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Afghanistan’s Great Game And Superficial Analysis By US Foreign Policy Analysts

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

The article below from Examiner epitomizes bad analysis that some in the US insist on carrying out which is damaging to the much flaunted “common objective”.     God forbid if the author is right, it just means that the US is pursuing a perilous path by ignoring advice from Pakistan’s hardened policy hands.    The author is absolutely wrong when she says the Pakistan Army “has never been excited” about US aid and intervention.  The Pakistani military has always been very close to the Pentagon.  What Obama needs is a sustainable strategy which brings on board every key player including Pakistan’s civilian federal government and the Pakistan Army. 

 This means that the US will have to address Pakistan’s concerns vis a vis Indian involvement in Afghanistan.  All of India’s so called interests in Afghanistan are Pakistan specific.   Furthermore,   the US needs to come out clearly and distance itself from the horrendous and ridiculous Col Peters’ Plan which finds an increasingly audience amongst the new great gamers.     How would US do that?  Well for one –  US has no business dealing directly with the NWFP and ANP.    US should make it very clear that its channel of communication is with Pakistan’s Supreme Commander President Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan’s Prime Minister  Yousaf Raza Gilani.  The US Administration should stop making direct contacts with either Asfandyar Wali Khan,  Amir Haider Hoti  etc and treating them as the founding father and prime minister of a new state.  They should be treated on merit as a provincial party and a provincial government.  ( I wonder if there are people in the current administration naive enough to flirt with this idea of an independent Pakhtunistan. If there are indeed such geniuses, they should know that their new found favorites will be swept away in a flood.)

Here is the article I was talking about: Continue reading

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Right Wing Nawai Waqt Group Sells Its Soul To NWFP’s ANP Government

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

The self styled guardian of Pakistan’s ideology,  Nawai Waqt group has showed once again how petty, small minded and corrupt their thinking is.  When Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti refused to visit Mr. Jinnah’s mausoleum,  I thought of it as a grave folly,  partially because  this would give Nawai Waqt Group’s rag “The Nation” under the guidance of ultra nationalist ghairat lobby of the likes of Shireen Mazari,  who otherwise don’t give two hoots about Jinnah,  yet another stick to beat Pakistan’s liberal coalition in power.  Thankfully that did not come to pass. Continue reading

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