Bug Splat… drones and body count

In the twenty-first-century world of drone warfare, one question with two aspects reigns supreme: Who counts?

In Washington, the answers are the same: We don’t count and they don’t count.

The Obama administration has adamantly refused to count. Not a body. In fact, for a long time, American officials associated with Washington’s drone assassination campaigns and “signature strikes” in the backlands of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen claimed that there were no bodies to count, that the CIA’s drones were so carefully handled and so “precise” that they never produced an unmeant corpse — not a child, not a parent, not a wedding party. Nada.

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How India has failed to handle AFPAK

From the press release issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry in Beijing on Tuesday, there is no evidence that the situation in Afghanistan figured in the meeting between the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and State Councilor Yang Jiechi on the sidelines of the recent BRICS meeting in Moscow. Regional security as such, surprisingly, didn’t find reference.

At any rate, the respective Indian and Chinese views are poles apart as regards the latest tidings from Kabul – the signing of an accord between Afghanistan’s National Security Directorate [NSD] and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence [ISI] as well as the collaborative effort by the Chinese and Pakistani intelligence to facilitate a meeting between the representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban in Xinjiang last week. Continue reading How India has failed to handle AFPAK

Killer heat wave and power shortages killing people in India

Searing temperatures of up to 45 degrees Celcius have seen road surfaces start to melt in New Delhi, distorting the road markings(By JULIAN ROBINSON) The death toll from India’s killer heatwave has topped 1,100 as people battle to contend with conditions so hot roads are beginning to melt.

Road surfaces in New Delhi have started melting as temperatures hit a blistering 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) – and forecasters have warned it will get even hotter.

Southern India has been hit hardest by the sweltering weather and many of the victims are construction workers, elderly or homeless people unable to heed official advice to stay indoors. Continue reading Killer heat wave and power shortages killing people in India

Christine Fair’s failed logic

Christine FairMs Fair’s articles no longer make waves. They are so tiring and boring and the topic is always the same — Pakistan. This time the title of her latest is — Honor our Fallen By Getting Real on Pakistan — and sadly she honors no one, certainly not the fallen, by yet another tirade against Pakistan. One wonders what she teaches her students as assistant professor at the prestigious Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service — could not be diplomacy for sure! She is no credit to the institution that has chosen to employ her in spite of her obsession driven single track warped thinking on US Foreign Policy and Pakistan. Sad but true.

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Adolf Hitler reincarnated as Modi

Narendra Modi and the rise of his party have many similarities with Adolf Hitler and rise of Nazis in Germany. Modi’s victory bodes ill for this nation.

In a state where Mahatma Gandhi was born, we have a leader now who confesses his targeting of Muslims, and yet, people vote him back into power. Hitler used to openly confess his contempt for Jews and yet people backed him. Modi is a bachelor, like Hitler. He is (supposedly) not corrupt (like Hitler). He is vegetarian (like Hitler) and has contempt for meat-eaters. He goes after his agenda which he makes it clear right in the beginning (like Hitler) and it involves targeting certain sections blaming them for all ills of the society. The economic prosperity in the land is high (like under Hitler), and his goons are ready to target and kill one community (like under Hitler) with protection from the state apparatus. Like Hitler, Modi practices and spends lot of time on mastering his oratory. Like Hitler, he creates an image and persona that is much more than the party and the ideology. Continue reading Adolf Hitler reincarnated as Modi

My beautiful Balochistan beaches

Whenever someone say ‘Baluchistan’, an image that comes in a mind is basically a desert, camels, and nothing else. But once you would see these beaches of Balochistan, you would visualize this province a very different way next time. These naturally preserved beaches, i.e. local authorities have done almost nothing to make attractive or worth tourism, yet they look so beautiful and mesmerizing. Continue reading My beautiful Balochistan beaches

Mubashir Luqman on Axact scandal and Bol TV nework

Mubashir Luqman unedited audio recording on Axact issue

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Wajahat S Khan – Blind to the obvious

Wajahat S. Khan sent me an email with this heartfelt piece on his recent experience with the ” the all-consuming, thankless revolving door that is Pakistani broadcast media”. He rightly complains about his seniors and colleagues in the industry. I am reproducing his email that was sent with the article:

“Hey, Champ: Wrote this three days ago. Soon after my resignation. “They” won’t publish it. They don’t want to. They say it’s good, but now won’t return my calls now. Can you read it? And run it on Pak Tea House? And help me get the word out?”

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Soon we will forget Axact, like everything else

Beasts, too, have rights!

Who says there is no rule of law in Pakistan? Look at the way state authorities and state laws have jumped into action in the matter of Axact, a company reportedly involved in a multi-million-dollar mega scam of astonishing and, for some, mouth-watering proportions.

The swift action by law enforcement agencies has been applauded amid raised eye brows and whispering suspicions. In Pakistan, where rule of law happens to be perched at the lowest rung of state priorities, such action instead of answering questions, raises more to be answered. Continue reading Soon we will forget Axact, like everything else

Making Afghanistan work

What happens in Afghanistan will affect Pakistan — this must be the foundational idea of Pakistan’s policy towards this unfortunate country that has gone through three cycles of war, spanning over a period of about 37 years. News coming out of Afghanistan is not good, and it must worry Pakistan. What is all this news? The Taliban groups have established a much stronger foothold than ever before, in some of the northern provinces and have pushed the national security forces off their positions. According to a New York Times report, the casualties of the Afghan police and national army, for the first four months of the year, were as follows: 1,800 dead and 3,400 wounded. The repeated offences of the Taliban and their violence in many parts of the country, including the capital, Kabul, have proved to be very discouraging for the security forces. Continue reading Making Afghanistan work