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A history of violence

On Saleem Shahzad’s killing.

The killing of Syed Saleem Shahzad near Islamabad is but another example of the perils journalists face in Pakistan today for challenging the conspiracy-riddled narratives of the military-jihadi complex.  Through his articles in Asia Times, Mr. Shahzad gave us perspective on the inner workings of the MJC and its internal competitive dynamics.  Lesser journalists in Pakistan who tow the line of the MJC by putting forth conspiracy theories of underhand foreign agencies working in concert to dismember Pakistan are lionized and rewarded.  Little wonder then, that Pakistan ranks as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists (Freedom House, 2011).

Voice of America Urdu’s Waseem A. Siddiqui catalogs the history of violence (اردو) :
Pakistan journalists killed

Readers of this blog are no doubt familiar with the conspiracy theory-ridden narratives in Pakistan’s vernacular press.  Almost every tragedy in Pakistan is attributable to the machinations of the CIA, R&AW, Blackwater or Mossad.  Their ultimate quest being Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.  It should come as no surprise then that the recent attacks against a Pakistan Navy base in Karachi were immediately attributed to India.  Because that’s easy. And convenient.

In her recent visit to Pakistan, following the raid on Osama bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton urged Pakistanis to understand that conspiracy theories “will not make their problems disappear.” But with journalists like these, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Further reading: A brave piece by Mehmal Sarfraz, and Syed Saleem Shahzad’s brilliant interview/report on the resurgence of Ilyas Kashmiri and the 313 Brigade.


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Link Digest: July 3, 2010

Haqqani, Data Darbar, F-16s, Blackwater and the Narayanpur CRPF ambush.

Your weekly link digest:

  • Haqqani talks: The leaks are important but so is the leaker: Is Sirajuddin Haqqani in negotiations with Hamid Karzai?  Greg Carlstrom reviews.
  • Data Darbar — The target-in-waiting gets hit: Amil “Londonstani” Khan shares interesting perspectives on the July 1 Data Durbar shrine attack in Lahore.
  • F-16s debilitating conditionalities: Apparently, you can please some people none of the time.  Dr. Shireen Mazari is unhappy about the conditions-attached F-16s delivered to the Pakistani Air Force. Meanwhile, despite Sec. Robert Gates’ assurances to New Delhi, PAF’s Air Chief Rao Qamar Suleman unilaterally declared that his country was free to use these aircraft as it pleased (اردو).
  • Peace sacrificed in shrine attack: Syed Saleem Shahzad writes about the Data Darbar attacks, though the interesting bits of this article lie in last section of the article.  If accurate, it would mean that private defense contractors from the U.S. are attempting to establish operations in South Punjab.
  • Military power: key to India’s future: Bharat Verma highlights the challenges India faces as its profile on the global stage grows.
  • The Forest is Moving: Saikat Datta laments on the structural decay of the CRPF after yet another Maoist ambush resulted in 27 deaths in Narayanpur, Chhattisgarh.
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