"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Malalai Joya - telling it like it is in Afghanista. President Karzai - telling lies, more lies and getting unqualified support from the West

Mohammed Sarwar became Britain's first Muslim MP and the first to swear his Oath on the Koran in 1997. He has decided he will not stand again and has probably obtained most attention since his son Athif Sarwar, was found guilty of laundering various sums of money between 24 February and 25 April 2003 while working as a cash-and-carry manager at United Wholesale (Scotland) Ltd based in Maxwell Road, Glasgow which was part of a major VAT carousel fraud.

He has been a bitter and frequent critic of Labour Party Foreign Policy although recently was supportive of the Prime Minister at Question Time on the 14th may when he asked "“Will my right hon. Friend join me and the House in wishing every success to Rangers football team, which is proud to be Scottish and British, in bringing the UEFA cup to Glasgow? " .

Perhaps more interesting is a Question (208568) he has placed today to the Boy David Miliband AKA Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs... "..what reports he has received on the continued suspension from the Afghan parliament of Malalai Joya; and if he will make a statement. "

Malalai Joya was first elected to the Afghan parliament in 2005 when she was only 25. Last year she was indefinitely suspended from the post when she compared the legislature in a TV interview (not unreasonably) to a zoo .

She also said in the interview on private Afghan station Tolo TV, "Since I've started my struggle for human rights in Afghanistan, for women's rights, these criminals, these drug smugglers, they've stood against me from the first time I raised my voice at the Loya Jirga,"

Ron Moreau & Sami Yousafzi " A Harvest of Treachery" Newsweek 21/1/ 2006 reported that the President’s brother is “alleged to be a major figure by nearly every source who described the Afghan network… including past and present government officials and several minor drug traffickers.” One Interior Ministry official says, “He is the unofficial regional governor of southern Afghanistan and leads the whole trafficking structure.” Newsweek adds that, “Diplomats and well-informed Afghans believe that up to a quarter of the new Parliament’s 249 elected members are linked to narcotics production and trafficking.” One especially controversial figure is Arif Noorzai, **** (As General he was jihad-era commander against the Soviets )who has won the post of deputy speaker of Parliament (naturally he denies any wrongdoing.) the body that threw Malali Joya out on the prestext of insulting her colleagues.

It was not the first time she got in trouble for criticizing the powerful in Afghanistan. Beginning in 2003, she emerged as a leading politician fighting for women's rights and called for the expulsion of warlords from the national government at the Loyal Jirga - which resulted in many of them , armed customarily with guns attacking her. In the firestorm that erupted from her criticisms, Joya has endured threats of rape, made even by fellow elected officials, and has (so far) survived four assassination attempts.

Now flanked by a large security detail provided by UN and still hounded by critics in Afghanistan, Ms Joya has taken her message of progressive reform around the world. Today, she works for The Organization for Promoting Afghan Women's Capabilities, arguing with dramatic force and reason that the situation for women has not improved greatly since the fall of the Taliban regime. Today, she notes,

"In some big cities, women have access to jobs and education. But in faraway provinces, the situation of Afghan women is worse than ever."

The United States-led coalition doesn't escape her tongue lashing either. She ssays the Western powers have "betrayed" supporters of democracy in Afghanistan by allowing Northern Alliance warlords into the government and by legitimising Islamic religious practices that she sees as promoting violence against women and children.

"We believe the US and their allies of the US have pushed us from the frying pan into the fire."

Now on an international tour , Joya has become, to her supporters, a symbol of the precarious democracy in Afghanistan. In a brief report about the Afghan parliament last summer, the European Union parliament cited Ms Joya's suspension as part of a troublesome trend on the part of the Afghan government of shifting away from "an open democratic system". As long ago as February 2003, Sen. Joseph Biden (D) said, “I think [the Bush administration has] already given up the ghost in Afghanistan. They’ve basically turned it over to the warlords.”

Along with the recent passage of an amnesty law, preventing prosecutions of people for war crimes in past Afghan conflicts, and codified restrictions on freedom of the media, Ms Joya's suspension has demonstrated that democracy in Afghanistan has taken a huge step backwards.

This has not stopped her from fighting for greater protection of human rights in Afghanistan.

"I strongly believe that they will destroy all of the flowers, but they cannot stop the spring. One day we will have everything in our country."

Hamid Karzai interviewed in der Spiegel

Yesterday President Hamid Karzai was interviewed and his remarks present a stark contrast to the views of his youthful Afghani patriot. Readers are best consulting the original text but some remarks are worth repeating.

SPIEGEL: Some of your closest aides are suspected of stealing land, drug smuggling and having illegal militias, among them respected governors and police chiefs. Your attorney general, Abdul Jabar Sabet, just named a few of them, including the governor of Nangarhar. Why do you still protect these people?

Karzai: I am not protecting anybody.

SPIEGEL: During the Taliban times there were no checkpoints at all.

Karzai: That was the best aspect of the Taliban. They did a lot wrong, but they also did a few things right. I wish I had the Taliban as my soldiers. I wish they were serving me and not people in Pakistan or others. When we came back to Afghanistan, the international community brought back all those people who had turned away from the Taliban …

SPIEGEL: Dirty deals are still necessary for the stability of Afghanistan?

Karzai: Absolutely necessary, because we lack the power to solve these problems in other ways. What do you want? War? Let me give you an example. We wanted to arrest a really terrible warlord, but we couldn't do it because he is being protected by a particular country. We found out that he was being paid $30,000 a month to stay on his good side. They even used his soldiers as guards …

SPIEGEL: That sounds like the story of Commander Nasir Mohammed in Badakhshan, a province where German soldiers are based.

SPIEGEL: There is a list of high-level drug lords and smugglers, and a number of well-known figures in the establishment. Some are your advisors and some are even alleged to be part of your cabinet. Why haven't we seen the trial of a single prominent person?

Karzai: This list is a myth. ***I have never received such a list. I have asked the international community to deliver this supposed list to me, but it has never been presented.

SPIEGEL: Your former interior minister, Ali Ahmad Jalali, claimed to possess such a list. ***

SPIEGEL: Since you became president, your family has become highly successful in the business world and also in politics. Your brother Mahmoud Karzai is currently CEO of a cement plant in Pul-i-Khumri in the northeast that was the envy of many competitors. Two other brothers, Qayum and Ahmed Wali, are powerful politicians in the southern part of the country. Many there say that no decisions can be made without the approval of the Karzais. Is there a grain of truth to that?

Karzai: This is really a lot of rubbish.

SPIEGEL: The south is the hub of drug smuggling. Is it possible that Ahmed Wali Karzai,(his brother - named in the New York Times 2004 as a drug smuggler) one of the most influential politicians in Kandahar, who leads the provincial council, doesn't have the slightest idea what is going on or has nothing to do with it?

Karzai: Yes, it is very much possible.

PS ***Ali Jalali, former Interior minister , who quit summer 2005 has repeatedly said he has a list of more than 100 high-ranking Afghan ----officials he suspects of involvement in the drug trade. A source close to him, fearful of being killed if identified, says Jalali's unpublished list includes at least 13 former and present provincial governors and four past or present cabinet ministers. The source adds that one of the minister's chief reasons for resigning was his frustration over President Hamid Karzai's failure to sack and prosecute crooked officials. Newsweek

In a study for the independent Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, Afghan expert Andrew Wilder concludes that at least 17 newly elected M.P.s are drug traffickers themselves, 24 others are connected to criminal gangs, 40 are commanders of armed groups and 19 face serious allegations of war crimes and human-rights abuses.

**** It may be of interest that General Arif Noorzai accompaniedAhmad Shah Masood, The Lion of Panjsher as a very close aide on his trip to Europe, with meetings with the US and UK staffs at the Plaza Athene Hotel In Paris, and helped in press conferences and tried to inform western leaders about the growing power of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan's secret assistance to the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

September 9th 2001 Masood was Killed by (allegedly Al Quaeda) suicide attackers. Interestingly enough, after this, suicide attacks become very common in Afghanistan.

The Boy David's response is waited with keen anticipation..perhaps he could explain the objectives of the current military mission of UK /NATO focres in Afghanistan for a start.

UPDATE :Kim Howells took on the job for the Boy David ...Kim Howells (Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office; Pontypridd, Labour)

In May 2007 Malalai Joya was suspended for three years (until the end of the legislative term) by her peers in the Afghan parliament for contravening Article 70 of the Afghan parliament's rules of procedure. Article 70 states that members of parliament who insult others are subject to disciplinary action. Action was taken against Ms Joya after a media interview in which she said that the Afghan parliament was worse than a 'stable or zoo'. Ms Joya has the right to challenge the decision and has indicated her intention to do so. Together with EU partners, we regularly raise the issue of freedom of expression in Afghanistan and look forward to Ms Joya and the Afghan parliament resolving this internal parliamentary issue.

A member of our embassy staff met with Malalai Joya on 1 May 2008. Ms Joya gave an account of her suspension by the Afghan parliament and discussed Afghan politics.

So that's alright then. Article 70 (which was especially promulgated to deal with Ms Malali Joya) can stand then. We, who pour Billions into this sordid corrupt country run by warlords , gangsters and drug dealers can carry on.


Anonymous said...

There's a lot of evidence that government agencies are behind the VAT frauds. Perhaps Sarwar doesn't like country walks. So he can be had through his son and not only that the government can make a lot of money out of the son's confiscation order. It's a two in one job.

Anonymous said...

Re the assassination of Masood,see here, #69 which states that there was a 'British facilitation network' (which) supplied the Masood assassins' visas.

A lot of those involved in these early facilitations are those currently under control orders.

Anonymous said...

Hi anon 1:32, "There's a lot of evidence that government agencies are behind the VAT frauds."

I'd agree that there's a lot of suspicion, but evidence? Can you provide links and such?

ps Please don't jeopardise yourself by doing so.

ziz said...

Anon @9.27 Many Thanks. It is worth noting Para 290."Apart from DAC Clarke's letter of 23 February 2006 to a Grade 6 official in the Home Office's Terrorism Unit, the searches by the Home Office and enquiries of DAC Clarke's office have not revealed any document concerning a review of the position with regard to prosecution between March 2005 and March 2006 when the control order was renewed. DAC Clarke's letter does not identify the material considered or the reasons for his conclusion. Mr Jones stated that he believed that DAC Clarke's letter was sent to the Home Office with a letter from the CPS to the Police but this was not found. In the absence of any records in the CPS, and Miss Hemming's telephone conversation with Ms Peirce referred to in paragraph 111 above, it would, however, appear that there was either no consultation with the CPS or that any consultation was oral. "

This is of course our old friend (now retired on a modest pension) The Sphincter of the Yard Peter Clarke. What a surprise that such documentation goes missing or perhaps dare one say it, never existed ?

Let us hope that the payment for his words of wisdom on banging up without charge for 42 days in the Daily Telegraph doesn't slip through that crack in the floorboards.

Connoiseurs of these matters will also be interested in Paras 110/111 when the delightful Miss Hemmings from the CPS visted Thames House to review the cases against 13 people then held under the 2001 Act on Jan 19th 2005 (ATCSA Detainees -- Prospects for Criminal Prosecution
)... with the interesting conclusion.. "It will become immediately evident from reading the above that the majority of the information relied on in the ATCSA hearings comes from sources that could not be relied upon in a criminal case. This is either because it comes from intelligence sources or agents that could not be revealed publicly or from the type of material that [is] legally incapable of use or would be ruled inadmissible if we sought to rely on it. In none of the cases was there identifiable material that was capable of further criminal investigation; where there was anything potentially admissible, it had already been considered and rejected or had been the subject of a criminal prosecution. In the only case where potential material had not been considered by either the Police or the CPS (AG), [a redacted name] and myself looked at the material and concluded that it was incapable of amounting to an offence."

A typical case reviewed was "6. [name] was detained on [date]. Nothing criminal in nature was recovered on his detention and the information against him is closed or inadmissible material that could never be used in a criminal prosecution."

Which might lead the sceptical to suggest that lifting people and detaining them under PTA amounts to little more than unsubstantiated , spiteful and malicious gossip. Let us hope that nobody would suggest for a monet that people who supply DAC Calrke's office with such information (and may possibly receive coin of the realm to defray their necessary expenses) might possibly be making things up.

After all the events at Forest Gate were, we were assured by The Sphincter of the Yard to be based on "sound evidence" .. and traced to a prisoner who had mental problems and at soe time had known someone.

ziz said...

Thames House see Wikipedia is of course where the spooks from MI5 hang their hats.

Anonymous said...

The subject of the UK connections with the assassination of Ahmed Shah Masood is long overdue for thorough research. The 'official' explanation is that Al Queda dunnit, but of course, with Masood out of the way, the invasion of Afghanistan was uncontested.

I am certain that Baghdad Meziane and Brahim Benmerzouga who were were arrested in Leicester in September 2001 & eventually jailed in April 2003 were involved in the machinations.

They were charged with Al Queda fund-raising, but I am sure that they would have a deeper knowledge of the British network machinations.


Anonymous said...

Hi anon 1:32, "There's a lot of evidence that government agencies are behind the VAT frauds."

I'd agree that there's a lot of suspicion, but evidence? Can you provide links and such?

ps Please don't jeopardise yourself by doing so.
Are you one of the spooks that follows blogs to trivialise ?

Anonymous said...

A Grauniad article from Feb 2002, before all the playing cards were shuffled & put away in the box:

Allies point the finger at Britain as Al-Qaida's 'revolving door'.

cherno sam_m said...

@ anonymous 11.24 pm. I take my tinfoil hat off to you. You've used an anonymiser to point to an article in the Guardian!!

Interesting to find Lotfi Raissi mentioned in that article. He was one of the cards who jumped out of that box.

Anonymous said...

More references to the Masood assassination in this UK Court hearing:

I am convinced that those put under the early control orders (& they're still under 'em) were involved in the British machinations in the bigger 911 plot.

These poor sods are prevented from having anyone visit their home (all visitors, including the BT man etc., need to be pre-vetted by the home office), meeting anyone not pre-vetted, doing any research on the internet which may shed light on the bigger ugly picture which would explain their (7-year) UK detention without any charge whatsover .........well not any charge that can be revealed to the UK public - it's all 'closed source' security service bollocks stuff.....

(C) Very Seriously Disorganised Criminals 2002/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 - copy anything you wish