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Saturday, 20 September 2008

Islamabad Marriott Hotel bomb blast 20 September - Appeal: Show No Mercy to Terrorists and Their Supporters

Islamabad Marriott Hotel bomb blast 20 September

Appeal: Show No Mercy to Terrorists and Their Supporters

To:
The President of Pakistan
The Prime Minister of Pakistan,
Chief of Army Staff
Chief Justice of Pakistan

In the light of the ongoing terrorist activities by Al-Qaeda, Taliban, Jihadi and sectarian organizations against innocent local and foreign citizens in Pakistan, we appeal you to:

1. suspend all forms of dialogue with any terrorist / violent organization or group;

2. deal with utmost state power (including army, air force and latest weapons) to crush all networks of violence and terrorism in FATA, Swat and all other areas in which terrorists / Jihadis freely operate;

3. set up summary anti-terrorist courts to swiftly deal with and execute those involved in performing or supporting acts of terrorism;

3. arrest and try in anti-terrorist courts all spokespersons/mouthpieces of terrorists including General Hamid Gul, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Mullah Munawar Hasan, Mullah Liaqat Baloch, Imran Khan, Professor Hafiz Saeed, Javed Ibrahim Piracha, Mullah Sami-ul-Haq, and all other culprits;

4. develop and implement a stiff anti-terrorism code of conduct for media; ban all those TV programs, internet sites and newspapers which are abusing the freedom of press and promoting acts of violence and terrorism in Pakistan (e.g. Auria Maqbool Jan, Irfan Siddiqi, Mushtaq Minhas, Kashif Abbasi, Ansar Abbasi and Hamid Mir);

5. completely reform intelligence agencies in Pakistan including ISI and IB to eliminate any violent, extremist elements presently operating within these agencies;

6. use state power to bring peace to the Kurram Agency and Parachinar, and also suspend the inhuman siege of Parachinar by the Taliban and Al-Qaeda;

6. develop a proactive and empowered regional anti-terrorism coalition including the following members: Pakistan, China, Iran, Afghanistan and India. The USA and Russia may have an observatory role in such a coalition.

We beg you to take these steps without late so that the people of Pakistan and the entire international community could live in peace.

Down with terrorism. Long live Pakistan.

Signed by 1500 citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi
Date: 20 September 2008


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Massive Bomb Attack Kills Dozens in Pakistan's Capital

Explosion Rips Through Marriott Hotel in Islamabad; at Least 40 Dead

By Pamela Constable
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, September 20, 2008; 12:21 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sep. 20 -- A massive explosion ripped through the premier hotel in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad on Saturday night, killing at least 40 people and engulfing the building in flames.

Officials said a suicide bomber drove a truck up to the side of the heavily guarded hotel and detonated explosives.

Television footage of the Islamabad Marriott Hotel, located just blocks from many major government buildings, showed flames leaping from almost every window in the five-story hotel and bloodied survivors staggering from the lobby.

There were unconfirmed reports that more than 1,000 people had been inside the hotel at the time of the attack, and police said the death toll was expected to rise. Ambulances and other vehicles ferried dozens of injured survivors away from the scene.

Islamabad has been the site of several other bombings in recent months, including a suicide attack at the Danish Embassy and a planted explosion at a garden Italian restaurant frequented by foreign visitors. But the Marriott attack was by far the most powerful and lethal, even with the final casualty toll unknown.

The bombing came just hours after the country's newly elected president, Asif Ali Zardari, delivered a maiden speech to Parliament in which he vowed to rid Pakistan of the "shackles of terrorism."

Zardari and his government face a rapidly growing threat from violent Islamist extremists, especially in the northwest border regions with Afghanistan. The Pakistan army has recently staged several major military operations in that region, and extremists have vowed to retaliate.

"This is a message to the new government that nothing is safe, even in the capital," one analyst told Al Jazeera cable television, as the network showed live images of flames spreading and black smoke pouring out of the 258-room Marriott.
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Witnesses and residents of the modern, heavily policed capital said they heard and felt the explosion several miles away. The bomber detonated his explosive-laden truck during Iftar, the evening fast-breaking ritual that occurs each day during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

Police said the truck used in the attack carried more than one ton of explosives. The blast left a huge crater, more than 30 feet deep, beside the building in the heart of Islamabad.

The hotel, located close to the country's Parliament, presidential offices, Supreme Court and other major institutions, is the center of the capital's social and political scene. It is also a longtime favorite of foreign visitors, including businessmen, journalists and diplomats.

Security is always heavy, with all vehicles checked outside the entrance.

Television footage showed the hotel's elegant stone lobby, known for its 24-hour buffet and constant political meetings, as a charred and collapsed ruin. Dozens of vehicles in the parking lot were twisted hulks of metal. The powerful explosion also ignited rooms on every floor of the hotel, and intense flames roared from dozens of windows into the night. Officials said there was no immediate indication of who was behind the blast, but Islamist militant groups have staged numerous smaller attacks in recent months, and some groups in the country's volatile tribal belt vowed last week to avenge the Pakistan army's recent attacks in several tribal districts.

Analysts said the blast was likely to intensify pressure on Zardari's government to crack down on terrorism, something the Bush administration has also been demanding, The two governments, major allies in the war on terror, have been at loggerheads the past week over U.S. cross-border military raids in pursuit of al-Qaeda and Taliban fighters.

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Daily Dawn

Suicide attack kills dozens in Islamabad


ISLAMABAD: A massive truck bomb devastated the heavily guarded Marriott Hotel in Pakistan's capital Saturday, engulfing the building in flames, killing at least 40 people and wounding at least 100.


The Marriott in Islamabad is a favorite place for foreigners as well as Pakistani politicians and business people to stay and socialize, despite repeated militant attacks.

The blast left a vast crater, some 10 meters (30 feet) deep in front of the main building, where flames poured from the windows and rescuers ferried a stream of bloodied bodies from the gutted building.

Police sought in vain to shoo away bystanders and reporters for fear of gas leaks and that the building might collapse.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the attack in a statement.

‘This is terrorism and we have to fight it together as a nation,’ Rehman Malik, the head of Pakistan's Interior Ministry, told reporters at a hospital overflowing with the wounded.

Witnesses and officials said a large truck rammed the high metal gate of the hotel at about 8 p.m. (1400 GMT), when the restaurants would have been packed with diners, including people breaking the Ramadan fast.

Senior police official Asghar Raza Gardaizi said rescuers had counted at least 40 bodies at the scene and he feared that there are ‘dozens more dead inside.’

Associated Press reporters saw at least nine bodies scattered at the scene. Scores of people, including foreigners, were running out _ some of them stained with blood. Witnesses spoke of a smaller blast followed by a much larger one.

A US State Department official using a section of white pipe as a walking stick led three colleagues through the rubble from the charred building, one of them bleeding heavily from a wound on the side of his head.

One of the four, who identified himself only as Tony, said they had begun moving toward the rear of the Chinese restaurant after the first blast when the second one threw them against the back wall.

‘Then we saw a big truck coming through the gates,’ he said. ‘After that it was just smoke and darkness.’

Ambulances rushed to the area, picking their way through the charred carcasses of vehicles that had been in the street outside. Windows in buildings hundreds of meters away were shattered.

Mohammad Sultan, a hotel employee, said he was in the lobby when something exploded, he fell down and everything temporarily went dark.

‘I didn't understand what it was, but it was like the world is finished,’ he said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

DawnNews adds; a Danish diplomat and at least three US citizens are among the injured. Casualties were being shifted to the Poly Clinic and PIMS hospitals in Islamabad.

Footage from the channel showed flames rising from several parts of the hotel building; several vehicles were also completely destroyed. The hotel lobby was shown devastated by the blast.

Ambulances and fire brigades were on the scene and the entire area has been cordoned off by security forces. Security has been put on high alert across the country, interior ministry sources told DawnNews.

According to police sources, at least 15 people were trapped inside the burning hotel, and efforts were underway to try to rescue them.

The president and prime minister have expressed deep sorrow and sympathies for the victims and emergency has been declared at all major hospitals. The prime minister has also appealed for blood donations.

Further updates: http://letusbuildpakistan.blogspot.com

2 comments:

Project Humanbeingsfirst.org said...

I am sorry to suggest that the position taken by this website in its letter to the President of Pakistan is patently absurd. The unknown authors of this letter, "Signed by 1500 citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi", are clearly so traumatized by the grotesque events rapidly unfolding in Pakistan that they are quite unable to distinguish between cause and effect.

I hope it is nothing worse than that - such as deliberate staging of public opinion by intelligence agents to justify the already pre-planned agenda! The letter fails on its very first items -

"1. suspend all forms of dialogue with any terrorist / violent organization or group;

2. deal with utmost state power (including army, air force and latest weapons) to crush all networks of violence and terrorism in FATA, Swat and all other areas in which terrorists / Jihadis freely operate;"


What do you think is present ruling apparatus of the United States that the distinguished President of Pakistan is rushing to pay hommage to?

Please permit me to rehearse an interesting litmus test, about 1600 years old, by St. Augustine:

“When the King asked him what he meant by infesting the sea, the pirate defiantly replied: 'the same as you do when you infest the whole world; but because I do it with a little ship I am called a robber, and because you do it with a great fleet, you are an emperor.' ”


I hope that the following Press Release from Project Humanbeingsfirst.org is able to shed some clear forensic light on this matter of pirates and emperors. Please do try to followup on the cited essays on puppetmasters behind the 'katputli tamashas'. And do read the report on Voluntary Servitude and on Saving Pakistan. You want to rebuild Pakistan - see the Open Letter to Pakistani General for Re-Imagining Pakistan's Defenses away from its client-state roots!



The Press Release in its entirety is reproduced below for the benefit of the "1500 signatories of this letter", and those unfortunately reading it who are likely to adopt its ill-conceived recommendations.


Press Release WHAT'S TO BE DONE – Massive Bomb Blast in Islamabad Marriott September 20, 2008.

http://pressreleases-humanbeingsfirst.blogspot.com/2008/09/pr-whats-to-be-done-pakistan-sept222008.html


Press Release

Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

September 22, 2008.

WHAT'S TO BE DONE

Massive Bomb Blast in Islamabad Marriott September 20, 2008

Zahir Ebrahim

© Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

[September 22, 2008] The mainstream newsmedia worldwide is awash with the multitude of descriptions, speculations, videos, and eye-witness accounts of the attack in Islamabad on the Marriott Hotel on September 20, 2008. The fires are still smoldering, the destruction of the massive 5-star hotel is complete, and the confirmed loss of life is at least 60, largely among the ordinary lower-staff and chauffeurs who served at the outer perimeter of the heavily guarded hotel, with hundreds more injured. Some have called this shocking atrocity in Islamabad, the “9/11 of Pakistan”, with the same 'jihadi' patsies dutifully lined up by the newsmedia, the pundits, and the governments worldwide, to take the fall!

This press release by Project Humanbeingsfirst is urgently issued with a counter plea to the Pakistani peoples and to the World: For heavens' sake, stop blaming India's RAW, Jihadis' Taliban and Al-Qaeeda, etc., as the prime-movers of this new atrocity upon the Pakistani peoples. Misdiagnosing a systemic disease is a sure protocol for never finding its cure!

The destabilization of Pakistan has needed a confluence of patsies and mercenaries. A patsy or dupe is one who strongly believes in what he/she is doing, but is deftly controlled by puppetmasters. A mercenary is one who sells his/her allegiance to the highest bidder at any moment in time. The suicide bombers and cultivated “jihadis” of the likes that Pakistan has never seen in its entire history before, are patsies. The Pakistani ruling-elite are the mercenaries. Between the two, Black-ops and aid dollars have been well spent in Pakistan!

As was noted in Project Humanbeingsfirst's December 2007 “Open letter to a Pakistani General”:

And this time, in the new imperialists' euphemistically labeled war, the “War on Terror”, we are now killing our own citizenry with our full military might in such an unremarkable and brutish manner that it is only guaranteed to create further ill-will and resentment among the already disgruntled and disenfranchised ordinary peoples. Thus, more resistance, more radicalism, more innocent dead, more fertile ground for cultivating suicide bombers, more complaints of “islamofascism” to scare the Western public with. So that in the end, in the mother of all battles between “good” and “evil” in which “either you are with us or with the terrorists”, there will be a continuous fresh supply of recruits to wage the requisite “endless wars” against.

It is only to prolong the conflagration for a full “lifetime of wars” lasting a “generation” – the “World War IV” – in the profound imperialist hope that, the resulting eventual maelstroms of radicalism seeded in 'jihad', will engulf the entire 'arc of crises', enabling its radical retransformation once again to suit the new imperial interests of the new “hectoring hegemons”.

If one wasn't living in Alice's dream world where the most absurd becomes a life–like reality and the 'unbirthday party' a cause célèbre, one would bluntly suggest that this looks very much like a devilishly premeditated synthesis of terror – 'synthetic terror' – in order to create an enemy to fight against “for at least a generation and preferably longer”, because in the absence “of a sudden threat or challenge to the public's sense of domestic well-being”, and “except in the circumstance of a truly massive and widely perceived direct external threat”, the much touted American “democracy is inimical to imperial mobilization”!

That is all the reality there is to this new spate of terror in my city in Pakistan – a further excuse for more premeditated, pre-planned, devilishly orchestrated American Intervention in Pakistan until they take over the entire Tribal Belt in order to be in closer proximity to China, and break-off Baluchistan as a new independent neo-liberal 'Gulf State'. The dismemberment and de-nuking of Pakistan is the larger agenda; and Mr. Zardari – like his distinguished predecessor – is the new 'decider' of that agenda.

And “tickling” the terrorists into existence, as CIA Director Michael Hayden observed of CIA's modus operandi: “We use military operations to excite the enemy, prompting him to respond. In that response we learn so much,” is the preferred choice for running this false-flag operation on Pakistan. When the victims and their survivors are thus sufficiently mentally “tickled” with the loss of their loved ones under the world's mightiest superpower's barbaric “shock and awe”, and expertly already doctrinally primed with the long-running “god is on your side” jihad to seed the anticipated response, the patsies are cleverly armed and guided through Pentagon's Black-ops local handlers' hierarchy, to their targets. Sometimes, even running complex false-flag operations this way by setting up diversionary visible patsies, while the often precision oriented and far more catastrophic terrorist act is directly and covertly controlled.

This is the well known modus operandi to ab initio create terrorist acts. Once created, the many organs of State, the military, the police, the intelligentsia, the media, the pundits, all naturally focus on the patsies and the victims! Because that is all they see before their un-forensic co-opted eyes.

And the Americans send in their military advisors to take-on the menace of these militants before these “jihadis” can take over Pakistan's nuclear weapons and threaten the entire world! This is how the Americans got into Vietnam too! It begins with pretexts to send in military advisors, with willing complicity of the mercenary rulers already deftly foisted upon the nation for that very purpose – to extend the invitation or cooperation as 'lesser of two evils'! Our picturesque Tribal Belt has already become Vietnam for its victims under this imperial paradigm!

Thus, the 'Al-Qaeeda' abstraction works great, as any shocking terrorist act attributed to them, or 'claimed' by them, enables multiple goals of the hectoring hegemons – from providing a pretext to invade-strangulate other nations, to scaring their own peoples into supporting the slaughter of other 'lesser' humanity, to clamping down on any domestic dissent with Police-State powers such as H.R. 1955, the Patriot Acts, and various Executive Orders. As was explained in Project Humanbeingsfirst's April 2008 report “The attack of 'Al-Qaeeda' and Pakistani 'loose nukes'”:

This time around, it's destination Tehran via Islamabad. And quite un-cleverly disguised as “'defensive US military action”. But at the 'unbirthday' party, everything absurd becomes reality!

The Pakistani 'loose nukes' hijacked by the cave-dwelling, stick-wielding, suicide-bombing, 'Al-Qaeeda' mantra is among the multiple facile absurdities being deftly primed (and black-ops synthesized) as already outlined in the afore-stated wakeup call. It is one thing for the press and politicians in the pockets of the 'Hectoring Hegemons' (PNAC) to be rehearsing this silly as part of their “intellectual commitment” to seeding “doctrinal motivation” for the 'retaliatory' “patriotic gratification” (Brzezinski). It is quite another for the victims themselves to be bizarrely echoing it. This is yet to be observed in primal nature: lambs arguing for their own slaughter.

Why do our media-pundits/columnists/so-called-scholars, never mind the leaders, refuse to publicly acknowledge these blatant facts is beyond ordinary comprehension, when surely, all of them in the privacy of their own homes, will concur with that diagnosis.

And not all of them are mercenaries or patsies – what co-opts them into this rehearsing of the asinine “unbirthday party” song of 'war on terror' that only leads them to RAW, Taliban, Al-Qaeeda, “Between Imperialism and Islamism”, and every place else on earth, except to the greatest 'benefactor' of Pakistan since its inception as a 'client-state'?

Why is Pakistan a part of this pernicious absurdity? What's in it for our 200 million peoples who don't even have clean drinking water for heavens' sake?

Would the new President of Pakistan have the courage to renounce his earlier stance now that he is in power – as he had also unabashedly stated that “there was nothing final in politics and positions could change with the changing situations”:

'The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), if it comes into power, must persuade the people that the fight against militants is “our war”, not just America’s war'?

The only practicable solution for saving Pakistan begins with 'calling a spade a spade', followed by urgently disengaging from the fiction of “war on terror” and seeking military-economic full-spectrum alliances with SCO, especially IRAN. The fates of the two beleaguered nations are joined at the hip like Siamese twins! The President of both nations are to be coincidentally present in New York at the same time. Yet look for how differently they each will behave!

DISENGAGE DISENGAGE DISENGAGE, before it is too late!

Please see the following Project Humanbeingsfirst reports which explain this absurdity of 'Alice in Wonderland' that has been so devilishly crafted to suicide Pakistan, with the voluntary participation of Pakistan's own mercenaries and patsies:

Happy-Happy Zardari: A monologue on Hope and Voluntary Servitude

Profound Clairvoyance or Blatant Obviousness?

'Bin Laden': Key enabler of “imperial mobilization” ... and attack on Iran–Pakistan

Wakeup to the grotesque reality of the 'Grand Chessboard'!

Saving Pakistan from Synthetic 'Terror Central'

The Re-Gathering Storm

Poodle-states are necessary for Imperial Mobilization!

Islamofascism - Zionofascism - Judeofascism - Christofascism - Neofascism etc.

And in order for 'genius' minds un-attuned to fiction to forensically comprehend how this atrocity in Pakistan is being covered in the global news media, including Pakistan's by its own 'native informants', please take a look at how a similar atrocity in Iran was covered earlier this year in April 2008, when a bomb ripped through a mosque in Shiraz:

Iran, the Associated Press, and Covert-War of 'Imperial Mobilization'

A humble public service message of legitimate and empowering self-defense brought to a beleaguered peoples by Project HumanbeingsfirstTM.org.



Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

http://humanbeingsfirst.org

email: humanbeingsfirst@gmail.com

contact person: Zahir Ebrahim

URL: http://humanbeingsfirst.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/pr-whats-to-be-done-pakistan-sept222008.pdf

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