Eye on Pakistan

In America’s Sights: First Nigeria…Now Jordan

Posted in Foreign Affairs by onpakistan on January 5, 2010

The capture of a Nigerian would-be bomber by the Americans led to the inclusion of Nigerian travelers to the US into the recently instituted ‘extended security’ list. Well, in my previous blog entry, on this very issue, I mentioned as an aside that Jordan may well end up on this list too. Now that we have learnt that the recent bombing of a CIA base in Afghanistan was carried out by a Jordanian (the Jordanians and the CIA thought he was their double agent, it turned out he was a triple agent), I am sure that Jordan will be added to the list. Perhaps, like Microsoft, they’ll roll-out monthly security updates until all countries have been added…

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PAF bombing in Hangu and Orakzai

Posted in Domestic Affairs by onpakistan on June 12, 2009

“The body of a six-year-old girl was found in the debris of the seminary“.

Whilst the Pakistani media is focused on the bombings of the Jaamia Naeemia madrassa and Nowshera, PAF bombing in Hangu and Orakzai seems to have gone largely unnoticed. The dead included many militants, local women and children, and Sunni Supreme Council chief Maulana Muhammad Amin, who apparantely was closely linked with the militants. The local people are enraged and police have abandoned their checkpoints. See this and this. As usual Inter-Services Public Relations lies and flatly denies that any non-militants were killed. Everything bombed was a “hideout”. I suppose the ‘courageous’ PAF pilots will be awarded medals and will boast of their manliness and prowess for years to come.

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