The British newspaper the Guardian is reporting that US and British officials backtracked yesterday on threats to oust the ruling Taliban, after Pakistan threatened to withdraw its cooperation. Pakistan’s foreign minister reminded the western allies of failed attempts to impose governments on Afghanistan, and said that any attempt to repeat the mistakes of the British and the Soviet Union “is a recipe for great suffering for the people of Afghanistan.” Earlier in the week, the US announced the lifting of sanctions on Pakistan and India in an attempt to solidify the alliance.
We are joined now by Aniruddha Das, who was the host of the Asia-Pacific forum on New York Pacifica station WBAI. Hejoins us now as co-host.
- Sin Yen Ling, Staff attorney with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, responsible forhandling the cases of racial bias attacks following since Sept 11.
- Salina Ali, member of SAYA, South Asian Youth Action. She is of Bangladeshi origin, now in the 12thgrade at Richmond Hill High School, Queens.