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A Spatial Analysis of War Data in Pakistan – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA (II – Monthly Data)

An Introduction to this Series on the years 2009 – 2012 in conflict in Pakistan can be read here. This section deals with data available on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the FATA on a monthly scale. We looked at the annual scale earlier and now look at monthly data, trying to see where influences between KP … Continue reading

A Spatial Analysis of War Data in Pakistan – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA (I – Annual Data)

An Introduction to this Series on the years 2009 – 2012 in conflict in Pakistan can be read here. This section deals with data available on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the FATA on an annual scale. We start with the annual scale for both areas and look at the monthly in the second part, trying to … Continue reading

Lahore Observed (III) – Bulls of Eid ul Adha

Three cows were run over by a lawn mover today in Pakistan. That’s what Bruce Riedel says. He knows as much about cows or lawn movers as he does about the country. [pictures from Eid ul Adha 2006 opposite Walton Airfield Lahore]

Hijacked Drones (II b) – Peshawarse pichai

Not only for our driver during work in Kashmir whom we knew very well and he equally knew and understood us, was I coming from a place ‘Peshawarse pichai’ [from behind/beyond Peshawar]. Continue reading

Hijacked Drones (II) – walking/mapping the unknown space

Apart from a number of other approaches, I think understanding the space the public debate is refering to when talking of ‘the lawless regions of Pakistan’, ‘the tribal belt’ or ‘the Northwest of Pakistan’ is a fundamental prerequisite to discuss the drone war and then taken further the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Continue reading

Hijacked Drones – History, Law and Ungoverned Space

The debate on the use of drones in the Afghanistan – Pakistan borderlands has been hijacked, by its defenders just like by those who condemn the drone war. Statistics, legal arguments and some dramatic personal accounts can all be used to argue for or against. What these debates all fail to do is to describe what significance the drone war actually has for the population in the targeted areas – they are largely used to keep people who are far away from the Predator’s impact busy. People like me. I am just acting in perfect bhutto/zardari-like fashion – have a say in it all while keeping my assets save here in Switzerland. Continue reading

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