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[19 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Ikram Junaidi in Dawn, November 19th, 2015
Last week, a group of journalists, academics and civil society members from Afghanistan were invited to what was informally known as a ‘Track 1.5/2’ exchange, hosted by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS).
Dawn spoke to Barry Salaam, a media professional and human rights activist, who visited Islamabad for the dialogue, and asked him about the prospects for peace between the two neighbours in the context of the changing regional security situation.
Q: Why do you think, from an Afghan perspective, have relations …

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[19 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

Report in The News, Nov 19, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister, Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said no permission of any sort is required to Army Chief’s visits abroad and that his current trip to the US had been scheduled a couple of weeks in advance.
Talking to media persons here, Khawaja Asif explained that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to US was focused on Pak-US bilateral ties and the overall situation of the region while Army Chief’s trip pertained to Pak-US defence ties and security matters of the region.
“No prior permission is required …

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[19 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Paris massacre perpetrated by a jihadist band has the whole world grieving alongside the French. In tandem with the condemnations of the jihadist terror have been voices calling for a rethink of European and North American policies dealing with the refugees leaving Syria. While a Syrian passport found near the Stade de France attack site has not been conclusively linked to the attackers, it already fed the frenzy over tightening screws on the refugee influx into Europe. The knee-jerk response impugning the bona fides of over a million refugees …

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[18 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

The writer is an assistant professor at Bahria University.
“We view the Taliban as …an important partner in a peaceful Afghan-led reconciliation process. We are not actively targeting the Taliban”, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis.
This is a very significant statement given by the US Department of Defense. The Americans have been trying for peace talks with the Taliban for quite some time. Interestingly, the American President George Bush had said in September 2004 that “…as a result of the United States military, the Taliban no longer is in existence. And …

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[18 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By ROD NORDLAND in The New York Times, Nov 18, 2015
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The most popular man in public office in Pakistan does not give speeches on television, rarely appears in public and rejects news interviews.
He is Gen. Raheel Sharif, the Pakistani Army chief, who has presided over the country’s armed forces at a time when they are riding high after curbing domestic terrorism and rampant political crime.
Aided by a new-media publicity campaign, the military command’s popularity has helped it quietly but firmly grasp control of the governmental functions it …

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[18 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Imtiaz Gul in The Express Tribune, November 18th, 2015.
The writer heads the independent Centre for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad
The writer heads the independent Centre for Research and Security Studies, Islamabad and author of Pakistan: Pivot of Hizbu Tahrir’s Global Caliphate
Whenever Afghans, Indians and Pakistanis meet, most of them usually trade stereotypes about one another. They regurgitate cliched narratives and often get bogged down in unpleasant exchanges rooted in history. During a recent meeting in Islamabad between civil society representatives from Pakistan and Afghanistan, fireworks flew across the table …

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[16 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Kamran Yousaf in The Express Tribune, November 16th, 2015.
ISLAMABAD: Army chief General Raheel Sharif departed for Washing­ton, DC, on Sunday to kick off a five-day visit that has generated a lot of interest in both Pakistan and the United States.
This is the second time Gen Raheel has visited the US this year and comes just a month after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Washington where he met US President Barack Obama. He is scheduled to meet senior military officials, as well as US Vice President Joe Biden, in the …

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[16 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

REPORT   in Dawn, November 16th, 2015
ISLAMABAD: A lack of progress on the National Action Plan (NAP) to counter terrorism in the wake of the Army Public School massacre was just one of many reasons behind the civil-military tensions that boiled over last week.
In background conversations with Dawn, military officials and civilian leaders offered their own interpretations for the reasons behind a public spat between the government and the army.
Sources say that there have been a number of recent developments that have strained the ever-sensitive balance of power between the two …

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[23 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

The writer is Executive Director of Zcomms in Islamabad.
The rising activities of the self-styled Islamic State (Daesh) are posing a serious threat to the regional security in the Subcontinent. Pakistan’s Army Chief General Raheel Sharif’s recent address in London is an eye-opener.
“Daesh is a bigger threat than Al-Qaeda”, the army chief disclosed in his address at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), adding that some elements in Islamabad wanted to join up with Daesh.
General Raheel’s statement was a veiled acknowledgement of the potential threats Pakistan and the world could face …

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[29 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Pervez Hoodbhoy in Dawn, August 29th, 2015
The writer teaches physics in Lahore and Islamabad.
MANY Pakistanis are thrilled by the news originating from two think tanks in Washington. Although no real evidence has been presented, they claim that the Pakistani nuclear arsenal may become the world’s third largest over the next five to 10 years. The current number, estimated at around 120 Hiroshima-sized warheads, could increase to around 350.
This would exceed numbers held by France (290), China (240), and UK (190). Is the sky the limit? If not, what is …