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[14 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Praveen Swami in The Indian Express, April 14, 2017
New Delhi : A classified dossier on a Karachi-based criminal network alleged to have been connected to former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, jointly authored by investigators of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and civilian services, contains no evidence that it was financing or providing weapons to Baloch nationalist insurgents, a copy of the document obtained by The Indian Express reveals.
Leaders of the Karachi-based ganglord Uzair Baloch, blamed in widely reported briefings by senior Pakistani security officials for collaborating with Jadhav, were …

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[28 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The author is a senior fellow of the National Institute of International Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Indian media reported recently that Nepal would hold its first ever joint military exercise with China on February 10, 2017. Indian media said the joint military exercise appeared unconventional. But so far the news has not been confirmed officially by China and Nepal.
Indian media hyping up China-Nepal joint military exercise is to partly put pressure on Nepal. India views South Asian countries as its backyard. So it pays a lot of attention to …

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[27 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The author is a senior fellow of Shanghai Institutes for International Studies and a visiting fellow of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China
According to Pakistani media, Amir Riaz, the Pakistan Army’s Southern Command chief, on Wednesday invited India to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and “share the fruits of future development by shelving anti-Pakistan activities and subversion.” Amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, Riaz’s remarks have drawn wide attention from the Indian media.
Riaz’s invitation, which came as a surprise to New Delhi, is mainly …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

Usman Ali Khan is a graduate in Defence and Strategic Studies from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabadus consequences not only for both states but also for the entire region
Recently, the distribution of water between two Indian states Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has become a source of conflict over water divide, sweltering both into flames. This issue is India’s internal matter regarding water distribution from the river Cauvery. Riots also erupted when Supreme Court of India ordered to divert some water from Cauvery to Tamil Nadu. The unrest impelled Indian Prime Minister Modi …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a Lahore-based journalist.
Fascism was a system of government that flourished in Europe in times between two World Wars, and has since been appearing and reappearing in several parts of the world. The current rise of Narendra Modi, a staunch Hindu nationalist in India, is the latest version of fascism which was applied by Adolf Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy and Franco in Spain.
Fascism is right-wing political philosophy which opposes egalitarianism and is based on conservatism, authoritarianism and powerful nationalism in which a dictator becomes the central …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a freelance columnist based in Islamabad.
The role of diplomacy resembles gathering intelligence and not only helps in decision-making but also projects the soft power of a state. The dominant feature of international relations has always been war that is fought and can be prevented using diplomatic channels. The real art of diplomacy is to achieve objectives and policy goals without going to war that is perhaps the essence of diplomacy. This practice has been called as war by Robert Green in his book “The 33 Strategies of …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a freelance columnist and former newspaper editor
Despite the moments when things have appeared to approach something resembling normalcy, for example as an apparently relaxed Narendra Modi dropped in as a surprise visitor to the wedding of Nawaz Sharif’s grand daughter at Jati Umra, or Sharif attended his inauguration in 2014, the Modi years have proved tough for Pakistan.
With firing continuing across the Line of Control and border villages in the Neelam Valley stricken with fear as inhabitants flee in poorly reported episodes of mayhem caused by aggression, …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a member of staff.
IN a way, a lot of it has been predictable. Nawaz got into trouble because he likes fancy homes and thinks business is politics.
Imran — he hacks away the way he does because he wants power and disdains systems. Insurgents usually need to practise guerrilla politics.
Civ-mil has been rocky because it really is a zero-sum game — the civilians want to get on top, but the boys can’t let them.
India is a familiar flashpoint — the civilians want to open up to trade and …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

If you have not heard words like terrific, great, exceptional, amazing and “will love to visit” about Pakistan and its people in a long time, that is understandable. But all these and other equally nice things were expressed by PEOTUS (President-Elect of the United States) who was completely bowled over by the phone call from PMIRP (Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan) the other day.
The two reportedly got along superbly – as two business tycoons turned successful politicians should. Imagine the hilarious conversation the two of them would …

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[6 Dec 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a columnist based in Islamabad.
1984-2004: The Sundarji Doctrine – named after General Krishnaswamy Sundarji – comprised a total of seven ‘holding corps’ (or defensive corps) and three ‘strike corps’ or offensive corps). The ‘holding corps’ were placed close to the Pakistani border while the ‘strike corps’ were based in central India.
The ‘strike corps’ – I Corps (Mathura), II Corps (Ambala) and XXI Corps (Bhopal) – were made up of mechanised infantry and artillery. For the record, the strike corps were tasked to “penetrate deep into Pakistani territory” …