From an active campaigner to an alleged spy

By Malik Siraj Akbar When the New York Police caught the powerful Kashmiri lobbyist Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, 61, in the middle of a partly hazy day on July 19, 2011 with $35,000 cash in his possession, they had actually come across a man whose arrest would subsequently jeopardise diplomatic relations between Pakistan and the … Continue reading

Occupy DC: No to drone strikes

By Malik Siraj Akbar In March 2003, Colonel Ann Wright ended her twenty-nine year military and sixteen-year prolific diplomatic career in protest against George Bush’s invasion of Iraq. She played an instrumental role in reopening the US embassy in Kabul in 2001 soon after the collapse of the Taliban regime. A decade after the Afghan … Continue reading

Pakistan’s Militant Heroes

By Malik Siraj Akbar If you did not get a chance to see the gruesome images from Pakistan when lawyers and educated youths showered rose petals on the murderer of a prominent governor, you are not too late. Thousands of Pakistanis are back on the roads supporting the assassination of Salmaan Taseer, the liberal governor … Continue reading

United Stance Against America

By Malik Siraj Akbar Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani convened a grand All Parties Conference (APC) in Islamabad on September 29 to develop consensus on a national stance in response to Admiral Mike Mullen’s allegations about links between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate and the Haqqani Network. According to the 13-point joint resolution, … Continue reading

Pakistan’s Full Stop

Let’s not treat the current diplomatic standoff between the United States and Pakistan as the complete end of all ties. Both the countries have only punctuated the terms and conditions of their decade-old alliance. Had they spared a modicum of time back in 2001 to understand and respect the limits and ‘national interests’ of each … Continue reading