Interesting update to the Maj Gen Abdul Raziq story, who you’ll remember was photographed in a rather warm embrace with the deputy commander of US forces in Afghanistan. After I highlighted Gen Raziq’s history of alleged human rights abuses in The Telegraph last week, a reader of this blog was in touch to point out … More

Kandahar’s police chief and the utilitarian sheriff

Moral philosophers spend a lot of time thinking about utilitarian sheriffs, that is ones that embrace the teachings of Jeremy Bentham and John Stewart Mill and consider the right course of action to be one that promotes good consequences over bad. Consider the situation where the sheriff is fighting a rising tide of crime. Suppose … More Kandahar’s police chief and the utilitarian sheriff

The literature of 9/11

“Tuesday, September 11, 2001, dawned temperate and nearly cloudless in the eastern United States. Millions of men and women readied themselves for work … For those heading to an airport, the weather conditions could not have been better for a safe and pleasant journey. Among the travelers were Mohamed Atta and Abdul Aziz al Omari, who … More The literature of 9/11

The Taliban’s trap

Peace talks in Islamabad were never going to go anywhere. Best thing to read on why not appears in Dawn today by Zahid Hussain: The government has walked straight into a trap with the Taliban dictating the rules of the game. It didn’t take long. Today there are plenty of stories parroting the Taliban’s line … More The Taliban’s trap

Fun for fun’s sake

It’s easy to be cynical about Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s Sindh Festival. While people go hungry throughout the province, while the country struggles to deal with terrorism and while power cuts affect tens of million of people every day, why organise a jamboree of singing, dancing and the like? It’s fiddling while Pakistan burns, some say. … More Fun for fun’s sake