Tag Archives: 9/11

Dr Afia needs justice which is seen to be done: Barrister Amjad Malik

Barrister Amjad Malik, Chairman (APL) an Association of Pakistani origin Solicitors, Barristers, Judges and ex pat members has taken a serious note of recent conviction of Dr. Afia Siddiqui of 3 February 2010 by Jury of 12 men at USA and has declared that this may result in a stumbling block between US-Pak people to people contact and relations between states. Dr Afia was kidnapped and kept at Bagram Airfield without the aid of a lawyer, doctor and or consulate access for years and being a Muslim women that has the potential to charge the mood of the public. Continue reading


Filed under Al Qaeda, human rights, Justice, Law, minorities, Pakistan, War On Terror

Lessons for Countering al Qa’ida


This is a summary of the research done for RANK Corporation and documented in How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al Qa’ida, by Seth G. Jones and Martin C. Libicki, MG-741-RC, 2008, 252 pp., $33

All terrorist groups eventually end. But how do they end? Answers to this question have enormous implications for counterterrorism efforts. The evidence since 1968 indicates that most groups have ended because (1) they joined the political process or (2) local police and intelligence agencies arrested or killed key members. Military force has rarely been the primary reason for the end of terrorist groups, and few groups within this time frame achieved victory. This has significant implications for dealing with al Qa’ida and suggests fundamentally rethinking post–September 11 U.S. counterterrorism strategy. Continue reading


Filed under Al Qaeda, Islamism, Pakistan, Religion, Terrorism, USA, War On Terror

Desperation Time?


Two speeches by President Obama within a span of one week have shown how incredibly superficial arguments are being made by the US administration to continue the war in Afghanistan. The Obama administration does not even appear to be convinced of the necessity of the Afghan war. In his next speech in Oslo, Norway he presented the Obama’s doctrine of “just wars”. After more than eight years in Afghanistan, does the “Just war” doctrine really apply? Continue reading


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

The Illegitimate Messiah Syndrome

Many Pakistanis are still not prepared to develop the patience required to see democracy through its early, evolutionary stages – especially difficult stages as a result of the violence done to it by military dictatorship after military dictatorship. They still look for and believe in personalities, not for a sustainable and equitable system. Many will tell you that the only cause for all of Pakistan’s woes is “humain aaj tak koi ddhang ka  leader nahin mila (we never found a decent leader)”. The observation is correct. But the way we have gone about finding a decent leader has been completely wrong. Continue reading


Filed under Democracy, India, Jinnah, Pakistan

Obama echoed Benazir Bhutto in his Cairo Speech


President Barack Obama’s historic address of Thursday 04 June-09 from Cairo is certainly talk-of-the-town now.  A great speaker that he certainly is, he was surely able to leave some good impressions especially in the Muslim world and the results are showing already. The elections results of Lebanon, where a pro-West coalition has been able to trounce the Hezbollah-led coalition, and those in Iran, where street protests go on with full fervor, may be termed as the testimony to the same. His speech continues to resonate all over and is already winning praises from his foes and friends alike. The pundits say, in his 55-minute address he was able to connect to the Muslim world largely because of the fact that he was bold enough to speak the truth. Continue reading


Filed under History, human rights, Identity, Islam, Pakistan, Palestine-israel, Religion, USA

Veiled, Turbaned, Dangerous: Book Explores the Changed Identity of Muslims in Post 9/11 America

Kristina Lycett

Award-winning Pakistani-American author, Shaila Abdullah’s new novel “Saffron Dreams” offers readers a chance to explore the tragedy of 2001 from an uncommon viewpoint and examines Islamophobia in the aftermath. Continue reading


Filed under Pakistan

Afghanistan, Pakistan and the War on Terror

by Yasser Latif Hamdani

A popularly-elected secular government in Islamabad — which shares several broad objectives with the US in Afghanistan and the greater Muslim world — is being pressurized by an unthinking coterie of policy planners in Washington. A secular mass movement for constitution, democracy and independent judiciary threatens to become a Khomeniesque Islamic revolution of 1979 if the present wave of anti-Americanism subsists. Increased Allied pressure on Pakistan will virtually seal it. Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.

Slain Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party leads a coalition that brings together center left and center right with the marginalized ethno-nationalist forces serving as a counterweight to Islamist forces in the NWFP. It has entered into peace negotiations with the Taliban forces and, consequently, the ratio of one suicide bombing a day in Pakistan has decreased. To now try and undo it by having the Afghan President send out threats- which in any event are a violation of international law – means that the myopia has set in somewhere. The Afghan president is in a precarious position. In his own country, Karzai has various monikers: the “palace president”, the “mayor of Kabul” and even the derogatory “mouse-President”. It is unlikely that his government would survive even a single day without the Allied help. Therefore, backing him against a legitimate and popular government in Pakistan which promises to put a long-term sustainable secular democratic order- the kind envisaged by its founding father- in place is akin to being penny wise pound-foolish. Doing so would also be to the detriment of the lawyers’ movement which aims at strengthening Pakistan’s judiciary and constitution. Continue reading


Filed under Terrorism, violence, war