Tag: Nato

"Narco-terrorism, Narco-cops and Zombies"

If Petro-dollars have become the backbone of terrorism in Pakistan, Narco-dollars are the major source of funding for the Afghan Taliban. Without eliminating financial networks in both countries, terrorism will remain a force to be reckoned with for a long time to come. Opium has been a traditional cash crop in Afghanistan but Narco-terrorism has…

The last(ing) tango

If abused patience runs the risk of turning into fury, has American patience with Pakistan finally run out and should we expect a major falling-out? By Monday, it was clear Pakistan had been shipwrecked on the rocks of its own intransigence, reduced to a hangdog at a summit at which it had thought it was…

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…

Pakistan Army: The Fog of War Argument Won't Do

Since the recent killing of Pakistani soldiers by NATO, the Pakistani political leadership and Pakistani people have entered a sort of crisis overdrive mode. Thankfully, this time the people and politicians are not just railing about the US and NATO. Quite a few hard questions are also being asked of the Pakistan army senior leadership,…

Pakistan Should Re-evaluate its Relationship with the US and NATO

In wake of the recent killing of Pakistani soldiers as a result of NATO bombing, Pakistani government has gone into a crisis mode and so has the Pakistani public: while the civilian government and the army have issues some powerful rhetorical statements, including the ultimatum to the US to vacate their base in Balochistan, the…

Killing of Pakistani Soldiers: A Mistake or a Message?

According to recent reports, 24 Pakistani soldiers were allegedly killed by NATO airstrikes along the Pak-Afghan border. The Pakistani government, in retaliation, has blocked the two NATO supply routes and has also asked the US to vacate the CIA (drone)base in Balochistan. This is a crucial moment for the so-called alliance between Pakistan and the…

NATO’s Tactics and Timetable Strengthen Afghan Radicals

(From mustafaqadri.net) Last Updated: Nov 23, 2010 Over the weekend the leaders of NATO unanimously agreed to start withdrawing from Afghanistan by 2014. Timed so as not to clash with the expected re-election bid of the US president Barack Obama in 2012, the announcement comes at a moment when the US-led war against al Qa’eda…