Nasty thing about politics and war is the only two sides one must choose from. You are a traitor for supporting foreign invaders who spread education, or a patriot for siding with the local tyrant who raped and terrorized. Education liberated him and Hussain Haqqani did not keep out of politics. So he got scandalized [...]
When it comes to Pakistan, there are at least two narratives in the American media; one constructed by quasi-positive direct quotes of the administration, the other, an acrimonious narrative created by ‘unnamed’ official sources. From stories that raised concerns on the safety of nuclear assets to exposes that alleged Pakistan reverse engineered legacy Harpoon missiles; [...]
The “word” on the Hill is that the Americans feel comfortable working with “Kayani-Pasha-Haqqani” trio and General Kayani will stay for another year. A well placed CENTCOM source Washinton told us today that despite some posturing by democratically elected government of Pakistan, country’s Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani will get an extension [...]
It’s mothers day again, America, 2010. The frenzy for fragrance-free flowers will make for a hectic Sunday morning. Everyone will be a feminist for the day. Mothers will lie in bed and watch the Sunday morning talk shows while fathers juggle kids and kitchens. The TV hosts will convey child-like heart warming messages of love [...]
Discussing the developments of Faisal Shahzad’s arrest on a Pakistani TV channel this week, I was asked: why is America against Muslims. Reducing American actions to ideology is not only simplistic but also obscures critical analysis. Why is it that Muslims from Qatar or Oman: Muslims from India, Bangladesh, Malaysia or Indonesia not under scrutiny? [...]
Many Pakistanis fear more troops mean more of the nightmarish same; more drones, more CIA and private boots on the ground, more money for the ISI, and moral support for the army. Don’t be surprised by drone attacks in Baluchistan as well.