From Tidings Blog featuring my interview which was broadcast on WPKN radio last year. Yes I have been a little lazy in posting all the stuff here.
Hazel Kahan has summarised some of the key points below and but those who can put up with my rants should click here –
In our wide-ranging interview, Raza spoke eloquently and poignantly about his country and what it is like to be living in Pakistan these days. Through his lens we can see another Pakistan, a parallel society that has been obscured by the prevailing image of militaristic, unreliable and confusing Pakistan given to us by the mainstream media.I have summarized some of the significant points Raza made but I do urge you to listen to him in his own compelling voice.
1. ” Much of Pakistan’s seemingly inextricable alliance with Afghanistan and the Taliban can be explained by its existential fear, “a genuine insecurity” of being encircled by India. Retaining its ties to the militants is one way of protecting itself from its huge eastern neighbor and as leverage ”in the endgame of Afghanistan.” (What that endgame will be is “shrouded in mystery…nobody really has a clue of how to approach and how to handle it.”)
2. “The shared geography, history and culture of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the continuum between Pakistan and Afghanistan “makes it very difficult to separate the two.”
3.”Now you have two Talibans, the ones who attack NATO troops and the ones who attack Pakistani people. Pakistani people want to get rid of the Taliban because their lives have been traumatized…we feel really angry and we’re also suffering… In this power politics, Afghanistan and Pakistan are burning.” […]