Posted by: Administrator | 17 June, 2008

Foreign Polls and Surveys: Reality, Deception and Hidden Agenda

Written By: Afreen Baig

 

Recently, it had become sort of a fashion, to give reference to Foreign Polls and Surveys while speculating on the future of Pakistan and the popularity levels of our leaders. Later it was Pakistan’s election process and its consequences. The Media religiously quote these Polls & Surveys to pursue their specific agenda and give credibility to their rumoring views and specious news. The faith is so great that the credulous Pubic doesn’t even bother to check on the reliability, funding and intentions of the lobbies behind these Polls & Surveys.

A survey released by the U.S based International Republican Institute predicted, seventy-five percent of Pakistanis want President Pervez Musharraf to quit. The surveyors also speculated that a major victory for opposition parties could force President Musharraf to step down. Keeping in mind 75% of the 3000 people polled. What could be more unreliable?

These polls come out, and presto! The election results are already forecasted and prejudged even before taking place. Some telepathy! The drama begins, with the international lobbies and leaders pressing the current leaders to accept the results of elections, that haven’t even taken place. Diplomatic missionary’s frenzied interactions with the opposition leaders further imprint the impression of US and foreign meddling in Pakistan. The honorable President Musharraf is left to elucidate upon something beyond his control: The up-coming Elections!

The credibility of these organizations leaves a huge question mark, when they fail to come clean and clear about their affiliations and their loyalty to their financers. Who funds them and for what purpose?

Founded in 1983, the International Republican Institute (IRI) is an organization, funded by United States government. The IRI operates as a political organization abroad, providing training and assistance to political parties. One could question the interest of the IRI in elections of other countries and the kind of assistance or leverage it provides to their political parties? Why would Pakistan’s political parties require assistance from abroad, specifically the IRI?

As a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization, IRI plays no part in domestic U.S. politics. It further raises suspicions, as to why a US organization is not allowed to publish polls and surveys about their own elections, while meddling in Pakistan?

The majority of its board, staff and consultants are drawn from the Republican Party. Most of its staff and board have links to right-wing think tanks, foundations, and policy institutes, while many also represent major financial, oil, and defense corporations. Oil and Defense corporations – the root cause of all recent evil wars!

IRI Board of Directors includes the current aspiring US Presidential candidate Senator Mc Cain. No wonder the Republican Party was eager to group with late Benazir Bhutto and wanted to see the moderate forces together. The IRI was projecting fraudulently the future allies of the Republicans i.e. the PPP in the upcoming Pakistani elections.

The IRI is also accused of training some of the leaders of the 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti, as well as funding opposition groups in the country in a destabilization campaign in the months leading up the removal of democratically-elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide by a coalition of Canada, USA and France.

One more survey frequently quoted by our misguided Media personnel, is the “Terror Free Tomorrow” which claimed that Osama Bin Laden is more popular in Pakistan than President Musharraf. What could be more absurd? It seems more like a devious effort to marginalize Pakistan and distort Pakistan’s liberal image. Above all, our sitting President deserves reverence rather being compared to Bin Laden.

The advisory board of “Terror Free Tomorrow” also includes aspiring US Presidential candidate Senator John McCain and its Board of Director includes Andrew Claster. Andrew Claster is also Vice President of Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates (PSB). This firm was founded in 1975 and, PSB offers services to businesses and political campaigns worldwide.

In January 2005, “The Daily Telegraph” revealed that British Prime Minister Tony Blair had recruited the services of PSB’s Mark J. Penn in the run-up to the general election in the UK, for that year.

Mark J. Penn is President of the polling firm Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates (PSB). He serves as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief strategist for her 2008 presidential campaign, for now, and which his firm has received non-refundable $5 million.

As it can be seen above, these organizations that conduct and publish these Polls and Surveys are actively involved in election campaigns for Political parties and make huge profits off those campaigns. When they release such biased Polls and Surveys, the intention is clearly to dictate the minds and behavior of the masses. If the election results come against their calculated projection, the whole exercise is termed as rigged and unfair. The chanting is picked up by media all over, discrediting the honest intentions of the government in place.

It would be unfair, if we fail to pin-point one other popularly quoted Index, the “Failed States index”. This ‘Failed States Index’ conveniently ranks a stable and economically booming country- Pakistan – with GDP growth of 6.5% as a failing country.

Since 2005, the United States think-tank “Fund for Peace” and the magazine “Foreign Policy”, publishes an annual index called the ‘Failed States Index’.

The “Fund for Peace” is an independent research organization. The “Fund for Peace” considers- Threat Convergence; or the idea that weak and failing states may contribute to global security threats such as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and terrorism.

This signifies that few conspiracing countries may manipulate the “Fund for Peace” to write Pakistan off as a country proliferating WMDs and label Pakistan as a ‘Failed State’. There have been numerous attempts earlier, to label Pakistan as a terrorism supporting state. Hillary Clinton also called upon recently to place Pakistan’s Nuclear Assets under UN supervision citing Security concerns. It was therefore not amusing, to see the UN Security Council’s session called and proceeded upon within few hours, after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Cutting ties off with the Taliban in 2001, was in the larger interest of Pakistan. Pakistan could not have afforded suicide over the Taliban.

Similarly, “Foreign Policy” is an American magazine founded in 1970 by Samuel P. Huntington. Huntington is that controversial conservative political scientist, who in 1996, provoked great debate among international relations theorists with the interrogatively- titled book “The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order” in which he wrote:

“Islam’s borders are bloody and so are its innards. The fundamental problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam- a different civilization, whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power”.

The intention of Huntington is clear. We Muslims and Pakistanis must not be mesmerized by the false intellects of these Polls & Surveys. Our blind faith in these Polls & Surveys will obfuscate our judgment to further deviate us from the reality. We must renounce all such Polls & Surveys that strive to meddle in our internal affairs. Pakistan’s National interest should be held foremost and without compromise! Pakistan First!

Afreen Baig is an independent analyst majoring in International Relations and Economics. She can be reached at afreenbaig@gmail.com

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Responses

  1. Curtsy cia/raw/mussad

    india with the zionist lobby blamed 9/11 on pakistan. So just imagine the level of conspiracy of 9/11. It damaged all Muslim freedom movements all over the world specially kashmir. So how can [osama or who ever he is? be a muslim]

    The People of Pakistan will always support their kashmiris brotherens let there be no doubt in your hearts.


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