Sunday, February 14, 2010
PAKISTAN - A FULL FLEDGED NARCO - TERRORIST STATE
Illegal drugs has a market of US $ 400 billion a year. It makes upto 8% of global trade. Imagine this, textiles make up 7.5% of global trade and motor vehicles only 5.3% of global trade. Hence illegal drugs is bigger than many a well established form of trade. On top of that 80% of money from trade moves from and into official bank channels mostly lodged in tax havens around the world. Is it any surprise to note that most of these illegal offshore banking companies are owned by the Anglo American enterprise (AAE)? Read my earlier article how Britain was the biggest drug dealer of the world in the 18th century and how Chinese opium saved it from economic collapse. (CLICK HERE FOR THE ARTICLE)
Ask yourself a few fundamental questions?
a) Is the world economy in a serious recession and can the AAE overlook a commodity that is 8% of global trade (albeit be it illegal drugs)
b) Where is most of this opium grown now?
c) Who is in charge of the opium syndicate and are CIA / MI6 etc in cohoots with ISI and Dawood Ibrahim regarding this? Why Dick Cheney and Dawood can do business together?
For two independent views on point (c) above, read these articles:
i) Dawood Ibrahim fits the billing for one of Cheney’s “unsavory” intelligence sources - Wayne Madsen
ii) Afghan Opium And Terror In South Asia - Ramtanu Maitra
iii) Why the CIA does not want Dawood to fall into Indian hands - Jeremy R Hammond
Understand then how much can the AAE really push Pakistan and Taliban without it not getting into a far bigger economic mess than they are already in? And hence, what are the real Indian options?
The Afghan poppy and Taliban:
Opium provides 70% of the funding to Taliban. Hence if you were to cut Taliban, you will cut its financial umbilical cord – the production of opium and its sales.
However the efforts of AAE has been patchy at best. The only agency trying hard are the DEA, but it can do so much in a hostile territory if the AAE forces are aligned to the economic rationale of nation building (their own nations) and not serious about poppy eradication.
The opium produced in Afghanistan has shot up from USD 4 billion/yr to USD 10 billion. It is ¼ of Pakistan’s GDP. ISI, through its progeny the Taliban, control over 80% of Afghan poppy trade.
Al Qaeda and ISI have broken into as much as one – third of Moroccan hashish trade with the help of Dawood Ibrahim.
CIA stated explicitly – if you want to know what is in the mind of Osama bin Laden, you will have to understand the mind of Dawood Ibrahim.
Such is the stature of Dawood that he is an asset not only to ISI and Pakistan, but to Al-Qaeda and also to AAE who need his network to route real money into their collapsing banks and shrinking economies.
This is the reality that faces Indian policy makers and they should factor in these realities. Otherwise Dawood funded Lashkar e Taiba will threaten India, carry out blasts after blasts and all India can do is seethe in anger but follow it up with ZERO action on ground.
How the funding actually works:
80% of Afghanistan’s 200 m tons poppy grows in Taliban controlled regions.
a) Of the avg selling price of US$ 86/kg – Taliban levies a 10% tax called “ashr”. This is taxed at farm level and gives Taliban upwards of $56 million
b) There are more than 50 refineries in Taliban regions. Taliban collects $250 /kg of refined heroin. In 2006, 666 m tons of heroin were refined, which gave Taliban US$ 133 million
c) The Taliban also earns upwards of US$250 million a year providing armed protection for drug shipments through its area.
Interesting to note: Both Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar have 3000 tons each, of opium hoarded.
Islamic Law and Opium:
Islamic law forbids taking drugs but not growing them.
Logic : Opium is allowed as it is consumed by infidels in the West and not by Muslim Afghans and it keeps the fire of jehad alive from money given by infidels who buy the narcotics.
Pakistan, ISI and the Opium trade:
70% of the world’s high grade heroin is produce in and / or smuggled through Pakistan. Trucks that carry in heroin from Afghanistan are run by National Logistics Cell (NLC). NLC are wholly owned by the Pakistan Military and hence these trucks are never checked at the borders. These trucks carry weapons for the Taliban on their journey into Afghanistan and on return carry drugs from there which go either straight to Karachi or Gwadar port.
From Gwadar port powerful motorboats packed with heroin and hashish set off pursuing a course for 210 degrees on a south-westerly heading and sailing for 7 hours @ speed of 12 knots. Using Thuraya satellite phones these speedboats rendezvous with larger dhows in the Arabian sea and return to Pakistan.
Some important chronological events:
It all started with Operation Mosquito – one little mosquito can drive a bear (ref: Russia) crazy. The idea was to flood the Russian market with Afghan opium and ensure a nation of addicts at huge cost to Russian society and heath care costs. Russians themselves, when in control of Afghanistan, also tried selling drugs to West, one of its several shipments got busted around Europe too.
1983: A young Pakistani smuggler was arrested in Norway carrying 3.5 kgs of crystal heroin. He was Hamid Hasnain, President Zia ul Haq’s personal banker.
June 1986: A Pakistani Army Major was arrested while driving from Peshawar to Karachi carrying 220 kgs of high grade heroin. Two months later an Air Force officer was caught with a similar amount and he claimed it was his 5th mission!
In both cases the Pakistan military swiftly removed its men from police custody and before any investigations could start, let alone trials, the two officers made highly suspicious “escape”.
1988: President Zia ul Haq’s pilot Maj. Farooq Hamid was arrested in drug charges and released. At that time Lt. Gen Fazle Haq was known as Pakistan’s Noriega for providing protection to the heroin trade.
October 1990: Pakistan’s para military Frontier Corps (FC) near the Afghan – Balochistan border stumbled upon the world’s biggest heroin seizure – 2 tons of crystal heroin and 9 tons of hashish. The incident was buried after calls to “high placed federal officials” by a cartel of Pakistan’s heroin dealers referred to as “Quetta Alliance”. The three men accused in the seizure were granted bail in the local court before they were even arrested. 8 top counter-narcotics officers in Quetta SIMULTANEOUSLY applied for 4 months leave of absence and the Inspector General of FC was transferred immediately.
1996: Islamabad announced that its anti-drug agents had intercepted 2 tons of brown sugar in S-W Balochistan. Foreign diplomats were invited to an elaborate ceremony to watch the Pakistanis set the drug ablaze. Just before they did, the US agents took a sample and as expected turned out to be a huge pile of dirt with traces of opium. The then Clinton administration denounced the seizure as a HOAX.
1997: DEA agents arrested a senior Pakistan Air Force officer trying to sell 2 kgs of heroin in a Mc Donald’s outlet in New York City.
In the same year a Thai diplomat got nabbed carrying two suitcases filled with heroin into the UK. He told his British interrogators that he picked up the suitcases at an ISI safe house !!
Yunis Khalis ((1919- July 19, 2006):
It was Yunis Khalis who gave Osama bin Laden refuge in Afghanistan. Haji Bashir Noorzai (now in US custody) fought under Yunis Khalis and owned a madrassa in Maiwand. Interesting to note that the Taliban emerged from this madrassa in Maiwand. Under Khalis was Haji Abdul Qadir – his nom de guerre was Mr. Powder. He ran Khyber Airlines from Jalalabad to the Gulf – carrying drugs in logs and carpets to Gulf and bringing in arms for the Taliban on return journey. Mullah Omar fought under him. Today Sirajuddin Haqani’s network is aligned to this group. To know about Taliban and Al-Qaeda, other than Dawood it is important to understand the functioning of this group and its tentacles. All important characters are under this banner !
Note: It was Pakistan, UAE and S. Arabia that gave legitimacy to the Taliban government in Afghanistan. The Sheikhs came in private jets to Kandahar or on Pakistani side of the border in Balochistan. They actually did come to hunt the Houbara Bustard – an endangered bird but it is prized in Arab communities as an aphrodisiac. Most of these flights did transport weapons and materials to Taliban & Al Qaeda and flew out heroin.
In fact Haji Bashir Noorzai brokered a deal for UAE Defense Minister Sh. Md. Bin Rashid al Makhtoum, who later took over as the ruler of Dubai.
THE RULER OF DUBAI - MAKHTOUM (Did not stop this royalty to be in bed with Noorzai and Dawood)
Bustard hunting trips were heaviest in spring plantation season of opium and just after the fall of harvest.
Note: Just a few days back, I was seeing in news that a UAE embassy staff was being interviewed for having business dealing with Dawood which he was trying to explain to the audience. Please have the narco – weapons angle into consideration and make an informed decision as to why UAE staffers or royal family members need to have any connection with Dawood Ibrahim.
One brother of Haji Juma Khan is Shah Hussain, who runs his operations from a nondescript travel agency in Jinnah road in Quetta. For safe passage of drugs through Quetta, he pays hefty bribes to the Pakistan Military Intelligence Corps Commander and to ISI Colonel based in Quetta. For his service, Shah Hussain has received MI & ISI identity cards so that his vehicles carrying drugs would not have trouble passing through checkpoints manned by police and anti-narcotics force. He has 12 different passports from Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan.
In fact Haji Bashir Noorzai’s papers were hand delivered to him by ISI including his many passports.
The incidences of drug lords getting ISI supplied paperwork and passports are too large to write in an article.
Suffice it to say – Pakistan today is a full fledged narco-terrorist state.