Author: Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Courtesy: The Veterans Today in OPINION, OPINION LEADER, Sajjad Shaukat, Sajjad Shaukat 's Column on February 12th, 2016
Everyone knows that Al-Qaeda and Afghan Taliban were created by the American CIA to fight
against the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan.
In this regard, former British Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook stated, “Throughout the 1980s, he
[Bin Laden] was armed by the CIA and funded by the Saudis to wage jihad against the Russian
occupation of Afghanistan.”
Author: Saeed A.Malik in CPEC:Pakistan's Strategic Program & First Priority on February 12th, 2016
Israel tried its very best that Iran too should be destroyed and split into small principalities, but the sheer exhaustion visited on the U.S by the Iraqis who decided to fight back, foreclosed this option. This being the situation, how can Israel countenance a strong and thriving Pakistan, which not only has the bomb, but also varied delivery systems, and which Israel sees as an enemy? Logically therefore a failed Pakistan, which international powers would be obliged to de-nuclify would be much more in Israel’s interests–and by extension, those of the U.S as well.
Apart from the Israeli-U.S policy nexus vis a vis a Pakistan whose nuclear wings must be clipped, the U.S has other concerns about a strong Pakistan which is averse to taking dictation from the U.S. One of these concerns is that Pakistan is refusing subservience to the U.S Afghan policy objectives where such objectives are seen as undermining Pakistan’s perception of its own national interest. Another U.S concern is that whereas the U.S would like to see India built up as a credible counter-weight to China, Pakistan, by constantly snapping at India’s heels is a constant distraction in the way of the achievement of this U.S aim. And most importantly, Pakistan, by allowing China an opening onto the Arabian Sea, is directly undermining the most important driver of the U.S foreign policy i.e the containment of China, which it sees as the premier challenge to U.S hegemony around the world.
The third country which would like the CPEC initiative nipped in the bud is India, which sees Pakistan as a nuisance in the way of its becoming the unchallenged regional hegemon of the area; and this is quite apart from the ideological view that India’s independence from colonial rule cannot be considered complete till such time as it is ” akhund” [complete] again.
Pakistan should therefore have absolutely no doubt that these three countries [ plus their allies] will strain every sinew of their power towards sabotaging the CPEC.
And what are the tools they will employ to undermine Pakistan? These tools are already deployed and are in operation for all to see, except for those of us who are willfully blind:
–Aiding the terrorist onslaught against Pakistan. Don’t we already know this, and the names of countries involved?
–Burdening Pakistan with a volume of debt which it will never be able to repay. Why is it after all that IMF obliges Ishaq Dar each time he goes to them, begging bowl in hand? Does anyone, anywhere in the world, freely extend credit to a country or entity which is a bad credit risk? Cant we see through this easy credit? Cant we see that in less than 5 years we will have reached a debt ceiling which it will be beyond our capacity to repay? And what happens then? Is this not a road to default and sanctions, which will lead to Pakistan giving up its nuclear assets?
–And the most potent tool of all–key members of our national “leadership”, both here and in Dubai, willfully undermining the very foundations of the state by both hollowing out the country financially, and also selling it out to those bidding for its ultimate demise! Does anyone not see this happening already? Which one of our top leaders is not a billionaire? And which of these has made his billions through honest sweat? And will such people, who can sell their grandmothers for a pittance, not sell off their country when the time comes? The problem is that the time is already here and the sale is going on day and night.
Unfortunately, it is said to be very expensive loan facility from China i.e @ $4.5 + Libor
It is not for nothing that as the Chinese unfolded their plans for the CPEC, they went to the Army Chief for guarantees of security. This was not just a comment on the power the Army enjoys, but more so a comment on the lack of trust which may credibly be imposed in our civilian leadership.
Author: Sajjad Shaukat, Emeritus Pakistani diplomatic Service:International Affairs and Defence Issues Email: email@example.com in Burning Kashmir on February 11th, 2016
In order to pay tribute to Maqbool Bhat, People of Srinagar have already built and reserve a
grave for him in Martyrs Grave Yard of Eidgah, Srinagar. However, his formal burial is still
Maqbool Bhat, also known as Maqbool Butt was a Kashmiri freedom fighter and co-founder of
the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front. He was a leading voice of the struggle for freedom among
the Kashmiris. In the year of 1962, Maqbool Bhat formed a movement called Kashmir
Independence Committee (KIC). This group was later merged into the newly formed Jammu
Kashmir Mahaz-Rayee-Shumari (Plebiscite Front) in Azad Kashmir, which was a crusade for
complete independence from India. He was sentenced to death for murder by the Delhi High
Court and hanged on 11 February 1984.
Author: Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations Email: firstname.lastname@example.org in Sajjad Shaukat 's Column on February 11th, 2016
Indian malicious intent is evident from the blame game against Pakistan for every internal
security issue, merely to avoid serious dialogue on bilateral issues as well as the humanitarian
crisis in Kashmir. Pakistan is committed to the just and democratic solution of the Kashmir issue,
which is plebiscite, however, India has never been serious in resolution of the dispute, neither
through bilateral dialogue nor involving third party mediation nor by abiding by the UN
In the wake of changing regional and global dynamics, resolution of the issue has become a top
most priority, but unsensitized international community is perhaps waiting for emergence of a
regional crises out of Kashmir dispute. As global players do not find any interest in resolution of
the dispute, it has become a humanitarian issue in the region.
As matter of fact, Indian authorities are not willing to talk with Kashmiri people on political
grounds. New Delhi reached to a conclusion that only bullet is the right way of dealing with
Kashmiris, demanding their right of self-determination. Surprisingly, Indian successive
governments are trying to ignore the dynamics of the freedom movement of Kashmiris for the
sake of their alien rule.
Author: Eric Margolis in Pakistan-A Polaris of Earth on February 11th, 2016
In my first book, `War at the Top of the World,’ which explores the Afghanistan and Kashmir conflicts, I described Kashmir as “the world’s most dangerous crisis.”
The danger still remains. India and Pakistan, now both nuclear-armed, have fought three major wars over Kashmir. They remain at scimitars drawn over the divided state. India keeps 500,000 troops and paramilitary police in Kashmir.
In 1999, Pakistani troops moved into the Indian-ruled Ladakh region of Kashmir, nearly provoking another war between the two old foes. Both sides put their nuclear forces in high alert. India and Pakistan have only a hair-trigger three minute alert window once they get warnings of enemy attack. This is almost launch on warning; the potential for an accidental war is enormous.
A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would kill and injure tens of millions – and produce clouds of radioactive dust that would pollute all of Asia’s major rivers and, eventually, the entire globe.
I have frequently been under fire on the tense Pakistani-Indian cease fire line, known as the Line of Control, that divided Kashmir into Indian and Pakistani-ruled portions. Border clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops have frequently threatened to escalate into a wider conflict in the south on the broad plains of Punjab.
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Author: Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd) Rawalpindi, Pakistan in Col.Riaz Jafri (Retd) Column on February 6th, 2016
I think there is a strong overall feeling in the armed forces that there is no alternative to “Pakistan First” and every other consideration is subservient to it. Therefore, the army chief, who so ever he may be, would have to keep in view the such sentiments of the force that he commands. I am sure by now the authorities know that no three star general can reach that height in the army unless he has the requisite ability, years of practical experience and the overall merit to make it.
Author: Tribune.com.pk in Strategic Forces on February 6th, 2016
For all practical purposes, the SPD DG comes under Chairman JCSC, but the posting of a serving 3-star General to that position is the domain of the Army Chief.
Lt Gen Hayat, who’s father Mohammad Hayat was also retired as Lieutenant General and his two brothers—Umer Hayat and Ahmed Hayat—are 2-star Generals, belongs to a soldiers’ family similar to Army Chief General Sharif.
Top military circles say that COAS General Sharif appointed one of the best brainy, brave and bold Generals to be in charge of the country’s strategic assets in the shape of Lt Gen Zubair Hayat.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TRUTH,
AND THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A LIE
Anything not included in that statement does
not matter anyway.
Do whatever turns a profit.
The golden rule of Hinduism is,
“Rip off everyone and buy gold in Bahrain.”
National Accountability Bureau Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry was informed on Wednesday that the NAB’s Rawalpindi region could not take action in cases against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif because they had obtained stay orders.
During his annual visit to the NAB Rawalpindi Regional Headquarters, Mr Chaudhry was told that the Sharif brothers had again taken a fresh stay order from the Lahore High Court.
A source told Dawn that the Sharif brothers had taken advantage of stay orders since their cases were reopened in 2007 when the Supreme Court allowed Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan from exile