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PostSubject: When the timing of the attack says the most...   Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:07 pm

http://www.thedailystar.net/strategic-shift-in-russia-pakistan-relations-55394

Published: 12:00 am Monday, December 15, 2014

Strategic shift in Russia-Pakistan relations


Barrister Harun ur Rashid


NOTHING is impossible when uphol-ding a country's self-interest. The recent visit of the Russian defence minister to Pakistan is an eye-opener for everyone. Has the strategic environment been changed in South Asia? Both Russia and Pakistan think so.

Pakistan-Russia relations seemed to have taken a new turn when former Pakistan army chief Kayani visited Moscow in 2012. Although Russia and Pakistan have no common border, both countries face similar problems from organised crime to terrorism to nuclear security. As the influence of the US is gradually increasing in India, Russia is making footprints in Pakistan and Bangladesh in South Asia.

Russia and the US are back in Cold War mode on the Ukraine crisis. On December 4, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual address to Russia's Federal Assembly, which carries a great deal of significance. This year, however, Putin's speech was markedly different from past addresses in ways that reflect both a shift in Russia's view of the world and the massive challenges that Russia now faces.

Russia took steps to undermine the United States internationally by co-opting negotiations over Syria and then by granting sanctuary to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Moscow advanced the notion that it was a major international player on par with the United States.

It is noted that as India is getting closer to the US and Prime Minister Modi invited President Obama to India's Republic Day on January 26, Russia is stepping up its relations with Pakistan.

Given the above context, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Pakistan on November 20 and signed an unprecedented Russian-Pakistan defence agreement. This was the first visit of a Russian defence minister to Pakistan after 45 years.

It is reported that in his discussions with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Shoigu raised the issues of Afghanistan, regional security, and arm sales. It is unthinkable to many observers that Russia, a trusted friend and ally of India, has signed a defence cooperation agreement with Pakistan.

The background of signing of the defence agreement was laid when Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin arrived in India in June. He was informed that Russia's plans to sell lethal military equipment to Pakistan amounted to the crossing of a “red line” in relations between New Delhi and Moscow. 

“There are red lines in all relationships. We have no problems if the Russians sell non-lethal equipment like Mi-17 helicopters to Pakistan. They can even sell counter-terrorism equipment, but the Mi-35s are not non-lethal equipment,” a source in the government reported said.

Russia was displaced last year by the US as India's biggest arms supplier and Russia did not take it positively. Since July, the relationship between the two countries has been strained over India's growing defence procurement from the US, even as Russia struggles with sanctions by the West.

Russia has reportedly agreed to sell lethal equipment like Mi-35 attack helicopters to Islamabad, which would be tantamount to “crossing a red line” by India. It may be recalled that Russia had earlier lifted its embargo on arm sales to Pakistan and began negotiations for sale of combat helicopters to Pakistan.

It is further reported that dialogue is taking place on potential Russian-Pakistan civilian nuclear cooperation. Pakistan has been suffering from energy shortage and nuclear power plants from Russia would be welcome in Pakistan.

India is unhappy with Russia's new defence cooperation agreement with Pakistan, which marks a significant shift from the past. A Russian delegation took part for the first time in the Karachi Defence Exposition, which was held in early December. India's External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin called it “obviously significant,” adding “India has noted that Russia, like other countries, has chosen to improve defence cooperation with our neighbour,” thereby marking a shift from the “special” relationship with India.

Against the above background, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India for a 24-hour visit on December 10. Putin said that Russia's cooperation with Pakistan would serve the “long-term” interests of India. It is reported that Russia would build another 10 nuclear plants in India.

Indian analyst C. Rajamohan wrote: “The geopolitical circumstances that bound India and Russia close together for so long have begun to change. The structure of the partnership, too, is looking less special amid extended stagnation.”

The unexpected defence cooperation between Russia and Pakistan marks a dramatic shift in the rapidly changing security environment. Past enemies become friends and older friends are abandoned. Geo-political necessity compels a country to look for new friends, and Russia has ushered in a new relationship with Pakistan. The strategic shift of Russian policy towards Pakistan may be appreciated in an era of change due to on-going power shift and power diffusion.

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PostSubject: Re: When the timing of the attack says the most...   Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:09 pm

Militant siege of Peshawar school ends, 141 killed


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Pakistani army personnel patrol the streets following an attack by Taliban gunmen on a school in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. – AFP

\PESHAWAR: Pakistani officials say the siege at an army-run school on Warsak road school is over, while authorities continued a sweep of the area.

At least 141 people, most of them children (132), died when Taliban gunmen attacked the school in the morning. The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the school, which has children and teenagers in grades 1-10.
Condemnations poured in from across the globe including all major political leaders and notables in the country.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif also condemned the assault and rushed to Peshawar to show their support for the victims and the troops partaking in the operation to clear the school of terrorists.

Three-day mourning was also announced by the federal government.

As darkness fell on the area, officials said they had cleared the school of militants. “The operation is completed,” said Bilal Ahmad Faizi, the head of the state-run rescue organisation, speaking to reporters after leaving the school area.

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PostSubject: Re: When the timing of the attack says the most...   Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:46 am

Game-changers like this defense pact are happening at accelerated speed. Russia is on the move (makes sense), meanwhile Obama is taking a 17-day 'winter holiday'. I'm sure the jews in Washington will handle everything properly?

Jews pulled their coup stunt in Ukraine during Russia's hosting of the Olympics - what will they pull this time around the holidays

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PostSubject: Re: When the timing of the attack says the most...   Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:07 am

If Russian military equipment is such crap then why do Jews complain so much?

MSM did replays of Pak attack & yes, Lindt Café Christmas message on window prominently featured.

Sheer scale of Peshawar slaughter makes clear the importance of Pakistan to London-Jew-Oligarchs.  Also BTW Peshawar was HQ for MI6/Mossad/CIA anti-Afghanistan scheme back when Soviets had Afghanistan.  Peshawar was wide-open arms-trading center from Stingers & RPG's to local AK-47 knockoffs.

JMSM doesn't like to talk about how Afghans were better off under Soviets.
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PostSubject: Re: When the timing of the attack says the most...   Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:09 am

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Game-changers like this defense pact are happening at accelerated speed. Russia is on the move (makes sense), meanwhile Obama is taking a 17-day 'winter holiday'. I'm sure the jews in Washington will handle everything properly?

Jews pulled their coup stunt in Ukraine during Russia's hosting of the Olympics - what will they pull this time around the holidays


At what point does BRICS formally agree that jews are dangerously out of control and need to be stopped by any and all means necessary?

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PostSubject: Re: When the timing of the attack says the most...   Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:12 am

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MSM did replays of Pak attack & yes, Lindt Café Christmas message on window prominently featured.

Sheer scale of Peshawar slaughter makes clear the importance of Pakistan to London-Jew-Oligarchs.

This comes exactly ten years after the eerily similar Beslan massacre.  Media dogs not barking about that.  So, jews also multi-tasking promos with this ritual sacrifice?

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PostSubject: Re: When the timing of the attack says the most...   Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:33 am

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This comes exactly ten years after the eerily similar Beslan massacre.  Media dogs not barking about that.  So, jews also multi-tasking promos with this ritual sacrifice?

Beslan in SEP04 but close enough. JMSM specializes in Coincidence Theory. They don't care about dates, History is Just Spontaneous Stuff. Terrorists are just random self-defeating crazies & Terrorism Has No Connection to the "West". One exception to Jews forbidding false-flag theory was bombings of Moscow apartment buildings. JMSM quick to venture that it was probably Russian FSB who dunnit.

Considering dates: CIA HQ '93 shootings done by Paki (supposedly) 25JAN93, 1 month + 1 day before WTC bombing (also blamed on Pakis). '93 stuff happened only ~4 years after Berlin Wall Fall. Not instantaneously after Soviet collapse but in greater time scale a suspicious coincidence indeed. Jews/MIC needed another 50-yr war to replace Cold War.
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PostSubject: Re: When the timing of the attack says the most...   Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:53 am

Paki officials are saying they will make no distinction between "good" and "bad" Taliban.  I guess they understand funny business (i.e., false flag jew ops) but don't want to say they can tell the difference.

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PostSubject: Re: When the timing of the attack says the most...   Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:12 pm

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FrontierJustice wrote:
Game-changers like this defense pact are happening at accelerated speed. Russia is on the move (makes sense), meanwhile Obama is taking a 17-day 'winter holiday'. I'm sure the jews in Washington will handle everything properly?

Jews pulled their coup stunt in Ukraine during Russia's hosting of the Olympics - what will they pull this time around the holidays

At what point does BRICS formally agree that jews are dangerously out of control and need to be stopped by any and all means necessary?

That sort of makes people like us Lindberghs and Hesses. Not a comfortable place, but it is what it is. There's always room for new messages though. Old models aren't sufficient for new times.

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PostSubject: Re: When the timing of the attack says the most...   Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:24 am

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Paki officials are saying they will make no distinction between "good" and "bad" Taliban.  I guess they understand funny business (i.e., false flag jew ops) but don't want to say they can tell the difference.

Pakistan & India have been dealing with the Reptiles for centuries, I'm sure they have a fairly good grasp of what the deal is about. But I'm not sure how avg Westerner can discern a good from bad Pak leader. They have to play cards close to vest, considering that so many Pak leaders get assassinated.
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