April 6, 2012 |
There has been quite a stir since I introduced a resolution this year calling for recognition of the right to self-determination by the people of Baluchistan. I drafted the measure after a Feb. 8 hearing by the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigations that exposed horrific violations of human rights by Pakistan security forces in Baluchistan. The U.S. State Department, Amnesty International and other human rights groups have verified and denounced the extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, disappearances, illegal detention and...
January 23, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN — Just days ago, the rumblings of a familiar process seemed underway in Pakistan: The squeezed civilian government berated the looming military. The army darkly warned of consequences. A new general assumed control of a brigade known for helping to oust past governments. The president flew overseas. A coup d'etat was coming, the Pakistani media screamed. Except that it did not. Instead, Pakistan again defaulted to what is also becoming a familiar ritual.
January 10, 2012 |
As U.S.-Pakistani relations plunge to new depths, Americans need to look beyond media reports on tactical issues such as aid and counterterrorism. The direction Pakistan takes will be of great strategic significance to the world. The manner in which my husband, former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani, is being treated in our homeland reflects the shrinking political space there for anyone who advocates positive relations with the West or stands up for religious-cultural tolerance and pluralism.
December 1, 2011 |
It was the perfect afternoon to be on his yacht. Mansoor Ijaz, a global hedge fund manager with a home-office view of the French Riviera, says he planned to sail the Mediterranean on that sunny day in early May — but then his BlackBerry beeped. "Are you in London?" the incoming message read. "I am here for just 36 hours. Can we meet . . . ?" Thus began a weird diplomatic intrigue that led last week to the downfall of Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's suave ambassador to Washington,...
December 1, 2011 |
Pakistan will soon have the fifth-largest population in the world. It already has the seventh-largest army and is close to overtaking Britain as the fifth-largest nuclear power. The country's location, demographic heft, military might, nuclear weapons capability and links to Islamist terrorists ensure that it will remain central to U.S. interests even after NATO forces depart Afghanistan. In other words, as much as some might like it to be otherwise, writing Pakistan out of the U.S. foreign policy script is not an...
October 30, 2011 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Tens of thousands of people massed Sunday in the eastern city of Lahore for a rally held by cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, a surprising show of force that could energize calls for anti-government protests. Police and Pakistani media estimated that at least 100,000 people gathered to see Khan, whose anti-American, anti-corruption rhetoric has made him a populist sensation among elite urban youth. The turnout...