The ‘Blackwater in Pakistan’ Furore: Who Benefits from Spreading the Lies?

By Wasiq Ali

 A massive furore has been created over the supposed presence of Blackwater in Pakistan by the likes of Ahmed Quraishi and Shireen Mazari and websites like Pakistan Spectator, Pakistan Ka Khuda Hafiz, Pak Alert and articles like ‘American NGO Covers for Blackwater in Pakistan’ or ‘Expel Blackwater and US Marines from Pakistan.’

 Who is funding these people? Why are they driving this paranoia? And above all who is benefiting by this?

 

If their real goal was ‘protecting’ Pakistan’s national interests and Pakistani citizens then they would admit the truth: There is no Blackwater presence in Pakistan.

It is time to look at the facts. The government of Pakistan has repeatedly said that there is no Blackwater presence in the country. If there had been, why and how would the government hide it? After all there are other security companies in Pakistan some of which are wholly or partly owned by international companies. Former Pakistan army officer and respected media figure Ikram Sehgal has partnered his SMS Security Company with Wackenhut. The government does not deny Wackenhut’s presence in Pakistan nor do the Conspiracy theorists raise a huge fuss about it. In fact Shireen Mazari probably attends dinner parties along with Ikram Sehgal.

 Another security company is called DynCorp International, a United States-based private military contractor (PMC) and aircraft maintenance company. DynCorp provided teams for the U.S. military in major theaters, such as Bolivia, Bosnia, Somalia, Angola, Haiti, Colombia, Kosovo and Kuwait. DynCorp also provided much of the security for Afghan interim president Hamid Karzai’s presidential guard and trains much of Afghanistan’s and Iraq’s fledgling police force

DynCorp was given permission to work in Pakistan by the Musharraf administration. At the time former CENTCOM Commander General Anthony Zinni was a Dyncorp official.

 The people who are screaming about Blackwater today had no problems with DynCorp entering Pakistan. Why? Because at that time it was Musharraf who had allowed DynCorp into the country. And all these crazy nut jobs – whether Ahmed Quraishi or Shireen Mazari or any other of their co-conspirators – are Musharraf worshippers. Ahmed Quraishi proudly displays a photo of him receiving a medal from Musharraf on his website. And in a recent poll of Pak Alert Musharraf was the leading choice of ‘Who Should be the President of Pakistan?’ indicating the inclinations and tendencies of those attracted to the anti-democratic conspiracy theory semi-Jihadist pro-Taliban gang represented by this noise-makers.

Shireen Mazari had no problems with any of the critical national security decisions made by Musharraf – including the arrival in Pakistan of DynCorp, the establishment of the US Air Force facilities at Jacobabad and the secret handing over of hundreds of Pakistanis to the CIA, acknowledged by Musharraf in his own book. Not only did Mazari never complain about Musharraf’s actions beginning in 2001 it but she served as Director of Institute of Strategic Studies during Musharraf’s rule for eight years –the longest anyone has held that position.

 So, the matter begs the question – Why is everyone talking about Blackwater today when none of these screaming and shouting whackos had a problem with DynCorp and others for so many years? The answer might lie not in politics or national security but economics.

 Rumors about the entry of Blackwater or potential entry into Pakistan have been started so as to block attempts by any other US military contractor from entering Pakistan. The bad publicity, press and media will ensure that no new company would want to enter paving the way for continued benefits for the companies that are already in the market.

 There is a need to spell out the truth: the Gilani-Zardari has not allowed any new company to come in and the government which allowed American military contractors to come in was the Musharraf regime.

 Websites like Pak Alert and Pakistan Spectator have 3 key aims –

  • Help the business interests of the US security companies already in Pakistan and to keep them out of the media
  • Hurt the Pakistani army and intelligence services (because these institutions are siding with the constitutional civilian government and refusing to play politics that benefits the conspiracy theorists)
  • And hurt the civilian government.

 True Pakistani patriots and democrats who believe in reason and do not want the nation to be brought down by these conspiracy theorists should fight back against them.

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