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Profiles of Pakistan's Seven Tribal Agencies

10/27/2006 - By Hassan Abbas (from Terrorism Monitor, October 19) - The notion of "tribal culture" in the West often brings to mind images of backward, uneducated and unsophisticated societies. Perpetual chaos in states like Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, for instance, is often attributed to tribal culture. It is a sweeping judgment as in many cases geopolitical, historical and even religious factors often play a more significant role than the impact of tribal ethos in defining what causes underdevelopment and violence. Pashtun tribal culture is generally portrayed as the root cause behind their support and sympathy for the Taliban and al-Qaeda. This analysis investigates these notions by studying the profiles of the Pashtun tribes that populate the seven tribal agencies that form Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas. Social and Political History The people of Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)

We are unpatriotic, we are Communists

Shyam Khosla Security of North Korea, and not of India, is uppermost in the minds of Communists. They don’t think China that had a large arsenal of nuclear bombs and a massive delivery system a potential threat to our security and territorial integrity. CPM was extremely upset and sad when India became a nuclear power. The CPM is unabashedly unpatriotic. Its actions, responses and mindset on almost all issues that have a bearing on supreme national interests and India’s security prove this to the hilt. The party’s interpretation of the Marxist ideology prevents it from taking a nationalist line on any major issue, though in order to confuse the masses, it names its publications with fancy names like Deshabhmani and Deshsevak. May be, the Communist don’t talk about India when they mention Desh. They may be thinking of their ideological fatherlands when they talk about “Desh”. It is a matter of record that the Communist Party of India (Remember, it detests calling itself Indian Commun

THE ISI'S MOLES IN THE ARMY

by B. Raman The two non-commissioned officers (NCOs) of the Army---one posted in Leh and the other in New Delhi-- arrested by the Delhi Police during the last three days on a charge of passing on classified information relating to the Army to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) are not the first moles of the ISI to be detected. Nor will they be the last. Penetration of the Indian Armed Forces and other sensitive establishments such as the Ministries of Defence, Home and External Affairs, the Atomic Energy and Space Departments has always been a top priority task for the ISI. 2. All intelligence agencies undertake penetration operations in other countries---whether friend or foe---for intelligence collection. Even while posing as India's strategic partner, the USA's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) penetrated the IB, the R&AW and the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS). Even in the unlikely event of an improvement in India's relations with Pa

Pakistani Government's apathy towards the quake victims

Mumtaz Khan Vice Chairman IKA As first anniversary of earthquake victims was celebrated, and Mushraf and Aziz chose to spend day of 8th October at Muzafarabad to show the solidarity with earthquake victims or to politicize the occasion as Kashmir has been political weapon on all occasions for Pakistani leaders. The worst disaster that has struck this region and vanished a generation of Kashmiri’s where according the modest estimate only 17,000 children had died. While other casualties were more than double only in Azad Kashmir and many buried under the rubbles went unaccounted. People have not overcome the bitter memories of those days yet when helpless quake victims were crying under the rubbles and debris for rescue while thousands of military deployed in the areas were watching the scene and telling the people they didn’t have orders to rescue them. Thousands died because of delays in rescue while millions displaced, orphaned and injured had hardly found the shelter to hide themse