Diplomat slams NYT article blaming Pakistan for Islamic State

Published: February 12, 2016
A file photo of the Pakistan Army. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of the Pakistan Army. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan’s Press Attaché in Washington Nadeem Hotiana, in a letter to the editor of the New York Times, defended the country against recent allegations levelled by US analyst Carlotta Gall in an NYT article.

“The whole world, including American officials and military commanders, is praising Pakistan’s successful military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. It is strange that Ms. Gall, instead of acknowledging Pakistan’s sincerity, is somehow blaming the country — itself the worst victim of terrorism — for the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan,” wrote Hotiana in his letter.

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“One has to fly really high on wings of imagination to link the escalating violence in Afghanistan with the presence of a few men hiding somewhere in Pakistan,” he added.

Further, Hotiana went on to point out that the analyst’s reference to reports that Pakistan is responsible for the rise of ISIS in the Middle East ignores the increasingly complex regional politics. Likewise, her suggestion that Pakistan was involved in moving 300 Pakistani jihadists to the core of the ISIS fight is far-fetched.

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The Pakistani diplomat suggested that putting blame on his country for every ill of the world may rather be construed as yet another attempt to undermine the fledgling reconciliation process in Afghanistan, where Pakistan, together with China and the United States, is trying its best to bring peace to the region.

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  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 12, 2016 - 5:03PM

    With establishment’s institutionalized jihadi mindset anything is possible.Recommend

  • shazada zahid malik-loan
    Feb 12, 2016 - 5:34PM

    The American Jewry is going to keep on blaming the Pakistanis because we have the might to challenge their attempted domination of the Islamic world. The other problem is the Pakistani media does not cover the Zionists seizure of land in the Middle East, their nuclear weapons and their Assassinations of Muslim people. The Pakistani media does not play any role in international affairs, neither does it have any objective understanding of journalism nor it is independent – it gets money from the CIA, MOSSAD and RAW to print what they want. Recommend

  • John B
    Feb 12, 2016 - 6:02PM

    Regardless at what time period in modern history we may start, all roads of jihad started from PAK with various flavors:- First as Kashmir jihad, then as Ahmedi jihad, then as internal Jihad toward Sunnism , then as Jihad against soviet, then against Shias, and so on. During Mr.Bhutto’s time PAK was trying very much to islamize the country’s cultural thinking and Zia only finished the job. The idea of modern day jihadism was revived in PAK which was once conquered in the name of jihad, then abandoned, and then revived for creation of PAK. The perpetual war against Hindu’s, atleast in cultural narration, need not be elaborated. In many ways, the NYT is correct except it looked at issue in a narrow angle.

    ISIS is no modern phenomenon, except for their weapons. Recommend

  • NYT
    Feb 12, 2016 - 6:03PM

    He can slam all he wants, but the article spoke the truth and everyone in the world knows it.Recommend

  • saim
    Feb 12, 2016 - 7:31PM

    we were not the one who used who used taliban to take down USSR. we did not invade iraq or afghanistan then how is it our fault. could you please elaborate?Recommend

  • LOLzTrain
    Feb 12, 2016 - 9:06PM

    Its open seasons for all bigoted Indians, Welcome to your unemployment outlet. Recommend

  • Haider Rehman
    Feb 12, 2016 - 9:34PM

    The no of Indians on Pakistani news sites is astounding…Recommend

  • Ahad Khan
    Feb 12, 2016 - 9:55PM

    If for instance I say you are right. Then you are right in establishing the same mindset of intolerant singularity by withholding all counter arguments on this forum. Recommend

  • Pacman
    Feb 12, 2016 - 10:39PM

    @BraineyBhaijan @NYT, I assume you’re Indian therefore I don’t feel the need to defend Pakistan because it is evident that you guys don’t come here to understand, you come here to respond.

    Furthermore, Carlitto Gall can claim whatever she wants to but all that she is selling is malicious. All her “Sources” are unknown because of “Reasons”. All the officials of US and Pakistan govt she talked to cannot be named because they requested “anonymity”. Point is her sources of information don’t have credibility. For example it is literally impossible to confirm or claim that 300 Pakistanis made their way to join ISIS and the Pakistan government supported them??. She should know that Pakistan wouldn’t be interested in supporting ISIS of all because these animals have been directly involved with TTP which is, as she probably forget to tell, primarily responsible for the death and destruction of Pakistani people.Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2016 - 3:30AM

    lol….If USA wants Pakistan to reduce the production of its nuclear arsenal…..it will have to provide conventional weapons to Pakistan…..India is trying its best to make things worse !
    If Afghanistan was never interested in securing its border….how can somebody ask or blame Pakistan ? Pakistan is the victim of terrorism being sponsored via Afghanistan into Pakistan….Pakistan is fighting a war of Afghan mistakes !Recommend

  • Shuaib
    Feb 13, 2016 - 4:02AM

    Most ridiculous assertion ever. There are more British and German national jihadis in ISIS than Pakistani nationals. ROFL!!Recommend

  • Prakash
    Feb 13, 2016 - 5:22AM

    The very fact that US,China and Afghanistan is looking to Pakistan to bring Afghan Taliban on board for reconciliation tells that Pakistan is providing sanctuary to Afghan Taliban like Haqqani network, Quetta Shura etc.Recommend

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