Disappearances in Pakistan

Posted: December 30th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Foreign Policy, South Asia | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

I’m vague and inconclusive over at Foreign Exchange again today, this time in response to an NYT story about disappearances in Pakistan.

I must admit the Times story doesn’t sit easily with my reporting in Pakistan…The Times makes two common foreign policy reporting mistakes–trying to fold an old local dispute largely ignored by the international community into a more recent narrative in which the West has a stake; and glossing over the conflicting interests of diverse factions within Pakistan (the courts, the President, the army). That’s a shame because ultimately, the competing centers of power in Pakistan are a much larger problem for its NATO allies than are these human rights violations, and in desperate need of elucidation.

Read it here.

One Comment on “Disappearances in Pakistan”

  1. 1 shazia rafi said at 11:16 pm on December 30th, 2010:

    very well put; it also explains why even at such high cost in terror attacks on its civilians Pakistan’s establishment still sticks to its long-term strategic interest as all governments do. in the international community we often forget that all governments have plans of their own

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