The real question is whether Karzai is a simple loudmouth or does he know more about 9/11 than he lets on? The Bush administration after all handpicked him to lead the interim Afghan government in 2004.
The writer is a freelance journalist based in Pakistan, and a regular columnist for The Daily Times newspaper. His works have also appeared in the Saudi Gazette, South Asia magazine, The Frontier Post, The Friday Times and Pakistan Observer.
A recent Citigroup-funded report suggests that rejigging global economies to run green will cost around $44 trillion. Unfortunately, short of some "world government" approach, developing countries cannot absorb the infrastructural costs required to seriously sidestep into renewable energy. Furthermore, for India or China to sacrifice their current growth purple patch would be highly impractical, if not plain stupid.
07/09/2015 8:15 AM IST
Nevertheless, neither Britain nor France were naive in their carving up of old Ottoman territory. They required a stable Middle-East for trade, not a strong one. Both were fine with the natives squabbling amongst themselves and needing their protection. They would happily maintain the status quo. Even if this sectarian soup ever spilled over, it would still be "manageable chaos."
20/08/2015 8:15 AM IST
The ISIS invasion plan also assumes that America will quickly mobilize troops in case India is attacked by a pan-Taliban army. That is sheer naiveté. Only Israel can pretend to have such sway with Washington, and that too thanks to the powerful "Israel Lobby" on Capitol Hill.
06/08/2015 8:19 AM IST
Even after July's landmark nuclear deal, there is no love lost between Iran and America. Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently told Iranians, "[O]ur policy regarding the arrogant US government will not change." US Secretary of State John Kerry had earlier assured allies that "nothing in the Iran deal is based on trust." Back home, Republicans are furious that President Barack Obama rushed the agreement. America's all-weather allies -- Israel and Saudi Arabia -- are also seething. The naysayers then wonder: Why this and why now?
23/07/2015 8:05 AM IST
Though Afghanistan and Pakistan have historical issues dating back to 1947, their present impasse is summed up easily. Kabul claims Islamabad does not want democracy in Afghanistan, while Islamabad believes Afghan democracy has no future. It is a thin line with massive consequences.
07/07/2015 8:27 AM IST
As almost every Pakistani commentator has pointed out, the BBC report reads like a Chinese whisper quickly penned down, and speedily put out for public consumption. It is a maze of vague nouns like "officials" and "leaders," but Bennett-Jones "stands by every word of his story," so confidence is not a problem. However, it does make you wonder why the BBC, a thoroughbred in global journalism, decided to break a poorly sourced story?
30/06/2015 8:21 AM IST
The Rohingya Muslim situation offers Pakistan two distinct choices: It can either sever diplomatic ties with Myanmar over the "slow genocide," or recognize the Jewish State of Israel as extending to its pre-1967 borders. A failure to act now will confirm Pakistan's status as a money-stuffed mouthpiece of the Arab League.
23/06/2015 8:33 AM IST
The word "Allah" is a sure-strike missile for any politician, and the best get-out-of-jail-free pass when things go south. Is your ineptness sinking the country? Blame it on "Allah ki marzi" (God's will). Of course, no one dare rail against Him, so it is back to business before the next big blunder.
10/06/2015 8:21 AM IST
Saad Aziz has the dubious honour of enhancing Pakistan's terrorism vocabulary. Before his May 21 confession to killing social activist Sabeen Mahmud, and gunning down Ismailis in Safoora Goth, Pakistan's political pendulum on terror swung between two stops. Every hit on the homeland could be traced back to either the Taliban, or India's intelligence agencies. A young man with an elite education and uptown upbringing could never be a jihadist.
04/06/2015 8:24 AM IST
All of Pakistan now wants a piece of the Axact pie. Following revelations that so-called IT company minted millions out of selling fake diplomas, Altaf Hussain, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, demands that Axact CEO Shoaib Shaikh be tried for treason, while Pakistan's Interior Minister, Ch. Nisar Ali rues another ding to the country's "good image." Popular opinion suggests that Shaikh be made an example of, but the question is to what end? "Scruples" and "morals" are worthy ideals, but in the poor third-world, money always trumps philosophy.
26/05/2015 8:30 AM IST
Everyone has an opinion in Pakistan, including me. Especially about things way above our pay-grade, and more so when shifting blame is fair game. The following, then, is a concise examination of the Pakistani political thought.
22/05/2015 8:13 AM IST
The Saudi royal reshuffle is bad news for Pakistan. King Salman bin Abdulaziz's appointment of his nephew and son as monarchs-in-waiting is more than a simple break with tradition. Beyond ensuring his Sudairi clan's foreseeable hold on power, this move provides continuity to the "Salman Doctrine." This doctrine discards the Kingdom's American security blanket, and reinforces what Anwar Gargash, the UAE Foreign Minister, believes: "Arab security... is the responsibility of none but Arab countries."
10/05/2015 8:38 AM IST
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