Pakistan in 1986

1. Zia’s comments about post-Geneva soviet withdrawal sound strikingly similar to Kayani’s famous “strategic depth” speech. Despite the military’s attempt to disown Zia (similar to their more recent attempt to disown Musharraf), it should be pretty obvious that there’s a great deal more continuity in the military’s worldview than their is difference. As Ayesha Siddiqa said, regarding Benazir Bhutto’s murder – it was a calculated decision based on the geo-political calculations of the institution.

2. Ahmed Rashid turned out to be more right than Mushahid Hussain.

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