Kamran Shafi Archive

Daish, ever closer – Kamran Shafi: On October 16, 2014, I wrote on these pages under the title: “They come at you in convoys…” an account of what the police chief of Kirkuk, General Sarhad Qadir, had to say about ISIS/ISIL/IS which was attacking Kirkuk
Sherry Rehman parrots security establishment’s discourse on Afghanistan: Note: In the following article (extract taken from ET), Kamran Shafi cites Dr Taqi’s 2010 article which clearly shows how Sherry Rehman and certain other “liberals” have been parroting Pakistan secuirty establishment’s discourse on Afghanistan. Whistleblowing; after the event
عمران خان کی طالبان کودفتر کھولنے کی پیشکش پرکامران شفیع کا تبصرہ: معروف تجزیہ کار کامران شفیع نےکہا کہ عمران خان ان دہشت گردوں سے مذاکرات کی بات کررہے ہیں جنہوں نے پاک فوج کے بارہ جوانوں کے گلے کاٹے، جنرل ثنااللہ کو شہید کیا، لاہوراور کراچی میں دھماکے کیے کوئٹہ
Kamran Shafi’s column and PML-N’s Khawaja Asif’s speech on #ShiaGenocide: ‘Outrage’, indeed! Kamran Shafi We were ‘outraged’ by the killing of well over a hundred — we’ll never know the exact number — Hazara Shia, including women and old men and little children, slaughtered in a massive explosion caused
Deep State vs HRW – by Kamran Shafi: Most ugly shenanigans “Four Israeli attacks on journalists and media facilities in Gaza during the November 2012 fighting violated the laws of war by targeting civilians and civilian objects that were making no apparent contribution to Palestinian military operations.
Attack on Malala: Give up extremism, gentlemen, and let this country breathe – by Kamran Shafi: As this country plumbs ever newer depths of the crap-hole, it becomes clearer to Pakistanis that those that hold it by the throat were always wrong; that they were not merely deluded, they were dishonest because they wanted a
Full text of General Kayani’s speech on Pakistan Independence Day, and some comments: Full text of General Kayani’s speech last month (Independence Day) on war on extremism and terrorism; “our own war, and a just war too”. Perhaps it’s time to practice what we preach! Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez
Stout denial: Should someone not be held responsible for repeated killings of Shias? – by Kamran Shafi: First, my deep anguish and pain at the wanton and repeated killings of our Shia brothers and sisters and children across the length and breadth of our poor and blighted country: from Mastung to Parachinar, to Karachi to Kohistan to Khanpur
Pakistan’s elected parliament must remove Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry: Related post: CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry should be asked to appear before Parliamentary Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges   Recently our fellow contributor and supporter, Peja Mistri wrote an excellent article titled “IMC – A monumental failure”. The
An open letter to LUBP – by Salma Jafar:         Dear LUBP editors, Just a few thoughts for what they are worth. Although I am not a part of LUBP team and you have every right to define the parameters of your debate and LUBP
A gentle reminder: General Ayub Khan’s memo to Admiral Radford – by Kamran Shafi: Editor’s note: According to news reports, Pakistan army is quite interested in investigating about a memo delivered to Admiral Mullen in May 2011 which was allegedly authored by Ambassador Husain Haqqani on the advice of Pakistan’s elected government. An
Begum Bhutto remembered – by Kamran Shafi: When I see the carping on Twitter, and various blogs and discussion boards and what have you, complaining about the holiday to mark the passing of Begum Nusrat Bhutto; or about the government flying journalists to Larkana to cover
Aiders and abettors – by Kamran Shafi: Related posts: Maleeha Lodhi and her services to the Deep State LUBP Archive on Maleeha Lodhi The Deep State is not alone in its enterprise of trying to fool all of the people all of the time for its
Hate Amrica; crush Amrika – by Kamran Shafi: So then, who saw the photograph in the Wall Street Journal of this last Wednesday that showed Pakistanis in some bazaar, shouting hate slogans against the United States? If you didn’t, do see it on the Internet, reader: there are about 15 or
‘Aj you were’! – Kamran Shafi’s rebuttal to JI-USIP report on Pakistan’s Afghan policy: Looking at the unfolding situation vis-a-vis the Afghanistan-Pakistanimbroglio; watching with trepidation bordering on fear, the ‘perceptions’ of the ‘foreign policy elite’ and therefore of the Establishment of this luckless country (not, God forbid, to be confused with the elected government);
شرم تم کو میاں مگر نہیں آتی – by Dr. Shazia Nawaz: اپنا (APPNA) پاکستانی doctors جو امریکا میں رہتے ہیں ان کی تنظیم ہے. ہم لوگ ہر سال اپنا کی میٹنگ کرتے ہیں جس میں ہم لوگ پاکستانی صحافی اور سیاست دانوں کو بھی بلاتے ہیں. ان کو بلانے کا مقصد کبھی تو خیالات
Clean Bowled: Deep State and Osama bin Laden – by Kamran Shafi: “BY golly some of our great anchors are something to behold after the springing of Master Raymond Davis from jail … foaming at the mouth; trembling with white rage …” — yours truly in this same space in March,
How to identify (fake) liberal proxies of Pakistan army in mainstream and social media?: Preamble Commenting on the state of pro-establishment journalism in Pakistan, Ayesha Siddiqa once said: Today, we face a state of military hegemony: political, economic and intellectual control. Today, there is not a single university in Pakistan or a young
Our livid anchors – by Kamran Shafi: BY golly some of our great anchors are something to behold after the springing of Master Raymond Davis from jail and his departure for lands more salubrious than the Land of the Pure. They are actually foaming at the
Of the anchors, by the anchors, for the anchors – by Kamran Shafi: In addition to all that is wrong with our country we have umpteen TV channels and loud, oh so loud anchors, most talking the height of nonsense; with notable exceptions all of them rude and discourteous and impolite to
The Ghairat Brigades and the truth – by Kamran Shafi: Related articles: LUBP Archive on Raymond Davis THE Ghairat Brigades are in overdrive over the Davis issue. Raucous ‘news’ items are appearing in Ghairatmand newspapers and TV channels over how even the police are convinced that the man is
On Salmaan Taseer: A cry in the wilderness – by Kamran Shafi: Source: Dawn, 11 Jan 2010 I DON`T know where to begin, what to say. There are so many questions: the governor`s murderer could have been a fundamentalist, obscurantist, extremist, terrorist, whatever. But why did the other guards who were
The MQM-JUI drama being directed from you-know-where – by Kamran Shafi: So then, the MQM has crossed over to the opposition benches, joining Maulana Fazlur Rehman`s JUI, pushing the federal government onto the ropes. Let us now see how the drama, being directed from you-know-where, unfolds. Thus far, Mr Nawaz
Happy new year? – by Kamran Shafi: WELL, hopefully, what with the obscurantist forces back on the march in an attempt to bludgeon into submission those who advocate the imperative and immediate need of making the blasphemy laws in this country less draconian, less obnoxious; what
Oh what fun, but who’s surprised by WikiLeaks? – by Kamran Shafi: SHOCK! Horror! WikiLeaks! Bombs rock Islamabad! Kayani mulled ousting Zardari and bringing in Asfandyar! Kayani distrusts Nawaz more than Zardari! ISI chief tells Americans Zardari is corrupt! Zardari says he might be assassinated! ISI extols virtues of some Taliban!
LUBP Interview with Kamran Shafi: Related article: LUBP Exclusive: A critical interview with Nadeem F. Paracha LUBP is pleased to publish an exclusive interview with Kamran Shafi, one of the boldest voices in Pakistani media particularly because of his courage to write against the
Our lovely image – by Kamran Shafi: JUST back from a trip to lovely old England — oh how I love England! — and the usual experiences: the immigration officer at Heathrow falling off her chair at the mere sight of my green passport, then getting
Pakistan army’s Taliban strategy – by Kamran Shafi: Making sense of it all WHEN Musharraf made his U-turn on the Taliban upon American `urging` after 9/11, some of us thought he meant it. And, being the boss of bosses of the establishment of the Land of the
SP Ashfaq Anwer’s statement confirms rogue elements’ role in Benazir Bhutto’s murder – by Kamran Shafi: Good news at last By Kamran Shafi IT is one of the best pieces of news this year, yes, even more than the Supreme Court’s (SC) sagaciously and correctly signalling that parliament could legislate amendments to the constitution by
What spooked the justices? – by Kamran Shafi: So much that a sitting of all the 17 honourable judges of the Supreme Court (SC) was called at midnight on the basis of what is fast turning out to be just a rumour run by a private television
Up to our necks – By Kamran Shafi: Source: Dawn (October 12, 2010)   BUT do you think the fire-breathing, attitude striking, ghairat brigade (brigades actually, for many more have sprouted in the week that the Torkham border remained closed to Nato/ISAF supplies) will ever acknowledge, even
We must have answers – By Kamran Shafi: An appeal has been made to My Lord the Chief Justice of Pakistan by 10 eminent citizens, in the following words. “An appeal by the citizens of Pakistan: Request to scrutinise the five-year tax returns, declaration of assets and
Silence is not an option – by Kamran Shafi: Enough is bloody enough! Enough of deafening silence as our people, women, men and children, are mercilessly killed and maimed and widowed and orphaned by cold-blooded murderers and their handlers and motivators. How many more Safwat Ghayyurs and Mushtaq
General Kayani’s extension as army chief: A bad decision: Related post: Good riddance, General Pasha! Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani today (22 July 2010) extended the term of the country’s army chief General Ashfaq Kayani for three more years in a move to ensure continuity in the
Shame all around – by Kamran Shafi: First published in Dawn At exactly 23:12 i.e. 12 minutes past 11pm last Thursday night, my mobile telephone rang. My old friends of ‘Private Number Calling’ infamy were at the other end. “Aap aaj XYZ embassy gaye they —
The Looming Catastrophe – by Kamran Shafi: The looming catastrophe – By Kamran ShafiDawn, June 22, 2010 ON June 20, four terrorists, allegedly belonging to the murderous Jundullah, who were standing trial for bombing the Ashura procession in Karachi last December, were freed by six allegedly
Ahmadi massacre in Lahore: It’s now or never – by Kamran Shafi: An Ahmadi man weeps as victims are loaded onto an ambulance after gunmen attacked their place of worship in Lahore’s Garhi Shahu neighborhood on May 28, 2010. –Reuters Photo/Mohsin Raza I saw the news of the massacre much after
No respite – by Kamran Shafi: Source :Dawn I write this at the start of the week during which the Supreme Court starts hearings on the 18th Amendment and the NRO non-compliance case (both hearings have been adjourned). But, just last week, two earthshaking happenings rocked
Terror abound: From Faisal Shahzad to General Nadeem Ijaz – by Kamran Shafi: So who’s surprised? Just as the country was settling down to the usual terrorist attacks on our armed forces and police and the weekly bomb attacks somewhere or other in the Citadel of Islam by the former (?) friends
Investigation of Benazir Bhutto’s murder by a committee and a half – By Kamran Shafi: A committee and a half The committee set up to fix responsibility for the hosing down of the site of Benazir Bhutto’s dastardly assassination is something to behold: a federal secretary, a provincial additional secretary and the vice chief