Pre-election provocations in Pakistan irresponsible

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Samuel Johnson, the famous English poet and moralist, once remarked that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. The saying couldn’t have been truer in the case of Pakistan. Continue reading

Trump, Iran and the lull before the storm

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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

American conspiracies and the Pashtun Spring

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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

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

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 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

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

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

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 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