Pakistan and WB-IMF Lender's Trap

California, Monday, May 13, 2019
Please watch the first half of Dr. Shahid Masood's current affairs program on GNN today, May 13, 2019, for his focus on explaining the WB-IMF lender's trap. I wrote the following in March 2007, firstly in the context of my interlocution of HEC on meaningful higher education reforms that dates my cautionary-conversations with Ata ur Rahman and Sohail Naqvi in August 2005, and secondly as the outcome of my participation in WSF in 2006.
If I, a common man, expert in nothing, knew about international predatory finance as a weapon of neoliberalism to strangulate nations in a web of debt, and explained it to the establishment rulers of Pakistan as far back as 2005, for prime minister Imran Khan to be caught in the same debt-trap today in 2019, and the newsmedia repeating the same sorry facts that surely every barber in town must now know it, tells me that either my country Pakistan is run by mercenaries, or it is run by fools and useful idiots.
I really don't wish to believe this obvious conclusion. But I am forced to face the fact that Pakistan is / was / has been deliberately and continually destroyed piece-meal by its own establishment morons and mercenaries through empire's economic terrorism that wields both domestic corruption and international finance as weapons of mass destruction. Just another incantation of the East India Company.
This is merely the prelude to dismembering or at least disarming Pakistan. As I sadly observed in my unsent letter of anguish to Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff and to DG ISPR (never sent the letter): “My dear general sahib and Pakistan's military high command, sirs, you cannot eat atom bombs.”
Watching from California, I share the painful exercise of pulling my remaining hair out at the imbeciles and mercenaries in charge of my country with the millions of Pakistanis facing the hard brunt of it on ground zero!
Oh, you want solutions instead of hearing the rehash of the obvious and the self-evident? Here it is: Open Guidance to Imran Khan - Reimagining Pakistan : Project ReGenesis by Zahir Ebrahim ( ). It is even more pertinent now with the rise of The New Ruling State of the World, poised to attack both Iran and Pakistan.
Survival with dignity on the grand chessboard can only be had in a perpetual MAD stalemate in which “safety [is] the sturdy child of terror and survival the twin brother of annihilation”.
Oh Allah, the Ruler of Creation, take me away from this world for there is no intelligent life down here --- only primates. We may have descended from the tree top, we have yet to lose our tail.

March 15, 2007, Seeding a genuine Education System Transformation in Pakistan
You came to HEC in 2002, got a carte blanche with a certified blank check drawn on the World Bank - and not by reducing the defense budget as you have mistakenly, perhaps out of ignorance of the inner workings of the national financing structure, claimed in your interview with the Chronicle. An interesting claim by you that can be trivially shown to be false considering our debt financed economy. Please stop fooling yourselves and others by bringing up bombastic GDP numbers in isolation, look at GDP/cumulative-debt ratio, what percentage of GDP is being taken out of the country by foreign multinational investors by depleting our foreign currency reserves, and what percentage of GDP is actually going for debt servicing also from the foreign currency reserves. Whatever remains after the debt is subtracted is what we net earned domestically - not GDP! Living on debt is not earned money my dears! Your claims are just number and accounting wizardry that I am perhaps more familiar with than the Chronicle reporter who interviewed you and did not have the wherewithal to challenge any of your statements, perhaps more interested in maintaining congeniality, than giving you a proper grilling. Our minuscule social spending and large defense expenditures come largely from debt deferment while it continues accumulating interest. All mostly pseudo secretive stuff that few in the public really know about in actual quantitative numbers but most senior and privileged persons in the Finance Ministry and the State Bank, I can assure you, as every single former and current Finance Minister, knows it at least qualitatively, and if they are any good at their jobs, they will also know the exact numbers and what was signed away in the fine prints for the further privilege of borrowing for some more silly toys and things, but mainly to pay just the rapidly accumulating interest without defaulting - the classic lenders' trap! So what indeed can you show for this blank check today that the lenders will return to demand their pound of flesh soon enough for, with the next tranche of structural adjustment schemes and new demands for the privatization of our public commons sacredly held in trust by the state for the common good of all our peoples, other than beautiful glossy slides and amazing magical numbers? Even you are now compelled to seek admissions for your kids elsewhere - almost five precious years wasted! Pathetic? You tell me!
... I had energetically pointed out to you (Sohail) in the course of our often long and passionate conversations on nation building and our own imperatives, that we were a debt financed nation, and all this money for these PC-1 projects, while ostensibly coming from the national exchequer, will likely never leave New York or London or Paris, and for which yours and mine children and grandchildren will be beholden to the lenders through their collective noses. Your response, and I approximately quote from memory using almost your own words which I still distinctly recall as they had taken me by surprise coming from such an intelligent man like you (Sohail): "I have blinders on with a very narrow focus, I am here to do good work and I don't care where the money comes from so long as the Government keeps releasing it, it's their problem to worry about, not mine!" My response? And I quote from memory: "We cannot build sandcastles on the beach and not be cognizant of the tide!" Indeed, I had further pointed out that we were being deliberately encouraged to spend these borrowed monies on various and sundry white elephants, which the lenders well knew were white elephants and will never bear any fruits, to purposely keep us a debt laden dependent nation. I even gave you this famous cliché, again quoting from memory: "they would continue lending us money if we told them we needed it for a thousand men to dig up a trench, and another thousand to fill it back up, and needing to repeat that cycle a thousand times!", repeatedly cautioning you that these PC1-s were no different, that they will eventually be financed with an outstretched begging bowl, and will serve their interests perfectly, but none of ours!
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March 12, 2007, Letter to the Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education
From where I see it, your reporter was rather mild in her criticism of HEC. Lot's of facts and figures have been put out by HEC, and they are all over HEC's website. But the reality on the ground is that I still don't have a single good multidisciplinary university where I might send my own kids. And I wanted to have them study in Pakistan, but where? In the single one of a kind specialized engineering universities that the West itself has rejected as a model of education as it steps into the challenges of the 21st century (please see this EE Times article “Engineering education prepares for 2020- Keynote address Leah Jameison, IEEE 2007 President, Feb 1, 2007)? But we are building 6 or 9 more of these silly things for billions of rupees! Instead of overhauling our existing infrastructure, perhaps employing the enormous amount of intellectual capital freely available in opencourseware - universities giving away their crown jewels for free, an unheard of phenomenon in the past (please see “The great giveaway- Education Guardian, Jan 17, 2007) - we are instead borrowing funds from the World Bank to finance our development or siphoning it off from our other national projects in our debt financed economy! The only thing the World Bank constructively does is enable an inextricable lenders trap upon the developing nations through its WB-IMF structural adjustment lending schemes. That this view is shared by many informed critics of the World Bank, including substantiated by disclosures by former World Bank consultants in exposes such as “A Game As Old As Empire” and “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” (both available from, discredits the World Bank as an "unbiased" source of evaluation of its own funded programs, even as mildly critical as they are of HEC.
So who must evaluate? Who is an objective source of evaluation? How about the local consumers themselves? Why do we need foreigners to tell us how we are doing? Are we so far gone that we cannot even evaluate our own programs? Does the United States go to ask Europe how they are doing for their own domestic policies? Should any self-respecting nation (solely) rely upon the World Bank and other outsiders to tell them how they are doing?

Therefore, recognizing this fact of self-reliance of a developing nation being an axiomatic imperative of its free peoples in order to stay a free peoples, as a parent-consumer, I have provided a very detailed first hand evaluation to HEC, which they unfortunately felt compelled to respond with the same sort of meaningless World Bank kudos that one of their writers noted in her letter to the editor of the Chronicle. My detailed evaluation and feedback, written as an ordinary plebeian Pakistani consumer of education, who is compelled to educate his own kids abroad because he can't find a decent school system in Pakistan, who seeks for others' kids what he seeks for his own kids, and who consulted for two weeks in the summer of 2005 for HEC and knows its Chairman and Executive Director well and is their friend and well wisher rather than an antagonist, can be provided to the Chronicle if they wish to print it without modification and with its full context intact. It might make an interesting feature length case study or cover story, all 19 pages of it, for how not to transform an education system in developing nations with World Bank funding, how not to operate its execution in military style dictatorial and entirely unaccountable manner, and how indeed to create the essential infrastructures necessary to genuinely seed such transformations in a third world developing nation.
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February 4, 2007, Letter to Activists, Introducing A Game As Old As Empire
When participating at WSF 2006 in Karachi in a forum, I had made this seemingly strange statement:
“Neoliberalism and Neoconservatism are two sides of the same imperial coin”.
In one other forum on water privatization, I had noted something equally bizarre to the effect (in Urdu):
“deception is a key component in this game and you have to assume this as your working premise when you investigate or evaluate any proposal that is put your way on why or how water privatization will be beneficial to you - they wage war by way of deception”.
It was simply remarkable how many people had thronged around me afterwards to learn more and ask for elaboration. That's when I realized that the real intellectual underpinnings behind the impetus towards globalization and the neoliberal agenda were not being addressed to their full unraveling and disambiguation anywhere. All of a sudden I seem to be the only one talking about it in these terms, often needing to even challenge the perceptions of many of the learned panelists themselves whom I felt were speaking at the most superficial levels - the outer most visible layer of the onion.
... People in general are ill equipped with the intellectual tools to either comprehend this problem of globalization in its multifaceted dimensions, or [to] take on addressing its root causes. Grass-roots the world over has become synonymous with action in the streets, or working in the field doing good works and deeds. Few read, even fewer dig even when they might read. Even students at elite schools like my own, MIT, study poverty under a microscope in their laboratories (there is a poverty alleviation lab at MIT - do google it), and come up with the most interesting red herrings to pursue, such as reduce the birth rate for instance to solve poverty problem, or the newest fad in microcredit schemes. Both eminently reasonable propositions on the surface for many progressive minds to alleviate poverty. But as I had come to appreciate in computer science and as a practicing engineer in Silicon Valley, the highest order bits entirely determine where the page faults! And here, what is incredible to me is that they entirely end up ignoring the giant elephants trumpeting on the newlywed's bed - debt cancellation of the third world; inequities of global trade treaties like WTO; economic conscription that generates a new class of labor camps in the wonderful duty-free zones where the employer reigns supreme and few labor laws that apply in the developed nations apply there; or that "free trade" has been the mantra of all dominant civilizations and mainly only favors them. None of these are studied as the primal first cause of global poverty, or how poverty is harvested for the benefit of multinationals when they offshore, or the fact that the third world is deliberately being raped by supporting dictatorships and kingdoms that can be more easily controlled than any fractious genuine parliamentarians ever could.
These same geniuses with fancy PhD. degrees in economics will then head various World Bank and its sister organizations and often not have a clue. And when they do get a clue, they are so complicit that extricating themselves can become quite impossible. This is how empires are built in neoliberalism. We have already witnessed how empire is extended using neoconservatism. The distinguished New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman said it the best in his now famous “Manifesto for a Fast World”:
“The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist - MacDonald's cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the builder of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley's technologies is called the United States Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.”
And a major aspect of this "hidden hand" is what John Perkins disclosed and confessed to in his first book in 2005, the “Confessions of an economic hitman” - the notorious EHM. See page 101 (of the hardcover first edition, page numbering may be different in paperback) to be shocked beyond belief how an MIT statistician is employed to create a pseudo science to prove to the tin-pot dictators around the world why it would be beneficial to their nations' growth to take on more debt by falsely projecting enormous growth rates which can be used to pay back the debts easily!
Such growth projections of course never materialize - because they were conjured up out of thin air, and thence the tag team of WB-IMF get into their now infamous act of further structural-adjustment lending just to enable paying off the rapidly accumulating interest on the monstrous loans that now shackle every third world nation beyond belief. Can we relate this to our own nations taking on debts like a leaking ship?
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Pakistan and WB-IMF Lender's Trap by Zahir Ebrahim | Project

Israel: The New Ruling State's War On Iran in 2019?

The de facto hectoring hegemon of the world, as the discardable hand-maiden of the rising New Ruling State of the world, is once again positioning her naval armada and B-52 bombers for military invasion of sanctions-beleaguered Iran in 2019.
The déjà vu leaves little room for new words of either protest or analysis. Preemption without Full Spectrum Alliance of Iran with her neighbors and other Asian global powers on the grand chessboard is impossible. The Machiavellian template for exercising aggression remains the same.
A pretext such as a false flag terror operation blamed on Iran, blaming Iran for failing to meet her treaty obligations and benchmarks, positing Iran as on the verge of acquiring or launching WMDs threatening the security and lifestyle of the United States, Israel, and its Allies, ..., and well, most of us already know all about manufacturing pretexts for exercising naked aggression in the name of self-defence. While the world remains silent.
    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
         Because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
         Because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
         Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller, German theologian and Lutheran pastor, circa World War II
Both Iran and Pakistan are the target, one after the other, or one before the other, or both together. But as the Third Reich legatees will testify, power is a mercurial lover indeed. What goes around shall come around soon enough!
    ... the people who were put in the camps then were Communists. Who cared about them? We knew it, it was printed in the newspapers. Who raised their voice, maybe the Confessing Church? We thought: Communists, those opponents of religion, those enemies of Christians - "should I be my brother's keeper?"
    ... The persecution of the Jews, the way we treated the occupied countries, or the things in Greece, in Poland, in Czechoslovakia or in Holland, that were written in the newspapers. … I believe, we Confessing-Church-Christians have every reason to say: mea culpa, mea culpa! We can talk ourselves out of it with the excuse that it would have cost me my head if I had spoken out.
    ... We preferred to keep silent. We are certainly not without guilt/fault, and I ask myself again and again, what would have happened, if in the year 1933 or 1934 - there must have been a possibility - 14,000 Protestant pastors and all Protestant communities in Germany had defended the truth until their deaths? If we had said back then, it is not right when Hermann Göring simply puts 100,000 Communists in the concentration camps, in order to let them die. I can imagine that perhaps 30,000 to 40,000 Protestant Christians would have had their heads cut off, but I can also imagine that we would have rescued 30-40,000 million [sic] people, because that is what it is costing us now.
Martin Niemöller, German theologian and Lutheran pastor, circa World War II

Caption The New Ruling State in the World: Map of Herzl's plan for the Jewish State: Eretz Yisrael (click map to read all about the new ruling state)
Caption The New Ruling State in the World: Map of Herzl's plan for the Jewish State: Eretz Yisrael
(click map to read all about the new ruling state)

Israel: The New Ruling State's War On Iran in 2019? by Zahir Ebrahim | Project

The New Ruling State in the World

In 2019, the world is witnessing the unchallenged rise of the Jewsonly State of Israel as the new ruling state of the West, and perhaps the world in a one-world government.
A ruling state cannot be dictated to by other nations, but it can and does dictate to other nations, including to the world's sole superpower! This new ruling state exudes power throughout both hemispheres through many proxy arrangements. It, in turn, is controlled by those who own the world's major financial institutions.
These oligarchs select presidents and prime ministers of all the countries of the world from behind the scenes as puppetmasters. They mobilize or neutralize every nation's public by their control of the world's mass media and the world's economy. They enact war and they enact peace to create global conditions to suit their own timetables. They implement their piece-meal agenda of coming to rule the world in baby-step stages.
With the Gifting of Jerusalem and the Golan Heights to the Jews, the White Christian-Zionist President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, has sealed the Fate of the Jews ---- The Hypothetical Difference between Zionism and Jewry is fading ---- What Goes Around Will Come Around Soon Enough for Both the Old & the New Ruling State in the World!
Caption The New Ruling State in the World: Map of Herzl's plan for the Jewish State: Eretz Yisrael (click map to read all about the manufacturing process of the new ruling state)
Caption The New Ruling State in the World: Map of Herzl's plan for the Jewish State: Eretz Yisrael
(click map to read all about the manufacturing process of the new ruling state)

The New Ruling State in the World: Eretz Yisrael by Zahir Ebrahim | Project

Challenges to Journalism Reform - How?

September 24, 2009 | Updated Tuesday, January 22, 2019
To what extent do some or many of the following points reflect the state of the press today? In reading the following excerpt from the well known 100 year old document [1] – deemed to be a forgery by many, and blueprint for world conquest by many more – and assuming it merely be an anonymous work of profound literature, of entertaining fiction, or a frightening discourse in political science, its diabolical prescience to reflect what has come to pass in the worldwide press today is incredibly shocking. As in Machiavelli's The Prince, the diabolical mechanisms proposed therein to manufacture and control public opinion to serve the interests of a despotic oligarchy bears close study.
The very word “freedom” has been circumscribed in this despotic system from what is deemed “unalienable”, to what is ordained “legal”. And it becomes pertinent to ask the question: Is that state of affairs reflected in the tortuous reality of today? As the text asserts: “all freedom will thus be in our hands, since the laws will abolish or create only that which is desirable for us according to the aforesaid program.”
Has that happened in the United States? In whose hands is this freedom? How did that mechanism come to pass in America? In Europe? Without perceptively understanding how this hijacking was orchestrated in the West which itself originated the press, no reform is tenable because the same forces which orchestrated it will continue to sustain it and will subvert all reform including that which sends them to the gallows.
Anyone can benefit from any prose, literature and political science with due diligence, including from studying the Mighty Wurlitzer [1a] [1e] [1f] [1g] – whose abominable existence is as empirical as the origin of this nefarious document [1b] is mysterious – and from the Chinese Sun Tzu's The Art of War, [1c], and the US Military's From PSYOP to MindWar. [1d]
Therefore, in order to institute any meaningful reforms as wished by Robert Jensen et. al., [2] how do the journalism savants propose to counter this hijacking of the press by the Mighty Wurlitzer – even under the (highly questionable) premise that an informed polity can be a useful obstruction to despotism – such that giving the press the constitutional protection of "freedom" remains in practice something more than highly polished public relations for social control by any 'ubermensch' oligarchs, as for instance outlined in the Machiavellian text below.
It further bears to keep in mind that this highjacking of the press is not in isolation, but situated in a larger context that includes the oligarchy acquiring full monopolistic control in society of all that is meaningful, from money to economics to industry to education to entertainment, including acquiring full control over the glorified “errand boys” [3] who are dutifully elected by the polity only to represent the front faces of the behind-the-scene oligarchy. How are any reforms, be they for the press, or for the monetary system, [4] to be instituted under such an unvarnished reality?
1. The word "freedom," which can be interpreted in various ways, is defined by us as follows -
2. Freedom is the right to do what which the law allows. This interpretation of the word will at the proper time be of service to us, because all freedom will thus be in our hands, since the laws will abolish or create only that which is desirable for us according to the aforesaid program.
3. We shall deal with the press in the following way: what is the part played by the press to-day? It serves to excite and inflame those passions which are needed for our purpose or else it serves selfish ends of parties. It is often vapid, unjust, mendacious, and the majority of the public have not the slightest idea what ends the press really serves. We shall saddle and bridle it with a tight curb: we shall do the same also with all productions of the printing press, for where would be the sense of getting rid of the attacks of the press if we remain targets for pamphlets and books? The produce of publicity, which nowadays is a source of heavy expense owing to the necessity of censoring it, will be turned by us into a very lucrative source of income to our State: we shall law on it a special stamp tax and require deposits of caution-money before permitting the establishment of any organ of the press or of printing offices; these will then have to guarantee our government against any kind of attack on the part of the press. For any attempt to attack us, if such still be possible, we shall inflict fines without mercy. Such measures as stamp tax, deposit of caution-money and fines secured by these deposits, will bring in a huge income to the government. It is true that party organs might not spare money for the sake of publicity, but these we shall shut up at the second attack upon us. No one shall with impunity lay a finger on the aureole of our government infallibility. The pretext for stopping any publication will be the alleged plea that it is agitating the public mind without occasion or justification. I BEG YOU TO NOTE THAT AMONG THOSE MAKING ATTACKS UPON US WILL ALSO BE ORGANS ESTABLISHED BY US, BUT THEY WILL ATTACK EXCLUSIVELY POINTS THAT WE HAVE PRE-DETERMINED TO ALTER.
4. NOT A SINGLE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL REACH THE PUBLIC WITHOUT OUR CONTROL. Even now this is already being attained by us inasmuch as all news items are received by a few agencies, in whose offices they are focused from all parts of the world. These agencies will then be already entirely ours and will give publicity only to what we dictate to them.
5. If already now we have contrived to possess ourselves of the minds of the [untermensch] communities to such an extent the they all come near looking upon the events of the world through the colored glasses of those spectacles we are setting astride their noses; if already now there is not a single State where there exist for us any barriers to admittance into what [untermensch] stupidity calls State secrets: what will our positions be then, when we shall be acknowledged supreme lords of the world in the person of our king of all the world ....
6. Let us turn again to the FUTURE OF THE PRINTING PRESS. Every one desirous of being a publisher, librarian, or printer, will be obliged to provide himself with the diploma instituted therefore, which, in case of any fault, will be immediately impounded. With such measures THE INSTRUMENT OF THOUGHT WILL BECOME AN EDUCATIVE MEANS ON THE HANDS OF OUR GOVERNMENT, WHICH WILL NO LONGER ALLOW THE MASS OF THE NATION TO BE LED ASTRAY IN BY-WAYS AND FANTASIES ABOUT THE BLESSINGS OF PROGRESS. Is there any one of us who does not know that these phantom blessings are the direct roads to foolish imaginings which give birth to anarchical relations of men among themselves and towards authority, because progress, or rather the idea of progress, has introduced the conception of every kind of emancipation, but has failed to establish its limits .... All the so-called liberals are anarchists, if not in fact, at any rate in thought. Every one of them in hunting after phantoms of freedom, and falling exclusively into license, that is, into the anarchy of protest for the sake of protest ....
7. We turn to the periodical press. We shall impose on it, as on all printed matter, stamp taxes per sheet and deposits of caution- money, and books of less than 30 sheets will pay double. We shall reckon them as pamphlets in order, on the one hand, to reduce the number of magazines, which are the worst form of printed poison, and, on the other, in order that this measure may force writers into such lengthy productions that they will be little read, especially as they will be costly. At the same time what we shall publish ourselves to influence mental development in the direction laid down for our profit will be cheap and will be read voraciously. The tax will bring vapid literary ambitions within bounds and the liability to penalties will make literary men dependent upon us. And if there should be any found who are desirous of writing against us, they will not find any person eager to print their productions in print the publisher or printer will have to apply to the authorities for permission to do so. Thus we shall know beforehand of all tricks preparing against us and shall nullify them by getting ahead with explanations on the subject treated of.
8. Literature and journalism are two of the most important educative forces, and therefore our government will become proprietor of the majority of the journals. This will neutralize the injurious influence of the privately-owned press and will put us in possession of a tremendous influence upon the public mind .... If we give permits for ten journals, we shall ourselves found thirty, and so on in the same proportion. This, however, must in no wise be suspected by the public. For which reason all journals published by us will be of the most opposite, in appearance, tendencies and opinions, thereby creating confidence in us and bringing over to us quite unsuspicious opponents, who will thus fall into our trap and be rendered harmless.
9. In the front rank will stand organs of an official character. They will always stand guard over our interests, and therefore their influence will be comparatively insignificant.
10. In the second rank will be the semi-official organs, whose part it will be to attack the tepid and indifferent.
11. In the third rank we shall set up our own, to all appearance, off position, which, in at least one of its organs, will present what looks like the very antipodes to us. Our real opponents at heart will accept this simulated opposition as their own and will show us their cards.
12. All our newspapers will be of all possible complexions - aristocratic, republican, revolutionary, even anarchical - for so long, of course, as the constitution exists .... Like the Indian idol "Vishnu" they will have a hundred hands, and every one of them will have a finger on any one of the public opinions as required. When a pulse quickens these hands will lead opinion in the direction of our aims, for an excited patient loses all power of judgment and easily yields to suggestion. Those fools who will think they are repeating the opinion of a newspaper of their own camp will be repeating our opinion or any opinion that seems desirable for us. In the vain belief that they are following the organ of their party they will, in fact, follow the flag which we hang out for them.
13. In order to direct our newspaper militia in this sense we must take special and minute care in organizing this matter. Under the title of central department of the press we shall institute literary gatherings at which our agents will without attracting attention issue the orders and watchwords of the day. By discussing and controverting, but always superficially, without touching the essence of the matter, our organs will carry on a sham fight fusillade with the official newspapers solely for the purpose of giving occasion for us to express ourselves more fully than could well be done from the outset in official announcements, whenever, of course, that is to our advantage.
15. Methods of organization like these, imperceptible to the public eye but absolutely sure, are the best calculated to succeed in bringing the attention and the confidence of the public to the side of our government. Thanks to such methods we shall be in a position as from time to time may be required, to excite or to tranquilize the public mind on political questions, to persuade or to confuse, printing now truth, now lies, facts or their contradictions, according as they may be well or ill received, always very cautiously feeling our ground before stepping upon it .... WE SHALL HAVE A SURE TRIUMPH OVER OUR OPPONENTS SINCE THEY WILL NOT HAVE AT THEIR DISPOSITION ORGANS OF THE PRESS IN WHICH THEY CAN GIVE FULL AND FINAL EXPRESSION TO THEIR VIEWS owing to the aforesaid methods of dealing with the press. We shall not even need to refute them except very superficially.
16. Trial shots like these, fired by us in the third rank of our press, in case of need, will be energetically refuted by us in our semi-official organs.
17. Even nowadays, already, to take only the French press, there are forms which reveal masonic solidarity in acting on the watchword: all organs of the press are bound together by professional secrecy; like the augurs of old, not one of their numbers will give away the secret of his sources of information unless it be resolved to make announcement of them. Not one journalist will venture to betray this secret, for not one of them is ever admitted to practice literature unless his whole past has some disgraceful sore or other .... These sores would be immediately revealed. So long as they remain the secret of a few the prestige of the journalist attacks the majority of the country - the mob follow after him with enthusiasm.
18. Our calculations are especially extended to the provinces. It is indispensable for us to inflame there those hopes and impulses with which we could at any moment fall upon the capital, and we shall represent to the capitals that these expressions are the independent hopes and impulses of the provinces. Naturally, the source of them will be always one and the same - ours. WHAT WE NEED IS THAT, UNTIL SUCH TIME AS WE ARE IN THE PLENITUDE POWER, THE CAPITALS SHOULD FIND THEMSELVES STIFLED BY THE PROVINCIAL OPINION OF THE NATIONS, I.E., OF A MAJORITY ARRANGED BY OUR AGENTUR. What we need is that at the psychological moment the capitals should not be in a position to discuss an accomplished fact for the simple reason, if for no other, that it has been accepted by the public opinion of a majority in the provinces.

A challenge to the aspiring reformers of the Journalism Profession 9 / 9

My Naya Pakistan

Monday January 14, 2019
Preamble – My Naya Pakistan
The answer is in two parts: Domestic and International. Domestic: New egalitarian social contract in a restructured state that separates religion from state.* International: Throw Tea Overboard in Full Spectrum Alliances to deter Full Spectrum Dominance. There are many talented and popular minds in Pakistan and in the world who most eloquently speak to the former. I, Zahir Ebrahim, an ordinary common man, non-expert in all things, commonsensically speak to the latter since it is ignored by virtually everyone among the who's who. The cost to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is severely increased in its pursuit. Whereas, filling the airwaves with all things secular wins many accolades. Maligning Islam, distorting Islam, and pitching Secular Humanism are often the surest shortcut to empire's good graces and cheap popularity. It takes a diwana, like the moth drawn to fire, to write what I have written below in my Open Letter to Imran Khan. The Prime Minister of Pakistan, popularly known to many of his detractors as “Im the Dim” (short for Imran the Dimwit), and to his partisans as “honest engine pulling a decrypt train of used bogeys" (oft repeated phraseology of his railway minister), is now into completing the second trimester of birth-panging his vision of 'naya Pakistan'. In my earlier common man's observation, before Imran Khan became the Prime Minister of Pakistan, I feared that he was a passionate useful idiot of empire, unable to understand the Machiavellian script of which he had become an unwitting part due to his overzealousness, harboring mostly foolhardy ideas of reform akin to putting lipstick on a pig. Imran Khan in power could potentially be as dangerous to Pakistan as only a heaven-seeking idealist with a suicide jacket can ever be – for he was perceived as Mr. Clean. I have always feared that a useful idiot jihadi might do far more damage to the nation than shrewd mercenaries seeking pecuniary gain could, as had been the trend among Pakistan's previous rulers whose interest in self-preservation also preserved Pakistan as the golden goose.
However, upon hearing his first televised public address to the Pakistani nation as its new Prime Minister, I decided to give Imran Khan the benefit of considerable doubts. After all, how much harm could a “dimwit” really do with the establishment really running the country from behind its varied puppetshows, and all his fingers nowhere near any controls that the establishment themselves did not control? And, I imagined, Imran Khan might just surprise the lot of them with the djinns (supernatural forces brought to his team by his newlywed spiritual wife and divine guide) now on his side. So, I wrote Imran Khan a series of Open Letters over the past five months. This was Letter Five, showing the Prime Minister of Pakistan, as just an ordinary common man not entirely bereft of commonsense, what to do now that Pakistan's original birth-pang in the blood of millions of human units is already a seventy year old fait accompli. Now that we are here and cannot undo history, how to steer the ship of state away from its pawn status on the Grand Chessboard in order to alter that very trajectory of history.
For, without extricating Pakistan from the international stormy waters of Grandmaster plays in common man's blood, the ill conceived ship of Pakistan can never reach the safety of its home shores. That is a statement of fact. A slave-state shall remain a slave-state until the chains of servitude are broken. A beggar-state fattened on the largesse of corrupting foreign aid and mercenary handouts can hardly ever be empowered to break those chains --- lip-services aside. Despite the dismal performance since coming to power of the anemic engine trying to pull the heavily loaded decrypt train of nincompoops uphill with nothing but “I think I can I think I can I think I can” (The Little Engine That Could --- children's story), I continue to be Pollyannaish in reposing faith in the honest man at the helm who, unfortunately, also appears to be a lot less prepared to be the captain of state despite two decades of struggling for that position, than he was as captain of its cricket team. I continue to repose faith in Imran Khan that he has some purpose in mind for coming to power other than the nasha (intoxication) of power, and that his utterances in his first speech to the nation is in fact his real purpose for coming to power; that it was not merely a show and tell of what the public wanted to hear with no substance behind it.
I continue to believe, perhaps naively, that any honest human being of immeasurable courage and boldness coming to power, even if he or she does not have all the expertise to run the ship of state, can still acquire the right expertise if he can selflessly inspire those with the requisite skills and determination to join him. Meaning, being a leader of men (and women), is distinct from being competent in the various fields of endeavors of man. I continue to believe that despite many false starts, that Imran Khan's real strength is in ultimately being a leader who can inspire a team. Surely, braver and competent faces with a tad more humility and poise, will come to the fore after the kachra bogies have been weeded out from the existing team; faces who are unafraid of speaking truth to power, and to the people, regardless of the bowl of hemlock waiting in the wings. Faces who know from whence we came, minus all the national myths drummed into us from birth, and who know what needs to be done in order to get to where Pakistan must go domestically in order to be of genuine service to all its sons and daughters of the soil, instead of merely servicing them as it has been doing since its inception. Faces that are not continually begging tyrants and murderers for handouts with outstretched bowls, nor are crooks seeking pecuniary gain, nor stupid simpletons to make useful idiots easily. Faces that surely must exist in every nation, including Pakistan! This is to seek them out. Where art thou?
The fact that Pakistanis continue to survive despite all the servicing we have received over the past seventy years, is both surprising and heartening. I wisely choose to hide my deeper primordial fears at this time that Imran Khan is the Machiavellian intermediate step diabolically brought to power in all his public ineptness only to legitimize bringing back a military-style dictatorship government in 2019 after demonstrating to the world, and to the worn out Pakistanis by then left completely bereft of hope, the spectacular failure of Pakistan's experimentation with “democracy”.
* A précis of what makes this separation a categorical imperative for a pluralistic nation like Pakistan, is in my open letter which outlines its existential necessity; a discussion of fundamental moral themes and evergreen wisdom guidelines borrowed from Divine Religion to base an egalitarian social contract, egalitarian national constitution, egalitarian domestic and foreign policies, and egalitarian international treaties and conventions in a predatory modern world in which primacy is exercised by legal cunning, is in my report which outlines the path forward for Pakistan.

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Now That We Are Here What Should Be Done - Zahir Ebrahim's Naya Pakistan

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