A Pakistani Fighter Pilot's Tale

A Pakistani Fighter Pilot’s Tale By SHIREEN M. MAZARISaturday, 16 May 2009.The News International.WWW.AHMEDQURAISHI.COMISLAMABAD, Pakistan—When the mainstream biographies by civil and military bureaucrats in Pakistan tend to be tedious rationalisations of their stay in the corridors of power, including military dictatorships, Air Commodore Sajad Haider’s book, “Flight of the Falcon” breaks this mode. Newly launched…

Obama's men in Afghanistan

THOMAS SCHWEICHFrom Saturday’s Globe and MailFebruary 14, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDTEarlier this month, the United Nations released a report predicting a decline in opium cultivation in Afghanistan for the second year in a row. Because Afghan heroin funds the insurgency, corrupts the government and interferes with legitimate agricultural programs, this was good news for…

AfPak deal: Pak needs to 'exploit' geographical importance

AfPak deal: Pak needs to ‘exploit’ geographical importancePTIFriday, May 8, 2009 18:35 IST.The blocking of Indian trade to Afghanistan by Pakistan, pending the resolution of the Kashmir issue, made the transit trade route an instrument of leverage for Islamabad, the Daily Times newspaper said in its editorial titled “A welcome new trade route”.However, Pakistan “began…