US QUAGMIRE IN AFGHANISTAN: The US  is Reviving Talks with the Afghan Taliban without Pre-conditions By Sajjad Shaukat

In this context, under the caption, “Study Finds Americans Feel U.S’s Involvement Has ‘Failed’, Afghan-based website Tolonews said on October 7, 2018: “A Washington-based research centre Pew has found that most American’s feel that the US’s second longest war–Afghanistan, after 17 years has failed…On the 17th anniversary of the US’s involvement in Afghanistan, 49% of Americans say their country has failed to win the war. The report is an eye-opener for those who have been supporting Trump’s policy of increasing military pressure to win the war in Afghanistan. In fact, the policy has resulted in a huge spike in losses of both Afghan defence forces as well as in the civilian causalities. The reverses in battleground have forced Trump administration to pursue the option of dialogue with Taliban which was advocated since long by Pakistan….Pakistan has given clear stance in recent days declaring an Afghan-led dialogue as the only option to bring peace in the region. Pakistan has offered its fullest cooperation in pursuance of peace. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has strongly rejected the military option and advocated dialogue to end the Afghan quagmire. A new survey by Pew also supports Pakistan’s stance for a durable solution. New development has once again indicated about positive Pakistani role” (Afghanistan Times and other news agencies also reported).

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SHADMAN CHOWK MUST NOT BE NAMED BHAGAT SINGH CHOWK By Commodore Tariq Majeed PN (Retd)

ys bare his love for the Leftist ideology and his strong views on religion.” 5

The NGO be Investigated and Banned
          It is quite obvious the NGO, Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation, is working against the Islamic Ideology as well as the Culture of Pakistan.

It should be banned in Pakistan. The NGO’s chairman, Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, and his legal counsel, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, appear to be Muslim. But, don’t they know that in Pakistan it will be unacceptable to name any place after Bhagat Singh, an anti-Islam atheist, and who took inspiration from Guru Gobind Singh and Shivaji who were relentless enemies of Muslim people? And, don’t they know that Islam forbids statues of human beings?

What are the aims of this NGO in projecting Bhagat Singh, through fake propaganda, as a hero, whereas in reality, he was a criminal? His crimes included killing a police officer for which he was hanged. From where is this NGO getting funds for its activities, including publicity? Who all are backing it within and outside Pakistan? These and other, matters, especially concerning its chairman, Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, and legal counsel, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, need to be investigated by the country’s security agencies.

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Choor Darwazay by Irshad Bhatti

Share List Small Thieves, Mega Thieves 

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India;s Insecure Nuclear Programme, Threatening Regional and Global Peace By Sajjad Shaukat

In the past, several incidents of leakage and theft in addition to alarming episodes of lax security on existing nuclear sites given a history of civil tumult have occurred in India. India is notorious for highly lax security of its nuclear facilities. The episode of 8 October 2014 at Kalpakkam, when a soldier of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) responsible for protecting nuclear materials, went on a rampage to destroy the security of the facility leading to nuclear material theft by criminals. Many incidents in the past including theft and leakage incidents of 2003, 2008, 2009 and 2013 are alarming examples of what inside and outside officials depict as serious short-comings in India’s nuclear safeguards.
In June 2009, India’s nuclear scientist, Lokanathan Mahalingam missed from the scenario and after a couple of days; his dead body was recovered from the Kali River. Indian police concocted a story that Mahalingam had committed suicide by jumping into the river. It is a big joke to hide some real facts behind his death because wisdom proves that if an educated person decides to commit suicide, he will adopt a soft way to eliminate his life. Afterwards, Dr Haleema Saadia said that the death of the scientist was a conspiracy.

Nevertheless, such events in connection with nuclear material continued unabated in India, putting the security of atomic weapons and their related components, including the lives of workers at high risk.

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Geostrategy : Nuclear Pakistan: Hot-Headed or Rational?  Syed Ali Zia Jaffery

There are concerns over Pakistan’s possession of Short Range Nasr missile which has the ability to bring Tactical Nuclear Weapons (TNWs) on the battlefield. Pakistan maintains that TNWs are meant to counter India’s Cold Start Doctrine (CSD). Although, the possibility of CSD leading to a nuclear escalation is less. However, Pakistan feels that the deployment of TNWs on the borders will make India vigilant, invoking this dangerous limited war doctrine. Indeed, deploying nuclear weapons at the tactical level will be a signal for marching forces not to escalate beyond the set threshold. However, it must be stressed that Integrated Battle Groups (IBGs) which happen to be the mainstay of Cold Start, can be effectively dealt with by conventional forces; bringing nuclear weapons in a theatre may put Pakistan in danger of a surprise strategic nuclear attack. However, TNWs will give Pakistan the much-needed assurance and confidence in facing a limited Indian onslaught as enshrined in the Cold Start Doctrine.

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