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Tag Archives: Al Qaeda

How Raymond Davis damaged Pakistan – U.S. relations

How Raymond Davis damaged Pakistan - U.S. relations

The burly American was escorted by Pakistani policemen into a crowded interrogation room. Amid a clatter of ringing mobile phones and cross talk among the cops speaking a mishmash of Urdu, Punjabi and English, the investigator tried to decipher the facts of the case. “America, you from America?” “Yes.” “You’re from America, and you belong to the American Embassy?” “Yes,” …

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Trump’s love for victory and US General’ s recent failures

President-elect Donald Trump’s message for the nation’s senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after winning the election. Trump: “We have some great generals. We have great generals.” Lesley Stahl: “You said you knew more than the generals about ISIS.” Trump: “Well, I’ll be honest with you, I probably do because look at …

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How will Pakistan absorb the Trump shock

Need to smell the coffee Perhaps the time has come to smell the coffee beans and rethink our foreign policy options and priorities   The media pundits got it all wrong. And so did the pollsters. Few in the US and abroad had predicted Donald Trump to be elected its 45thpresident. AlthoughHillary Clinton, the favourite, bagged 200,000 more popular votes …

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World needs to support Pakistan war against terror – Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called on all nations to be more supportive of Pakistan’s ‘difficult’ fight against militant groups, but urged Islamabad to push harder against militants hiding within its borders. That call for support came as Washington and New Delhi called on Islamabad to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai 2008 and Pathankot 2016 attackers to …

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Ataturk’s Turkey: A Dream Gone Sour

Erdogan Vs Zia

Winston Churchill said, “Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” If individuals who are in a position of authority do not learn from history and repeat past mistakes, the effects are felt by the whole population he or she is responsible for. For this very reason it is expected that world leaders keep a keen …

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Cooperation and trust the only way forward for AF-PAK

In article published earlier this week in the New York Times, former Interior Minister of Afghanistan, Mr. Daudzai raised serious questions over Ashraf Ghani’s judgment and understanding of the Pak-Afghan effort against terror. Coming off as overly skeptical, the former Interior Minister claimed that Pakistan’s goals and objectives are markedly from those of Afghanistan’s, and that Pakistan’s response so far …

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Change that Pakistan believed in…

PTI Change

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) or Movement for Justice Party promised many changes, but the changes and transformations it has itself undergone – by plan and design, or by twists of fate – have surprised, startled, and even disappointed many Pakistanis, including their followers and voters The PTI started out as a political party in the late 1990s, led by a …

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The next big ‘ism’: PART I

In the evolution of Globalization, what happens in France and Italy could have a direct stake for South Africa; the well being of the postcolonial Latin American nations might be premised in that of the Middle East. A universal dependence on oil, ever increasing communication, and the ease of travel have created an interdependent system: Akin to a human body, …

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US threatening to “cut aid” over video of abuse and extrajudicial ‘killing’ by firing squad

Gen Kiyani has already ordered an investigation of a five-and-a-half minute video in which it appears as if Pakistani soldiers are allegedly conducting extra-judicial killings Threat comes amidst promises of “broader relationship” and “more military aid” during Strategic Dialogue The United States intends to cut off aid to about a half-dozen Pakistani army units believed to have killed civilians and …

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The US and its ALLY

Quoting an unnamed ‘senior NATO official’ the CNN has reported that Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman Al Zawahiri are comfortably ensconced in Pakistan courtesy of ‘people’ loyal to them and ‘members of Pakistan’s intelligence services’. This does not tie in with Pakistan’s earlier operations that led to the arrests of over 700 Al Qaeda leaders who had sought …

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