Saturday, 7 December 2013

Gaza Strip: The Largest Open Air Prison

Prominent political thinker Noam Chomsky has described Gaza Strip as world’s largest open air prison. Amnesty International has called Israeli regime to immediately end the illegal blockade it has imposed on the Gaza Strip since June 2007. Over 1.7 million people of Gaza are living under extremely distressful conditions due to Israel’s blockade, together with restrictions imposed by Egypt which is collectively punishing Gaza’s population in violation of international law, says Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International. While Israel in committing the worst atrocities against Muslims, some of the Arab countries are strengthening relationship with the Zionist state, especially after singing of the historic Geneva Accord between P5+1 and Iran. According to a report published in an Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth recently, President Shimon Peres appeared before 29 foreign ministers from the Persian Gulf states, Arab League countries and other Muslim nations. Son of Saudi Arabian King was also among the participants of the meeting. For details read and share my latest blog, visit

Thursday, 5 December 2013

United States to remain in Pak Afghan region beyond 2014

One of my apprehensions expressed in a blog dated as back as 21st August 2012 was that United States would not pull out all its troops from Afghanistan in 2014. It will create reasons for the stay of its troops. This apprehension has come true as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal said in plain words “The United States will not go away from the Pak-Afghan region after 2014”. “Our engagement with the Pak-Afghan region is an enduring one. We are not going away. We are not going anywhere,” she said. 

Earlier I had expressed my apprehension in another blog dated 31st July 2012 that United States was trying to project India as regional super power and facilitating creation of its hegemony in South East Asia and even beyond to oil rich Middle East and North Africa. She confirmed this by saying that India had and would continue to play a role in Afghanistan and rejected the suggestion that Pakistan and India needed to compete with each other for influence in Afghanistan. Ms Biswal stressed the US-India relations were so “deep and wide-ranging” that they were not linked to any particular issue. “It is a global relationship,” she added. 

At her first interaction with the South Asian media after taking charge of her office, Ms Biswal covered a wide-range of issues, from elections in Bangladesh and India to the US withdrawal from Afghanistan. With reference to Pakistan-India relationship she said, “The United States supports any improvements in the (Pakistani-Indian) overall relationship and we have seen important overtures by both countries towards dialogue.”  

But Ms Biswal made it clear that the United States would only play a supportive role in encouraging India and Pakistan to resolve their disputes and would avoid a direct involvement. “No change in the long-held US policy that Kashmir and other issues need to be resolved in bilateral talks between India and Pakistan. It is for India and Pakistan to set the pace, scope and the nature of this process.”