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For Pakistani Military a Hard Choice: Complicity or Incompetence

Soon after the US “invasion” of Abbottabad and elimination of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan army has been caught with its proverbial, heavy-booted foot in the mouth. Were they a part of the Operation? Nobody knows! So, if this was a solo US mission then what were our overfed intelligence agencies doing for the last ten years? How could they miss a fortified mansion right next to the Pakistan Military Academy. I mean it is a fortress; look at it:

 

So, let us believe for a moment that they missed it: it happens some times. But how could they have missed it for ten years? weren’t they looking for him all this time?

Even more pathetic is the excuses being offered for not having detected TWO ATTACK HELICOPTERS flying over Pakistani territory for over an hour to reach their target. So, they cannot find a target in their own country and also do not have the capacity to ascertain the presence of two foreign helicopters flying across their territory.

So, here is the million dollar question: Are they simply incompetent? Or yet another: Were they hiding OBL? And yet another: were they part of the operation but are too afraid to make it public.

I guess it is time some hard questions are asked of our generals. What have they been doing with the money that our nation has sacrificed for them by selling our children’s future and what have they been doing with the money given to them by the US? I mean how much money does it take to have a competent intelligence agency that can either find the most wanted man in the world or can, at least, track two “hostile” helicopters flying over their territory.

I am not sure if they were complicit with the US or OBL, but of their incompetence I have become quite certain.

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Tea Break: An Impressive Pakistani Blog Aggregator

A few months ago, after having expanded The Pakistan Forum into a multiauthor blog, I started looking for good Pakistani blog aggregation websites. My purpose, simply stated, was to link with these websites so that our content could be more widely distributed. I must admit that of all the blog aggregator websites that I contacted, I found Tea Break to be the best under several registers.

Website Layout:

Their website has a very profession layout and all aggregated entries are offered as individual blog entries with a prominent link to the original source. This layout stands out on their own website and provides a friendly link to our own website.

Aggregation Practice:

Their server picks up our content quickly, and each time they aggregate our content, they send us a pingback, which increases our site’s backlinks and raises our search engine ranking.

Customer Service:

This is the only Pakistani blog aggregator with a wonderfully professional customer service. First, their website provides easy-to-use links and forms to contact them directly. Second, they are exceptionally good at responding to your feedback. In our case, our RSS link was broken and when I contacted them their tech people not only included our alternative link but also gave us some good advice about how to fix our RSS feed.

Based on my personal experience with them and after having seen our content regularly aggregated in appropriate categories, I recommend Tea Break whole heartedly to  all those with Pakistan-related blogs. My thanks and gratitude to the people of Tea Break for all their help.

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