Wednesday, January 1, 2020

What this blog is about

(Jan 12, 2011): Adding matters of Indian and Pakistani history to this blog.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

C. Christine Fair: Pakistan, the Taliban and Regional Security

Prof. C. Christine Fair, among other things, says that a possible evolution to democracy with civilian supremacy in Pakistan requires that America tear up its check-book, both in bilateral aid and via the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Seen on Facebook:  ( a "we love ISI" type of page):

Today, the satanist Khawarij in Syria/Iraq burnt alive a Jordanian Muslim pilot who was in their custody. Astaghfurullah !! The Khawarij in Pakistan slaughter the children, play football with heads of shaheeds and their brothers in Iraq burn Muslims alive.. !

Which Sharia allows this punishment even to a Kafir ?? Look at the Khawarij standing behind. They are NOT volunteers but Israeli Jewish soldiars. Their levels of training, their face masks, their weapons.. their media propaganda -- everything is Jewish, and so are the Khawarij !

Recite Fatiha for this Shaheed Muslims killed at the hands of Khawarij. He died a painful death. Jordan has promised to kill all Daish prisoners in retaliation. This is what we must also do -- Kill all khawarij in jails.

BT team
#‎CharlieHebdo‬ Remember this -- Honor & respect of the Prophet is sacred to us & we will NEVER forgive any provocation! NEVER! Dont mess here. When you do blasphemy, you sign your own death warrants! If Muslims wont kill you, then Jewish Mossad will to blame Muslims!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Shia/Sunni conflict in Pakistan

Shia/Sunni conflict in Pakistan

About how the Shia Sunni conflict in Pakistan intensified (excerpts)

At ground level a lot of this was not due to any single organized conspiracy but involved the confluence of several factors: Islamization put the question of “whose Islam” on the table; Zia’s personal leanings led to support for anti-Shia factions; Saudi Arabia inserted Wahabi-Salafi propaganda into the mix; The Shia response to the Zakat law and open (even if mostly symbolic) support from Iran helped opponents to label them Iranian agents; and modernization and modern education themselves led to a preference for modern (and fascist) versions of Islam in preference to Indian folk Islam with its “superstitious”, it's heavy Indian coloring of  rituals and folk beliefs and it's striking multicultural colorfulness.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Debate Between Taliban and Army Officer

A youtube with English subtitles,  for the debate between Taliban and Pakistani Army Officer previously mentioned on this blog, has appeared (I have not listened to it fully):

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The ISI and prosecution of terrorists

From the Committee to Protect Journalists:

Much of the physical and psychological intimidation of journalists and judicial officials is precipitated by the perception that they are either working with the United States against Pakistan’s interests or exposing the ISI-jihadi networks. The experience of Buriro and Mirza was no exception. 

On the prosecutors’ return to Karachi, the agencies began hounding them. “In the Karachi bar association we were interrogated by the ISI officers many times: ‘Why did we go to America for training? What type of training? Why did we give a briefing on the Rangers case in America? Why were you invited? All others were uniformed persons from other countries,’” Buriro said.
Buriro and Mirza were trouble for the army and the intelligence. They understood the relationship between the jihadis and the agencies, and they knew how uninterested the establishment was in prosecuting terrorists. 

“The agencies are not interested in convictions of extremist guys,” Buriro said. 

Every week, the prosecutors would get a visit from ISI and military intelligence officers to discuss the terrorism cases, to find out how many were being tried, how many pending. “And always they’d say, ‘Why are you going after good Muslims?’ or ‘What is the case against [Lashkar-e-Janghvi leader] Akram Lahori? He is working for Islam. Why are you working against him?’ We replied that the government gave us the case. They should withdraw it.”

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CC Fair on Pakistan's response to Peshawar terrorism (link to youtube):
On December 16, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan. 145 people were killed in the attack, including 132 children. Afterward, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed that the government “will not rest until every terrorist is killed,” but there is deep skepticism that he can deliver on that promise. Dr. Christine Fair, Assistant Professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, talks with The Diplomat about the Peshawar attack and Islamabad’s response.