Showing posts from January, 2013

A Pakistani General Reveals Details of the Kargil Fiasco

NOTE: The author of this blog had exposed these facts about Kargil Operation in his book 'Pakistan's Drift into Extremism' as early as July 2004: See the relevant text of the book by clicking here and here

Kargil Adventure was Four Men Show: General
Khaleeq Kiani, Dawn, January 29, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The men who witnessed the Kargil fiasco continue to spill the beans. Lt Gen (retd) Shahid Aziz, a former chief of general staff of Pakistan Army who has till now kept his peace about what he witnessed in the summer of ’99, says the ‘misadventure’ was a four-man show the details of which were hidden from the rest of the military commanders initially.

This is the first time someone this senior in the military hierarchy of the time has spoken in such detail and with such frankness about the fiasco that was Kargil.

According to him, initially the Kargil operation was known only to Gen Pervez Musharraf, chief of general staff Lt Gen Mohammad Aziz, FCNA (Force Command Northern Areas) comma…

The Future of Taliban in Afghanistan?

Which Way Did the Taliban Go?
By Luke Mogelson,
New York Times, January 17, 2013

The village was abandoned. Streets deserted. Houses empty. Behind the central mosque rose a steep escarpment. Behind the escarpment mountains upon mountains. Up there — above the timberline, among the peaks — a white Taliban flag whipped in the wind. Several Afghan soldiers were admiring it when a stunted and contorted person emerged from an alley. Dressed in rags, he waved a hennaed fist at them and wailed. Tears streamed down his face. Most of the soldiers ignored him. Some laughed uncomfortably. A few jabbed their rifles at his chest and simulated shooting. The man carried on undeterred — reproaching them in strange tongues.
A truck pulled up, and Lt. Col. Mohammad Daowood, the battalion commander, stepped out. Everyone waited to see what he would do. Daowood is a man alive to his environment and adept at adjusting his behavior by severe or subtle degrees. He can transform, instantaneously, from empath…

Asia Society Blog: Pakistan's Moment is Near ?

Pakistan's Moment is Near — but Will Anyone Care? - by Hassan Abbas
Asia Society & CNN, January 15th, 2013

Pakistan is only months away from a first: A democratically elected government is slated to hand over power to another democratically elected government. Too bad few in Pakistan are in a celebratory mood. The lack of excitement is due, in part, to a worsening economic situation and rampant corruption. Today, Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf for fraud related to power plant deals. The previous day, Muhammad Tahirul Qadri, a former elected parliamentarian and an important religious figure who just returned from Canada, led tens of thousands of people in a protest against political corruption in the capital of Islamabad. Taking control of the reins of government after a long military rule is never easy. Often people expect quick results and don’t fully realize the damage done to both the polity and society by dictators. They drea…

Dynamics of Terror Against Hazara Shia Community of Pakistan

[Irfan Ali died in a terrorist attack targeting Shia Hazara in Quetta recently]

Silencing the Voice of the Voiceless
Saleem Javed, Dawn, January 12, 2013

His parents named him Irfan Ali but he added ‘Khudi’ to it later on. He strongly believed in Iqbal’s ‘Khudi ko kar buland itna kay hurr taqdeer se pehlay … khuda banday se khud puchay bata teri raza kya hai’.

Ali had an intense devotion to education, which is why he was hugely disappointed when he, like many of his fellow citizens, was unable to complete his schooling due to the worsening security situation in Balochistan, particularly his home city – Quetta. His dream of becoming a social psychologist was never realised.

Not one to give up, he found the next best way to quench his thirst for knowledge: engaging with people from various ethnicities and religions. He would try and study every person he met, interacting with them to better understand their lives, their struggles. The honest effort he made in getting to know someone mad…

Book Event: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics, and Religion

Talibanistan: Negotiating the Borders Between Terror, Politics, and Religion
The longest war the United States has ever fought is the ongoing war in Afghanistan. But when refer to "Afghanistan," we really mean a conflict that straddles the border with Pakistan -- and the reality of Islamic militancy on that border is enormously complicated. In Talibanistan, an unparalleled group of experts offer a nuanced understanding of this critical region.
Please join the New America Foundation's National Security Studies Program for a conversation with some of these experts about the militancy and extremism that continue to plague Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan.

January 8, 2013: 12:15 pm - 1:45 pm
New America Foundation
1899 L St. NW Suite 400, Washington DC, 20036
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Featured Speakers Col. Thomas Lynch III
Colonel-Retired, U.S. Army
Distinguished Research Fellow…

Change in Pakistan's Security Policy ?

Paradigm Shift? Reassessing Pakistan’s Security Raza Rumi, January 6, 2013
Published in The News on Sunday
The Pakistan army has reportedly revised its security assessment and is now placing more emphasis on ‘internal threats’ rather than external enemies Media reports suggest that the Pakistan army has revised its security assessment and is now placing more emphasis on ‘internal threats’ rather than the external enemies which had informed its strategy as well as operations. This is a welcome development. The details of the new doctrine are unclear but there have been three indications in the recent past. First, the tacit support to the civilian government’s thaw with India and undertaking the unimaginable: trade with India. Second, the chief of the army staff, Gen Kayani, while speaking at an official ceremony on August 14, cited the threat of extremism and reiterated the moderate ethos of Islam. Thirdly, the continued battle against militants in the northwest of the country continues…