Posts Tagged 'US'

Greeks Bearing Gifts: Pakistan, US Sign Wind Power Generation Project

Another Rs.32 billion (~$360 million) down the drain? Of course the spin is “the project will save Pakistan $45 million per year in fuel cost”. What about saving the whole $360 million plus operating costs?

But why the sudden interest in this experimental, expensive (non) solution when better, much cheaper alternatives are available? Are we going to be the beneficiaries or is it going to be someone else?

Is it any surprise that this comes when the wind turbine industry itself is failing? Could it be that the real beneficiaries are some of these companies? Could it be we don’t think the Queen has made enough money on this scam yet?

(If we are going to go this route, ‘Why not manufacture wind turbines in Pakistan‘ is certainly a valid question to ask…)

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A Quickie: Kiyani Gets His Contract Renewed

From US renews bonds with Pak Army this about says it all:

“Partly that’s because the military in Pakistan is a can-do institution, much more so than the civilians,” she said. “This is partly theatrics, but we as a people are magnetically drawn to an institution and a leader who says, ‘Yeah, I can help you with what you really want to get done,’” she said.

What sort of a “LEADER” says “I will follow any order you give me”?

Kiyani: "Boss, Don't I look good in that shiny uniform? I polished it myself!"

US understates civilian casualties in Pakistan, makes no amends
Kiyani: “Hey, they apologized for the three dead soldiers. What more do you want, you bloody civies! >:-$ “

Pakistani victims of U.S. drone strikes speak out in a new report on increasing civilian casualties in the region

Kiyani: “Oh, hogwash! Here’s a study that proves Majority of Pakistanis see US drone attacks “as their liberator”

And speaking of the $2 Billion AIDS infection:
This is less than what Pakistan has already spent: Gilani
Kiyani: “Well the generals and me and not getting short-changed and our Swiss accounts payments are never delayed so who cares? (And why would we care who pays us as long as we get paid in full and in $$$…”

Price of old F-16s, Cobra raised, says Mukhtar
Kiyani: “But if they charged us the right price it would cut into our commissions. We work these contracts on fixed percentages, not fixed amounts.”

P.S. This is not directly related but isn’t this an admission that politically appointed ambassadors (the timing certainly points to Haqqani) are not working for our interests?
No more political ambassadors: PM
AND why not add ‘political ambassadors to be removed with immediate effect’?? If the appointments so far are mistakes, why not correct it??

IMF, WB Play “Good Cop, Bad Cop” for VAT: Act II

A follow-up to:
IMF, WB Play “Good Cop, Bad Cop” for VAT


But this time they are switching roles: this time, it is WB playing the role of the ‘good cop’ and IMF is starring as the ‘bad cop’:

WB hails improvement in Pak economy

ISLAMABAD (PPI) – World Bank appreciated “signs of improvement” in Pakistan’s economy which has potential to grow.

WB will provide all possible assistance to Pakistan in facing economic challenges, said visiting WB VP for South Asia Region Ms Isabel Guerrero in meeting Friday with Finance Minister, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. World Bank wants to see Pakistan moving on path of development with a vibrant economy, she observed.

Dr. Sheikh said World Bank played “crucial role in economic development of Pakistan and we expect this relationship will continue in future as well,” He spoke of challenges faced by economy, like inflationary pressure, energy deficit and circular debt. The government has taken measures to counter these. He said in order to maintain macro-economic stability, policies of fiscal, debt reduction and reducing inflation to single digit are being followed. For growth acceleration, government introduced structural reforms, productivity, efficiency enhancement process, improvement in governance and encouraging private investment….

Now compare that to IMF’s barf the very same day to the very same person:

Get your act together, IMF tells Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has for the first time conveyed a strongly-worded message to Pakistan, asking it to get its act together if it wants to keep the Fund’s $11.3 billion programme on track – a tough task which involves achieving some unrealistic targets set in the budget.

Finance ministry officials said that the strict warning was given by the visiting IMF Mission Chief for Pakistan, Adnan Mazarei, in a meeting with Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. The meeting started on a bitter note, as the minister could not make it to the venue on time, which made the IMF representative angry as he had to wait for over half an hour, said insiders.

The IMF thinks that the government has set over-ambitious targets in the budget and is not taking the required actions to achieve them, said the sources.

Mazarei termed the budget deficit target and its financing plan “risky” and told the finance minister in explicit terms that Pakistan did not have a secure “financing plan for 4 per cent budget deficit target”.

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Deny This: 4,500 US Special Forces Soldiers In Pakistan

But you know they will. In the coming days you will be denials/spin from every corner. Zardari will deny it. Gilani will deny it. Qureshi will deny it. Kiyani will deny it. ISPR will deny it. Foreign Office will deny it. American Ambassador will deny it. Maybe even Robert Gates will deny it. But you know they will once again be proving themselves to be lying sacks of horse manure.

The figure comes to us from this story:

Obama secretly deploys US special forces to 75 countries across world

It states:

Of about 13,000 US special forces deployed overseas, about 9,000 are evenly divided between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Their use, and the increase in drone attacks, is a strategy that has been strongly advocated by Joe Biden, the Vice-President, but criticised by the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Hundreds of civilians have died in special operations A report last week revealed that the top US commander in the Middle East had signed an order last September authorising a big expansion of clandestine military missions in the region, and also in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Somalia.

General David Petraeus signed the Joint Unconventional Warfare Task Force Executive Order on September 30. In the three months that followed there was a surge of special operations troops into Yemen, where US operatives are now training local forces.

But don’t say I didn’t tell you about them being over here months ago. This is yet another confirmation from the Devil’s mouth himself.

BTW: Isn’t it the same Joe Biden who was given Hilal-i-Pakistan medal by Zardari? And isn’t it the same General Petreaus in whose lap we find Kiyani almost every week (i.e. when they are not out on secret dates on the high seas)?

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IMF, WB Play “Good Cop, Bad Cop” for VAT

Economic stability taking hold, says IMF
Actually the “good news” is not good news for us but for them:

Political uncertainty, chronic insecurity and a budget deficit inflated by spending to tackle a Taliban insurgency are all threats to recovery, but the outlook is far brighter than when Pakistan was on the brink of default in 2008.

(Translation: We are getting our interest payments — no matter how the government screws it’s own people for it — and they have promised to squeeze more blood of their citizens, hence the “outlook is far brighter [for us]”)
WB sets 48-hour deadline for $300 million loan
Asks Pakistan to hike power tariff by 6 pc, make progress on VAT

Of course VAT is no where closer to being accepted:
Parliament nod to VAT in limbo

But you know it will be shoved through, parliament approval or no approval:
Impose VAT for IMF loan

The United States has urged Pakistan to impose Value Added Tax (VAT) from July 1 in order to get the next loan tranche from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), leaving Islamabad helpless in its efforts to convince the IMF to continue the $11.3 billion programme without VAT.

Put pretenses must be kept:
PM invites CMs to resolve differences over VAT

Keep in mind various political parties, all trade bodies and chambers of commerce and industry in the country have unanimously rejected this new tax”

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Impose VAT for IMF loan
“ISLAMABAD: The United States has urged Pakistan to impose Value Added Tax (VAT) from July 1 in order to get the next loan tranche from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), leaving Islamabad helpless in its efforts to convince the IMF to continue the $11.3 billion programme without VAT….”

Of course — just like North Waziristan Operation — our government is still pretending to be debating the issue in the parliament (“which is ‘supreme'”) and the “decision will be our own and not one dictated by U.S. or I.M.F.” so you know VAT is coming July 1 and everything has already been worked out so be ready to see an immediate 15% increase in ALL prices due to VAT alone come July 1 (“Hey, don’t blame us! YOU guys are costing too much to KILL“)

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US “vs” Israel: Theatrics Galore

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