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The average American (including the blogger who wrote the above review!) probably doesn’t even know that Waziristan is actually located in Pakistan and Pakistan is not at war (officially or otherwise) with USA or Afghanistan! By Fareeha Qayoom

By Fareeha Qayoom

 

T

he other day, I was watching the latest episode of “The Good Wife,” episode 9 –  “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” Guess what? I just learned that Waziristan is in Afghanistan! No, No, I am not kidding. According to the show, Waziristan is actually in Afghanistan.

 

Yes, it’s a work of fiction and it has nothing to do with reality but they are using real names of the territory/country in question and real live situation to tell their story…

 

The story is about a drone attack which kills about 6 innocent children among others and the soldier (who happens to be a woman) is being court-martialed and our lead characters Will and Alicia are chosen to defend her…they go with the wrong defense and obviously lose.

 

The good wife

The Good Wife show

According to Wall Street Journal blog, there is “a very powerful scene at the very end of the episode, where Judge Kuhn lights into Alicia for viewing Elkins as a ‘scapegoat.’ First, it’s insulting to Kuhn to bring in sexism: “You know what that says about the thousands of women who serve? We don’t want that defense.” Then, Kuhn points out, there are the victims: “The truth is there are 12 people dead, six children, because of Sgt. Elkins’ actions. You didn’t ask one word about them—children like yours, children like mine. This was a just verdict. The problem with the charge of scapegoating is it doesn’t acknowledge that at a certain point you have to hold people accountable. That is what’s happening here. That’s all.… Goodnight, Mrs Florrick.”

 

A suitably chastised Mrs. Florrick departs, seen from an overhead shot as she walks away.” By the way, this drone battle apparently takes place in “Waziristan, Afghanistan”!

 

Waziristan, Pakistan, Courtesy of Wikipedia

The average American (including the blogger who wrote the above review!) probably doesn’t even know that Waziristan is actually located in Pakistan and Pakistan is not at war (officially or otherwise) with USA or Afghanistan!

 

Was this deliberate, an oversight or just plain lack of geographical knowledge? You decide.

 

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

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  1. I guess even Nato and ISAF thinks KP is part of Afghanistan!

    Pakistan lashes out at U.S. after NATO attack

    Americans ordered off air base after 2 dozen soldiers die

    KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan blocked supply routes Saturday for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan and announced that it would end the use of a Pakistani air base by American forces, in retaliation for a NATO attack on a Pakistani border outpost that officials said killed at least 24 soldiers and injured another 13.

    U.S. forces were given 15 days to vacate the remote Shamsi base, which was secretly turned over to them after 9/11.

    http://www.freep.com/article/20111127/NEWS07/111270463/Pakistan-lashes-out-U-S-after-NATO-attack

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  2. Pakistan expresses ‘rage’ over NATO strikes

    Posted November 27, 2011 19:20:55
    Pakistan’s foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, has telephoned US counterpart Hillary Clinton to convey Pakistan’s “deep sense of rage” over cross-border NATO air strikes, the foreign office says.

    Ms Khar said attacks like Saturday’s strike on military outposts which she said left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead were “totally unacceptable” as they contravened international law and violated Pakistani sovereignty.

    The governor of Pakistan’s north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Masood Kausar, had Saturday put the death toll from the air strikes at 26.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-11-27/pakistan-expresses-rage-at-nato-strikes/3697808

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  3. Factbox: NATO supply routes into Afghanistan – some facts

    By Reuters

    Published: November 27, 2011

    KABUL:
    There are two routes into Afghanistan from Pakistan, one across the Khyber Pass to the Afghan border town of Torkham and on to Kabul. The other goes through Balochistan to the border town of Chaman and on to the Afghan city of Kandahar.

    Between them, these two routes account for just under one third of all cargo that the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) ships into Afghanistan.

    Just over one-third of all cargo goes on routes dubbed the “northern distribution network” through Central Asia, and the Caucasus or Russia. The remaining 31% is flown in.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/298342/factbox-nato-supply-routes-into-afghanistan–some-facts/

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  4. Nato attack widely condemned in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    Dawn Report | Peshawar | From the Newspaper
    PESHAWAR/KOHAT, Nov 26: The leaders of various political parties on Saturday widely condemned the killing of Pakistani troops in an attack by Nato forces in Mohmand Agency and urged the government to dissociate itself from the US-led alliance at the earliest.

    Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan said, in a statement issued here, that the attack on checkpost by the Nato forces was not pardonable act. He termed it an insane and immoral brutality.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/27/nato-attack-widely-condemned-in-khyber-pakhtunkhwa-2.html

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  5. 26 November 2011 Last updated at 19:46 GMT Nato: ‘Highly likely’ we caused Pakistan troop deaths

    It is “highly likely” that Nato aircraft were behind a deadly overnight raid on a Pakistani border checkpoint, a Nato spokesman has told the BBC.

    Brigadier-General Carsten Jacobson said Nato was investigating how the incident occurred and sent condolences.

    Pakistan says at least 24 soldiers were killed. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani called it “outrageous”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15904197

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  6. 27 November 2011 Last updated at 07:40 GMT

    Pakistan orders Nato and US review after deadly border strike

    Pakistan has ordered a review of all co-operation with the US and Nato after the alliance struck a Pakistani army checkpoint, killing at least 24 people.

    A committee chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani also decided to cut supply lines to Nato in Afghanistan.
    nd US review after deadly border strike

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-15905777

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  7. NATO attack threatens war on terror: Pakistan
    Last Updated: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 18:12

    Islamabad: Pakistan, enraged by a NATO cross-border attack that killed 24 soldiers, could end support for the US-led war on militancy if its sovereignty is violated again, the Foreign Minister said, warning “enough is enough.”

    The South Asian nation has already shown its anger over the weekend strike by pulling out of an international conference in Germany next week on Afghanistan, depriving the talks of a central player in efforts to bring peace to its neighbour.

    http://zeenews.india.com/news/south-asia/nato-attack-leaves-many-unanswered-questions-khar_744815.html

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  8. NATO attack: Dempsey questions logic of Pakistani accusations
    South Asian News Agency (SANA) ⋅ December 1, 2011

    WASHINGTON(SANA) The top US military officer on Wednesday denied allegations by a senior army official in Islamabad that a Nato attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers was a deliberate act of aggression.
    Islamabad has reacted angrily to the attack last weekend, which threatens to set back peace efforts in Afghanistan, by pulling out of an international conference in Germany next week on Afghanistan’s future. It stood by its decision on Wednesday despite German hopes to the contrary.

    http://www.sananews.net/english/2011/12/nato-attack-dempsey-questions-logic-of-pakistani-accusations/

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  9. ‘Errors’ by US officers kill Pak soldiers: UK paper
    Updated 7 hours ago

    LONDON: American officers gave the wrong coordinates to their Pakistani counterparts as they sought clearance for the air strike that killed 24 friendly troops last weekend, UK’s The Telegraph reported.

    The report said: “A senior Pakistani military officer told The Sunday Telegraph that a border co-ordination unit – established to avoid exactly this sort of tragedy – was given incorrect details of a suspected Taliban position”.

    http://www.geo.tv/GeoDetail.aspx?ID=27915

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  10. Pakistan upgrades air defences on Afghan border
    AFP

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has upgraded its air defence system on the Afghan border to make it capable of shooting down aircraft, after Nato strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, a security official told AFP on Friday.

    “Now we have a fully equipped air defence system on the Afghan border. It has the capability to trace and detect any aircraft,” the official in Peshawar told AFP by telephone.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/12/09/pakistan-upgrades-air-defences-on-afghan-border.html

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  11. Iran releases footage of captured US drone
    AP

    WASHINGTON: Tehran’s capture of a largely intact, top secret US drone, which it displayed on state television, not only lays bare America’s surveillance program over Iran, but it also puts sensitive, advanced technology in hostile hands.

    A former US official confirmed to The Associated Press that the beige-colored drone featured in the more than two-minute video aired Thursday was indeed an RQ-170 Sentinel that is used for surveillance of Tehran’s nuclear facilities. The US military said it lost control of a drone earlier this week.

    http://www.dawn.com/2011/12/09/iran-releases-footage-of-captured-us-drone.html

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  12. 12 December 2011 Last updated at 15:25 GMT
    Pakistan considers taxing Nato Afghanistan trucks

    Pakistan is considering charging millions of dollars in annual taxes on Nato trucks and fuel tankers, officials have told the BBC.

    The vehicles pass through Pakistan on their way to Afghanistan.

    The charges might include taxes on fuel in addition to port and storage fees, they said.

    The supply route is a lifeline for Nato troops but Pakistan closed it last month after 24 of its soldiers were killed in a Nato air strike.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16145380

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  13. U.S. Prepares for a Curtailed Relationship With Pakistan
    By ERIC SCHMITT
    Published: December 25, 2011

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — With the United States facing the reality that its broad security partnership with Pakistan is over, American officials are seeking to salvage a more limited counterterrorism alliance that they acknowledge will complicate their ability to launch attacks against extremists and move supplies into Afghanistan.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/26/world/asia/us-preparing-for-pakistan-to-restrict-support-for-afghan-war.html

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  14. Army finds fault with US probe head
    By: sikandar shaheen | December 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

    ISLAMABAD – Rejecting the detailed NATO probe on last month’s border attack, Pakistan Army has questioned the validity of the findings supervised by a military man who held command of allied forces in Afghanistan.

    The military has expressed serious reservations over the US Air Force Brigadier General Stephen Clark’s leading the Mohmand attack probe while refusing to show any compliance for the launch of a fresh investigation.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/29-Dec-2011/army-finds-fault-with-us-probe-head

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  15. Airstrikes report: Pakistan, US far from same page
    Pakist­an Army denies that US milita­ry briefe­d Genera­l Kayani on its invest­igatio­ns.

    By Kamran Yousaf
    Published: December 29, 2011

    ISLAMABAD:

    As the US seeks to end its missions in Afghanistan, relations between Pakistan and the US appear to be heading for a crash landing.

    The army is expected to issue within a week its detailed response to the findings of the US probe into the November 26 Nato airstrikes which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

    There will almost certainly be several differences in opinion.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/313517/airstrikes-report-pakistan-us-far-from-same-page/

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  16. US makes its intent clear

    After a gap of 55 days, US unmanned attack aircraft struck at targets in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on Tuesday, reportedly killing four militants living in a compound near Miramshah, the main town in North Waziristan.

    The pause had been the longest since the programme was ratcheted up in July 2008, and it had come in the wake of a clash between US and Afghan forces and the Pakistan Frontier Corps leading to 24 Pakistani soldiers being killed in a US air attack on the night of November 25, 2011.

    This event had brought US-Pakistan relations to a new low since the US refused to apologise for the incident, and since then Islamabad has closed the Chaman and Khyber border crossing to NATO traffic.

    In conducting the strike, the US has sent a clear message that it intends to pursue its war against the Al Qaeda and the Taliban hiding in Pakistani sanctuaries with full vigour. Islamabad needs to now carefully do its sums and see whether there is any percentage in continuing its stand off with the United States.

    Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/america-uav-attack-inside-pakistan-al-qaeda-taliban/1/168411.html

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