Daily Archives: November 4, 2009

Obama’s AfPak Dilemma

If Pakistan is able to properly handle its current military operations and economic issues, it is likely to come out stronger from the current crises.

By Khalid Aziz, Dawn Wednesday, 04 Nov, 2009

When President Barack Obama took office he commissioned an inter-agency review of US policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan. The recommendations emerging from this review were issued in a white paper.

The paper reflected opinions held by disparate groups in the highly saturated think-tank world of Washington, yet it lacked consistency and proposed contradictory policies, thus leading to more confusion rather than bringing clarity to the policy debate. After the publication of the white paper, US policy in the region is in disarray. Continue reading


Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, FATA, Obama, Pakistan, Taliban, War On Terror

“We Refuse to Be Held to Ransom By Terrorism”

Cross-post: Beena Sarwar interviews VEENA MASUD, Pakistan Women’s Swimming Association

KARACHI, Oct 29 (IPS) – Karachi-based, Trinidad-born and educated Veena Masud is a school principal who wants to see Pakistani women shine in the international sports arena.

Honorary Secretary of the Pakistan Women’s Swimming Association, president of the Sindh Women’s Swimming Association, and executive committee member of the Pakistan Olympic Association, she has cheered Pakistani swimmers as they returned to the Olympics after 40 years. Continue reading


Filed under human rights, Law, Pakistan, Religion, Rights, sport, Women, youth

Tablighi Jamaat Coming of Age?

Ex-servicemen belonging to Tablighi Jamaat meet in Raiwind ahead of its annual Ijtimah to discuss the party’s future agenda

By Waqar Gillani, The News

Ahead of the Tablighi Jamaat’s annual congregation in Raiwind near Lahore — one of the largest congregations of Islamic world attended by at least one and half million Muslims — there has been a day-long meeting of at least 50 former officers of Pakistan’s armed forces in Raiwind to discuss the future agenda of the rapidly-expanding movement. Continue reading


Filed under Army, Islamism, Pakistan, Taliban

New US policy to raise aid for Pakistan

By Anwar Iqbal, Dawn

WASHINGTON: The new US policy for the Pak-Afghan region will be a combination of continued military presence in Afghanistan and an increase in military and economic assistance to Pakistan, officials and lawmakers say.

US President Barack Obama holds his final meeting with his senior military advisers on Friday to finalise the policy. Mr Obama has already held six such meetings with senior military and political advisers since late last month. Continue reading


Filed under Pakistan, War On Terror