Why Waziristan Tribesmen are a Different Breed of Guerilla FightersBy Major (Retd) AH Amin THOSE WHO know the Pathans and their history will know exactly what is happening is Waziristan today and which Lashkar is doing what and for what reason.The tribal Pathans have traditionally been supreme fighters who defied the Mughal occupiers, the Sikh…

Democracy Within Our ReachWhat’s at Stake Saturday in PakistanBy Asif Ali ZardariThursday, September 4, 2008; A15Pakistan is at a crossroads. The gravity of the situation has led me, at the insistence of my Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), to run for president in Saturday’s elections. My children and I are still mourning our beloved leader, wife…

Churches burn as violence spreads in India’s OrissaJatindra DashReuters North American News ServiceSep 01, 2008 01:54 EST BHUBANESWAR, India, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Hindu mobs have burnt at least four more churches in eastern India, officials said on Monday, as religious violence appeared to spread.Thousands of people, mostly Christians, have taken shelter in makeshift camps…

No Sign Of Osama As Taliban Routed 12:16pm UK, Tuesday September 02, 2008 Pakistan’s army claims to have routed Taliban militants in a stronghold near the Afghan border but found no sign of Osama bin Laden or al Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al Zawahiri. No sign of Osama bin Laden or Ayman al-ZawahriThe government ordered a…

Mullen, Kayani discuss Pakistan situation Friday, August 29, 2008 Military leaders meet onboard aircraft carrier By Sami AbrahamWASHINGTON DC: Top US military commander Admiral Mike Mullen appreciated Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani by saying that he was endowed with extraordinary qualities exceptionally committed to his principles and goals which, in terms…

All at sea8/30/2008US Joint chief of staff Admiral Mike Mullen and Pakistan’s COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani have held what was a ‘secret’ meeting aboard a US vessel stationed in the Arabian Sea. Security concerns, in view of the threat of terror in Pakistan, are reported to have led to the measures taken. But what…

http://www.atimes.com Page 1 of 2DISPATCHES FROM AMERICAIs perpetual war our future?By Andrew Bacevich To appreciate the full extent of the military crisis into which the United States has been plunged requires understanding what the Iraq War and, to a lesser extent, the Afghan War have to teach. These two conflicts, along with the attacks of…

From a Friday, August 15, 2008 entry on Informed Comment, Juan Cole’s blog Musharraf said on Verge of Resigning Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf could only have stayed in power in one of three ways. He would have had to be able to block a 2/3s impeachment vote against him in the senate, where his Muslim…

A people in turmoil as politicians bickerEmailPrinter friendly versionNormal fontLarge font Vocal … Pakistan Muslim League supporters call for the President, Pervez Musharraf, to go, but things may not necessarily improve if he does, say analysts.Photo: ReuteresLatest related coverageAides in talks to find an exit plan for MusharrafAdvertisementAugust 16, 2008There’s a focus on power plays…