Washington DC. September 12, 2008. A picture is worth a thousand words, and literally thousands of eyes in Washington DC and Pentagon,
the U.S.military headquarters, were focused on a T-shirt and matching poster that showed the Twin Towers burning with a message "Paki Army did this" on Patriots Day Thursday.
Wearing the T-shirt and carrying the matching poster, Ahmar Mustikhan, founder of the American Friends of Baluchistan, traveled to many different places in the U.S. capital, to express Baluch solidarity with the American people who were targeted by Al Qaeda seven years ago and also to expose the role played by the international terror outfit's chief sponsor Pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence.
"The money to lead hijacker Mohammad Atta was given on the instruction of General Mehmud Ahmed, the then chief of the I.S.I," Mustikhan told the Press who had come to cover his protest. "The man who did this was Omar Sheikh, who was later convicted of the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl."
Mustikhan firmly believes the precision with which the U.S. targets were attacked is simply impossible without a state actor, in this case the I.S.I.
Pakistanis coming to and going to their embassy witnessed the truth about Pakistan's rogue army involvement in the terror attack on the U.S. was being exposed at the street level.
Mustikhan raised slogans "Paki Army Terrorist" and "I.S.I. Terrorist." He also distributed photocopies of an article in the Guardian about Pakistan army burning alive the Baluch, written by his friend Peter Tatchell.
Pakistan as a state is not a very a legitimate organization and its military depends heavily on U.S. aid for its survival, while the A.F.B. wants an end to U.S. military support to Pakistan.
"You are getting a lot of attention," a police officer who did not want to be identified, told Mustikhan. At least two people requested Mustikhan to give them the poster he was carrying.
He said Punjabi and mohajir generals have no rights over Baluch lands or territorial waters.
The A.F.B. founder urged the U.S. leadership and the world to help the international case of Baluchistan being fought by the De Jure Ruler of Baluchistan, Beglar Begi Suleman Daud Ahmedzai, who is self-exile in the U.K. Some of Ahmedzai's detractors have recently made peace with the Pakistani establishment while Ahmedzai has stuck to his guns and is resolved to get justice for Baluchistan at the International Court of Justice at the Hague.
In his press talk, Mustikhan condemned the statement of Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Kayani for resisting international efforts to end terrorism in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
"The civilian leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan called for international help to defeat terrorism, Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen informed the U.S. Congress about the threat posed to the U.S. and the world from F.A.T.A. but General Kayani insistence
on national sovereignty and territorial integrity makes it clear Pakistan army is harboring terrorists," Mustikhan said.
He accused Pakistan Army of not allowing democracy to flourish in Pakistan, conquering its own people and at the same time snatching away peace from the lives of foreign nations, including the Baluch. He said the Baluch never wanted Pakistan in the first place and the assassination of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, former governor and chief minister of Baluchistan, was the last nail in the coffin of Pakistan.
Mustikhan demanded Pakistan army to withdraw its troops from Baluchistan. As many as 200,000 soldiers are deployed against the Baluch wishes in Baluchistan, while the army is playing softball with the Taliban in F.A.T.A.
The high point of the day was when a soldier, now working for the D.C. police approached Mustikhan and said he totally agreed with him about Pakistan Army involvement in the 911 terror attacks.
"You are right," he said, "I was in Afghanistan they killed two of my buddies. Pakistan is playing on both sides," the Afghan war veteran said.
At an event at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C., the A.F.B. founder informed Gustav Niebuhr, an associate professor of religion and the media at Syracuse University about dangers posed to the world by political Islam, particularly from Pakistan which has become a safe haven for global terrorists.
It is worth mentioning here not many in the U.S. know Pakistan army generals played a key role in the 911 terror attacks. The Pakistani C.I.A., called I.S.I., chief General Mehmud Ahmed was in Washington D.C. on that day. General Ahmed's mole Umar Sheikh, who sent the money to lead hijacker Mohammed Atta, was later convicted for the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The WSJ journalist was bold enough to go to Pakistan to investigate I.S.I. role in the 911 attacks.
Pakistani generals blamed Hussain Haqqani, their country's ambassador to the U.S., for authoring a directive to put the I.S.I. under civilian control.
The order that was made public on the eve of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillan's visit to the U.S. was rescinded within hours of its issuance as the generals showed their teeth.