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Durand Line is the root of the AfPak conflict

Author Hadi Hairan Url: http://www.hadihairan.com E-mail: ahhairan@gmail.com The killing of Osama bin Laden in a Pakistan compound was a major success for the US. It may make the commitment for the troop withdrawal easier, but will have no significant effect on the Afghan problem. I had written this piece during the very hours when the operation in Abbottabad was still going on. When I completed it, the news came that the Terrorist No. 1 was gone. A few days later I lost my previous blog so I could not put this online. The second development is that President Karzai is again in Pakistan and both countries have again ‘agreed on a joint commission.’ It is now clear that neither the government in Pakistan nor the one in Afghanistan is willing to fight against terrorism or work for improvement. Both are fraud and corrupt and both are rejected by the people. Furthermore, after using the 10 years’ war for their corruption and money earning, the officials and their networks are now extra bu

Recalling Baloch history

http://tribune.com.pk/story/ 188798/recalling-baloch- history/ By Yaqoob Khan Bangash Published: June 14, 2011 The writer is a historian at Keble College, University of Oxford The recent deplorable killing of Professor Saba Dashtiari is yet another episode in Baloch history rooted in the creation and consolidation of Pakistan. Much of the current discussion of today, and of the last six decades, fails to take into cognisance the history behind the Baloch national struggle. The Baloch are a very peculiar social organism with their secularity and their strong tribal networks and leadership. These factors meant that in the 1940s the Islamic rhetoric of the Muslim League failed to make an impact on the Baloch. The only strong political party in the area was the Kalat State National Party (KSNP) which was nationalist and secular in its outlook and aligned with the Congress. The KSNP took its cue from the Khan of Kalat, Ahmed Yar K

Truth about Pak: US to be blamed for its double game

Last updated on: June 18, 2011 08:51 IST http://www.rediff.com/news/ slide-show/slide-show-1-us- policies-to-be-blamed-for- paks-double-game/20110618.htm Next Harold A Gould 'Those who cannot learn from history are condemned to repeat it.' If ever there was a poetic affirmation of philosopher George Santayana's time-worn aphorism, it is the saga of United States policy toward Pakistan -- from its inception over 60 years ago until the death of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, says Harold A Gould. It is a judgment that cuts both ways. Neither Pakistan nor the US ever learned from their past mistakes and the consequences are there for all to see; history has repeated itself -- not once, but several times. Reggie Sinha has recently summed it all up in a single crisp sentence: 'When will the American leadership,' he declared, 'realise the true cost of (Pakistan's) double game?' But the plea can equally be made in the opposite direction: When will the Am

CAN THERE BE A REVOLT AGAINST GEN KAYANI?

B.RAMAN Can there be a revolt against Gen.Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), either by the subalterns or by senior officers due to their unhappiness over his perceived/alleged amenability to US pressure? 2. There has been an interesting and exciting debate on this question in the wake of the publication of a report by the “New York Times” (June 15,2011) bearing on this subject. 3. Anti-US anger in Pakistan---in the streets as well as in the barracks---is nothing new. It has always been there right from the 1950s when it enthusiastically joined the US-sponsored regional military pacts. 4. Pakistani leaders---civil as well as military--- had given a free play to this anger in order to extract more assistance from the US without letting this anger become uncontrollable. Using anti-US anger without letting themselves be burnt by it--this has become a fine art in Pakistan. 5.The anti-US anger being seen in Pakistan since the beginning of this yea

When Secret Sats Spy on Us, Monsieur Legault Spies Back

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/06/when-secret-sats-spy-on-us-monsieur-legault-spies-back/ By David Axe June 17, 2011 | 12:00 pm | Categories: Spies, Secrecy and Surveillance From mysterious robotic space planes to giant spy satellites the size of school buses, space is teeming with secret American hardware meant to gaze down on insurgents, terrorists and, well, everybody on the third rock from the sun. For mere proles like you and me, it can be hard to get a straight answer from the Air Force, NASA and other space-faring agencies about precisely what is up there, what it’s doing and where exactly it all is at a given moment. Now a pair of enterprising Frenchmen have decided to answer at least one of those questions for themselves, using a modified consumer-grade telescope, a small motor, a hand-held controller and a video camera. The result is a do-it-yourself satellite tracker capable of recording the movements of America’s most secretive spacecraft . Two years into the

China: Pakistan's other partner

By Dilip Hiro http://atimes.com/atimes/ South_Asia/MF17Df03.html Washington often acts as if Pakistan were its client state, with no other possible patron but the United States. It assumes that Pakistani leaders, having made all the usual declarations about upholding the "sacred sovereignty" of their country, will end up yielding to periodic American demands, including those for a free hand in staging drone attacks in its tribal lands bordering Afghanistan. This is a flawed assessment of Washington's long, tortuous relationship with Islamabad. A recurring feature of the Barack Obama administration's foreign policy has been its failure to properly measure the strengths (as well as weaknesses) of its challengers, major or minor, as well as its friends, steadfast or fickle. To earlier examples of this phenomenon, one may now add Pakistan. That country has an active partnership with another major power, potentially a viable substitute for the US should relations with

Failed leadership

India is courting danger by putting all its eggs in the US basket, says N.V.Subramanian. http://www.newsinsight.net/ archivedebates/nat2.asp?recno= 2156 15 June 2011 : This writer wrongly assessed that it was a win-win for the United States and president Barack Obama after Osama Bin Laden was killed in a high-risk American raid. Once again, the US has tied itself up in knots on Af-Pak and particularly Afghanistan's future after 2014 when it retires its military operations. What is India to do now? The assessment this writer made of the US and president Obama after the successful Abbottabad raid was that they would gain the upper hand of dealing with Pakistan's perfidious truck with terrorists. But that is not how it has played out. The US Congress was all for rationalizing/ cutting military funding to Pakistan and linking new disbursements to progress made against the Al-Qaeda, Taliban and Haqqani Taliban leaderships based in Pakistan's FATA and Quetta. The White House

OPEC: It is about more oil - not quotas

14-06-2011 ÉDITO ÉNERGIE William C. RAMSAY http://www.ifri.org/?page=detail-contribution&id=6652 Edito Energie, juin 2011 OPEC has certainly gone out of its way to show how little relevance it has in today’s oil market. It has successfully imported all the political rhetoric and malaise of some of its most unstable members. To be dictated by the Bolivarian Revolution from Caracas or revolutionary light Ecuador is already bad enough. But combining that with the objections of some obscure Libyan functionary and a stand-in for lack of an Iranian oil minister as Chairman of the meeting is pretty much a formula for disaster. We have not been disappointed. OPEC’s own analysis points to a tightening market through the year and a need for more oil, but too many of OPEC’s members are production constrained or cash short and need every dollar they can get for every barrel. As any cartel manager must know, the ability to remain in a position of strength in a commodity market is a

CIA informants? A few suggestions as to who Pakistan’s ISI might want to arrest

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/ posts/2011/06/15/cia_ informants_a_few_suggestions_ as_to_who_pakistan_s_isi_ might_want_to_arrest Posted By Robert Zeliger Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 2:27 PM Pakistan rounded up five informants who provided information to the C.I.A. that helped lead to the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, according to the New York Times. The arrests, which reportedly include a Pakistani Army major who copied the license plates of cars visiting the compound, highlight once again how strained the relationship is between Washington and Islamabad. As Pakistan's powerful Inter-Service Intelligence directorate (ISI) was able to uncover and arrest the alleged C.I.A. informants very soon after the killing, one might wonder what they could do if they put as much energy into locating some of the world's other most wanted people believed to be hiding out in the country. Here are a few bad guys who remain at large. Sajid Mir The man believed to b

Spy vs. spy (CIA Vs. ISI)

From the Newspaper Yesterday THE ongoing saga of deteriorating relations between the CIA and the Pakistan Army and ISI has been developing one new twist after another, and is now increa-singly being played out in the public eye. The latest development — western media reports that Pakistan has arrested local CIA informants, allegedly including an army officer, who passed on information about Osama bin Laden`s hideout to the American spy agency — has raised far more questions than it has answered. Disapproval of the arrests by the American media and some government officials is not particularly fair: any country has the right to interrogate citizens informing a foreign intelligence agency, even if it is about Osama bin Laden. But for Pakistan, this is yet another moment for self-examination. The CIA created a network of local informants who succeeding in putting together enough clues to make a case for raiding the compound of the house where Bin Laden was staying. That the Americans wer

GEO-STRATEGY: "INDIA, AUSTRALIA AND ASIA-PACIFIC SECURITY"

http://www.c3sindia.org/india/ 2406 India, Australia and Asia-Pacific Security in the context of the latest Shangri-La Dialogue Dr John Lee C3S Paper No 812 June 14, 2011 Thank you (Australian High Commission in India, especially David Holly – Consul-General, and Tim Huggins.) Thank you also to my hosts at the Centre for Contemporary China Studies, Centre for Asia Studies, and the University of Madras. I have been asked to speak about regional security, especially as it relates to India and Australia in the context of the Shangri-La Dialogue that was just held in Singapore two weeks ago. This is a wonderfully broad and important topic and I’ll try my best to do justice to it. For those of you who might not know about the Dialogue, it is the annual meeting of Defence Ministers from almost 30 countries. Importantly, the Dialogue draws the Defence Ministers from all the major regional players – the US, India, Japan, Russia, the UK, Indonesia, Australia, and China. For t