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The ‘anti-state’ Sarmachars of Balochistan

Appeared in Daily Times on Monday February 27, 2012 as my weekly column BAAGHI After US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s sudden attention to Balochistan, the Pakistani media went bonkers to protect the proverbial ‘sovereignty’ of our country — a cause championed

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Balochistan, Rohrabacher and Pakistan’s complacency

 This article appeared in Daily Times on Monday February 13, 2012 as my weekly column BAAGHI While the reports released by the US State Department kept indicting China, Iran and other ‘rogue’ countries in the ‘axis of evil’ for human

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Memogate: The Bigger Picture

This appeared in Daily Times on Tuesday December 6, 2011 as my weekly column BAAGHI In an op-ed in a British paper, a man claims to have communicated a message from a diplomat to the American establishment. After an aggressive

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Let us tell NATO, "No More!"

This was originally written as my weekly column BAAGHI and appeared in Daily Times on Tuesday November 29, 2011 The anger in Islamabad is natural and understandable. The early morning attack on Pakistan’s two border security posts by NATO aircraft

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No Clean Hands in AmAfPak

This was originally published by Daily Times as my weekly column BAAGHI on Monday October 24, 2011 The recent diplomatic overdose to Pakistan by the US has not only heightened the verbal tug-of-war between the two allies but has also

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Confronting Popular Narrative about the Taliban — II

This appeared as my weekly column BAAGHI in Daily Times on Monday October 17, 2011. The first part of this article can be seen here. This blogpost corrects the two names erroneously misquoted in the printed version; One: it was

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Confronting Popular Narrative about the Taliban — I

It originally appeared in Daily Times as my weekly column BAAGHI on Monday October 10, 2011 Last week, one got the opportunity to be on a television talk show with General Hamid Gul and Oria Maqbool Jan, a civil servant

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Resisting the Taliban Menace – II

This was originally published by Daily Times as my weekly column BAAGHI on Monday October 3, 2011. First part of this article, published by the same paper on September 26, 2011, can be seen here. While these lines are being

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Resisting the Taliban Menace – I

It originally appeared in Daily Times on Monday September 26, 2011 as my weekly column BAAGHI It was on August 25, 2001 — 15 days before 9/11 — that a conference in Islamabad resolved to oppose the appointment of 15

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Liberalisation of strategic depth — I

Originally published in Daily Times on Monday September 12, 2011 as my weekly column BAAGHI On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, all we have in our hands is 35,000 graves, no state writ in 40 percent of our territory and

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The USA’s CT strategy: lessons for Pakistan

Originally published in Daily Times on Monday July 4, 2011 as my weekly column BAAGHI The White House announced its new National Strategy for Counter-Terrorism (NSCT) on Wednesday, June 29, outlining broad features of the US policy in fighting the

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The Zawahiri Factor

Originally published in Daily Times on Sunday June 19, 2011 as my weekly column BAAGHI A rather belated but widely speculated announcement of Zawahiri’s ascension to the terror throne hit the counter-terrorism amphitheatre last week. The announcement came about around

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