Afghanistan Archive

US seeks alternative supply routes to Afghanistan. Russia agrees. What do Qazi and Imran want now?: Russia allows transit of Nato arms to Afghanistan (Dawn, 21 Nov 2008) MOSCOW, Nov 20: Russia said on Thursday it had authorised the transport of German military equipment to Afghanistan through Russian territory, the first time it had allowed
Al-Qaeda vows to hurt Obama’s US. Ayman al-Zawahiri likens Obama to a "house slave" – who had chosen to align himself with the "enemies" of Islam.: Will the supporters of Al-Qaeda and Taliban in Pakistan (namely Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Imran Khan, implicitly supported by certain leaders in Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N) condemn this statement? Or will they keep dodging the Pakistani nation by their ambiguous stance
Seven years in Afghanistan — Article by Hamid Karzai: If we can all work together — Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the United States, and our allies — I see a possibility of moving beyond the days when a government thinks it needs extremism as an instrument of policy. When
Robocop meets Baitullah Mehsud. success will be achieved in Afghanistan if that country is managed as a tribal & traditional state – By Khalid Aziz.: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 During the past week or so, militants have carried out serious attacks in Peshawar and nearby Jamrud in Khyber agency. It included the unfortunate murder of development worker Stephen Vance, the kidnapping of an Iranian
Analysis: Regional dynamics of the war on terror —Talat Masood: There are conflicting elements operating in Afghanistan. Pakistan is wary of India’s growing influence in the region and that adds another area of friction in US-Pakistan and Pakistan-India relations During the Cold War, the United States had a grand
The hijacking of 13 trucks carrying military and other supplies from Pakistan to Afghanistan: A tale foretoldWednesday, November 12, 2008 The hijacking of 13 trucks carrying military supplies and other items along the highway from Pakistan to Afghanistan, which winds its short way through the Khyber Agency, is hardly a surprise. Predictions that
Obama’s views on the war on terror and Pakistan: Obama Delivers Bold Speech About War on TerrorPresidential Candidate Pushes Aggressive Stance Toward (Mullah Military Alliance in) Pakistan By JAKE TAPPER (ABC News)Aug. 1, 2007 In a strikingly bold
Intelligence, psy-ops & the Fata war – By Naeem Sadiq: One need not destroy one’s enemy. One need only destroy his willingness to engage. — Sun Tzu WITH the truth coming first in the line of fire, the stories of any war are often carefully prepared half-truths, selected truths
Jirga to nowhere – by Rahimullah Yusufzai: Saturday, November 01, 2008 It was obvious from the beginning that the Pak-Afghan Joint Peace Jirga, which held its inaugural session with much fanfare in August 2007 in Kabul and its much-delayed sequel recently in Islamabad on October 27-28,
Taliban kill Gayle Williams, a British-South African aid worker, who believed in doctrine of love…: In the name of love SOME would see it as a profession of faith. Others may call it a religion of humanity. Either way, such intrepid devotion to the cause of basic humanism can only merit pure homage —
Realities of Pakistan’s woes not apparent to all: THE RECENT bombing of the Marriott Hotel in the heart of the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, underscores the menace of religious fanaticism that now threatens Pakistan also. When the air cleared, 70 people lay dead
The Taliban terrorists in Pakistan are being funded by drug trade in Afghanistan – Who are the sponsors? CIA, NATO and the Karzai Government: Getting Afghanistan together President Asif Ali Zardari is supposed to have told the visiting US Assistant Secretary of State, Mr Richard Boucher, that the growing production of drugs in Afghanistan was having ill effects in Pakistan since the terrorists
Profile of a terrorist: Riaz Basra of Sipah-e-Sahaba / Jaish-e-Muhammad / Taliban: Riaz Basra (1967 – 14 May, 2002) was a Pakistani militant involved in sectarian fighting with Shia elements in Pakistan. Basra founded the militant organization Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in 1996. Riaz Basra was born in Chak Chah Thandiwala, Sargodha, in 1967.
Book Review: How We Missed the Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba and the Hijacking of Afghanistan – Roy Gutman: BOOK REVIEW: Afghan war’s hidden blunders —by Khaled Ahmed How We Missed the Story: Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of AfghanistanBy Roy GutmanVanguard Books Lahore 2008 – Pp322 – Available at bookstores in Pakistan The book
ISI Rogues, Real or Imagined?: Friday, August 1, 2008 Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was alleged to be involved in the recent deadly bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, according to a report in the New York Times. In response to the
ISI WITHIN ISI: EMPIRE STRIKES BACK – By B. Raman: On July 26,2008, the Pakistan Government placed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) under the direct control of the Interior Division. 2.A notification issued before the departure of Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani for Washington for
The war on terror and the war on drugs (What is Nato doing in Afghanistan? Ensuring that the Taliban get due share in the drug business.: The war on drugs By Jerome Starkey NATO and the US are ramping up the war on drugs in Afghanistan. American ground forces are set to help guard poppy eradication teams for the first time later this year, while
Taliban leader killed by SAS was Pakistan officer, report by Christina Lamb: From The Sunday TimesOctober 12, 2008Taliban leader killed by SAS was Pakistan officerChristina Lamb in Kabul British officials covered up evidence that a Taliban commander killed by special forces in Helmand last year was in fact a Pakistani military
Pakistan needs financial and logistic aid to sustain the war on terror: Global crisis and war on terrorismThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on Saturday that “debt-ridden banks were pushing the global financial system to the brink of meltdown” and “the rich nations had so far failed to restore confidence”. According
The drug trade is funding the Taliban’s terrorist activities in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Are NATO forces invovled in this business?: Afghanistan’s narco menace SO closely linked are the problems of insurgency and drug trafficking in Afghanistan that it is no surprise that Nato has extended its mandate to crush the narcotics trade in the country. But the success of
Militant activity in the tribal belt: As long as militant activity in the tribal belt was directed outwards, it never attracted our attention. And when these militants turned inwards, we were caught napping. Harmonising interests Talat Masood …………..The result is our security forces turning a
On 9/11 anniversary, Pakistan has a new breed of Taliban: Thursday, September 11, 2008 By Amir Mir LAHORE: Seven years after the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States that shook the entire world, Pakistan, despite being a key American ally in the war on terror, continues to be
The kidnapping of Farahi: By Rahimullah Yusufzai Kidnapping for ransom is a flourishing business in Pakistan and not a day goes when a number of people aren’t kidnapped in different parts of the country. But the issue is highlighted when someone important is
Restructuring the ISI — Part I By Shaukat Qadir: By Shaukat Qadir There is little doubt that the entire intelligence and security system in Pakistan needs revamping, but not the way the Americans want it After a series of accusations against Pakistan’s premier intelligence organisation, the Inter-Services Intelligence
Hamid Karzai’s appeal to the Taliban leader Mullah Umar that he should “return home” under guarantees of safety and “help bring peace to Afghanistan": What should one make of Afghan president Hamid Karzai’s appeal to the Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Umar that he should “return home” under guarantees of safety and “help bring peace to Afghanistan”? President Karzai says he has been “sending
The much waited change of command in ISI. What about the reforms?: Welcome change of guard at ISI In a “major” reshuffle in the Pakistan Army, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt Gen Nadeem Taj has been replaced by newly promoted Lt General Ahmed Shuja Pasha. The change of guard at
Those who supported Genera Zia yesterday are supporting terrorists today:
Talking to Mullah Umar and Hekmatyar?: The NWFP Governor, Mr Owais Ghani, has asked the United States “to talk to Mullah Omar, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar and Jalaluddin Haqqani, to negotiate peace in Afghanistan”. His contention is that “political stability will only come to Afghanistan when all