The Role of Native Informers in Representation of 9/11: A Critical Study of Khaled Hosseini's Selected Novels

Shaukat Ali Waheed Ahmad Khan
2021 Zenodo  
The event of 9/11 has changed not only the political scenario of Afghanistan but also the mode of literature written about Afghanistan, its people and culture.The attack on Afghanistan is portrayed in English novels and their writers are acclaimed for their knowledge production especially after 9/11. This kind of knowledge production mainly represents the Third World countries and legitimises domination of the U.S.The paramount concern of this paper is to analyse the role of native informers in
more » ... representation of the U.S-led war in Afghanistan. Native informers rely on the imperium of the U.S. for their knowledge production. It ensures promotion of their career and also the interest-based agenda of the U.S. empire. Khaled Hosseini is a native informer who paves ground for the invasion in the form of 'knowledge production'in order to serve interests of the U.S. In his novels, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, he represents American forces as inevitable to help Afghan people. For him, the presence of American forces is inevitable because without them Afghanistan will not prosper. He is of the view that good Muslims must be liberated from victimization of bad Muslims in Afghanistan. In his novels, he portrays military intervention of the U.S. as successful. However, the Taliban-US talks in Doha in 2019, which should have been the first option in 2001, shows failure of the U.S. in Afghanistan. The representation of 9/11 and post 9/11 needs to be questioned in the manner of 'counter-knowledge production'.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.5079840 fatcat:kqfvjuj7djeozhk7tv7nkzr7wm