‘Free Kurdistan’ inevitable, and war may be unavoidable

This article was originally published by Asia Times.

The recent referendum for a Free Kurdistan in northern Iraq is another crucial link in a long chain of events that will further fracture and bleed the Middle East region. And caught in the middle is Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Many in the West are tired of Erdogan’s Ottoman revivalism, but somehow, he has outsmarted them up to now. It is said that he has dealt with opposition with an iron fist. Still, it is quite a feat to remain in power once the proponents of the “new Middle East” want you gone. Continue reading “‘Free Kurdistan’ inevitable, and war may be unavoidable”

Halal jihad, Pakistan and the blood borders

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Hussain Haqqani, the former Pakistani ambassador to the United States and now director for South and Central Asia at the Washington-based Hudson Institute, once called radical Islam “the single most dangerous idea that has emerged in the Muslim world”.

He often blames Pakistan for much of what is wrong in the region. What he calls “radical Islam”, in its current shape, emerged in the tribal regions of Pakistan midwifed by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States. Continue reading “Halal jihad, Pakistan and the blood borders”

Recipe for total war on the Grand Chessboard

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The late Zbigniew Brzezinski was the mastermind of the Afghan “jihad”. It was under his auspices that the United States created “mad mullahs” to unleash “terror” against the Soviet regime in Kabul. When the deed was done, and the Red Army packed its bags and went home, the US abandoned Afghanistan. Pakistan, on the other hand, was slapped with the Pressler Amendment in return for its servitude in the Washington-certified “halal” jihad. Continue reading “Recipe for total war on the Grand Chessboard”

The right question about Trump’s Afghan policy

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The argument that Pakistan doesn’t harbor militants and has made the greatest sacrifices in the “war on terror” holds almost negative value in Washington, DC. It appears that the current US administration believes that, rather, Pakistan is adamant on pursuing “bad behavior”. And for the hawks in the White House, on Capitol Hill, at the Pentagon and in Langley, such bad behavior necessitates punishment. Continue reading “The right question about Trump’s Afghan policy”

The Superpower Slayer and the Afghan War

They say Soviet Union lost the Afghan war because of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI). Now they say the combined fire power of the United States and NATO, the greatest war machine mankind has ever seen, have failed in their Afghan war because of Pakistan. Pakistan is such a mighty country, it has single-handedly thwarted two superpowers within a matter of thirty years. It is portrayed as the reason of downfall of the mightiest empires in history. Pakistan; the Superpower Slayer. The absurdity and lie in such a claim cannot be more obvious. Donald Trump and his generals have definitely gone retard. Continue reading “The Superpower Slayer and the Afghan War”

Militarism and Democracy in Pakistan

There is more than one reason why I believe Jon Snow will end up sitting on the Iron Throne. It is not just because of a now apparent truth about his bloodline or because he is bold and handsome. I don’t exactly agree with the “fortune favors the bold” cliche anyway. I believe so because he just doesn’t want power. Continue reading “Militarism and Democracy in Pakistan”

A Dialogue for Civilian Supremacy

The challenge to bring the military under civilian supremacy is not exclusively Pakistani. It is faced by governments the world over, democratic and non-democratic alike. However, our presumed or real existential threats have made this the foremost institutionalisation challenge for our people. Continue reading “A Dialogue for Civilian Supremacy”

The Dangerous Pakistani Fallacy

I was anti-Musharraf. I am anti-dictatorship. Down to the bone marrow, I detest the idea of a military coup. But, even in being so, do I hate the person, the institute or the idea of military subversion of civilian authority? I am an ordinary civilian too down below Pervez Musharraf in the social hierarchy. I operate alone. I am a small time, insignificant, blogger who nobody gives a damn about, and who happens to have a tiny mind that gibbers. I have no guns to protect me, no army and no private security detail to shield me. I also obviously don’t own any penthouses abroad to enjoy a luxurious self-exile. In fact, in my insignificant salary, I am barely making the both ends meet. Continue reading “The Dangerous Pakistani Fallacy”

The Necessity of Democracy

This essay on democracy is written in continuance of the chain of thoughts that triggered last week’s essay. Please read the previous week’s essay: The Necessity of Constitution first if you haven’t already.

Democracy – most people love it; some despise it while all are intrigued by it. It is arguably the most commonly referred-to political phenomenon in human history. The idea of democracy is pervasive throughout the recorded intellectual discourse on organised society since Greek antiquity. Continue reading “The Necessity of Democracy”

The Necessity of Constitution

Political theorists, jurists, and experts of constitutional law emphasize the necessity of constitution. In terms of language, the word constitution signifies how an entity or an idea is constituted but that is not how the word came to be. Like most things, the word has come to our midst from Latin. In terms of political governance, constitution defines how a state is organised; how its affairs are run, and how the sovereign power of a state is vested in those who run it. Continue reading “The Necessity of Constitution”