Afghanistan Archive

Why the military is the problem in Pakistan —by Fahd Ali: In some ways the military follows the same occupant/conqueror mindset that was followed before 1947 and the British concept of ‘us’ and ‘them’ is still followed — only now it has been replaced with the ‘civilian and non-civilian’ binary
Malik Ishaq wielded clout in jail; helped Pak army: Related Articles: LeJ’s Malik received monthly stipend from Punjab govt Jab Pakistan per firqawariyat ka saaya tha -by Ali Suleman Malik Ishaq, the chief of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), who has been set free on bail after 14 years
LeJ’s Malik received monthly stipend from Punjab govt: Related Articles: Malik Ishaq wielded clout in jail; helped Pak army Thank you, ISI-backed Supreme Court, for releasing Malik Ishaq By Asad Kharal Malik Ishaq enjoyed Punjab government’s financial assistance ever since the Sharif’s came to power in 2008,
Pakistan will be suspect until evil in its midst is rooted out: The Mumbai attacks will be linked to Islamabad regardless of who perpetrated them. By Con Coughlin A fresh wave of terrorist attacks are launched at the heart of the Indian city of Mumbai, and immediately the finger of suspicion
The Case for Drones – By Raza Habib Raja: The latest news about war in Afghanistan, which is making headlines, is the suspension of US military aid to Pakistan. Among other things, the rationale given by the US administration is the refusal of Pakistan’s military to allow further
Pakistan hesitates to eradicate U.S.-mapped militant camps: By Rowan Scarborough The U.S. has compiled a wide body of intelligence on the locations of militant training camps in Pakistan, but has been unable to persuade Islamabad to shut them down, current and former officials say. A former
U.S. is deferring millions in Pakistani Military aid: By ERIC SCHMITT and JANE PERLEZ WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is suspending and, in some cases, canceling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, in a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military
Going ‘Dutt’ against America -by Khaled Ahmed: Today, most leaders say they would have stood up defiantly (dutt jata) in the face of the American request to join its war on terror. Former president Pervez Musharraf is being abominated for kowtowing to the Americans; and General
Pakistan, theatre of U.S energy war–by Shiraz Paracha: As the theatre of the U.S initiated war moves to Pakistan the Pakistani military feels cornered and its commanders are looking for internal unity and reaching out to new and old foreign friends. Interestingly, perhaps for the first time,
LeT poses formidable terrorist threat to US, India: White House report: The US considers Pakistan based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), held responsible for 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, as a formidable terrorist threat to Indian, US and other Western interests in South Asia and potentially elsewhere. In Afghanistan, the US military
Shia Hazaras of Queta: Entrapped in deep state’s delinquent and obedient proxies – by Farrukhzad Ali: Initially, I was amazed at the media attention Syed Ibrar Hussain’s recent assassination in Quetta received, but I could rationalize it quickly – it wasn’t Syed Ibrar Hussain (or Ibrar Agha as he was known) who was being eulogized
Three ways to help Pakistan: President Obama’s Afghan withdrawal plans include working with Pakistan to “root out the cancer of violent extremism.” Bruce Riedel’s three key steps to do it right. By Bruce Riedel On Wednesday evening, President Obama rightly said we “need to
How the Taliban turned a child into a suicide bomber: By NICK SCHIFRIN A 17-year-old died this week in Afghanistan, hanging from the end of a rope. A prison official fastened it around the boy’s neck in Kabul’s largest jail, tightened the knot, and then, in front of a
The Pakistani Taliban’s media jihad: The piece examines the TTP’s media productions and the movement’s shift toward having its media distributed to jihadi-takfiri Internet forums via the Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a long-established jihadi-takfiri media and translation network. The writer argues that this
Urdu text of Amn Tehrik’s Peshawar Declaration: A comprehensive strategy to eliminate terrorism: Amn Tehrik (Peace Movement) is an emerging and dynamic movement of concerned individuals and organizations from the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the promotion of peace in the troubled regions of the province. Amn Tehrik has been regularly organising
Barkhurdar Saleem Safi – by Danial Lakhnavi: صحافتی منظر پر جن لوگوں نے بہت تیزی سے ترقّی کی منزلیں طے کیں اور معتبرصحافی کے طور پر سامنے آئے ہیں، ان میں ایک نام سلیم صافی صاحب کا ہے، جوترقّی کرتے اور بہ یک وقت دو، تین
Human Rights Watch calls for Independent Inquiry into Saleem Shahzad’s killing: Inter Services Intelligence suspected of involvement has long been above the law. All aspects of this crime, including the possibility of links to the ISI, need to be independently investigated and prosecuted. The ISI and other military and intelligence-related
Imran Khan: Taliban bachao ‘Tehrik’ -by Arshad Mahmood: Originally published in ‘Daily Aajkal’.
Osama’s killing: Is the world safe now? -by Saad Akhter: Osama’s killing has taken world by storm for a small period of time. Frankly I never thought that personalities matter and something like terrorism where people are fighting to get killed and get their names In history. Personalities don’t
Billing Dispute: Washington doubts Pakistan’s sincerity and rejects fake bills: The United States and Pakistan are engaged in a billing dispute, with Washington rejecting over 40% of the claims submitted by Islamabad as expenses to fight al-Qaeda and other terrorists along the Afghanistan border. According to internal Pentagon documents
WikiLeaks: General Kayani wanted more US drone strikes in Pakistan: The cable states that Anne Patterson remarks that “Kayani is often direct, frank, and thoughtful. .. is an avid golfer, he is President of the Pakistan Golf Association. He smokes heavily and can be difficult to understand as he
Obama administration is divided over future of U.S.-Pakistan relationship -by Karen DeYoung and Karin Brulliard: Two weeks after the death of Osama bin Laden, the Obama administration remains uncertain and divided over the future of its relationship with Pakistan, according to senior U.S. officials. The discovery of the al-Qaeda leader in a city near
An independent Commission is imperative to investigate Osama debacle -by Arshad Mahmood: This article was originally published in the ‘Daily AajKal’.
Pakistan: Osama’s episode -by Inam R Sehri: Yesterday, on 7th May 2011, President Zardari, PM Gilani and COAS Ashfaq Kayani met for the second time at the Presidency since Osama’s operation in Abbotabad and comprehensively reviewed the situation in the perspective of Pakistan’s national security and
Dangerous Liaisons -by Sana Bucha: Jon Stewart is funny. He made me laugh when he asked Musharraf where Osama was. Musharraf’s response of “lead the way, I will follow” comment made me smile. The late Af-Pak Envoy, Richard Holbrooke, in answer to my question
Osama Bin Ladan and our performance -by Shoaib Adil:
Mr. Panetta: “They are both” – by Waseem Altaf: ISPR has gone into hibernation. Understandably, thekedar (contractor) Noor Mohammd, who built the house where Osama lived, was taken into custody. A corps commanders’ conference has also been summoned which would conduct an ex-post facto analysis of the US
Caught Red Handed -by Arshad Mahmood: This article was originally published in the ‘Daily AajKal’
For some Pakistani media, Bin Laden a ‘Martyr’ -by Bashir Ahmad Gwakh: Osama bin Laden was living in a compound just a few hundred meters from Pakistan’s leading military academy for years before U.S. forces killed him. But despite the massive evidence suggesting Pakistani complicity in his hiding, much of the
Pakistan did its part -by Asif Ali Zardari: Pakistan, perhaps the world’s greatest victim of terrorism, joins the other targets of al-Qaeda — the people of the United States, Britain, Spain, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Turkey, Yemen, Kenya, Tanzania, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Algeria — in our satisfaction that
Bin Laden Killed in a joint operation??: Editor’s note: Finally United States has killed Osama. The details are not clear yet but it seems Osama Bin Laden was killed in a missile attack on a compound in the city of Abbottabad, a place of huge military
Mystery or madness? – by Cyril Almeida: THERE are some great mysteries in the world. What causes gravity? Is there a scientific theory of everything? Who was Jack the Ripper? How did the Egyptians build the pyramids? And that favourite of amateur psychologists and borderline misogynists,
Utter shame PM Gilani and Rehman Malik: It is utter shame how Prime Minister Gilani and Rehman Malik have been behaving like a ‘Devil’s Advocate’. More than two hundred young men from Parachinar have been camping outside the National Press Club in Islamabad for the past
A wise interview by President Asif Ali Zardari – by Ahsan Abbas Shah:
Pakistan lacks plan to defeat Taliban: US: The Obama administration has criticized Pakistan’s efforts against al-Qaida and Taliban militants, saying years after the conflict began, there remains “no clear path” toward defeating the insurgency on their side of the border with Afghanistan. Pakistan’s efforts to launch
Pakistan Democracy Review 2010: Related article: Pakistan Democracy Review 2009 – by Humza Ikram JANUARY 2010 NFC Award The 7th National Finance Commission (NFC) award was signed in January . A consensus was reached among Center and provinces ,and between four provinces. Center decided to
U.S. efforts fail to convince Pakistan’s top general to target Taliban – by Karin Brulliard and Karen DeYoung: Courtesy: The Washington Post, 31 Dec 2010 But they have yet to persuade him to undertake what theObama administration’s recent strategy reviewconcluded is a key to success in the Afghan war – the elimination of havens inside Pakistan where
Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer, explores future scenarios for Afghanistan and Pakistan: Source: Majallah Interview conducted by Constantino Xavier First publication date: 22 December 2010 A former CIA officer, Bruce Riedel has been a close observer of the radical developments that South Asia has witnessed since 2001. In this interview with
Strategic links between jihadi terrorists and Pakistan’s military establishment: Related Article: Dawn News Reporter – Pakistan Military’s support for militants یہ پوسٹ جولائی ٢٠١٠ میں ڈان نیوز سے نشر ہونے والے پروگرام رپورٹر کی دوسری قسط پر مبنی ہے. پروگرام کی ریکارڈنگ اور اہم نقاط کے اقتباسات پیش
A post on how to bring to end the conflict in Afghanistan – by TLW: Specially contributed to the LUBP, this post was first published at These Long Wars blog Pakistan, Iran and Russia. The middle one completely hated by the US, the former and latter, sort of trusted. Russia must bring pressure to bear