Daily Archives: December 12, 2009

Taking Over Pakistan

Pakistan as a security state

By Irfan Husain  | Dawn 12 Dec, 2009 

Jawaharlal Nehru (left) and Ayub Khan in Karachi. PHOTO: THE HINDU PHOTO LIBRARY

Over the years, many readers have asked me why Pakistan should fear an attack from India. They suggest that as we are under no threat from our eastern neighbour, our army could move more of its troops to the Afghan border where heavy fighting is going on, and where our embattled units could do with reinforcements. Continue reading


Filed under Army, Colonialism, Democracy, India, Islamism, Pakistan, Partition, south asia, state

The Taliban in Their Own Words

By Sami Yousafzai and Ron Moreau | NEWSWEEK  05 Oct 2009

During wars and after them, the real voice of the enemy is rarely heard. Propaganda is plentiful, as are prideful boasts—and the Taliban have certainly been quick studies at the modern art of information warfare. But the fears and ambitions of ordinary fighters are too often buried under statistics and theories propounded from thousands of miles away. That’s been even more true in Iraq and Afghanistan, where reporters who might accurately convey the other side’s perspective are at risk of being kidnapped or killed for their efforts. Continue reading


Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, FATA, Islamism, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Taliban, USA, War On Terror