chossudovsky cited in pakistani daily
America’s Plan to breaking up Pakistan cited in Senate
Daily News, 30 Aug 2008
Senator Nisar A. Memon of the Pakistan Muslim League-Q alleged in the upper house on Friday that the Americans harboured the designs of breaking up Pakistan. He urged the government to take cognisance of a research report by Prof Michel Chossudovsky of the Global Research Canada which said that the recent regime change would be followed by a ‘deliberate’ political impasse. The report said that the political impasse was part of an evolving US foreign policy agenda which favoured disruption and disarray in the structure of the state. “Indirect rule by the Pakistani military and intelligence apparatus is to be replaced by more direct forms of US interference, including an expanded US military presence inside Pakistan,” it says.
An earlier report by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had predicted a “Yugoslavia-like fate for Pakistan in a decade with civil war, bloodshed and inter-provincial rivalries as seen in Balochistan. Nascent democratic reforms will produce little change in the face of opposition from entrenched political elite and radical Islamic parties. In a climate of continuing domestic turmoil, the central government’s control probably will be reduced to the Punjabi heartland,” the report said. Senator Memon quoted the report as saying that chaos and anarchy would be created through economic disruption, as result of which the International Monetary Fund would take Pakistan in its grip. The report alleged that British intelligence agencies were providing covert support to Balochistan’s terrorist separatists. It said that the ongoing turmoil in Balochistan was part of a strategy to finally separate the province as ‘Greater Balochistan’.
The senator urged the government to take measures to counter such conspiracies and said the defence or foreign minister should state how would the regime face the challenges. He claimed that the breaking up of sound institutions like Inter-Services Intelligence would be followed by other similar steps. Leader of the House Mian Raza Rabbani said a minister would rebut the report and lay down a national strategy to protect the country’s integrity. Deputy Chairman Jan Mohammad Jamali said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani should respond to the queries in the house.