Tag: Inter-Services Intelligence

Aid Wars: US-Pakistan and Politics of Coercion

In a latest move, the US government has decided to  suspend $800 million military aid to Pakistan. It is fairly obvious that grounds for this had already been smoothed by the powers that be: The recent statements by senior US military officers about involvement of ISI in the murder of Syed Saleem Shahzad, it seems,…

An Open Letter by Senator Raza Rabbani

In the name of the people of Pakistan OPEN LETTER This letter is of a concerned Pakistani, who is seeing the State and its constitutional structures rendered helpless at the hands of terrorism. It has brought into question the writ of the State. It has brought into question the ability of the civilian government to…

Pakistan Arrests CIA Informants in Bin Laden Case

The Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence has arrested five Pakistani informants who gave the CIA information leading to the raid on Usamah Bin Laden’s compound at Abbotabad, according to the NYT. The arrests appear to have happened some time ago, and were part of the recent consultations of Leon Panetta, who is transitioning from CIA chief to…

Intelligence overkill?

We all know what went wrong in the weeks before, and during, the US operation to take out Osama. The bewildering array of Pakistani intelligence groups messed up: no real skills, no good information, no action. We know what went wrong a few weeks later at PNS Mehran: the spooks ignored all warnings of an…

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?…

Sow Mumbai, Reap Karachi?

This was irony at its cruelest. Just as David Headley took the stand in Chicago and alleged that the terrorists behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks were trained by Pakistan Navy’s Frogmen, troops in Karachi were almost done retaking the PNS Mehran naval air base after a 17-hour standoff that left 10 soldiers dead. Amid the…

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.…

A tale of two prime ministers

The year was 1988. The Cold War that Pakistan had helped burn with a deadly heat was coming to a close. Gorbachev had just informed Afghan president Najibullah that Soviet troops were pulling out of Afghanistan and official accords had been signed in Geneva. As Soviet troops waited to vacate the country, the ISI’s central…

A Pakistani General Resigning?

The Pakistani generals are not famous for resigning, not even when they lose half a country (Yahya Khan) or start a disastrous war without the knowledge of their government (Pervez Musharraf). In fact, when they make huge blunders, they usually tend to sack the elected governments and declare themselves the rulers of our poor nation.…