Filed under: Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, North America | Tags: Afghanistan, AfPak, Al-Qaeda, Baitullah Mehsud, CIA, Imperialism, Israeli, Mossad, Pakistan, Qari Zainuddin, Racism, Taliban, Terrorism, US Invasion, War, Zionism
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23 June 2009
Source: Press TV
A tribal leader who earlier defected from Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud and revealed the militants group’s ties with the US and Israel has been shot dead.
The assassination of Qari Zainuddin comes days after he revealed that their comrade was pursuing a US-Israeli agenda across the violence-wracked country.
Zainuddin, a 26-year-old rising tribesman who had called Mehsud “an American agent” was killed by a gunman in northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan on Tuesday.
Zainuddin, who broke away from Mehsud, was also increasingly critical of Mehsud’s use of suicide bombings targeting civilians.
In an interview with local media the defector said that Mehsud had (more…)
Filed under: Indian Subcontinent | Tags: Afghan Taliban, AfPak, Benazir Bhutto, Buner, Chand Bibi, Colonialism, Fata, Feminism, Flogging, Honour Killing, Imperialism, Iran, ISI, Madrassa, Malakand, Maulana Fazlullah, Militarism, Mujahideen, Mullah Omar, Nizam-e-Adl, Pakistan, Pakistani Army, Paternalism, President Asif Ali Zardari, Protests, Punjab, Racism, Saba Mahmood, Sharia, Shirin Ebadi, Sindh, Sufi Mohammed, Swat, Swat Flogging, Swat Taliban, Taliban, Tehreek Nifaz e Sharia Mohammadi, US bombing, US Drone Attacks, US Invasion, War, Women's Rights, Yusuf Raza Gilani
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( Dated Piece | 30 April 2009 )
Source: Open Democracy
The distorting glare of the mainstream media obscures a more complex reality in restive Pakistan
Who are the ” Taliban” in Pakistan? Islamist militants in the country have won significant international attention after wrestling control over the Swat Valley, the restive region in northern Pakistan where elements of sharia law are now in place. Yet these militants do not self-identify as “Taliban”, unlike the Afghan Taliban who chose the name for themselves, and preferred it to the then generic term “mujahideen”. The term “Taliban” means students; the original Taliban were educated in madrassas, religious schools. Groups and individuals that are being labelled the “Taliban in Pakistan” (TIP) are very different from their Afghan counterparts in important respects. It is pertinent not just to think through the implications of these differences but also to raise questions about why distinguishing details are being lost in the media frenzy of recent months.
Filed under: Indian Subcontinent | Tags: Afghanistan, Colonialism, Colonoization, Illict Drugs, Imperialism, Racism, Taliban, United States, White Supremacy
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28 January 2009
Illicit drugs production, an issue of global concern in Afghanistan, has set a new record of peak escalation in the war on terror period as compared to previous Taliban-led rule over the land-locked country.
“Almost a twenty times additional land has been (more…)
Filed under: Indian Subcontinent | Tags: Al-Qaeda, Barak Obama, Bush Administration, CIA, Civilian Casualties, Colonialism, Drones, Fata, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hussain Haqqani, Imperialism, Islamabad, Obama bombs Pakistan, Osama bin Laden, Pakistan, Predator Attacks, President Obama, Racism, Racist, Robert Gibs, Secretary of State, State Terror, Taliban, Terrorism, Terrorist training Camps, US Administration, US military Aid, War Crimes, War on Terror, White Supremacy, White Terror
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WASHINGTON, Jan 24: Hours after US missiles killed 22 people in Fata, President Barack Obama convened a meeting of his top national security advisers and endorsed the decision to continue drone strikes into Pakistan.
The US media, quoting unidentified official sources, reported that the first meeting of Mr Obama’s National Security Council focused on Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The New York Times reported on Saturday that the decision to attack alleged terrorist targets in Fata on Friday “dispelled for the moment any notion that Mr Obama would rein in the Predator attacks.”
The Washington Post noted that the strikes (more…)
Filed under: Indian Subcontinent | Tags: Air Strikes, Al-Qaeda, Asif Ali Zardari, Benazir Bhutto, Bhutto, Bhutto Mazaar, Bhuttos, Chair of Pakistna Studies, Charlie Wilson, Fatima Bhutto, Garhi Khuda Bux, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Inter-Services Intelligence, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Karachi, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Mohammad Azam Khan, Mujahedin, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan, Pakistan Peoples Party, Pakistani President, Pakistani Sovereignty, Pakistani Taliban, Pakistanis, Peshawar Model School, President Pervez Musharraf, President Zardari, Salman Rushdie, Sind, South Waziristan, Sufi Shrine, Taj Mahal, Taliban, Terorism, Terroist, United States, US Drones, Yousuf Raza Gilani
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08 January 2009
Source: New Statesman
The old Bhutto mazaar, or graveyard, is in a small town called Garhi Khuda Bux. It is not fair to call it a town; it’s a hamlet really, nestled between swaths of fertile agricultural land and small town centres that cater to travelling traders and produce distributors. When I was younger, I used to know we were close to the mazaar as we drove by the old paan wallah. He was a geriatric who sold betel-leaf paans, conical beedi cigarettes and a pack or two of Gold Leaf extra-strong smokes from the table he sat on. The mazaar itself was hundreds of years old and is where the Bhuttos have been buried since they settled in Sind. Wooden pillars, carved with lattice designs, marked the absence of the four walls that would have enclosed the open-air burial site. It was a sombre resting place: four corners of Sind lay open around you, and the dusty smell of the air in Garhi Khuda Bux’s desert climate surrounded mourners who came to mark death anniversaries and birthdays.
It’s all gone now.
It was torn down by the last member of the family to be buried there, Benazir Bhutto, and rebuilt as a mausoleum. In a country where politics has always orbited around personalities, she was determined that (more…)
Filed under: Indian Subcontinent | Tags: Afghanistan, Colonialism, Imperialism, Militant, Occupation, Resistance, Taliban, War
7 December 2008