Tag: Taliban

Killing of Pakistani Soldiers: A Mistake or a Message?

According to recent reports, 24 Pakistani soldiers were allegedly killed by NATO airstrikes along the Pak-Afghan border. The Pakistani government, in retaliation, has blocked the two NATO supply routes and has also asked the US to vacate the CIA (drone)base in Balochistan. This is a crucial moment for the so-called alliance between Pakistan and the…

Auctoritas, Potestas, and the Talibanistic Imaginary (Part 1-6)*

(This is a provisional summary of what I have written on this topic so far) In discussing the complex concept of the “State of Exception” Georgio Agamben traces the origin of current normative and central role of the State of Exception through a discussion of the two competing Roman concepts of Auctoritas and Potestas. Auctoritas,…

Rawalpindi Bombing–Close to Home

Yesterday’s bombing of the National Bank was so close to my home that had I been there I would have felt the tremor and heard the blast from my room. What the newspapers have failed to mention is that this particular bank branch primarily dealt with the pension accounts of army retirees. So, most of…

South Waziristan: Operational Analysis

Those of you not familiar with the area and the operational strategy of the Pakistan army may benefit from this brief operational analysis. The Pakistan army is conducting Advance-to-Contact operations on three axes: East: Jandola-Kotkai-Sararogha axis. South-West: Wana-Shakai axis North: Razmak-Makeen-Sararogha axis. The purpose of an Advance-to-Contact operation  always is to move into the hostile…

Of Oil Tankers and Collateral Deaths

It is now clear, as per the latest statement of Gen. Stanley McChrystal–the US commander in Afghanistan–that all those who died in the NATO bombing of hijacked oil-tankers were not Taliban, and that some civilians were also ‘wounded’ there. I am sure we will be told pretty soon that some civilians also died in this…