Tag: Pakistan

Pakistan-India: Need for a Politics of Reconciliation

I write this while listening to Pujabi Bhangra music sung by Miss Pooja–A part of our collective cultural heritage. The music moves me, reminds me of home, even though Punjabi is not my mother tongue. One of my best graduate students is from Bengal, India, and yet in our conversations so much is expressed through…

Rawalpindi Bombing–Close to Home

Yesterday’s bombing of the National Bank was so close to my home that had I been there I would have felt the tremor and heard the blast from my room. What the newspapers have failed to mention is that this particular bank branch primarily dealt with the pension accounts of army retirees. So, most of…

South Waziristan: Operational Analysis

Those of you not familiar with the area and the operational strategy of the Pakistan army may benefit from this brief operational analysis. The Pakistan army is conducting Advance-to-Contact operations on three axes: East: Jandola-Kotkai-Sararogha axis. South-West: Wana-Shakai axis North: Razmak-Makeen-Sararogha axis. The purpose of an Advance-to-Contact operation  always is to move into the hostile…

Against Terror: Have Courage, Keep Faith, and Help the Victims

As I write these lines, the cowards who claim to understand the mind of God have declared war against the people of Pakistan. Their aim: to break the will of Pakistani nation. As the Pakistan army advances, finally, to call Hakeemullah Mehsud’s bluff, the caveman-warrior has responded with sending his murderers to kill innocent women,…

Blackwater (Xe International) in Pakistan?

According to The Nation and other Pakistani bloggers the infamous Blackwater–notorious for being kicked out of Iraq–is now consolidating its position in Pakistan. This is seriously disturbing as the company is known for its excessive use of force and for its disrespect for the local laws of Iraq. Will they repeat the same idiotic practices…