A time to re-evaluate our ties with America

Published: February 17, 2011
The writer is a former editor of The Nation and ex-head of the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad

The writer is a former editor of The Nation and ex-head of the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad

Once again, Pakistan is being subject to the usual US imperial arrogance — this time on the Raymond Davis case. We have had threats of all kinds simply to get a murderer released and even President Barack Obama has jumped into the fray, imperially claiming that Davis has diplomatic immunity! Of course US presidents, in recent times at least, have been known for their lies, with Bush commencing his Iraq war on the lie that it had weapons of mass destruction and Colin Powell brazenly lying to the UN Security Council about it. So Obama may be following yet another Bush tradition,  after his exuberant adoption of his predecessor’s policy on drones. Such imperial hubris, reflected in the threats that aid will be cut off and planned meetings postponed, should be seen as an opportunity by the Pakistani state to re-evaluate its relationship with the US and restructure it more favourably. If the whole ‘strategic’ edifice is under threat over the issue of Raymond Davis, one really wonders whether there ever was a relationship to begin with. Take the example of our longstanding strategic ally China: Has this relationship ended despite the targeted killings of Chinese nationals working in Pakistan?

Perhaps if the US could see beyond its imperial arrogance, it would realise that right now its own interests would be damaged far more than the suffering the common man in Pakistan goes through — as opposed to the ruling elite — especially in terms of the so-called ‘war on terror’. But the US rarely sees reality beyond its blinkered vision and its contemptuous arrogance towards the Pakistani state is so immense that it has chosen not to have a lawyer represent Davis in the Lahore High Court!

It is also amusing and ironic to see the Obama administration, as well as US lawmakers, suddenly accuse Pakistan of not abiding by international law, given how the US not only flouts international law at every opportunity but also refuses to accept the International Criminal Court and any International Court of Justice advisory opinion that goes against it (remember the Nicaragua harbour mining case?) it is hardly in a position to adopt the high moral ground on international law. Only recently, the US violated the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) it had put its signature to when it signed its nuclear deal with India. By agreeing to this deal, America contravened Articles I and III(2) of the NPT, which, amongst other restrictions, forbid transfer of sensitive and dual-use technology to states that have not signed the treaty.

However, what is the Pakistan government up to, with the ministry of foreign affairs seeking three more weeks to give a response to the rather straightforward issue of whether Raymond Davis has immunity? As if the absurd proclamations and retractions of PPP ministers and office-bearers were not folly enough, we have now had the Punjab chief minister state that Interior Minister Rehman Malik had informed him that the federal government was going to give Davis diplomatic immunity and would be informing the Lahore High Court (LHC) of the same. Clearly, that too did not happen on February 17 when the case got underway. The nation must be grateful for these small hiccups in the path of total subjugation to the will of the US. Unfortunately, the LHC has had to stay the proceedings till the federal government overcomes its habitual pusillanimity when confronted by the US and plucks up the courage to take a clear position on the immunity issue.

But why is the Pakistani political leadership so hesitant on taking a stand on the Davis case? Whichever legal perspective one takes, there is no ground on which Davis can claim diplomatic immunity. In view of the documents already in the public domain, including the ‘official visa’ — and there is a qualitative difference between his visa and a diplomatic visa — there is no ground on which Davis could be placed in the category of a diplomat. However, even if one were to concede the US argument of Davis being administrative and technical staff and thereby entitled to “diplomatic immunity” under the 1961 Vienna Convention, for such staff this “immunity” is not applicable to actions outside “official functions” under Articles 31:1c and 37:2.

In any case, with the material evidence, including photographs of sensitive military offices, recovered from Davis’s as well as his pay slip for the period beginning September 2010, he clearly falls into the category of being hired by the US State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and is in all probability a CIA ‘stringer’ intelligence agent. In fact, as the facts of Davis come to light, it appears he may have deliberately allowed the second car (which was sent by the US consulate to rescue him) to speed away as it may have had more covert operatives in it. Interestingly, in November 2009 and later in 2010, Davis was caught in restricted military locations in Peshawar and reportedly the Foreign Office verbally asked the US embassy to remove him from Peshawar. Proper interrogation of Davis is essential now for Pakistan to discover the linkages with a range of suspected US covert activities.

While we can sigh with relief over the halt in drone attacks since the arrest of Davis, the cause for this halt is probably the US fear that the location of other stringer agents may be revealed through these attacks. That brings up another interesting aspect of the Davis case: the possibility of charging him with espionage given the massive evidence already available and made public. After all, if the federal and provincial governments manage to persuade, through fair means or foul, the families of the victims to accept ‘blood money’, Davis still needs to be detained on espionage charges and tried for the same. This is one criminal who must not be allowed to get away with impunity.

Most importantly, though, the Davis case should persuade the Pakistani state to rein in the thousands of US operatives — both CIA and private security contractors — and rid the country of them as soon as possible so that there is no repeat of this lethal incident on our territory.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 18th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (66)

  • Aamir+Ali
    Feb 17, 2011 - 11:08PM

    PTI is not going to deliver any solutions to Pakistanis based on anti-Americanism.Recommend

  • Feb 17, 2011 - 11:17PM

    Pakistan is a US periphery. Let us admit this harsh fact of life. Recommend

  • faraz
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:20AM

    And also get rid of the thousands of so-called strategic assets which the military establishment has been nurturing for past 3 decades to wage proxy wars in neighbouring countries. The root cause of all ills is our policy of using non-state actors to attain foreign policy goals. Recommend

  • binwakeel
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:28AM

    At last someone has shown the gumption to separate the grain from the chaff. Hats off to Ms. Mazari.Recommend

  • Feb 18, 2011 - 12:29AM

    No one seems to be addressing the 1000 pound gorilla, the Army. For years everyone has remarked how the PPP has abdicated foreign policy and security related issues to the Army. When the US has agreed to Pakistani terms, we have celebrated Kayani’s “boldness” to look the Americans in the “eye”. Yet now, during this entire episode not a peep has come out.

    Everyone is making it sound as if he just randomly appeared in the country. Cooperation within Pakistan with the US is no secret. Neither is it surprising that a US official is armed. Further still, for years the Musharaf regime allowed American officials or contractors to bypass immigration exiting ISB via the catering exit. To claim now that no one had any idea what he was doing is a tad naive. What is also naive is to think that the US government has not shared concerns with the military directly, and none of that has been made public. You are passing the buck onto players who have little or no say in the matter to begin with.

    However, your argument that he deliberetly let the other car go off is highly circumstantial. And further, if he was caught in 2009 and his activities frowned upon, what was he still doing around the country? Is that incompetence on our part?

    “the cause for this halt is probably the US fear that the location of other stringer agents may be revealed through these attacks.” Really? Thats the best you can come up?

    There is no doubt a crime was committed, and there are grieving families who have to see this media circus play out before them. Sensationalizing the events, passing rhetoric and emotionalism for fact is not going to result in justice.

    We should definitely get rid of private actors brandishing weapons across the country, but how about making such sensational arguments to get rid of terrorists who roam the country? There lethality is not worthy of condemnation?

    If you want true sovereignty of the state thats not going to happen by convicting one person. Question how we have arrived at this point where the death of three Pakistani’s was required before everyone awoke to the nations honor. A country addicted to foreign aid is in no position to demand justice, even when the injustice is obvious. Recommend

  • karachiite2
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:48AM

    A voice of sanity so let the author bashing and American boot licking begin! Recommend

  • ayaz
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:56AM

    well written Miss Shireen Mazari…thats what I like about PTI stance…PTI always hold their ground firm no matter what happens….no other party is willing to discuss this matter in public..Welldone…our government is playing old politics ticks by taking maximum time in order to cool down the people emotions…but this time that strategy wont work…Recommend

  • Arindom
    Feb 18, 2011 - 1:22AM

    Why can’t any Pakistani author write about a bilateral matter between Pakistan and another country without whinging and moaning about India? I fail to see the point why India has been dragged into this debate?Recommend

  • Raja
    Feb 18, 2011 - 2:43AM

    Over the years, Shireen M Mazari has brought unmitigated disaster, suffering, economic collapse and downgrading of pakistan through her “strategic” “advice” and “expertise”.

    The above article continues this tradition.Recommend

  • Talha
    Feb 18, 2011 - 2:52AM

    Its all a CIA/RAW Conspiracy.Recommend

  • Khan
    Feb 18, 2011 - 3:01AM

    Aridom.. calm down dear.. India was mentioned once with respect to the NPT whcih was part of the writters argument.Recommend

  • AnIndian
    Feb 18, 2011 - 3:15AM

    When the 2011 earthquake in Baluchistan happened, this is what a US Diplomat had to say: “Any humanitarian crisis in Pakistan will undermine US interests in the region.”

    (So, it was not about people dying, but, about “US interests being affected”.)

    Folks, keep in mind that this is not a personal statement of a single US Diplomat, but this is the FOREIGN POLICY of USA. Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and every other country must be wary of it.Recommend

  • truthseeker
    Feb 18, 2011 - 3:23AM

    US GDP $14,600 billion Pakistan GDP $166 billion

    US defence spending $670 billion Pakistan defence spending $4.28 billion

    Reality Check: Equality is for “Equals”Recommend

  • Hamza
    Feb 18, 2011 - 3:35AM

    Its sad when Shireen Mazari becomes the voice of sanity. You would think that years of berating America, one would get tired of it. Yes the case of Raymond Davis is extremely suspicious but every country has the right to protect its citizens, we should do the same for ours. We have yet to protect the right of minorities, we have let the culprits of 26/11 walk free and right now as the world cup approaches we should remind ourselves why it is not being co-hosted by Pakistan. Shireen Mazari its time you starting utilizing your energies on other issues than your poor bias. Recommend

  • omar yusaf
    Feb 18, 2011 - 4:11AM

    I agree about the 1000 pound gorilla.
    But one step at a time.
    Remove the funding source, as Shireen rightly advocates, and the rest will follow, including more important issues such as the right to determine our own destiny and make our own mistakes if need be.
    That is what sovereign nations do, instead of being constantly preoccupied with fighting (externally created & destabilising) brushfires in their backyard.
    Shireen’s suggestion goes to the heart of our woes. Address the issue of unnecessary dependency and subservience and both you and I and every citizen of Pakistan will breathe easier, and for that matter, our neighbours as well.
    Without berating the point too much – issues are best resolved by going to the core of the matter, which is what she has done.Recommend

  • Dina
    Feb 18, 2011 - 4:15AM

    THANK YOU! Finally, someone with clarity of thought!Recommend

  • Amaar
    Feb 18, 2011 - 4:24AM

    Beggars are not choosers. We need to reform our mindset first before blaming the world for our problems. The US is not our enemy. We are the enemy.Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Feb 18, 2011 - 4:26AM

    The article lacks substance and is full of conjecture and innuendo. Which makes sense given that the author is a PTI official.Recommend

  • Feb 18, 2011 - 5:07AM

    // ally China: Has this relationship ended despite the targeted killings of Chinese nationals working in Pakistan?//

    Do you even realize what you write? Very ostentatiously you fetched an opinion without knowing what impact it could have on your readers? What exactly is your point here? Please Aafia’s case is already conflated with Ray’s, so it would be better that you spare us with another moronic analogy.

    AND even for the argument sake, I agree that it makes sense. Does that mean if something has worked out in the past for A, it would be worked out for B as well?

    //Davis was caught in restricted military locations in Peshawar .//

    Had I not read your articles before, I would have rather asked for the source. But since, I know you, I would rather ask a question. Do you think Uncle Sam is THAT stupid enough that he would rather be roaming around in Pakistan and would not have been removed from here?

    I used to think that Tribune doesn’t cater conspiracy theorist. AGAIN, I USED TO.Recommend

  • ani
    Feb 18, 2011 - 5:31AM

    Ms. Mazari’s right wing prejudices make a mockery of responsible editorial commentary. She fits the facts to suit her emotions. And very conveniently moves back and forth between being a judge and a journalist. She incites people against each other rather than offer solutions that bring them together. Without the usual caution that responsible media people deploy, she brands Mr. Davis a criminal and a spy. Isn’t that the job of the courts to discover the facts, allow proper due process and then pass a verdict? As a journalist, she does not want to dig deeper into the background of two men who were allegedly killed and what were they doing to have crossed Mr. Davis. Were they ISI agents? Were they threatening Mr. Davis? Her recommendations are sweeping. She wants all US operatives associated with CIA and private agencies to be gotten rid off. Well and good. In a country where rabid anti americanism is the national anthem and safety of its own citizens is sub par, who will provide security to the US staff? India is draggged into everything in her writings. Even here. She has blown a cork over this nuclear deal between USA, rest of the world and India. Pakistan can have it too. But first it has to settle down as a stable and peaceful country. That would be too much responsibility for Ms. Mazari to demonstrate. You can’t bite the hand that feeds you. You can’t ask for help from someone whom you are trying to injure. Recommend

  • Sanjay, Mumbai
    Feb 18, 2011 - 6:31AM

    Keeping past in mind and knowing the Pakistan’s reltionship with USA , release of Davis is inevitable. inorder to have independent foreign policy.. many fundamental changes need to be in Pakistan..thats distant dream.till then..let the writers keep wishing, dreaming here.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 18, 2011 - 8:32AM

    Only recently, the US violated the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) it had put its signature to when it signed its nuclear deal with India. By agreeing to this deal, America contravened Articles I and III(2) of the NPT, which, amongst other restrictions, forbid transfer of sensitive and dual-use technology to states that have not signed the treaty.

    Amazing! Just amazing. One would think a journalist with the sort of credentials that Shireen Mazari has, would actually do some research before going off on some long winded rant. Article I of the NPT is not even relevant to the discussion here since it talks about transfer of weapons and/or weapons technology to a non-weapons state (which as far as the NPT is concerned, India and Pakistan are). Article III(2) of the NPT actually ALLOWS the transfer of ‘dual use’ material/technology as long as proper safeguard agreements are in place, which incidentally India and the IAEA signed. Say what you will about the US, but at least use facts to back your claims so as not to look like a complete lunatic.


    I shudder to think what would happen to Pakistan the day PTI is allowed by the establishment to win enough seats to form a majority government. This party is completely out of touch with reality. They are preying on people’s emotions to garner support but have no idea what it takes to govern. Imran Khan is in for a even bigger and nastier surprise than the one Obama got when he realized he can’t just implement whatever policies he wants (even with control of both houses for 2 years). Recommend

  • Feb 18, 2011 - 9:18AM

    Well said Mazari, But now a days logic is nothing, if You did not support US agent than you are from ghairt brigade.Recommend

  • Amna
    Feb 18, 2011 - 9:32AM

    She used America’s dealing with India as an example to make one of her points….what the heck is wrong with that? How about you read what she wrote before you assume she is “whinging and moaning”

    I wonder why a Pakistani can not mention the word “India” without Indians getting all defensive and becoming absolutely ignorant about what is being discussed and in what context “India” was used. Recommend

  • Ammar
    Feb 18, 2011 - 11:19AM

    @ Author:
    This borrowed wisdom and sudden conscience attacks are not going to help. This idea of American Imperial Design is very old and I don’t know why our Gharatmand lot including the author is exploiting it now? This is not going to help unless we overcome our own hypocrisies. Bashing America, India, and ruling elite won’t help either. By the way what class the author belongs?Recommend

  • Dr.Mull
    Feb 18, 2011 - 11:36AM

    @Arachnid agreed to this part ONLY

    Mazari is affiliated with the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and it is the responsibility of this paper to reveal that association in the interest of full disclosure and for readers to be able to reliably determine the credibility and basis of her views

    ET is doing it with other contributors as well,so please make note

    A well written pieceRecommend

  • Feb 18, 2011 - 11:40AM

    PAkistan is fighting war on terror with whom
    3 thousand Plus Soldiers died fighting whom

    come on what Raymond case have to do with all you have said

    Its quite funny to see those who were Communists before Soviet Collapse are big supporters of Capitalist block now. First they worshiped Moscow now they worship WashingtonRecommend

  • sandy
    Feb 18, 2011 - 11:40AM

    China == strategic alliance???? Are you kidding? Its has been using pakistan for decades

    It keeps India busy so that India can not fight for Tibet, a chinese occupied territory and china’s major risk.
    It gets easy access to 180 milliion people where it can dump its cheap junk that no one else buys. Today Pak’s internal small and medium business is almost destroyed by cheap low quality chinese imports. Which country signs a Free trade agreement with China when they have absolutely nothing to sell globally??
    It uses paki land to access oil routes in middle east
    Use Pak as a guinea pig to pay for chinese engineering products, low quality nuclear reactors and military equipments that no one else buys. (except North Korea and sudan)
    Uses Paki military to get access to western military technology that paki gets as aid from US
    Use paki taxpayer money to employ thousands of chinese workers in so called funded project
    the list goes on and on… USA used to be Paki master in 60s and 70s, and these days China is their new master. No doubt zardari makes 8 trips to china in one year to get blessings.

    The author doesnt seem to go deep enough to critically understand real chinese motives. US no matter what is a democracy and you can read their moves good or bad. Chinese are masters of disguise and knows nothing but their own interest. Poor Paki taxpayers are paying through their nose, when their political leaders are selling their resources to china. Recommend

  • dirtychaddi
    Feb 18, 2011 - 11:52AM

    Wow! Pakistani intellectualism!Recommend

  • Hassan Khan
    Feb 18, 2011 - 11:56AM

    Dont know why are u so sensitive about India? She has just given an example. It is her choice. She could have mentioned some other example too as there are plenty where US broke the international law. Take it easy and if she has quoted some thing wrong about violation of NPT, feel free to point out.Recommend

  • Ummi Khann
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:02PM

    America has done so much damage to the common people of our country, we are dying every day in there fake war against terrorism, Our citizens in FATA are targeted by there drones on daily basis, our women and children and elders are humiliated, Dr. Afia Siddique is rotting in there jail for no crime..
    Now its our turn, as we have American criminal in our custody, Redmond Davis was caught by a mob of common people, whom takes no benefit from USA Aid, not the Gov. & Now the Gov is forced not to release him coz they know if they do then there will be a massive revolt against this Gov. Recommend

  • grai
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:06PM

    You can reevaluate your relationship when you quit taking American taxpayer money. Until then, get used to doing what America tells you to doRecommend

  • vikas
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:17PM

    I am 100% agree with you.without stopping nurturing the so called non state actors(name given by pak govt showing they are the weakest govt of the world) this countrycan never make progress.world teams can play in bangladesh but not in pakistan.spend money on developement not on the killers.these people only harm pakistan not neighbours at last.pakistan should eradicate them from north waziristhan.Recommend

  • Fahad Shaikh
    Feb 18, 2011 - 12:40PM

    Excellent peice.

    Truly a nation’s voice.

    In the end, a harsh reality for all who always dream to favor US.

    True that US does not care for International Laws.

    Most importantly, Ms. Mazari rightly claims that

    “Davis still needs to be detained on espionage charges and tried for the same. This is one criminal who must not be allowed to get away with impunity.”
    … this is my status at FB, now :)Recommend

  • Saif M
    Feb 18, 2011 - 1:24PM

    “Most importantly, though, the Davis case should persuade the Pakistani state to rein in the thousands of US operatives …”

    Pakistan will be better off, If it rids itself of the thousands of the Taliban and their Pakistani allies roaming freely in the country. If you do that, people like Davis and the like will also greatly diminish, if not disappear altogether. Recommend

  • Saeed
    Feb 18, 2011 - 1:29PM

    Well written, Ms. Mazari. If only you had voiced these bold notions of declaring war on America when you headed ISS in the Musharraf Regime, too.Recommend

  • Javed
    Feb 18, 2011 - 2:21PM

    @ Vikas
    We do not care about world team or You. Before you give us this advice why do not you go and clean up your inside mess? The Biggest threat to everyone is RSS who seems to be involved from all bomb attacks in India. Even your army is penetrated by this group and active army members serve for RSS. On the other hand, Naxalites are messing with State machinary. I’d love to listen to you when you clean up that mess. Now go and do that and then If you came back, which I seriously doubt, only then Your voice would be heard. Until then , Have Fun!!!Recommend

  • AIL
    Feb 18, 2011 - 2:23PM

    well why cant Indian media let go of Pakistan bashing? My friend it is pot and kettle story. This is India vs Pakistan. I dont think Indians are in any position to accuse our medial than Pakistanis are to accuse their media. So lets accept the fact that verbal whip lashing each other is normal.Recommend

  • Aisha Aijaz (mybitforchange.org)
    Feb 18, 2011 - 2:31PM

    Thanks Ms.Mazari for a brilliant piece.. A must share article!!

  • ashok sai
    Feb 18, 2011 - 2:52PM

    @ Author

    Aren’t the Pakistan elites rush towards Uncle Sam begging for a nuclear deal on parity with India ?

    Once your are made to understood firmly by US that no such deal was possible, the huge cry of ‘violation of NPT’ started.

    What logic is this, if you give us a similar deal its not a violation otherwise it is…?

    Stop obsessing India, concentrate to raise your economy.Recommend

  • karachiite2
    Feb 18, 2011 - 4:19PM

    @Indians: might I remind you that this article is NOT about India its pointing out the fact that USA does not abide by international laws it self. India is used as an example Recommend

  • observer
    Feb 18, 2011 - 4:26PM

    @Shireen M Mazari

    Take the example of our longstanding strategic ally China:

    Yes take the example of China. In Sep 2010 a Chinese vessel hit a Japanese vessel,in Japanese maritime area, endangering Japanese lives. Japan arrested the Chinese captain. China came down like a ton of bricks ,suspending all exports to Japan, threatening a crippling halt of Japanese economy. Japan had to release the Chinese captain.
    And guess what, the Captain had no diplomatic immunity, full, half or whatever.Rest assured, had Davis been Chinese, the ISI Chief and Sher-e- Pakistan Mehmood Qureshi would be escorting him to Beijing by now.Recommend

  • amoghavarsha.ii
    Feb 18, 2011 - 4:30PM

    Shireen don’t waste your time, the readers time and ET’s space and time.

    Pakistan does not have choice to re-evaluate relations with US of A.
    They can only Bargain and Bargain Hard at right times.

    More than re-evaluating relations with US of A or other countries, It has to Re-evalute its Taxing laws and Econmics of governance.

    Relations with other state does not help much now.Recommend

  • ashok sai
    Feb 18, 2011 - 4:55PM

    @ karachiite2

    Can I correct you, that the example given by the author was wrong one, so we bound to interrupt.Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Feb 18, 2011 - 5:00PM

    Love your picture, Shereen!Recommend

  • Fardad
    Feb 18, 2011 - 5:00PM

    Hats off to Ms Mazari, She sticks to her convictions on principles. Few ladies ( for that matter even gentlemen), show such guts.Recommend

  • Umayr Masud
    Feb 18, 2011 - 5:21PM

    Why isn’t she writing in “The Nation” , does she not believe that her own newspaper is reaching the people she wants to reach ? .. Is that somehow an acceptance of failure on her part? Or has she already left the paper .. hmmm

    P.s What a picture sir ji .. lolRecommend

  • faraz
    Feb 18, 2011 - 5:40PM

    @Muhammad Bilal Iftikhar Khan

    The Soviets were invited by Communist party of Afghanistan to supress the uprising against communism. Part of the uprising was sponsored by CIA which Brzezinski called bear trap. CIA funded jihadis to avenge Vietnam. Can you give an example in islamic history where non-muslims funded the jihad?

    It would have been fine if we had just supported the Afghans. But state started indoctrinating our own children of poor families and provided them arms to fight along the Afghans. Can you give an example, where a country with a huge standing army, recruits its own civilians? Whats the purpose of an army if civilians have to die? When soviets left, the true nature of Mujahideen was revealed when they slaughtered each other in a brutal civial war. Hikmetyar bombed Kabul for months, killing tens of thousands of civilians.

    When Hikmetyar failed to deliver Kabul, we started funding taliban to gain our strategic depth. Taliban are mainly pushtoons and pushtoons make up 46% of Afghanistan, but we decided to impose this medieval regime on entire Afghanistan. Taliban, pushtoon warlords, Northern Alliance, Dostum and other sectarian groups killed, looted and raped Afghanistan for a whole decade.

    Our dreams of capturing afghanistan came to an adrupt end with 911. Again, we adopted a dual approach of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds. We took US money but allowed taliban to settle in Waziristan. From waziristan, they spread to rest of FATA and Swat. Taliban killed over 700 maliks but Musharraf did nothing. Thanks to Kiyani who launched the first ever genuine military operation in Bajaur.

    Our Kashmir policy came to the same sad end. By 2000, India had become a rising economic power with immense diplomatic clout. We were forced to put an end to Kashmir jihad.

    Its the military establishment which benifited during Afghan jihad and war on terror. What do you mean by worship? Poor civilians are being exploited and killed to attain ridiculous foreign policy goals. We should dismantle the jihadi organizations and put these poor children into school. I am consistent, whether its soviet invasion or war on terror, non-state actors have no role in state policies. Recommend

  • Feb 18, 2011 - 5:50PM

    What Shireen Mazari writes should be taken seriously. Her writings echo the covert demands of the army. What is happening behind closed doors – is Kayani is telling the Americans, we (pakistani army) needs to oversee the operations more closely – translated as the funds need to be channelised through us. As soon as the army gets what it wants, the authorities will find a miraculous solution to the davis issue.

    This must be the longest piece Ms. Mazari has written after the fake wikileaks. Recommend

  • Farooq Khan
    Feb 18, 2011 - 6:28PM

    As if Imran Khan was not making enough mistakes, he let Sheereen mazari join his party.Recommend

  • G.Din
    Feb 18, 2011 - 6:49PM

    Any one seen that old movie “The Mouse That Roared”? Quite Instructive and educative. You might discover the motivation of Pakistanis is the same as that of that “Mouse”!!!Recommend

  • Fact Check
    Feb 18, 2011 - 6:50PM

    Why don’t Pakistan start with rejecting all US aid? Once that is done, then you can do whatever you want.

    Until then, all you and everyone else write is just tin cans ratlling in the wind.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Feb 18, 2011 - 7:01PM

    Well said applauseRecommend

  • parvez
    Feb 18, 2011 - 8:46PM

    The article conveys a lot of thunder and lightening and sounds good. How it would actually play out in reality is open to debate.Recommend

  • billo
    Feb 18, 2011 - 11:43PM

    Misrepresented relevant facts, among others the quoted sections of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. Articles 31(1)c states that there is no immunity in “professional or commercial activity” if the diplomat acts outside of “official functions. That is, a diplomat is responsible for legal obligations with respect to running a personal business etc. Article 37(2) deals with “civil and administrative” liability for acts performed outside of official duties. e.g. a diplomat’s personal car could get a parking ticket or a chalan for running a red light. The text entire treaty is available here: http://untreaty.un.org/ilc/texts/instruments/english/conventions/911961.pdf

    Please be more cautious next time ET!Recommend

  • Singh
    Feb 18, 2011 - 11:50PM

    Well first pakistan should fix its relation with neighborhood.
    Indian media should (especially shed anti pakistan views.Since pakistan was india land and people of pakistan were indians.It must be warm to pakistani concerns.)

    India should give free visas to pakistani media houses,artists who can help forge better relations.

    Anti USA sentiments are high in pakistan.China is one of the greediest and selfish country in world which waits till last minute and then grabs its neighbor once it is about to crash.Pakistan is going to be grab of china once americans leave in 2014. it will be used by chinese to protect chinese interests in west asia and arabian sea.

    For subcontinent interest,india and pakistan should look into each other rather than evaluate its interests with america or china.

    Pakistan media could be used to pave way for economic and political integration of india-pakistan.Recommend

  • Cautious
    Feb 19, 2011 - 12:02AM

    Perhaps the USA should reevaluate it’s relations with Pakistan. Over 70% of American’s have a terrible view of Pakistan ranking it slightly better than N Korea, Iran, and Afghanistan. One can put together a credible argument that Pakistan is the nexus of terrorism – led by perennial corrupt politicians who maintain power by promoting religious extremism and xenophobia. Isolating Pakistan maybe the best for World peace.Recommend

  • Feb 19, 2011 - 2:21AM

    American CIA and US military officially suspended their illegal drone missile attacks on innocent Pakistanis after the press-media reported: Raymond Allen Davis (RAD) was supporting the US drone terrorism in Pakistan.

    DN: “Probe finds connection between Davis, drone attacks. Investigation teams were astonished to learn about Raymond Davis’s connections in North Waziristan. Sources have revealed that a GPS chip recovered from Davis was being used in identifying targets for [US] drone attacks in the tribal region [of Pakistan]. It was also learnt during the probe that Davis made upto 12 visits to the tribal areas without informing Pakistani officials. The 36-year-old US official was reluctant in giving out information about his visits to the tribal region, sources added. The US Embassy officials were exerting pressure on the authorities, asking them not to expose the information received from Davis. Meanwhile, the Punjab government has shared the investigation and the possessions recovered from Davis with the federal government, said sources.”

    TOI: “Was Davis running drone programme in Pakistan? A mysterious halt to US Predator strikes on Pakistan after the Raymond Davis incident in Lahore has led to intense speculation the American “diplomat” was connected to the [US] drone program. Davis, 36, was apprehended by Pakistani police after he shot dead two Pakistanis on a busy Lahore thoroughfare on January 27 [2011], four days after the last US drone strike in Pakistan. There has not been a single strike in the 25 days since then, making it the third-longest period of inactivity since the US ramped up the Predator program to take out [Pakistani-Pakhtoons] infesting Pakistan’s frontier regions. Davis was connected to the Predator program since he was reportedly carrying a GPS, telescope, camera and assorted equipment not usually associated with diplomats. Pakistani authorities have also accused him of unauthorized travels to the Frontier region and being in touch with extremist elements in Waziristan, which suggests he might have been coordinating the attacks with US moles in the region.”Recommend

  • Shams Zaman
    Feb 19, 2011 - 2:00PM

    @Aamir+Ali: Do our current leadership has some solutions?? If there is a serious disease so it it necessary not to try other medicines just because someone believes that it will not work?? What a logic..Recommend

  • Salman
    Feb 19, 2011 - 2:02PM

    Very well writtern article. She is absolutely correct. Unfortuantely many so called educated pakistanis won’t understand because they are blinded by american culture so much so that they are willing to bear all abuse hurled at them on american media or american airports. US will never be pakistan’s friend no matter how you dissect it. The recent veto at the UN on Palestine occupation which 130 countries sponsored was vetoed by the US. They have been telling muslims over and over again we are only their to destroy you but unfortunately we are not getting it. Independence of Southern Sudan was smooth because its christian. But not in Kashmir, Palestine or elsewhere. US is only here to break pakistan. If we don’t realize this now our future is going to be really dark. Wake up! Recommend

    Feb 19, 2011 - 3:25PM

    Doctor Sahiba analysis are always thought provacting,forthright and educative.God bless her! However,I may add that Raymond Davis is only the result of policies followed by PPP-Zardari for last three years.It is his despotic-absolute extra constitutional power execution solely responsible for every evil happening to Pakistan.Strangely no one brings this reality to focus and limelight to mobilise nation.
    Quetta Recommend

  • Tanweer Ahmed
    Feb 20, 2011 - 11:49AM

    Do you believe that we really have a foreign policy?Recommend

  • Fact Check
    Feb 20, 2011 - 5:53PM

    @Hassan Khan:

    US has not broken international law in this case. US broke authors interpretation of the International Law. You do understand that the IAEA and others voted on the deal. Recommend

  • Fact Check
    Feb 20, 2011 - 6:03PM


    Care to explain what principles?Recommend

  • Amjad
    Feb 20, 2011 - 10:52PM

    Beggers are not choosers.Recommend

  • Feb 20, 2011 - 11:56PM

    great piece Dr Mizari.
    Hope to see your articles more often on tribune!Recommend

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