Here is my full interview with Abdul Hai Kakar of Mashaal Radio. I understand some of you are working in Afghanistan and I would like to invite you for a dialogue on mineral wealth of Afghanistan. I invite EVERYONE interested in this topic to share your thoughts and start a dialogue. Thanks for listening in. Thanks to Mashaal Radio and Abdul Hai Kakar for highlighting this issue.
It was my pleasure to speak to Abdul Hai Kakar, a young and bright journalist working with Mashaal Radio. We discussed the current situation in Afghanistan, the fight over its mineral resources and the future prospects of peace in Afghanistan.
Please listen in and let me know what you think. My segment starts at 50:35.
This is an excerpt from my book where I made a reference to the peace process in South Africa and how it is relevant to the situation in Afghanistan. The Afghan peace process is focused on appeasing the insurgents/terrorists and that has not worked in the past and it will not work in the future!
There is no need to mourn Mandela's death if his legacy is blatantly ignored.
CM Khattak to PM Sharif "this is the only way we shall somewhat assauge the roused feelings which we understand and sympathise with completely"..........
May I humbly say Mr. Khattak; feelings of public in your province are not aroused, they have been hurt and hurt some more by the atrocities committed by the very people you are patronizing. You, Mr. Khattak, call them "Naraz Bhai", the rest of the world calls them Taliban/Terrorists/Trahagar. IF you want to do something for your people, please stop the terrorists from killing them and NOT by stopping the NATO supply lines.
NATO has already opened up its Central Asian lines, they have plenty of other options. On the other hand, You, Mr. Khattak, has no other option but to STOP/KILL/MAIME the terrorists. If you choose not to, that day is not far when you will be killed by them. Good Luck Mr. Khattak!
It seems like there are two opposing views on Baluchistan;
1. The people of Baluchistan believe that they are being oppressed by strong forces from Punjab and their resources are being diverted to Punjab. Their leaders have been brutally killed including Abdus Samad Khan and Nawab Akbar Bugti. Every day ordinary Balochs are being picked up by security agencies and we never hear about them again. The international community agrees with this version of events.
2. The other side of the events is narrated by Pakistani security forces and some section of Pakistani public as well. They believe that all the fuss is created by India/blackwater/israel and there is no uprising in Baluchistan.
Do you think natural resources from Baluchistan are being diverted to Punjab and are Balochs being oppressed? If yes, why? if No, why not?
Dr. Asim Yousafzai
Dr. Yousafzai received his Ph.D. degree from Kent State University in 2005. He is a geoscience/geostrategy professional and has worked in the South and Central Asian regions for the past 20 years. He has published numerous articles on the natural resources, economy, politics and society of Afghanistan and Pakistan.