by Michel Chossudovsky
Various American destabilization plans, known for months by officials and
analysts, proposed the toppling of Pakistan's military.
. . . US agenda for Pakistan is similar to that applied throughout the broader
Middle East Central Asian region. US strategy, supported by covert
intelligence operations, consists in triggering ethnic and religious strife,
abetting and financing secessionist movements while also weakening the
institutions of the central government.
The broader objective is to fracture the Nation State and redraw the borders
of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Pakistan's extensive oil and gas reserves, largely located in Balochistan
province, as well as its pipeline corridors are considered strategic by the
Anglo-American alliance, requiring the concurrent militarization of
Balochistan comprises more than 40 percent of Pakistan's land mass,
possesses important reserves of oil and natural gas as well as extensive
The Iran-India pipeline corridor is slated to transit through Balochistan.
Balochistan also possesses a deap sea port largely financed by China located
at Gwadar, on the Arabian Sea, not far from the Straits of Hormuz where 30 %
of the world's daily oil supply moves by ship or pipeline. (Asia News.it, 29
Pakistan has an estimated 25.1 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of proven gas
reserves of which 19 trillion are located in Balochistan. Among foreign oil
and gas contractors in Balochistan are BP, Italy's ENI, Austria's OMV, and
Australia's BHP. It is worth noting that Pakistan's State oil and gas
companies, including PPL which has the largest stake in the Sui oil fields
of Balochistan are up for privatization under IMF-World Bank supervision.
According to the Oil and Gas Journal (OGJ), Pakistan had proven oil reserves
of 300 million barrels, most of which are located in Balochistan. Other
estimates place Balochistan oil reserves at an estimated six trillion
barrels of oil reserves both on-shore and off-shore (Environment News
Service, 27 October 2006).
Balochistan's strategic energy reserves have a bearing on the separatist
agenda. Following a familiar pattern, there are indications that the
Baloch insurgency is being supported and abetted by Britain and the US.
The Baloch national resistance movement dates back to the late 1940s, when
Balochistan was invaded by Pakistan. In the current geopolitical context,
the separatist movement is in the process of being hijacked by foreign
powers. . . .
Prof. Michel Chossudovsky teaches at the University of Ottawa. He is
published frequently in Le Monde Diplomatique. His latest book is the
Globalization of Poverty.
Bruce Loudon, "US Looks at Plan to
Oust Musharraf," Australian, March 14, 2007
Joe Conason, "Regime Change: 'Seven
Countries in Five Years'," Salon.com, October 12, 2007
[These include: sending elite British or US troops to secure nuclear weapons
capable of being transported out of the country and take them to a secret
storage depot in New Mexico or a "remote redoubt" inside Pakistan; sending
US troops to Pakistan's north-western border to fight the Taliban and
al-Qaida; and a US military occupation of the capital Islamabad, and the
provinces of Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan if asked for assistance by a
fractured Pakistan military, so that the US could shore up President Pervez
Musharraf and General Ashfaq Kayani, who became army chief this
week.--Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark, "Bush
handed blueprint to seize Pakistan's nuclear arsenal," Guardian,
December 1, 2007]
Tariq Ali, "A Tragedy Born of
Military Despotism and Anarchy," Guardian, December 28, 2007
Shahid Qureshi, "BENAZIR KILLED IN CAPTURING
PAK NUKES," Dictatorship Watch, January 3, 2008
[Amid reports that the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is
considering aggressive covert actions against armed Islamist forces in
western Pakistan, a new survey released here Monday suggested that such an
effort would be opposed by an overwhelming majority of Pakistanis
themselves.--Jim Lobe, "Pakistanis See US As
Greatest Threat," Inter Press Service, January 8, 2008]
[Pakistan has strongly criticised remarks by the head of the UN nuclear
watchdog that its nuclear weapons could fall into the hands of Islamist
groups. . . .
Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Sadiq added that Mr ElBaradei should "be
careful about his statements and ought to remain within his mandate". . . .
"The statements intend to see Pakistan destabilised."--"Pakistan rejects
UN nuclear fears," BBC News, January 9, 2008]
VIDEO: Imran Khan, "Pakistani Opposition Leader
Imran Khan on Musharraf, Bhutto, and How the U.S. Has Undermined Pakistani
Democracy," democracynow.org, January 30, 2008