Thursday, October 19, 2006

Has dictator Musharraf outflanked and outwitted President Bush?

oct 19th, 2006

well, yes.

and he has totally run circles around manmohan singh, too.

but good point by amb parthasarathy. at least in our maps, let us show most of pakistan as disputed territory.

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From: Ram Narayanan



An 'Ally' With His Own Agenda

Most of Gen. Pervez Musharraf's new book cannot be believed.


Thursday, October 19, 2006 12:01 a.m. EDT 

Toward the end of "In the Line of Fire"--in a chapter on the emancipation of women that has all the passion of a government circular--Pervez Musharraf writes that "rape, no matter where it happens in the world, is a tragedy and deeply traumatic for the victim. My heart, therefore, goes out to Mukhtaran Mai and any woman to whom such a fate befalls."


[yeah, right.]



Re-emergence of Taliban
Towards Waziristan-style deal in Afghanistan

by G. Parthasarathy

Ever since American forces entered Afghanistan and removed the Taliban from power, Indian foreign policy has been based on the premise that the US and its NATO allies would restore peace, stability and moderation in Afghanistan. The fundamental basis of our Afghanistan policy, which presumed that the Americans would not permit the Taliban to return to centre-stage and allow Afghanistan to become a client state of Pakistan yet again, is now coming unstuck. A series of American strategic and tactical blunders has now led to the resurgence of a well-armed and well-trained Taliban in Afghanistan, which is incrementally establishing control over the war-torn country. General Musharraf has outflanked and outwitted President George Bush and Mr Tony Blair.


As a move towards a neutral position on the Durand Line by India will involve a large portion of Northern Balochistan also being depicted as "disputed", we need to have a close look at the manner in which the Khan of Kalat was overthrown and Balochistan taken over by an invading Pakistan army. Pakistan depicts Junagadh and Hyderabad as being separate from India in its maps. Is there any justification for our showing Balochistan as an integral part of Pakistan in our maps, especially in the light of the suppression of the Baloch people by the Pakistan army?

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