Negotiating with the terrorist

Governments’ refusals to entertain the possibility of dialogue with groups such as al-Qaeda and the self-proclaimed Islamic State is ahistorical and causes needless deaths, argues Jonathan Powell, who served as the British government’s chief negotiator in the Northern Ireland peace process. In Terrorists at the Table, Powell writes that governments can only resolve conflicts with . . . → Read More: Negotiating with the terrorist

How Pakistan and Saudi Arabia see each other

Unfounded, baseless and untrue,” said Pakistan’s foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry earlier this month, when asked whether his nation was considering the sale of nuclear arms to Saudi Arabia. Earlier this spring,Defense Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif reiterated Pakistan’s “pledge to protect Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity” in response to a request for military assistance against the . . . → Read More: How Pakistan and Saudi Arabia see each other

Lessons from India’s Myanmar raid

Days after elite army commandos took on terrorists along the border with Myanmar, the neighborhood is still edgy. Within India, there is the heightened state of alert along the Indo-Myanmar border obviously being extra careful of a strike back by insurgents. And on the western front, Pakistan is still fuming not only on account of . . . → Read More: Lessons from India’s Myanmar raid

Modernizing Pakistan’s legal system

Pakistan, long perceived by the outside world as the epicenter of al Qaeda’s operations after 9/11, has been one of the biggest victims of terrorism itself. It has lost more than 57,000 people including more than 20,000 civilians to terrorism since 2003. Even with this macabre background, the Dec. 16, 2014 attack on the Army . . . → Read More: Modernizing Pakistan’s legal system

Pakistan to eliminate terrorism

(BY ASHISH KUMAR SEN) Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary says military campaign against terrorists in ‘critical phase’

The Pakistani military has dismantled the Taliban’s core in a successful operation that is now in a “critical phase,” Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said June 4 at the Atlantic Council.

The terrorist group’s leadership “is on the run,” . . . → Read More: Pakistan to eliminate terrorism

Is United States using IS?

The Levant Report, the highly respected American NGO-watchdog on the transparency and accountability in government and politics in the United States, has done a great service to the intelligentsia in the South Asian region by obtaining through a federal lawsuit a selection of classified documents from the US Department of Defence and State Department relating . . . → Read More: Is United States using IS?

Saudi Arabia missing Yemen war objectives

As the war in Yemen escalates after a short humanitarian truce, the stakes are getting higher for Saudi Arabia’s princes, the region and Washington. The United Nations-hosted talks in Geneva next week are unlikely to get much traction.

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) and its Arab allies resumed their bombing campaign this week after . . . → Read More: Saudi Arabia missing Yemen war objectives

Pentagon’s predictions on ISIS

A declassified secret US government document obtained by the conservative public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.

The document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West . . . → Read More: Pentagon’s predictions on ISIS

Islam does not allow suicide attacks

Some 200 religious scholars have issued a decree against suicide attacks and termed them unlawful under Islamic law.

The decree issued at a conference of ulema here on Sunday said the philosophy behind the self-styled Islamic State (IS), banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and other so-called jihadi outfits was misleading.

Such groups operated . . . → Read More: Islam does not allow suicide attacks

Some real truth about ISIS

(By PATRICK COCKBURN) The map issued by the Pentagon to prove that Isis had lost territory shows how false optimism dominates the actions of the outside powers towards the Middle East.

A graphic illustration of Western wishful thinking about the decline of Islamic State (IS) is a well-publicised map issued by the Pentagon to prove . . . → Read More: Some real truth about ISIS