Tag: Al-Qaeda

Aljazeera English on Drone Attacks

The Listening Post, a weekly news show on Aljazeera, just aired their take on the drone attacks in Pakistan. I was asked to contribute a comment to this show, which is included in the show. I have also posted my full comment below the Aljazeera video. Aljazeera: The Listening Post  

Polygraphing Pak-US ties

More than deploying a Sigmund Freud of international relations to understand what’s going on in the kooky world of Pak-US ties, perhaps all we need is a lie detector. So who’s lying? They all are. The federal government has been holding ‘parallel negotiations’ with the Americans for the last several weeks, all the while vending…

Research Questions about Pakistan

Aima Agha, working on a research project on Pakistan, has sent us the following statement/ set of preliminary questions. She would be grateful if you could take a few moments to respond using the comment form. Moment or Movement?  The big question for those of us who follow Pakistani news – every now and then,…

A post-9/11 state with a pre-9/11 mindset?

For Pakistan, every year of the 9/11 decade has been harsher than the last. But ten years after worlds collided over New York City, has Pakistan learnt the right lessons? Did it fully understand the flux of strategic opportunities and threats that 9/11 produced and undertake the long-term course corrections necessitated by a post-9/11 world?…

New Book: Secularizing Islamists?

Secularizing Islamists?: Jama’at-e-Islami and Jama’at-ud-Da’wa in Urban Pakistan By Humeira Iqtidar Secularizing Islamists? provides an in-depth analysis of two Islamist parties in Pakistan, the highly influential Jama‘at-e-Islami and the more militant Jama‘at-ud-Da‘wa, widely blamed for the November 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India. Basing her findings on thirteen months of ethnographic work with the two…

General Confusion

“As you may have heard,” Gen. Ashfaq Kayani said, calmly lighting another cigarette, “I’m India-centric.” The Army chief was referencing Bob Woodward’s assessment in Obama’s Wars, which had just been released. The 30-odd journalists who were at the briefing in Rawalpindi last November where the general made these remarks chortled. But this was no joke. General…

Another martyr of conscience!

Pakistan Navy is preparing to award Nishan-e Haider to its brave officer who lost his life defending the PNS base attacked by a militant group, mainly because his institution failed to protect it. Is there any award for the courageous journalist who sacrificed his life for his conscience and integrity in exposing the same institution?…

Watching a new reality show!

      So far Pakistan and the U.S. have been successful in creating the illusion that it was the U.S. that developed and managed the reality show “Obama Got Osama” single handedly. In this age of the internet marvels, however, we might not have to wait too long until another leak reveals the secret.…