Nawaz Quoted on Pakistan-Bangladesh Tensions

South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz is quoted in the Wall Street Journal‘s India Real Time blog on the Pakistani reaction to the execution of Abdul Quader Molla in Bangladesh:

“Most Pakistanis remain ill-informed about 1971 and what happened in the east,” says Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Washington D.C.-based Atlantic Council, an international affairs thinktank. “Textbooks continue to blame Hindus and India. Curriculum reform is happening now but slowly. Most Pakistanis now see Bangladesh as a friendly country,” Mr. Nawaz said.

At the  memorial for Mr. Molla, many blamed the war on the political leadership at the time.

Nawaz Quoted on US-India Diplomatic Dustup

Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center, is quoted by BBC World News on India’s outrage over the arrest of diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York:

Ms Khobragade is part of India’s foreign service, said Shuja Nawaz, director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington. She belongs to the mid-level part of the bureaucracy, not the top.

Yet the arrest of Ms Khobragade has become a sore point between the US and India. “It’s a symbolic issue of the way she was treated,” he said.

Nawaz Quoted on US Payments to Top Afghan Aide

Daily Beast/Newsweek quotes South Asia Center Director Shuja Nawaz on the revelation that the United States paid a top aide to Afghan President Hamid Karzai:

Regardless, outside experts said that an independent media organization paying the salary of a high-ranking Afghan government official presented at the very least an appearance of impropriety.

“In this particular case, because it involved Internews, this is going to hurt the credibility of other independent organizations operating in this very dangerous environment,” said Shuja Nawaz, director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.