking large sums for "civilian-military" combat accessories ("Comprehensive Approach") in Pakistan. This is because of Washington's efforts to extend its combat activities to the other side of the Afghan/Pakistani border and enlist Islamabad's armed forces for counter-insurgency operations on Pakistani territory. Berlin is modeling its supplementary civilian projects along the lines of NATO's "civilian-military" activities at the Hindu Kush. The war is escalating. Washington has announced that it will make significant increases in troop levels and is demanding higher levels of personnel and financial engagement of its Western allies. There is talk of payments of around US $20 bil. The escalation of the war is also being propelled by the incessant rise in the number of civilian casualties. According to statistics furnished by the United Nations, Western military forces and their Afghan auxiliary troops are responsible for the deaths of more than 570 non-combatants since January. more…

KABUL/PESHAWAR/BERLIN | | afghanistanpakistan

KABUL/PESHAWAR/BERLIN (Own report) - Combat escalation in Afghanistan is causing the first fissures among German war parties. According to Ruediger Sagel, a politician of the Green Party, a change of course with the eventual withdrawal of German troops has to be considered, in light of the destabilization of the north of Afghanistan. Sagel, a parliamentarian of the state legislative assembly of North Rhine-Westphalia confirmed to german-foreign-policy.com that, a growing number of grassroots associations in ex-foreign minister, Fischer's party are calling for the renunciation of the war effort, that the party leadership continues to pursue. An extraordinary party congress is expected to call for the withdrawal of German troops, thereby aligning itself with demands of the Left Party. Similar demands are being heard in the government coalition's SPD Party. In the meantime, the combat in Afghanistan is, to a growing extent, spilling over onto Pakistani territory, causing armed skirmishes between the troops of the Kabul government and those of Islamabad's army. With Germany's active participation, NATO has intensified its support of Pakistan. The first ISAF casualty on Pakistani territory is a direct consequence. more…

WASHINGTON/BERLIN/PARIS | | iraklibanonpakistansaudi-arabienjordaniensyrientuerkeiaserbaidschaniranyemen

WASHINGTON/BERLIN/PARIS (Own report) - American military circles are recommending a re-organization of all nations in the Middle East along ethnic lines. Loss of territory and drawing new borders will effect Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Pakistan among others. Through the complete dissolution of states, new actors will be created in international law, along the lines of ethnic and religious affiliation. According to this plan, a country, by the name of "Free Kurdistan" will be created, three times the size of Syria, from territory taken from today's northern Iraq and eastern Turkey. The remainder of Iraq will be divided, the capital, Baghdad, smashed. Iran would lose extensive areas of its coast, as well as, territory bordering on Pakistan, where a "Free Baluchistan" is to be founded. Mekka and Medina, until now located in Saudi Arabia, will be promoted to capitals of an "Islamic Sacred State," that will extend to the southern borders of Jordan - doubling the surface of the Hashemite territory ("Greater Jordan"). This ethnic re-organization is depicted on several US maps, that the historian Dr. Pierre Hillard (Paris) has now published in France. In his talk with german-foreign-policy.com Hillard deems that "German policy plays an important role in propagating these ideas". German-foreign-policy.com publishes, for the first time in Germany, the US cartography. more…

ISLAMABAD/MUZAFFARABAD/BERLIN | | pakistan

ISLAMABAD/MUZAFFARABAD/BERLIN (Own Report) - The Federal Armed Forces will participate at the NATO mission in the earthquake area in Pakistan with four army helicopters Type CH-53 GS. This was confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Defence. The contested intervention of the Western war alliance extends the regional sphere of action of the German army, which acts as a leading occupying power in neighbouring Afghanistan. The Federal Army has long-standing contacts with the military of Pakistan, for which German training support and German weapons are at disposal. The current mission within the disaster region contributes to an opening of the former prohibited military area of Kashmir for Western intervention measures, and strengthens the position of the NATO states in direct neighbourhood of the People's Republic of China. The allied NATO-forces on the other hand compete for a favourable initial position around Beijing. more…