Ahmed Rashid: “New initiatives and collaboration between the USA and Pakistan on Afghanistan" — An Interview by Enrica Garzilli
On April 28 — just two days before the US blitz on Osama’s compound in Abbottabad— I interviewed Ahmed Rashid, the famous Pakistani journalist and bestselling author of Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia (2000) and Descent into Chaos (2008).
In this interview Rashid talks about the so called “Arab spring”, and particularly Libya, about the role of Europe in managing immigrants who are not political refugees from Africa, about the importance of solving the Israel-Palestine dispute for the Middle East and the Muslim world at large, and about the current situation in Pakistan and the possibility of a modern and moderate Islam.
Mr Rashid also talks about new initiatives by the US government that should bring Pakistan to a special understanding on the future of Afghanistan, and about a collaboration between the two countries on Afghanistan. All this two days before the US forces killed Osama bin Laden in a blitz near Abbottabad, in Pakistan, officially without the Pakistan government knowledge. Read the Interview.