The big question (on Afghanistan)

ABDULATEEF AL-MULHIM Published — Thursday 17 December 2015 ARABNEWS.COM According to subsequent reports, the Soviets were complying with a treaty signed between the two nations in 1978. Regardless of the reasons behind the invasion, had there been no American interference, it would have ended with much less casualties and less […]

Robert Fisk: Peshawar school attack: Massacre of the innocents in Pakistan born of ambivalence towards Taliban. Army and security police have wavered between backing and attacking the group

It was a massacre of the innocents. Every report must admit this – because it’s true. But it is not the whole truth. The historical and all-too-real connections between the Pakistan army, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) security police and the Taliban itself – buoyed by the corruption and self-regard of […]

Suffer the children

by SYED FAKHAR KAKAKHEL DAWN “Amrikay jasees day,” (It’s an American spy) they shouted in the typical Waziri dialect as they gathered to witness the execution of a US spy said to be responsible for finding targets for drone attacks. Five children, their faces covered, sticks in their hands, drag […]

Pakistan Taliban announce month truce

Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid emailed the statement to reporters on Saturday The Pakistani Taliban have announced a month-long ceasefire aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with government. Pakistan’s government welcomed the announcement as a “positive development”, and said it was prepared to resume talks. The talks broke down last month, […]

A farce gone too far

by Zahid Hussain   DAWN.COM Published 2014-02-05  NOW that the Taliban too have nominated their representatives for the negotiations, a state of shambles is unfolding. With both teams more or less standing on the same side of the divide, it is virtually a dialogue within outlawed militant outfits. The government has […]

Karzai suspects US behind Afghan bombings

Afghan President Hamid Karzai suspects the United States may have backed insurgent-style attacks to undermine his government but has no evidence to support his theory, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. Karzai, whose relations with Washington have steadily deteriorated over the years, has compiled a list of dozens of attacks that […]