By Anas Abbas

I am posting this unedited version below. Original edited version is posted on Leftfootforward

It’s quite appalling to see how several people in Western media have responded after the Paris attacks. Some blamed the cartoonists for provoking Muslim faith and inciting religious hatred while others like Robert Fisk have blamed French occupation of Algeria (1830 – 1962) for Paris shootings. Fisk claimed that the disenfranchisement of the youth, economic deprivation, atrocities and legitimate grievances of Algerians has led to Paris events. Some on the far left like the inveterate anti American journalist Glen Greenwald started with Soviet style (whataboutism) and connected the Paris events with Israel while the annoying Assange, who is languishing in the Ecuador embassy, also tweeted some 5 year old telegraph report to obfuscate the Paris shooting issue.

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By Anas Abbas

Until recently Ben Affleck was considered by Muslim twitteratis and liberals to be an imperialist and racist for his movie “Argo” but now he’s turning out to be a hero for them after his latest adventurism on Bill Maher’s show. For me only Sam Harris and Nicholas Kristoff made some sense. Read the rest of this entry »


By Anas Abbas

crossposted from Times Of India

While the world was acknowledging Malala Yusufzai’s courage and applauding her commitment to education, Pakistan remained apathetic mainly because it was busy celebrating Ramazan in a holier than thou spirit, or was in a state of jubilation at the revelations of an Indian IPS officer Satish Chandra Verma who claimed that Indian government orchestrated the 2001 Parliament and 2008 Mumbai attacks. Malala’s speech was broadcasted live by major international TV channels, but Pakistani print, electronic and social media remained numb as the Satish Verma claim took the country by storm. Infamous political TV show anchor Mubasher Luqman did an entire Indian bashing show scrutinizing Verma’s claims by inviting the Pakistani male version of Ann Coulter, the psycho neurotic jingoistic Zaid Hamid. Similarly, various other vociferous Pakistani talk shows also focused on Indian bashing and praised the Kashmiri terrorists who have been locally revered as “Mujahideens”. Read the rest of this entry »


Note: This article was first published in last year. I am just reposting it on my own blog.  Please find the original link at the end of this article.

By Anas Abbas

In his book ‘Inside Al Qaeda and the Taliban’, slain journalist Syed Saleem Shehzad who spent considerable part of his research with al Qaeda militants, described comprehensively the formation of the new al Qaeda players and their strategic objectives in the lawless FATA region of Pakistan after the crippling defeat of the Taliban and al Qaeda in 2001. Read the rest of this entry »

By Anas Abbas

Source: Dawn

If nothing else we Pakistani agree on one thing. Whatever little hope there appears is the last hope. A recent example of this was the invention of water as fuel for cars, which soon came crashing down. When we are too desperate for hope that is what happens. We believe it even if all evidence goes against it. But desperation is such a state that never lets a people learn. They bow down to miracles of crackpots just so that things change without their having to invest in knowledge and scientific progress.

Lately Pakistani urban youth has obsessed with another “Last Hope” who is an ideological lapdog of Hamid Gul and Jamaat-e-Islami whose looks and past athletic achievements are Read the rest of this entry »

Origin of Pakistani Taliban

October 31, 2012

The following is an excerpt from the book Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia


The Taliban’s new model for a purist Islamic revolution has created

immense repercussions, in Pakistan and to a more limited extent in the

CentralAsianRepublics. Pakistan, an already fragile state beset by an Read the rest of this entry »


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