An office an Afghan software company has been burned in Chennai. Fifty-nine Afghan students including two girls escape from an Indian university and seek refuge in New Delhi after threats to their lives from ordinary Indians. Last week, two Afghan students were seriously beaten and five injured, including the son of an Afghan minister. Afghan embassy in India has asked India police to ensure security of Afghan citizens.
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After massive rapes in Kashmir, Indian soldiers open a new front in Afghanistan with this case of a married Indian army major with two children who claimed to have converted to Islam, who married an 18-year-old Afghan girl in Kabul and then dumped her. Now the girl is in New Delhi seeking justice. The case highlights Indian army’s violations against women in occupied Kashmir and Afghanistan. It also opens a little known secret: India’s controversial military presence in Afghanistan.
Pakistan must say ‘No’ to an operation in North Waziristan. Islamabad must resist American pressure for a new war in North Waziristan. Simply put, it is not in the Pakistani national interest. A better option is to push for peace with all Afghan resistance groups, including Afghan Taliban.
Stirring the hornet’s nest may lead to more instability and insecurity in Pakistan: Concludes a new study by Spearhead Research.
India Stoking Terrorism in Pakistan’s Tribal Belt
India helped organize an attack in Pakistan’s Mohmand Agency last month against a Pakistan army checkpost, killing 11 soldiers. New evidence points to Indian covert terror operations in Afghanistan, again under American watch.
اگر صورت حال بدتر ہوتی ہے تو سی آئی اے اس علاقے کو بالآخر چھوڑ دے گی اور فرار ہوجائے گی۔ لیکن ہم فرار نہیں ہوسکتے۔ ہمیں ایک طویل عرصے تک اپنے ہی شہریوں کی ہلاکتوں کے ورثے کے ساتھ زندہ رہنا ہوگا یہی وجہ ہے کہ یہ بات اہمیت کی حامل ہے کہ سی آئی اے کے ایجنٹوں کو جلد ازجلد تلاش کرکے ملک سے باہر نکال دیا جائے۔
The first myth is that Al-Qaeda was destroyed by CIA drones. The second myth is that Pakistan’s tribal belt is producing terrorists in US and Europe. The third myth is that FATA is the reason for instability in Afghanistan. As US Vice President lands in Islamabad, Pakistanis know better than ever they need to get out of America’s Afghan mess at the earliest.
There is mourning in Pakistan over Mr. Holbrooke, the man who groomed Washington’s stooges in Islamabad and Kabul. Mr. Zardari beat them all by awarding the deceased Pakistan’s highest civilian honor. In Pakistani history, Mr. Holbrooke is definitely not a hero.
Pakistanis hope the move marks the first step in bringing to justice CIA officials and their Pakistani collaborators in the murder of thousands of innocent Pakistanis. Jonathan Banks is bunkered inside the fortified US embassy building but lawyers believe he is not covered by military or diplomatic protection.
US bully diplomacy in Pakistan and blunders in neighboring Afghanistan have placed unbearable pressures on American diplomats. The latest one to fall is Elizabeth Rood, US Consul General in Peshawar.
US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show the mistrust US officials harbor toward Indian leaders. The former Indian army chief Gen. Kapoor is described by one cable as ‘incomptenet combat leader’ with ‘unrealistic war doctrines’. The current Indian army chief is dubbed as ‘egotist’ and ’self-obsessed’. Privately, US diplomats admit Karzai has allowed India and Iran to expand intelligence presence inside his country. Israeli spy chiefs are accused of raising assassination teams and drawing up war plans against Iran.
Wikileaks does not make the material it receives available directly to the public. They are first censored by New York Times and several other prominent newspapers. Only 623 documents out of alleged 250,000 have appeared in public. The public needs to ask: Where are the remaining documents? Why the censorship? And why the selective release, assailing Pakistan, China, Saudi Arabia and others and largely leaving out US allies? If newspapers will release censored cables, Mr. Assange should take up a job at NYT.
“CIA officials are not part of United States armed forces, therefore under international law they are civilians directly participating in hostilities. Not holding diplomatic or military status, CIA officials have no immunity and therefore are liable for murder and damages under the laws of Pakistan and the principles of natural justice throughout the world.”
Gen. Petraeus now wants us to take on the Afghan Taliban on his behalf in North Waziristan and, lately, Quetta, regardless of the consequences or the outcome. Or he thinks we should let him have a go at it. Like most daydreamers who try to make happen what does not happen, because it is sheer vanity, Petraeus is a dangerous man.
Who should be held responsible: retired General Pervez Musharraf, President Asif Ali Zardari or COAS Gen. Ashfaque Parvez Kayani? They can’t shun their responsibility for the rise in CIA drone attacks in Pakistan in the past three years and someone will have to become answerable in front of the Pakistani nation.
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