Alive and Well in Pakistan by Ethan Casey

By Ethan Casey

Casey updates his knowing of the Pakistan adventure and units it inside a context of modern and modern historical past. He humanises household politics, attitudes in the direction of the West and India in addition to the Kashmir and Afghanistan concerns. His literary reportage demystifies the uneasy position Pakistan occupies in an doubtful global.

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The big fish can eat up the small fish any moment, like the big India fish ate the small Sikkim fish with impunity. You cannot establish peace unless you resolve the dispute in Jammu and Kashmir. They have fought three wars over Jammu and Kashmir, and they are preparing for yet another. ’ Like many Kashmiris, he was profoundly contemptuous of India and confident, not to say smug, that it would meet its comeuppance. ‘The forces of history are more powerful than even the atomic weapons. The Russians could not stop the forces of history.

It wrote itself, from notes and what I had seen,’ Ed told me. ‘It just poured out all night long. It was addressed to Lee Williams – the man who hired me and Bill Clinton – and Senator Fulbright. Lee was one of my two closest male friends and remains so to this day. Fulbright at that time was getting sometimes a couple of thousand letters a day, sometimes much more than that after a speech. So Lee carried it in to him, and it electrified him – as he has testified repeatedly. Senator Fulbright had led us into the war with the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

V. Narasimha Rao the next day, India’s independence day, in a speech outside Delhi’s Red Fort. ‘That is our only unfinished task. You can never take away our Kashmir. No one can. We will not rest until we stop this interference. Kashmir will always be with India. ’ The rhetoric and behaviour of politicians on both sides suggested that Kashmir was a pawn or proxy in a struggle that was really about something else. I realised that in order to understand Kashmir, I would need to visit Pakistan. I first went there in February 1995, overland from Delhi via Amritsar and the border crossing at Attari-Wagah, to Lahore.

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