In the name of full disclosure

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

USA needs to relearn Afghanistan

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 [4]. Two hundred years later, foreign understandings of the modern Afghan state . . . → Read More: USA needs to relearn Afghanistan

The complex jihadist network in Pakistan

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

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 . . . → Read More: Bug Splat… drones and body count

Christine Fair’s failed logic

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

Terrorism becomes India’s state policy

By Abdul Quayyum Khan Kundi

True colors of extreme-right BJP government are now showing from the actions and statements of PM Modi’s government and cabinet members. The statement by Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar that terrorism will be used to counter any terrorist attack is troubling especially since India is a . . . → Read More: Terrorism becomes India’s state policy

Christine Fair lost in propaganda

Christine Fair’s most recent article (tirade) — ‘America’s Pakistan Policy is Sheer Madness’ is a true masterpiece of distortion and opinionated utterances. She calls members of the US Congress, White House, Departments of Defense and State pusillanimous besides faulting them for not just a flawed policy but a policy that harms US interests. . . . → Read More: Christine Fair lost in propaganda

Pakistan is KSA’s historic ally

(By Ishaan Tharoor) Saudi Arabia’s campaign against Houthi rebel forces in Yemen, which began with waves of airstrikes overnight on Thursday, has laid down a new marker in the dangerously unstable Middle East.

As WorldViews discussed earlier, the Saudis coordinated their action with a coalition of Sunni majority countries, sharpening the perception that the offensive . . . → Read More: Pakistan is KSA’s historic ally

Pakistan must neither bend nor offend

The parliament has passed a resolution about the Pakistani foreign policy position on Yemen which largely advise the government to focus on a diplomatic solution. The reaction by state minister of foreign affairs of UAE has been unfortunate which can tantamount to a threat. But one thing is clear from this statement that it is . . . → Read More: Pakistan must neither bend nor offend

Should Afghanistan bank on China?

Afghanistan needs China’s financial resources, construction industry, and political leverage. China needs Afghanistan for regional stability. The two need to exploit their mutual need and build a strong partnership.]

With the recent surge in direct diplomacy and high level visits between China and Afghanistan there is an emerging hope amongst Afghans . . . → Read More: Should Afghanistan bank on China?