Stories about Pak-US

Where Dr Aafia Siddiqui will die

Dr Aafia Siddiqui’s  sentence to 86 years by New York judge Richard Berman sent shock waves around the world. Many of her supporters felt that it was just one step away from the death penalty. Sadly, this might be closer to the truth than they imagine. Not only did the judge impose an unprecedented sentence, he also personally intervened to make sure she would serve it in one of America’s most brutal institutions. In short, Dr Aafia Siddiqui was sentenced to death – because if she remains in the innocuous sounding Federal Medical Facility in Carswell, Texas, like many others who ...

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Chasing a moving target: Where is Osama?

Nine years after 9/11, speculation is still rife about the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden and his aides. A recent statement by an unnamed Nato official puts his presence in the area between Afghan and Pakistani border, close to the Kurram Valley. Is this a big surprise? The denial by the Pakistani government was swift, as usual, and the Interior Minister categorically put the burden on Nato to provide the credibility of the claim. Now, Mr Malik may be an interior minister, but he is not a wise one. In the past, we have seen the usual denials on other allegations ...

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Et tu, Fatima Bhutto?

A few weeks ago, I came across a blog on this website by an American pilot, John Bockmann. John was part of the American flood relief mission to Pakistan and he wrote about taking rice, flour, blankets, housing materials, cooking oil and other materials up and down the Swat and Indus River Valleys. He also spoke of bringing sick, injured, and displaced people to hospitals and hometowns. Although he missed his family and his home in Alaska, John said that he had been warmed by the hospitality that he was shown here. Sometimes, fancy phrases and flowery words are not needed to ...

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Obama’s Wars: Exposing Pakistan’s demons

Bob Woodward’s book, “Obama’s Wars” has opened a Pandora ’s box of controversy. The government’s rebuttals notwithstanding, Ambassador Hussain Haqqani’s comparison of Pakistan to a woman eager to be wooed, President Zardari’s astounding query about possible US support for the Pakistani Taliban and the portrayal of General Kayani as an international man of mystery will generate heated debate locally. Most gruesome and heartrending of all revelations however, is of course our President’s comments on civilian casualties. President Zardari is reported to have said to then Director CIA Gen Hayden: “Collateral damage worries you Americans. It does not worry me.” It is difficult to ...

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Robots with guns (and morals?)

Robotic warfare is here. US soldiers are killing insurgents across the world with remote controlled drones. A worried UN investigator Christof Heyns has urged the UN to set up a panel on the ethics of robot weapons. We in Pakistan are fighting faceless machines now, they appear out of nowhere, shoot us down and disappear. The right kind of war Would you want a war where your sole existence depends on the decision of a machine which cannot see, hear or feel? War is supposed to have consequences that may be lost if the current trend of robotic warfare continues. When war is dehumanized and ...

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I agree with Hillary Clinton: Make the wealthy pay

What right do the Americans have to dictate who we should and shouldn’t tax? After all, isn’t that our government’s job? But then again, who are we kidding? Our president and prime minister have paid fewer taxes than most of us on our first job. Ok, maybe that’s a bit exaggerated, but you get the point. When we take our begging bowl and roam the globe asking others to bail us out, it’s only fair to point fingers at our mansions with an impressive line-up of luxury cars and wardrobes full of handbags- each probably worth a white collar professional’s ...

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