Pakistan fires pro-US national security adviser



News has emerged from Islamabad that the government of Pakistan has fired national security advisor Mahmood Ali Durrani. Durrani was fired late yesterday, reportedly after publicly confirming that the sole surviving attacker of the 2008 Mumbai attacks is indeed a Pakistani citizen, a claim that the Pakistani government has fervently denied. However, the confirmation was independently backed by other senior Pakistani government officials, none of whom appear to have been disciplined. The Associated Press quotes independent Pakistani political analyst Talat Masood as saying that Durrani, who was previously Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, and is known for his dovish stance vis-à-vis India, was seen by some critics in Pakistan as “too pro-American”. Masood suggested that the Pakistani government has been searching for a pretext to get rid of Durrani. If his observation is accurate, then Durrani’s ousting will be interpreted by American government officials as a clear signal of Islamabad’s refusal to abide by Washington’s policy directives in the so-called “war on terrorism”.

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2 Responses to Pakistan fires pro-US national security adviser

  1. Steve Soto says:

    Great blog folks.

    It’s good to see that the billions George W. Bush and Dick Cheney gave Pakistan this decade got us exactly nothing. Al Qaeda is free and easy in Waziristan, the Taliban are fully supported once again by the ISI, and the Pakistani government is supporting terrorist attacks against India.

    Heckuva job Bushie.

  2. intelNews says:

    Thank you for your kind words. I would probably say that the millions of US taxpayers’ money that were poured into Pakistan since General Musharraf’s coup have gotten us much less than nothing. In fact they have prompted a reversal of Pakistani society into more-or-less total chaos and militancy, along with animosity toward America by a population reacting to Washington’s unquestioned financial and military support of a brutal dictatorship. You would think the US would have learned its lesson from the days of supporting Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. One can only hope that this will not be lost on the incoming Obama crew. [IA]

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