Trump, Iran and the lull before the storm

US policy towards Iran is deliberately provocative

The article was originally published by Asia Times.

The Middle East has been bleeding without a pause since 2003. It all began with a lie that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. This was followed by lies in a constant loop to cover up for that one big lie told in the beginning. Two men decided they could lie for the “protection” of western values and countless people died as a consequence. Those two men walked away without being held accountable as thousands of people continue to die in the chaos they left behind. Continue reading “Trump, Iran and the lull before the storm”

American conspiracies and the Pashtun Spring

Pakistani decision makers suspect that Pashtun Spring is another American conspiracy to destabilize their country

This article was originally published by Asia Times.

In his recent analysis for the Hoover Institution, Colonel Ralph Peters called Pakistan a little empire. He sees two separate geographical entities within Pakistan straddling the Indus River with their respective distinct cultures. The side of Pakistan east of the Indus, he asserted, has the population and resources required to colonize the rest of Pakistan west of the river. Continue reading “American conspiracies and the Pashtun Spring”

Halal jihad, Pakistan and the blood borders

The CIA made the alliance between Osama bin Laden and Afghans to create the 'halal jihad' they now call global terror network

This article was originally published by Asia Times.

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”

The right question about Trump’s Afghan policy

Donald Trump has announced a new Afghan policy which many think will ultimately fail

This article was originally published by Asia Times.

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

the United States blame Pakistan for its failures in 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

Intolerance and a tendency for militarism can only lead Pakistan to ruthless rulers and scheme politicians like Cersei Lannister and Petyr Baelish of Game of Thrones

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

In Pakistan, civilian supremacy is contested in matters related to defence and foreign policy

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

The fallacy in the narrative of pakistani political parties is obvious

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

We must ask ourselves whether democracy is necessary at all

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 Dangers of Minus One Formula

Some say Panamagate case against Nawaz Sharif is part of Minus one plan applied to PPP and MQM before his party

Minus one in politics is often a dangerous idea and is counterproductive. Brutus did not fare well much long after he gave Julius Caesar the fatal blow. That much is pretty true everywhere. Continue reading “The Dangers of Minus One Formula”