(By Tom Engelhardt) Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly remember the moment when the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended in a stunned silence of shock and triumph in Washington, Eastern Europe was freed, Germany unified, and the Soviet Union vanished from the face of the . . . → Read More: What Americans and world need to know about USA
The most important thing by far about Pakistan may seem so obvious as to be scarcely worth remarking. Yet it defies the predictions of several leading “experts” on Pakistan (both Pakistani and western) over the past four decades: Pakistan is still there.
In the Arab world, states have fallen in rows as a result . . . → Read More: The future is bright for Pakistan
General. Afghanistan is a landlocked country and dependent upon Pakistan for its exports/imports, but has traditionally remained friendly to India and unsympathetic to Pakistan since 1947. The only time it was friendly with Pakistan and unfriendly with India was during the five-year rule of Taliban from 1996 till 2001. Afghanistan under Hamid Karzai was worst . . . → Read More: How Afghanistan’s internal situation has an impact on Pakistan
The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) has only 1,600 staff members to counter over 40 per cent drug trafficking of the world via Pakistan.
This was disclosed during a briefing to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by the ANF on Tuesday. It was stated that the ANF had 1,600 ‘enforcers’ to counter the smuggling of heroin and . . . → Read More: 40pc of the world’s drug trafficking handled by a staff of 1600
A special team of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) conducted an intelligence-based operation in Balochistan on Monday, resulting in the seizure of heroine worth billions of rupees.
With the seizure of 746kg heroin worth Rs4.77 billion in the international market, the force has now seized ‘approximately 12,365 tonnes of narcotics in the past 17 years,’ said . . . → Read More: ANF grabs narcotics worth Rs. 4.77 billion in Baluchistan
Christine Fair’s latest article addressing Indo-Pak relations is a predictable tirade against Pakistan’s ‘aggressive’ tendencies. Her venomous rant—completely detached from the complex security environment is wanting in objectivity.
The fact of the matter remains that much as she’d like, Pakistan cannot be wished away. The state remains to be a key . . . → Read More: In the name of full disclosure
In 1815, Mountstuart Elphinstone, the first British ambassador dispatched to the court of the Afghan shah in 1809, published an abridged version of his eighty-eight volumes of notes from the mission. The result was the two-volume An Account of the Kingdom of Caubul . Two hundred years later, foreign understandings of the modern Afghan state . . . → Read More: USA needs to relearn Afghanistan
Western authors, most notably journalist Carlotta Gall in her early 2014 book, The Wrong Enemy, and more recently, Seymour Hersh in a much ballyhooed article, “The Killing of Osama bin Laden,” have written that senior Pakistani intelligence and military figures knowingly hid bin Laden and actively worked to sustain his organization, al Qaeda, within Pakistan. . . . → Read More: The complex jihadist network in Pakistan
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 . . . → Read More: Bug Splat… drones and body count
Ms 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 . . . → Read More: Christine Fair’s failed logic