(By Brian Cloughley) How many insurgents, militants, Taliban – call them what you will – are fighting in Afghanistan? Ten thousand? Twenty thousand? Does anyone in the Afghan government or the International Security Assistance Force have any idea of the number?
But there are a few things that are certain, no matter how few or . . . → Read More: USA lost the Afghan war even before it started
Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that in May this year, the U.S. handed over to Pakistan over 14 combat aircraft, 59 military trainer jets and 374 armoured personnel carriers. “Now we can spend this money to directly pay the terrorists enrolled into the United States army and also to revive the Pakistani economy…” said White House.
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Mr Dhruva Jaishankar’s article — The Definition of Insanity is US Af-Pak Strategy — is perfectly in line with the current anti-Pakistan insanity sweeping India. What is amazing is that Foreign Policy published it. Mr Jaishankar starts by quoting Donald Trump when he calls US leaders stupid and losers. He links this to the top . . . → Read More: The absurdness unlimited
Médecins Sans Frontières has pulled its staff out of the crisis-hit Afghan city of Kunduz after a US airstrike on its hospital, labelled a war crime by the group.
MSF says 22 people were killed by the bombing, which Afghan officials now claim was in retaliation for fire from Taliban fighters hiding in the hospital. . . . → Read More: US airstrike kills doctors without borders in Afghanistan
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
Thousands of madrassas in Pakistan remain completely unregulated by the government and their sources of funding unknown while many more thousands offer an education to their students with bleak employment prospects, which increases their vulnerability to poverty and extremism. Humaira Israr argues that the Pakistani government needs to show greater resolve to register, regulate, and . . . → Read More: Militancy and the unregulated madrassas
In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.
“At night we can hear them screaming, . . . → Read More: Ignore the screams – The open child sexual abuse in Afghanistan
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