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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Despite American pressure and persuasion, Pakistan has not changed its policy of running with the hare and hunting with the hound, with its heart with the hare and head with the hound. It is time the US understands that the war in Afghanistan will have to be fought and won on Pakistani soil." Ashok K Behuria , Source

Rabbani Assassination: An Assertive Taliban and America’s Dilemmas

http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/RabbaniAssassinationAnAssertiveTalibanandAmericasDilemmas_akbehuria_220911 Ashok K. Behuria September 22, 2011 Burhanuddin Rabbani’s assassination proves the pessimists right. The process of reconciliation is dead. The story of his death is as gory as it is familiar. The immediate sequence of events leading to his assassination is somewhat like this. On September 16, before leaving for Tehran to attend the Islamic awakening conference organised by Iran, Rabbani meets the media in Kabul. As the head of the Afghan high peace council, he looks sad, flustered and dismayed. He declares that the Taliban movement has become “a disaster for the Muslims of Afghanistan” and goes on to say that they are “not on right path...they are a conspiracy against Islam”, because they are killing Muslims in the name of Islam, recruiting teenagers for suicide bombing and teaching wrong things in their madrassas. Strong words indeed. Rabbani does not stop there. In Tehra

ANOTHER MASSACRE OF HAZARAS IN BALOCHISTAN BY PRO-AL QAEDA ELEMENTS

B.RAMAN Twenty-six Shia pilgrims belonging to the Hazara community were dragged out of a bus in which they were travelling at Mastung in Balochistan on September 20,2011, lined up and shot dead by unidentified gunmen suspected to be belonging to the anti-Shia Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which is close to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Three others----of unknown sectarian or ethnic origin--- were killed subsequently.They were medical attendants who were in an ambulance which was rushing to the spot of the massacre. 2. The Hazaras have been the frequent targets of attacks in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan by anti-Shia groups----by the Taliban and the LeJ in particular. One would recall the massacre of the Hazaras in Afghanistan after the Taliban captured power in Kabul in September 1996 and allowed the LeJ to operate in Pakistan from sanctuaries in Afghan territory. 3. The Hazaras of Pakistan, who were suspected by Al Qaeda and the LeJ, of letting themselves be used by the US intelligence

India and the South China Seas: The Need for a Second Look

R. S. Kalha September 23, 2011 Source: http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/IndiaandtheSouthChinaSeasTheNeedforaSecondLook_rskalha_230911 A recent article in the Chinese newspaper ‘Global Times’ by the columnist Liu Sheng cautioning India against going ahead with collaboration with Vietnam for oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea, is a timely reminder of the dangerous pitfalls that still exist in the Sino-Indian relationship. The Global Times quoted Jiang Yu, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, to state that ‘as for oil and gas exploration...we are opposed to any country engaged in the waters under China’s jurisdiction. We hope foreign countries do not get involved in the South China Sea dispute’. Although India was not directly named, yet the finger clearly pointed towards India. The paper also said that the oil reserves in the South China Sea were not an insignificant 28 billion barrels. Understandably, this homily from the Chinese, although vaguely wor

The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation, An attempt to keep the Baluch nation in chain and divide Baluchistan among looters is morally and theoretically unstable and politically unsustainable. That is true the post colonial states have developed a technique to maintain the artificial boundaries. The problem for Iran and Pakistan is that the states boundaries not sustainable. If the Baluch come to the international community under the heading of a nation they get nothing other than the article 27 rights; the current UN frame work provide no incentive for the Baluch to identify themselves as a nation inside another states. Because a nation is entitle to an independent state. The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation, including the suppression of Baluchi language rights, renaming towns and villages to wipe out evidence of Baluch history and settlement policies that

The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation, An attempt to keep the Baluch nation in chain and divide Baluchistan among looters is morally and theoretically unstable and politically unsustainable. That is true the post colonial states have developed a technique to maintain the artificial boundaries. The problem for Iran and Pakistan is that the states boundaries not sustainable. If the Baluch come to the international community under the heading of a nation they get nothing other than the article 27 rights; the current UN frame work provide no incentive for the Baluch to identify themselves as a nation inside another states. Because a nation is entitle to an independent state. The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation, including the suppression of Baluchi language rights, renaming towns and villages to wipe out evidence of Baluch history and settlement policies that

The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation, An attempt to keep the Baluch nation in chain and divide Baluchistan among looters is morally and theoretically unstable and politically unsustainable. That is true the post colonial states have developed a technique to maintain the artificial boundaries. The problem for Iran and Pakistan is that the states boundaries not sustainable. If the Baluch come to the international community under the heading of a nation they get nothing other than the article 27 rights; the current UN frame work provide no incentive for the Baluch to identify themselves as a nation inside another states. Because a nation is entitle to an independent state. The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation, including the suppression of Baluchi language rights, renaming towns and villages to wipe out evidence of Baluch history and settlement policies that

The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation, An attempt to keep the Baluch nation in chain and divide Baluchistan among looters is morally and theoretically unstable and politically unsustainable. That is true the post colonial states have developed a technique to maintain the artificial boundaries. The problem for Iran and Pakistan is that the states boundaries not sustainable. If the Baluch come to the international community under the heading of a nation they get nothing other than the article 27 rights; the current UN frame work provide no incentive for the Baluch to identify themselves as a nation inside another states. Because a nation is entitle to an independent state. The western Baluchistan has been subject to repeated Persian policies of Persianzation, including the suppression of Baluchi language rights, renaming towns and villages to wipe out evidence of Baluch history and settlement policies that

MRS.SONIA GANDHI: LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

B.RAMAN A few days ago, Mrs.Sonia Gandhi, the Congress President, returned to New Delhi after a month-long stay abroad ---presumed to be in New York--- for medical treatment, which necessitated a surgery.According to party spokespersons, she has recovered well from her ailment and has started the process of resuming her normal political activities. We wish her well as she resumes her normal routine. 2. The nature of her ailment, which necessitated a surgery, has not been disclosed to the public, but it is widely believed that the treatment was for cancer in an undisclosed part of her body. 3.Iam writing this article as a cancer patient myself, who has been under treatment for 22 months now for metastasised (widely spread before detected) cancer in the lower part of the abdomen. Before it was detected, the cancer had affected my prostate, the urinary bladder, a nearby bone and a lymph node. Fortunately, it has not caused me any pain so far.My body has been responding well to t

The “end game” is in Pakistan

http://blogs.reuters.com/ pakistan/2011/09/23/the-end- game-is-in-pakistan/ Sep 22, 2011 20:20 ED The United States has turned on Pakistan with such dizzying speed over the past few weeks that it is difficult to keep pace. Yet what is clear after Admiral Mike Mullen’s extraordinarily blunt statement that the Haqqani militant network is a “veritable arm” of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency is that it now has the Pakistan army very firmly in its sights. Mullen accused the ISI, which is effectively a wing of the Pakistan army, of supporting the Haqqani network in a truck bomb attack on a U.S. base in Afghanistan and an assault on the U.S. embassy in Kabul which led to a 20-hour siege. “We also have credible intelligence that they (the Haqqani network) were behind the June 28 attack against the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul and a host of other smaller but effective operations,” he said. It was the most forthright assertion yet by the Americans that the Pakistani militar

India’s ‘Look East’ policy

It can help counter Chinese assertiveness by Harsh V. Pant http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110924/edit.htm#4 I NDIA’S relations with China have entered a new phase as New Delhi asserts its rights in the international waters of the South China Sea and deepens its engagement with Hanoi. The Indian External Affairs Minister was in Vietnam last week when India snubbed China and made it clear that ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) will continue to pursue oil and natural gas exploration in two Vietnamese blocks in the South China Sea. Asking countries “outside the region” to stay away from the South China Sea, China had issued a demarche to India underlining that Beijing’s permission should be sought for exploration in Blocks 127 and 128 and that without it, OVL’s activities would be considered illegal. Vietnam, meanwhile, had underlined the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to claim its sovereign rights over the two blocks being explored. India decided to go by the Vietnam’s clai

"Sullen Mullen" signals US break with Pakistan

Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | Sep 23, 2011, 09.32PM IST http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Sullen-Mullen-signals-US-break-with-Pakistan/articleshow/10094840.cms WASHINGTON: Amid a rapid unraveling of ties between Washington and Islamabad, the principal architect of the U.S military partnership with Pakistan has bitterly accused the country of using terrorism as a policy weapon and said it has ''lost the bet'' to be a regional player of consequence because of it. The testimony of U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen before a Senate committee on Thursday was nothing short of stunning. A passionate votary of Pakistani salience in the region (thereby earning the nickname Abu Mullen al-Amriki), America's top military officials signaled that he was read to write off the country if it did not abjure its use of terrorism. In choosing to use ''violent extremism'' as an instrument of policy, Mullen said, using a euphemism for terrorism, '

Pakistan, U.S. & the immoderate Taliban

PRAVEEN SWAMI http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article2476841.ece?homepage=true Islamabad's relationship with the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network has precipitated a crisis in its relationship with Washington. In 1992, nine full years before 9/11, the Pakistani Islamist politician Fazlur Rahman laid out a road map for the global jihadist magazine. “The Afghan jihad,” he told the Pashto language Manba al-Jihad magazine, “which was spearheaded by Maulana Haqqani and other truthful leaders, defeated the Soviet empire. But now there is another enemy to this jihad. That is America, and its conspiratorial policies that are intended to bring Afghanistan, the centre of jihad, under American attack.” Fazlur Rahman concluded: “we are absolutely certain that people like Mawlawi Haqqani will give the Americans the same answer they gave to the Russians. And we are sure that people like Haqqani will fuel the flames of jihad worldwide.” The assassination of Burhanuddin Rabbani, Afghanistan

With an ally like Pakistan, who needs enemies?

I swear I did not write this piece! Reggie Sinha http://opinion.latimes.com/ opinionla/2011/09/pakistan- ally-aiding-insurgents- afghanistan-attacks-on- american-soldiers.html Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion staff September 23, 2011 | Remember when Pakistan was our ally? Neither do I. But on Thursday, The Times' David S. Cloud, Ken Dilanian and Alex Rodriguez outlined just how lousy an ally that nation has become . (Warning: The following may be upsetting to you if you are an American taxpayer.) Pakistan's powerful intelligence agency communicated with Afghan insurgents who attacked the U.S. Embassy and NATO headquarters in central Kabul last week and appear to have provided them with equipment, according to U.S. military officers and former officials. Communications gear used by the insurgents "implicated" the directorate for Inter-Services Intelligence, or ISI, Pakistan's spy service, a senior U.S. military offici