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Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Islamic Extremism
07/29/2009 at 9:00 a.m.
Journalist Ahmed Rashid says that the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan has resulted in “an unstable and nuclear armed Pakistan, a renewed al–Qaeda profiting from a booming opium trade, and a Taliban resurgence and reconquest.” What do a resurgent al–Qaeda and Taliban look like? How are they related? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travelled to India last week. What does the conflict between India and Pakistan over the territory of Kashmir have to do with the troubles in Afghanistan? We’ll try to untangle the relationships between Pakistan, India and Afghanistan.
Siddharth Varadarajan is a journalist with the Hindu, India’s leading English–language newspaper. He joins us from Dehli, India.
Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore. He writes for the Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The New York Review of Books, BBC Online and The Nation. His books include “Jihad,” “Taliban,” and “The Resurgence of Central Asia.” He frequently appears on NPR, CNN and the BBC World Service. Rashid’s latest book is “Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of Nation Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia.”
Arif Jamal is a Pakistani journalist based in Islamabad. He is a contributing writer to The New York Times and is currently a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights policy at Harvard. He has written for The Pakistan Times, The News, Radio France International and the CBC. His book is “Shadow War: The Untold Story of Jihad in Kashmir.”