Daily Archives: March 27, 2009


INTERVIEW WITH HONORABLE ITALIAN DEFENCE ATTACHÉ COLONEL (ARMY) ANTONIO PENNINO

ITALIAN DEFENCE ATTACHÉ MEHMOOD-UL-HASSAN KHAN 1. Would you please share with us your childhood and schooling? I was born in a little city, Benevento, 100 km far Naples and situated in the south of Italy. There I spent my childhood’s summers in the grandparents’ farm, while I attended the school […]


Islamabad diary: Battle for Pakistan

Ayaz Amir This battle — now a simmering war of attrition — has been on for some time and we are losing it. The Pakistan army was always meant for wars against India. It hasn’t a clue about fighting the Taliban in Swat and Waziristan. Indeed, the army’s less than […]


Beyond gloom and doom —Saleem H Ali

To use the dominance of a few thousand militants in a narrow valley as somehow suggestive of a larger movement towards Talibanisation of the whole of Pakistan is preposterous. I am not saying this out of crass patriotism or starry-eyed optimism but rather after a deliberate analysis of historical precedent […]