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Trump triggers new ‘Great Game’ in South Asia BY ADIL NAJAM

Trump triggers new ‘Great Game’ in South Asia



Speaking at Fort Myer last week, the president promised that “American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically.” In Afghanistan, it is unlikely to. In South Asia, it already has – in deep but disturbing ways and mostly because of what President Donald Trump had to say about Pakistan.

Here’s how the stakes, consequences and options for each of the major players in South Asia have been transformed.

The speech left Pakistan hurt and angry.

The country’s foreign minister, Khawaja Asif, was livid at President Trump’s threatening tone and words, claiming that his country’s “sacrifices” as an American coalition partner were “disregarded and disrespected.” Pakistan’s National Security Council (NSC), which includes both the prime minister and the military chief, echoed the consensus in Pakistan that both Washington, D.C. and Kabul are bent on “scapegoating” Pakistan for their own failures.


Remarkably for Pakistan, President Trump seems to have united a deeply divided country. Government, opposition, military and civil society are all equally offended. All point out how Pakistan itself has had to spend many times more of its own resources in fighting America’s war than whatever America may have provided: 70,000 casualties, 17,000 Pakistanis killed; a nation living in constant fear of Taliban terrorism; an economy devastated to the tune of over $100 billion.

Of course, American allegations that Taliban encampments exist in Pakistan are not new. But President Trump has refused to recognize that Pakistan’s struggles to eliminate them are no less challenging than Afghanistan’s or America’s efforts within Afghanistan. This has been seen as particularly disingenuous.





Given the timing, tone and especially the fawning overtures toward India, Pakistanis read President Trump’s speech as the newest episode of abandonment from the nation’s longest but most fickle ally.

Privately, Pakistan and the United States have each long considered the other to be equally unreliable. With President Trump signaling that America will now look elsewhere, Pakistan feels compelled to do the same. Both China and Russia have been quick to exploit the chasm, advancing their own deep interests not only in Afghanistan but in greater South Asia.

Even before Pakistan had made any response to President Trump’s speech, the Chinese, already wildly popular in Pakistan for investing heavily in its infrastructure, responded with an official statement calling Pakistan an “all-weather friend” and thanking it for its “great sacrifices” in the fight against terrorism.

Not to miss the opportunity, Russia’s presidential envoy to Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, proclaimed that Pakistan is “a key regional player,” the pressurizing of whom could “result in negative consequences for Afghanistan.”

In Pakistan, such statements and the speed with which they came have been viewed as evidence that Pakistan does have choices, i.e., it may be time for Pakistan to move out of the U.S. orbit and seek deeper alliances elsewhere. Pakistan’s foreign minister, for example, immediately postponed his planned visit to Washington. This is not simply to register displeasure, but to gain time to visit other capitals and explore alternative options.

India’s initial reaction, not surprisingly, was to gloat. Its narrative about Pakistan was thoroughly embraced in President Trump’s speech. However, this is a gift horse they are likely to examine more carefully. Being anointed America’s sheriff in South Asia brings with it a new stress to their already-strained relations with China.

It is inevitable for tension to grow between these two Asian behemoths, but India would clearly have preferred to plan out the timing and terms of the escalation itself.

President Trump’s message to India that it “makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan,” is likely to be met with nothing more than a polite smile from New Delhi. There is certainly no likely relieffor the American taxpayer in how much they have to pay to keep dysfunctional governments in Kabul in place even while 40 percent of Afghanistan remains under Taliban control.

But the biggest consequence of President Trump’s South Asia strategy is that it gives India a license to elevate a new proxy conflict with Pakistan in Afghanistan. Pakistan is clearly terrified of being trapped in a pincer squeeze on its eastern and western borders by its arch nemesis, India.

But Afghanistan, as recent statements from its former president, Hamid Karzai, suggest, can also not be thrilled by the prospect of yet another major power becoming entrenched in yet another “Great Game.”

Therein lies what is truly new and frightening in Donald Trump’s South Asia strategy.

For the entirety of the last seven decades – including throughout the Cold War, when India was firmly ensconced as a Soviet ally – the American goal in South Asia was, above all, to maintain regional stability. The aim was to avoid and to actively resist tensions in a region that was a powder keg well before India decided to go rogue with nuclear weapons, and Pakistan followed suit. As of last week, the new American policy is to pit neighbor against neighbor in South Asia.

One day, one hopes, someone will explain to President Trump, like Chinese President Xi Jinping did about why North Korea is “complicated,” why the India-Pakistan relationship really is as fraught with danger as it is.

Meanwhile, an abdication of America’s traditional stabilizing role in South Asia has been announced. Afghanistan that will get kicked around the most, as five of the six largest militaries in the world (China, India, the United States, Russia and Pakistan), all nuclear, jockey for advantage in whatever the new South Asian balance of alliances might become.

Let us all hope that the unimaginable remains unimagined.

Adil Najam is the founding dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University.

The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the views of The Hill.

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FIA’s immigration head Wajid Zia (JIT’s head) has enlisted Sharif family on Exit Control List (ECL)

FIA’s immigration head Wajid Zia (JIT’s head) has enlisted Sharif family on Exit Control List (ECL)


Sources in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) confided in Pakistan Today that FIA’s immigration head Wajid Zia (JIT’s head), with the approval of Interior Ministry, has enlisted the name of Sharif family members on Exit Control List (ECL) on Friday.

Following the Panama Leaks case verdict of Supreme Court of Pakistan, names of ex PM Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Hussain Nawaz, Hassan Nawaz, and Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar were put on ECL. Until the accountability court decides their fate within the given six months, no one can leave the country.

The source also said that, in all the high profile cases, NAB puts accused people in ECL regularly, adding it is a matter of routine.

‘The movement of an accused wanted under National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) 1999 can be restricted by the investigation agency; following this, Ministry of Interior (MoI) is under obligation to put names of Sharifs in ECL,” he said.

It is noted that on Friday, Supreme Court removed Nawaz Sharif from office in a unanimous verdict over corruption allegations.

The verdict, delivered by a five-member supreme court caps year of political controversy, unleashed by the Panama Papers leak, which documented the involvement of Sharif’s children in the purchase of high-end London property through offshore companies.


The SC bench also referred all material gathered in the investigation to the court of the national accountability bureau and recommended opening cases against the prime minister and his three children—Maryam, Hassan, Hussain—as well as Capt Safdar.

“He is no more eligible to be an honest member of the Parliament, and he ceases to be holding the office of prime minister,” the judge Ejaz Afzal Khan said in court.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been asked to de-notify the prime minister from his National Assembly seat to fulfil the technicalities of implementing the order. The Supreme Court said the ECP should de-seat the PM for not disclosing his role in the Dubai-based Capital FZE company in his nomination papers, saying that this meant he was not ‘honest’ and ‘truthful’.

Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, who had headed the apex court’s implementation bench following its April 20 order on the Panama Papers case, announced that the larger bench had unanimously deemed PM Sharif unfit for holding office and would also order an accountability court to open references against him and his family.

The judges ruled that he had been dishonest to the Parliament and courts, and could not be deemed fit for his office.

It may be mentioned here that Hussain and Hassan are currently abroad.

However, when contacted FIA’s immigration head, he neither confirmed nor denied the information.

Former Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Barrister Ali Zafar said that those members of Sharif family who have been mentioned in the Supreme Court verdict to be trialled by NAB accountability court would have to seek a bail from high court forthwith. He added that if any of those accused want to leave the country, they would have to seek permission from the court – the way General Musharaf had done.

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Pakistan’s Shame: The Supreme Court Bench that ran away

The Supreme Court Bench that ran away

For this dishonorable bench to hide behind a Winter vacation Calendar, is as disgraceful, as shameful and as flimsy as Nawaz hiding behind the Qatari Prince’s letter.

No shame. No respect.  No pain for the country. No professionalism and above all no ethics, morality and sense of justice.

Everything that this infamous Supreme Court and especially this bench of 5 did is highly questionable.

First lying low, and like Nero and Caligula, power intoxicated and merry making, from April to October, while Pakistan burned.

Then deciding to take on the case and setting the Nov 1st date, for the first hearing, one day before Imran threatens Armageddon.

It stinks.  It stinks all across the Margallas

These actions are an absolute disgrace to their institution and to each individual who was and is part of this infamous bench.

Why on earth would you take on a case, set high expectations and then slink away like rats under the pretense of “Winter Holidays” ?

Under what compulsions did these so called lordships wake up from their damn power induced intoxication of 7 months in the first place?

And then what prompted these so called lordships to jump ship and throw this bag of crap to another bench?

The entire lawyer community should hang it’s head in shame.

These 5 SC judges, especially the CJ, basically covered their backsides, and some hoping for some crumbs to come their way, post retirement .

It was clear that this disgraceful bench had already made up its mind to dump the case when they “asked” both parties about forming a Commission.

Is that how the Supreme Court of our land works?

How many money launderer’s, crooks, criminals have been offered” Commissions” by these people who now disgrace the sacred role of Supreme Court Justice?

 How many commissions, you dishonorable lordships, how many?

You’re a disgrace to these sacred seats you occupy, my dear dishonorable lordships or whatever you are called.

A disgrace!

They even indirectly urged Imran’s  lawyers to opt for a commission, subtly implying that his case was weak.

They also knew Nawaz would accept the commission, and thus so these 5 stooges could rid themselves of having to decide the case.

Imran didn’t take the bait so they were only left with an option that a lowly clerk and  “Babu” is left with.

Sir may nay Chhuttee Jaana Hai. Mayree Behann Ki Shaadee Hai!

Some stupid rules and procedures of winter vacations.

What utter nonsense!

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The Supreme Court Bench that ran away




The three essentials for democracy are: 

  1. Fair and free judiciary and 
  2. Fair and free elections. 

Neither of those two essential requirements ever existed in Pakistan. 

  1. The third requirement is that the first two are supported and upheld by the majority of the elite and educated class. Most of those are seen cozying up to the offspring of the chief thugs, the owners of dynastic parties.

The judiciary in question here is not concerned with truth or justice, they appear to be more concerned about their post-retirement bonuses which will be indeed huge – keeping them rolling in money for years and what will be left of it, will be packed with them in their coffins for the hereafter.

Theoretically, the only powerful segment that could make some difference could be the army, but they are not about to take any steps for at least another two election cycles as per the doctor’s instructions – Dr. Uncle Sam, that is. By then, it may be the end of the story. We might as well change the name from Pakistan to Thuggistan.

We knew the Panama case was not going anywhere – Many of us wanted to have some hope against the hope – Hoping that there was a light at the end of the long dark tunnel. Yes, there was a light at the end of the tunnel, but that was the train coming from the opposite side to blow up the hope if there was any.

Javed Chaudhry



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LETTER TO SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE: During your tenure Justice to serf and commoner

Reviewing Editors Note:We publish all letters we receive from Pakistanis. Sometimes, original author’s English is not easy to understand. We have tried to minimally edit this letter, However, we cannot fully edit it since it will conceal the essence of the author’s emotions and sentiments.


A Letter From a Pakistani Citizen to Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice

To : CJ of Pakistan Supreme Court

“God commands justice and fair dealing…” (Quran 16:90)


Justice in Pakistan


I am approaching you ,to understand as to how justice is provided  to common Pakistanis of limited means .

On account of the corruption of Existing and Past Politicians.Government Employees, Of Law, Taxation Education which I am sure you are well aware off since day one .

ALLAH has provided me the means to exist reasonably ,95.95 % are surviving to exist .

Social justice is defined as “… promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity.”

It exists when “all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right?

t to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.”

In conditions of social justice, people are “not be discriminated against, nor their welfare and well-being constrained or prejudiced on the basis of gender, sexuality, religion, political affiliations, age, race, belief, disability, location, social class, socioeconomic circumstances, or other characteristics of background or group membership”

My Questions:

The CJ of Pakistan has to tell the Human Rights ? Are we committed at any level ,or mindful of it?


Our congested jails speak about our prevailing structure .


We are all accountable to ALLAH .


I am not in a position to clarify you LAW !


LAW should originate  from YOU .


BY your Finding’s and Judgments without adjournment or deferral .


The conclusion of your office is final and timely.


ALLAH will admire you for your timely justice.


Sir, you may  have good reasons not to do it?


Who is suffering in the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC of PAKISTAN ?


Sir, with your leadership corruption, should not exist .


“O My slaves, I have forbidden injustice for Myself and forbade it also for you. 


So avoid being unjust to one another.”


(Saheeh Muslim)


“O you who believe!

 Stand out firmly for justice,

as witnesses to Allah,

even if it be against yourselves,

your parents, and your relatives,

or whether it is against the rich or the poor…”

(Quran 4:135)

Honesty and Justice is Allah’s Rule of law:Without Justice Society Cannot Exist


Independence and freedom of judiciary


Pakistan’s top judge have said the country has failed to achieve the dreams of its founders largely because of

“insincere and dishonest”politicians.

“Our [successive] generations have failed miserably in materializing the dreams of our ancestors,”

said, Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali, while addressing the legal fraternity of Larkana on Saturday.



It seems ex P.M Nawaz Sharif  has divided Pakistan into five Independent States on advice of MODI, RAW, & CIA

Where is  PAKISTAN’s ARMY & WHERE is JUDICIARY of Pakistan?

Intelligence agencies world over operate overtly more important; covertly. RAW had stellar success in Bangladesh, where it trained covert forces who operated against Pakistani forces long before the war broke out.


The arrest of Kulbhushan Yadav alias Hussein Mubarak Patel reflects the typical tactics of Ajit Doval[sgmb id=”1″]

(Myra McDonald in Reuters August1, 2008)

Good enough !

However, all these culprits either go to jail and the gallows for the crimes they committed, or they run away.
The judiciary will take many years to sort out all the cases.
2018 will be too close to general elections.
Unless, Articles 62,63 are strictly followed.
The main culprit in our political paradigm is the 1973 Constitution.
Bhutto drafted it thinking he will live forever and stay  PM for a hundred years.
All power is with one man. Article 6 was unnecessary.
Constitution needs drastic changes to empower the people at grassroots level.
PM controls the purse without any accountability. This has to end as a businessman in the PMs’ seat will misuse this power to his own benefit.
Governments are run by oligarchs. It is the people who have to push and pull them to share the national wealth equitably. And make them accountable under the law.
This is where we have failed due to our warped Constitution.


Treason per se is not defined in the Turkish Penal Code. However, the law defines crimes which are traditionally included in the scope of treason, such as cooperating with the enemy during wartime. Treason is punishable by imprisonment up to life.

Iva Toguri, known as Tokyo Rose, was tried for treason after World War II for her broadcasts to American troops.

“[But] other nations have been quite fortunate to have sincere and honest leaders, which we lack.”




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