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Pakistan: Unpleasant Pleasantries

June 17, 2011 admin 0

By SADAF ARSHAD* New Delhi (Syndicate Features): No pleasantries to exchange and no truth to be told. One man, Saleem Shahzad is dead today and mysteriously buried under tons of mud leaving behind a wife with three kids and thousands of mourners. Another man, Ilyas Kahmiri, is reported to have Read more ………

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Who killed journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad ..?

June 3, 2011 admin 1

By SAAD SARFRAZ SHEIKH* (Syndicate Features): Pakistan continues to make headlines under the masthead of being the world’s deadliest country for journalists. Statistically, 16 journalists have been killed in Pakistan the past 14 months; some of the worst excesses occurred in the restive Balochistan province. “These journalists work under extremely Read more ………

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Even without Osama, Afghan end game not in sight

May 5, 2011 admin 0

By Shantanu Chakrabarti* (* This article first appeared on POREG) The ‘killing’ of Osama bin Laden by the US special force inside Pakistan has provided yet another opportunity to tireless analysts across the spectrum to crystal gaze the evolving situation in the Af-Pak region. The general consensus is that while Read more ………

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Death of bin Laden and a Strategic Shift in Washington

May 4, 2011 admin 1

STRATFOR COMMENTARY Two apparently distinct facts have drawn our attention. The first and most obvious is U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement late May 1 that Osama bin Laden had been killed. The second is Obama’s April 28 announcement that Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, will replace Read more ………

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America, Pakistan, Drone Politics

April 23, 2011 admin 0

A US predator drone strike killed 25 people in the village of Spinwam in North Waziristan on April 23. The dead included at least five children and four women. In response to mounting public outrage, Pakistan’s government has repeatedly denounced the US drone strikes in recent months, calling them “unhelpful” Read more ………

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Afghan interior minister, intelligence chief resign

June 6, 2010 admin 0

Afghan Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar and intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh resigned on Sunday, Presidential Palace said on Sunday, May 6. President Karzai accepted the two resignations, an official communique stated. The resignation came in the wake of Taliban attack on Peace Jirga held by President Karzai for what he Read more ………

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Afghanistan: Flawed Peace Strategy*

June 1, 2010 admin 1

Kabul is hosting a three –day Peace Jirga (June 2-4) of about 1500 delegates from all over the country handpicked by the Karzai government to pump prime its plans for a much –desired Afghan reconciliation. It coincided with reports that Saudis and Iranians are bankrolling the Taliban groups operating from Read more ………