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Anwar IqbalPublished January 17, 2021Updated about 14 hours ago
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Pakistani American Salman Ahmed, who served as head of strategic planning in the Obama National Security Council, is joining the US State Department as director policy planning. — Photo courtesy Carnegie Endowment for International Peace website

Pakistani American Salman Ahmed, who served as head of strategic planning in the Obama National Security Council, is joining the US State Department as director policy planning. — Photo courtesy Carnegie Endowment for International Peace website
WASHINGTON: US President-elect Joe Biden has inducted a second Pakistani American, Salman Ahmed, into his foreign policy team, said a statement issued on Friday.
Mr Ahmed, who served as head of strategic planning in the Obama National Security Council, is joining the US State Department as director policy planning.
Last month, Mr Biden announced that another Pakistani American, Ali Zaidi, will join his team as Deputy National Climate Adviser.
Mr Ahmed was chief of staff of the US Mission to the United Nations and senior policy adviser to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Before joining the Department of State in 2009, Mr Ahmed served as a visiting professor and research scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and worked for almost fifteen years at the United Nations, including posts as chief of staff for the Head of UN Peacekeeping Operations.
Mr Ahmed holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Science in economics from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Mr Zaidi will work directly under former Secretary of State John Kerry who has been appointed Mr Biden’s special envoy for climate.
Mr Zaidi played a key role in drafting and implementing the Obama administration’s climate action plan and helped negotiate the Paris Climate Agreement.
Mr Biden has also inducted two women from the Indian-occupied Kashmir into his team. Sameera Fazili, an American of Kashmiri origin, has been appointed the deputy director of the National Economic Council (NEC). In December 2020, another Kashmir-born woman, Aisha Shah, was inducted into Biden’s team as partnership manager of the White House Digital Strategy team.
Uzra Zeya, another Indian Muslim, has been appointed Undersecretary of State for arms control, democracy and human rights.
The US media pointed out that Mr Biden has “filled out his State Department team with former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictability under President Donald Trump.”
“This diverse and accomplished team … embodies my core belief that America is strongest when it works with our allies,” Mr Biden said in a statement. “Collectively, they have secured some of the most defining national security and diplomatic achievements in recent memory — and I am confident that they will use their diplomatic experience and skill to restore America’s global and moral leadership.”
Published in Dawn, January 17th, 2021
 

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Biden inducts another Pakistani American into his team
Anwar IqbalPublished January 17, 2021Updated about 14 hours ago
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Pakistani American Salman Ahmed, who served as head of strategic planning in the Obama National Security Council, is joining the US State Department as director policy planning. — Photo courtesy Carnegie Endowment for International Peace website

Pakistani American Salman Ahmed, who served as head of strategic planning in the Obama National Security Council, is joining the US State Department as director policy planning. — Photo courtesy Carnegie Endowment for International Peace website
WASHINGTON: US President-elect Joe Biden has inducted a second Pakistani American, Salman Ahmed, into his foreign policy team, said a statement issued on Friday.
Mr Ahmed, who served as head of strategic planning in the Obama National Security Council, is joining the US State Department as director policy planning.
Last month, Mr Biden announced that another Pakistani American, Ali Zaidi, will join his team as Deputy National Climate Adviser.
Mr Ahmed was chief of staff of the US Mission to the United Nations and senior policy adviser to the US Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Before joining the Department of State in 2009, Mr Ahmed served as a visiting professor and research scholar at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and worked for almost fifteen years at the United Nations, including posts as chief of staff for the Head of UN Peacekeeping Operations.
Mr Ahmed holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Science in economics from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Mr Zaidi will work directly under former Secretary of State John Kerry who has been appointed Mr Biden’s special envoy for climate.
Mr Zaidi played a key role in drafting and implementing the Obama administration’s climate action plan and helped negotiate the Paris Climate Agreement.
Mr Biden has also inducted two women from the Indian-occupied Kashmir into his team. Sameera Fazili, an American of Kashmiri origin, has been appointed the deputy director of the National Economic Council (NEC). In December 2020, another Kashmir-born woman, Aisha Shah, was inducted into Biden’s team as partnership manager of the White House Digital Strategy team.
Uzra Zeya, another Indian Muslim, has been appointed Undersecretary of State for arms control, democracy and human rights.
The US media pointed out that Mr Biden has “filled out his State Department team with former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictability under President Donald Trump.”
“This diverse and accomplished team … embodies my core belief that America is strongest when it works with our allies,” Mr Biden said in a statement. “Collectively, they have secured some of the most defining national security and diplomatic achievements in recent memory — and I am confident that they will use their diplomatic experience and skill to restore America’s global and moral leadership.”
Published in Dawn, January 17th, 2021
So Biden also balancing Pakistan and India in his team
 

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There is little hope of swaying Biden into a pro-Pakistan stance, however this is still welcome news, and at least these folks can disrupt the stomach churning Indian "world's biggest secular democracy" narratives that will leak uncontrollably forth from Kamalamala and her buddies.
 

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But he have kamala harris an Indian origin.

Biden need to do way more to balance that out. Giving tiny positions here and there wont improve his image in Pakistani community.
 

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Indians in Biden administration will be more Anti-india than most of "talent" on the this forum combined. Make no mistakes these "Indian" origin individuals in Biden's cabinet are more loyal than the king. Very much coconuts that will serve US interests, if it comes at the cost of India then thats cherry on top, Kamala Harris included.
 

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But he have kamala harris an Indian origin.

Biden need to do way more to balance that out. Giving tiny positions here and there wont improve his image in Pakistani community.
But Kamla buddy is Pakistani ... lolz .... anyway, being a VP she has to protect US interest not Indian or any other nation interest. Plus, VP is not active post.
 

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There is little hope of swaying Biden into a pro-Pakistan stance, however this is still welcome news, and at least these folks can disrupt the stomach churning Indian "world's biggest secular democracy" narratives that will leak uncontrollably forth from Kamalamala and her buddies.
It depands how guttsy these folks are Atleast step in right direction but again if these fellows are another Haqqani or
But he have kamala harris an Indian origin.

Biden need to do way more to balance that out. Giving tiny positions here and there wont improve his image in Pakistani community.
Kamala Indian among Indians black among blacks what ever suite her politically
 

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The whole plan is to make kamala auntie president. They would do it in a few months if they could as Biden is already going senile but I think they will wait two years because then she will be eligible for another two terms as Biden's term won't count towards her's
 

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Indians in Biden administration will be more Anti-india than most of "talent" on the this forum combined. Make no mistakes these "Indian" origin individuals in Biden's cabinet are more loyal than the king. Very much coconuts that will serve US interests, if it comes at the cost of India then thats cherry on top, Kamala Harris included.
That loyalty folks really don’t get though - I got from my time here in this country , just from inception till being a citizen and ongoing. From its citizens of all colors and faiths , regardless of sporadic prejudices I got knowledge, respect and camaraderie.

From my country of birth, leaving my family aside all I got was a failed education system, racism and corruption stepping on my face - heck even when I point it out here most can’t be bothered to speak ill of it.

So tell me @MilSpec, where do the weight of your loyalties lie after that?
 

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That loyalty folks really don’t get though - I got from my time here in this country , just from inception till being a citizen and ongoing. From its citizens of all colors and faiths , regardless of sporadic prejudices I got knowledge, respect and camaraderie.

From my country of birth, leaving my family aside all I got was a failed education system, racism and corruption stepping on my face - so tell me @MilSpec, where do the weight of your loyalties lie after that?
Damn you....for that firecracker.
The "qashmaqash" between realities of loyalty, the romanticism of the thought of who you are, and my own personal hypocrisy makes the answer quite difficult and surely not one to be answered here. Maybe one day over a drink.
 

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Indians in Biden administration will be more Anti-india than most of "talent" on the this forum combined. Make no mistakes these "Indian" origin individuals in Biden's cabinet are more loyal than the king. Very much coconuts that will serve US interests, if it comes at the cost of India then thats cherry on top, Kamala Harris included.
Generally, an American's links to the 'old country' fades in 1-2 generations. So, not only are the Indian-origin Americans going to serve US interests, as are the Pakistani, Chinese, Arab, Farsi, Afghan, etc, ones. Folks back in South Asia and the Middle East haven't lived in a real melting pot, so they don't know.
 

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There is little hope of swaying Biden into a pro-Pakistan stance, however this is still welcome news, and at least these folks can disrupt the stomach churning Indian "world's biggest secular democracy" narratives that will leak uncontrollably forth from Kamalamala and her buddies.
The fact that fanboys from both sides seem to think that the nationality of the nominees will somehow converge towards their own national interests is wishful thinking at its best and ignorance at its worst.

They're politicians, rising up politically in a country they call home, if their racial background helps them get some brownies they'd use it but expecting more than that or the resulting hullabaloo our respective media houses are giving this angle is preying on the fanbois wet dreams.

P.S. That last line made me laugh so hard, I've spilled me coffee. :enjoy:
 
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Generally, an American's links to the 'old country' fades in 1-2 generations. So, not only are the Indian-origin Americans going to serve US interests, as are the Pakistani, Chinese, Arab, Farsi, Afghan, etc, ones. Folks back in South Asia and the Middle East haven't lived in a real melting pot, so they don't know.
Agree.
I might be generalizing given the small sample size I have interacted with, a lot of my people who are naturalized or are second-generation develop this innate need to put everything Indian down. And when in public office they put in that extra effort for India bashing. Thats what I intended to communicate.
 

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