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  • Pak Army Turns Guns on Pashtuns

    Published:- 20 june 2019 Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa met the Chief of People's Liberation Army Chaina Han Weiguo in Beijing (File) The Pashtun protest movement, which many see as similar to that of the bloody campaign of Bengali-speaking Pakistanis which led to the break up of East Pakistan in 1971, was triggered by the killing of an aspiring model from South Waziristan, Naqeebullah Mehsud last February….writes Dr Sakariya Kareem Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa met the Chief of People’s Liberation Army Chaina Han Weiguo in Beijing (File) Pakistan Army has turned its guns on one of the most loyal of all its citizens, Pashtuns, to brow beat a proud and br...Read More

  • Militants Get New Role In Naya Pakistan

    Published:- 20 june 2019 Imran Khan and his advisers seem to believe that mainstreaming of the militants is the most ideal solution of the pestering militancy / terrorism problem in the country. This mainstreaming will be open to those militants / terrorists who surrender – with their arms ….writes Dr Sakariya Kareem Prime Minister Imran Khan is said to be toying with the idea of mainstreaming thousands and thousands of militants in Pakistan. How could it be practically possible will be known only if a clear cut policy is made public to this effect. Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto has ridiculed this idea saying it smacks of Imran Khan’s surrender to milita...Read More

  • China puts corporate staff through military training

    Published:- 14 june 2019 Manzoor Ahmed Is China turning its corporate staff into soldiers in suits? The news of world’s biggest surveillance equipment manufacturer, based in Zhejiang province, sending its employees to a military boot camp has raised serious questions about the intent behind the exercise. The company in question is Hikvision Digital Technology Co. Ltd, the world’s biggest supplier of CCTV cameras and surveillance equipment. It is in effect owned by the Chinese government, with 42 per cent of its controlling shares held by various Chinese government enterprises. The company’s association with the Chinese government goes beyond stock holding. It began its journey...Read More

  • UNSC 1267 LIST: Pak Army to Go Masood Way?

    Published:- 14 june 2019 On May 1, 2019, the UN Security Council put Masood Azhar in the terror list. There are a number of other terror individuals and entities in Pakistan who deserve to be on the UN 1267 Committee List. The most prominent among them is Pakistani Army ….writes Dr Sakariya Kareem With Pakistan on the brink of an economic collapse, did it really matter if JeM chief was listed as a global terrorist by the UN 1267 Committee or not? Efforts by the international community four times in the past did not succeed, so what was different this time. China which had been a spoilsport earlier, this time did some quick thinking in view of its frayed relations with the US and decided t...Read More

  • Pak defence spending and budget

    Published:- 14 june 2019 By Manzoor Ahmed The two ironies are over sixty years old, but they are getting more and more relevant by the day. Every nation has an army, but, it said, not in zest, that in Pakistan the army has a nation. The other is that the country’s armed forces, particularly the Pakistan Army, are fattening even as the country is getting poorer. That explains how and why a nation so desperately struggling to feed its poor and unable to repay its international debts, has emerged among top 20 military spending countries in 2018. After conducting political and then electoral engineering in July last year, the first thing the military did was to wrest a whop...Read More

  • FREEDOM FOR AASIA: Pak radicals to target judiciary, lawyers

    Published:- 12 june 2019 Aasia was falsely convicted and jailed for blasphemy governed by the draconian Zia-ul Haq-era laws that have allowed little room for escape for those accused and even the judges and lawyers, should the accused be exonerated…Dr Sakariya Kareem With Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman reaching safety of Canada and to her family, Pakistan’s civil-military Establishment has got a tricky issue off its back. But in the short, medium and long run, it would need to work hard to protect Chief Justice Asif Kohsa, other Supreme Court judges, lawyers and others involved in the release of the hapless woman from nine years of jail and torture. The Islamists and militants that th...Read More

  • Army Calls the Shot in Naya Pakistan

    Published:-13 june 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan keeps saying that for the first time the civilian government and the military were on the same page regarding India. His claim is laughable given the fact that he owes his position to the army which thought he will be pliable enough to do the khaki’s bidding…writes Dr Sakariya Kareem Army is more powerful than the prime minister in Pakistan. Its public face these days is Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director General, Inter-Services Public Relations. He keeps speaking on matters political which cannot be normally the domain of a military spokesman. And the media pays special attention to Ghafoor even though the maximum news space is reserv...Read More

  • SPECIAL: Media Freedom in Pakistan

    SPECIAL: Media Freedom in Pakistan Published:- 13 June 2019 The Pakistan Internet Landscape Report 2018 published by a human rights group, over 50 per cent journalists believe that digital surveillance was a form of insidious intimidation to their lives and the lives of their sources….writes Rifan Ahmed Khan The state agencies in Pakistan, read Pakistan Army and its surrogate wings, have found a new and incisive way to intimidate journalists and social media activists—the Twitter and other messaging apps. Journalists who dare to challenge the state narrative are trolled, abused and threatened online and there are no laws to protect them. Instead, the state most often file criminal cases...Read More

  • PAK ARMY COOK UP FAKE NEWS

    Published:- 12 june 2019 Pakistan’s military establishment runs benami Facebook accounts to spread fake news. Facebook has taken down 103 Pakistan military-linked assets including pages, groups, and accounts on both Facebook and Instagram for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior ….writes Haroon Rashid Social media has multiplied Pakistani military’s talent of disinformation which has stunted their country’s growth. How extensively the military was using the social media to disinform the people within and outside Pakistan came to light recently when Facebook Incorporation, a social media giant, announced that as part of its drive against fake news it has taken down 103 Pakistan...Read More

  • Attack on judiciary won’t be allowed: PML-N

    Published: June 1, 2019 LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) decided on Friday that it would stage a protest in the parliament to oppose the government’s decision to file references against Supreme Court’s Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice KK Agha of the Sindh High Court with the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). “No one is allowed to attack the judiciary,” said PML-N leader Ayaz Sadiq after a meeting of the party’s parliamentary group held in the chamber of the opposition leader. The meeting was presided over by PML-N Senior Vice President Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition Leader in Senate Raja Zafarul Haq. On Thursday, the SJC issued a notice to attorney general of Pak...Read More

  • West has done tremendous disservice to the Muslim world: Imran

    Published: June 1, 2019 Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the 14th OIC Summit in Makkah on Saturday and stressed upon the need to separate Islam from terrorism, “The Western World has equated radical Islam with terrorism and this has done tremendous amount of disservice to the Muslim world. It has led to Islamophobia; the words radical Islam have been used to define terrorism,” said the prime minister while addressing the leaders of Muslim states present at the international moot. The premier further said that the people of Kashmir must have the right to self-determination and the OIC must “stand against oppression happening with the Muslim world”. He also stressed upon the importa...Read More

  • PAK ARMY COOK UP FAKE NEWS

    Published: 31 May 2019 Pakistan’s military establishment runs benami Facebook accounts to spread fake news. Facebook has taken down 103 Pakistan military-linked assets including pages, groups, and accounts on both Facebook and Instagram for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior ….writes Haroon Rashid Social media has multiplied Pakistani military’s talent of disinformation which has stunted their country’s growth. How extensively the military was using the social media to disinform the people within and outside Pakistan came to light recently when Facebook Incorporation, a social media giant, announced that as part of its drive against fake news it has taken down 103 Pakistan m...Read More

  • Pak defence spending and budget

    Published: May 30, 2019 By Manzoor Ahmed The two ironies are over sixty years old, but they are getting more and more relevant by the day. Every nation has an army, but, it said, not in zest, that in Pakistan the army has a nation. The other is that the country’s armed forces, particularly the Pakistan Army, are fattening even as the country is getting poorer. That explains how and why a nation so desperately struggling to feed its poor and unable to repay its international debts, has emerged among top 20 military spending countries in 2018. After conducting political and then electoral engineering in July last year, the first thing the military did was to wrest a whopp...Read More

  • FREEDOM FOR AASIA: Pak radicals to target judiciary, lawyers

    Published: 30 may 2019 Aasia was falsely convicted and jailed for blasphemy governed by the draconian Zia-ul Haq-era laws that have allowed little room for escape for those accused and even the judges and lawyers, should the accused be exonerated…Dr Sakariya Kareem With Aasia Bibi, the Christian woman reaching safety of Canada and to her family, Pakistan’s civil-military Establishment has got a tricky issue off its back. But in the short, medium and long run, it would need to work hard to protect Chief Justice Asif Kohsa, other Supreme Court judges, lawyers and others involved in the release of the hapless woman from nine years of jail and torture. The Islamists and militants that the ...Read More

  • Cross Kashmir Trade’s Links With Terror Funding in POK

    Published: - 21 May 2019 The modus operandi adopted by Pakistan to hoodwink India is surprisingly a simple strategy – Under Invoicing. And divert the ‘surplus’ profit to militancy in Jammu and Kashmir. According to people in the know, traders in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) have been taking recourse to this practice with official patronage…writes Dr Sakariya Kareem India has every reason to laugh at the Pakistani theatrics over suspension of cross LoC trade route in Jammu and Kashmir. Chest beating and hate-spewing, are not new to Pakistan where India is concerned. Ducking the core question – in this case smuggling of arms and weapons to Kashmir valley – is the standard practice ...Read More

  • WHY ARE HAZARAS TARGETED IN PAKISTAN?

    --MANZOOR AHMED Published: - 4 may 2019 The killing of eight Hazaras who had gone to buy vegetables in Hazarganji, a suburb of Quetta, early this week has exposed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claim of making a `naya` (new) Pakistan and his government’s failure to rein in extremist elements which have been targeting minorities, including the Hazara Shias, for decades now. Although eight others had also died, the sole target of the attack was the Hazaras who have been living in the shadow of death and humiliation for decades. What is their fault? First and foremost, they are Shias, a minority sect among Muslims who have been the target of extremist groups in Pakistan for long. Extremists, ...Read More

  • OIC & BALAKOT: The Isolation of Pakistan

    Published: - 4 may 2019 Pakistan has a cross-border terrorism policy against Muslim neighbours-Iran and Afghanistan – and a policy of interference in the internal affairs of Muslim Bangladesh. The above record of Pakistan does not seem to have bothered the OIC much so far. But now that about 40 Muslims countries have vowed to fight terrorism under the leadership of Saudi Arabia, the OIC’s perception about who promotes terrorism should change. It is now very clear that Al Qaeda, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Lashkar-e-Toyyabba (LeT), Jamaat-ud-Dawa(JuD), Jaish-e-Mohammad(JeM) and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) are all one…writes Dr Sakariya Kareem The 57-countries strong Organisation of Is...Read More

  • TALIBAN KHAN & TEAM: Babar spills the beans …

    Published: - 3 may 2019 Taliban Khan’ and some of his cabinet ministers are so sympathetic with militants. When Prime Minister Imran Khan is looking for a Taliban model justice system to cure the social evils, several members in his cabinet have openly voiced their support for the likes of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar and Hafiz Saeed….writes Dr Sakariya Kareem Former Pakistan Senator Mr Farhatullah Babar, Secretary General of Pakistan People’s Party, is a respected politician across the world. There are many admirers for him because of his stand on issues like freedom of expression and people’s rights. He was press secretary to former president Asif Ali Zardari. When Baba...Read More

  • The real story of insurgency in Kashmir

    Published: - 3 May 2019 An Indian soldier at the site of an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district Pakistan’s stand on Kashmir is clear. It stood by the United Nations’ Resolution which gave Kashmiris only two options – either join India or Pakistan in a plebiscite. There was no third option. If anybody talked of Azadi, he or she will be considered an enemy of Pakistan ….writes Sakariya Kareem An Indian soldier at the site of an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district In 1992, when the insurgency in Kashmir was at its peak. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)’s leader Amanullah Khan claimed to be its initiator in 1988. He told ...Read More

  • China must listen to US take on Pak terror

    Published:- 20 March 2019 -- Allabaksh China, which has been hedging on sanctioning Pakistan for its terror links, should pay close attention to the US concerns on terrorism—it is in its self-interest. The US, which once called Pakistan a non-NATO ally, has suffered enormously from Pakistan’s duplicity on terror groups. In fact, it continues to be held hostage by Pakistan in the ensuing talks with the Taliban. The US knows what Pakistan is. China, which has formed a new friendship with Pakistan, would do well to learn a lesson or two here. Since the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, the US has been increasingly sceptical of Pakistan’s motivations and games. Not that the US re...Read More

  • Drones to be used for aerial seeding on Margalla Hills

    Published: - March 18, 2019 ISLAMABAD: Though aerial seeding is not a new phenomenon in the federal capital, it has been decided to use drones for forest densification on the Margalla Hills this time. “We conducted an experiment a week ago and dropped some seed pods in the hills and we have now decided to conduct an aggressive aerial seeding to increase greenery in the Margalla Hills. Though it looks like the hills are all green and covered with dense forest, the fact is there are more shrubs than trees,” the spokesperson for the chief commissioner’s office, Nauman Shah told Dawn. Aerial seeding was done in the 1960s in the federal capital, during which seeds of paper mulberry were a...Read More

  • How can China hyphenate the Dalai Lama and Tibet? They are one and the same

    Published:- 18 March 2019 An article published in the South China Morning Post on 6 March 2019 states in its headlines that “China says Tibet access is restricted because some foreigners get altitude sickness”. The publication of this article was timed to mark the Chinese invasion and takeover of Tibet in March 1950. The 10th of March every year is celebrated by Tibetans the world over as the uprising day; on this day in Lhasa, thousands of Tibetans formed a massive human chain around Norbulingka, the summer palace of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to protect him and their country. Tibetans staged a defiant, yet peaceful uprising against the forceful and illegal occupation of Tibet by th...Read More

  • People Seek More Rights in Gilgit-Baltistan

    Published: 14 March 2019 (180217) -- ISLAMABAD, Feb. 17, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani horse riders compete during annual Tent Pegging Competition in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan on Feb. 17, 2018. (Xinhua/Ahmad Kamal) Since 1950 Pakistan has made laws for Gilgit-Baltistan not to address the problems of the locals but to strengthen its grip over the territory and its people. The last two reforms were in 2009 and 2018. The first the Gilgit-Baltistan (empowerment and self governance) order 2009, was promulgated by the then Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). The second, Gilgit-Baltistan order-2018, was promulgated by the Muslim League (N) government. Neither satisfied the people….writes Dr S...Read More

  • Tibetan language with Chinese Characteristics: New Revelations from Qinghai Province of China

    Published: - 25 February 2019 Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech to mark 40 years of China’s Opening up and Reform in December 2018 was a significant one. According to Xi, “the pursuit of reform and opening-up and socialism with Chinese characteristics is a milestone in realising the Chinese nation’s rejuvenation”. In the course of his speech, President Xi claimed that China had kept improving the people’s lives and well-being over the past 40 years and that the country had lifted 740 million people out of poverty in the 40 years, reducing the poverty headcount ratio by 94.4 percentage points. There is no doubt that this is quite an achievement if the figures quoted by President Xi a...Read More

  • HUNT FOR OSAMA: The Great Deception

    Published: - 23 February 2019 This first time public acknowledgment of Pakistan’s role in in the Osama bin Laden affair is merely a desperate, and lame, ploy to hoodwink the international community on its terrorist links…writes Dr Sakariya Kareem The recent admission by Pakistan’s Foreign Office that they were with the Americans in hunting down al Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden, in Abbottabad, is a dramatic turnabout from their early denials and mock protestations. It is also an acknowledgment that Pakistan knew very well where al Qaeda chief was hiding while pretending to bomb innocent Afghans and own citizens in the tribal areas in the name of `global war on terrorism`. This first ti...Read More

  • India’s crucial role in Afghanistan

    Published: - 23 February 2019 Pakistani spokesperson Faisal’s remarks that India has no role in Afghanistan, seemingly contradict Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s earlier statement in which he acknowledged that India had stakes in Afghanistan and its cooperation was necessary for the peace process…writes Dr Sakariya Kareem India has no role in Afghanistan, the Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson has recently said. The spokesperson asserted that Islamabad played a key role in arranging direct talks between the Taliban and the US to find a peaceful solution to the longstanding Afghan problem. Is that the only reason why Pakistan’s sees no role for India or is Islamabad ...Read More

  • Will Pakistan celebrate Basant fest this year?

    Published: 24 January 2019 An age-old festival associated with the advent of spring season and the farm activity that it heralds, Basant is celebrated on both sides of the Punjab and in India is banned by a court order. The ban came during the reign of military leader Pervez Musharraf and perpetuated by the PPP and Nawaz Sharif Governments. Thus, all are guilty of smothering an essentially cultural festival that allows celebrations to the common people…writes Rifan Ahmed Khan Blinded by religious tenets as it perceives them and afraid to challenge the Islamic clergy that perpetuates them, Pakistan is unlikely to lift a 12-year-old ban and celebrate the Basant festival this year as well....Read More

  • MUMBAI 26/11: Pak remains unrepentant

    Published: 23 January 2019 Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang/IANS) Even though Nawaz Sharif took courage to blame the army for the Mumbai 26/11, his party’s government at the centre as well as in Punjab dragged their feet over the prosecution of the accused terrorist organisation and its leadership … writes Dr Sakariya Kareem Ousted prime minister Nawas Sharif is right on his comment on Mumbai 26/11. the former Pakistani strong man in an interview with The Dawn newspaper admit that Pakistani terrorists carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks and suggest that such terror strikes could have been prevented. He also lamented that Pakistan had isolated itself. H...Read More

  • The Plight of Minorities in ‘Azad Kashmir’

    Published: 16 January 2019 A Pakistani man walks past a roadside stall ahead of the country's independence day in Islamabad, capital of Pakistan, on Aug. 11, 2018. Pakistan will celebrate its independence day on Aug. 14 In an article in The Friday Times, Pakistani investigative journalist Jalaluddin Mughal exposes the plight of religious minorities in the AJK where he says that their existence remains largely un-acknowledged. The issue gains significance because adding to the small number of Christians are Bahais and Ahmedis, declared as non-Muslims a year back. According to unofficial statistics, there are 40,000-45,000 non-Muslims people in the region. Of these, Ahmadis are believed t...Read More

  • A bus service rocks Indo-China relations

    Published: 15 January 2019 The warning issued by the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi comes a day after a media report said that a Chinese citizen, suspected to be a spy, has been detained near the India-Myanmar border in Manipur. Should China, a responsible nation, risk its relationship with another power in the region for a minor, symbolic bus service? It is a question which the Chinese leadership should introspect on….writes Rifan Ahmed Khan Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping China’s decision to run a private luxury bus service between Lahore and Kashgar draws flak from India. They said it is in gross violation of the bilateral agreements with India, and seve...Read More

  • The Afghan Chess-board and Pakistan

    Published: 11 january 2019 Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Pakistan is using the Taliban card to push for leniency on economic aid, the US could well be doing the same is reverse to Pakistan in the hope that Imran Khan will play ball. This is where the deep state in Pakistan comes in and given past precedence, it seems rationale to assume that the military will make the best out of the given situation….writes Dr Sakariya Kareem There is nothing unusual about Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan claiming that his country helped facilitate the dialogue between the US and Afghan Taliban recently in Doha. After all, the Afghan Taliban has been nurtured and sustained by the deep state in Pakistan sin...Read More

  • How the Trump Factor Affects Pak Economy?

    Published:- 10 January 2019 Pakistan's state-run news channel PTV ran "Begging" dateline instead of "Beijing" on screen during the live broadcast of Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech in China and became a target of trolling by netizens. Both Islamabad and IMF concede problems over resolving issues and that the negotiations for relief, estimated at an overall USD 22 billion, for short and medium term requirements, remain daunting. President Trump’s stance on Afghanistan will halt the funds from the US also. Since the year 2001-02, the US has paid over USD 33 billion by way of transit and use of fuel and infrastructure to facilitate movement of American soldiers and equipment….writes ...Read More

  • SPECIAL: National Action Plan to Tame Terrorism

    Published: - 9 January 2019 Four years down the line, the National Action Plan, the much-boasted blueprint about countering terrorist threats to the country, and its various instruments like a stronger National Counter Terrorism Centre (NACTA) and the key Joint Intelligence Directorate(JID) seem to be floundering for want of political will and decision….writes Dr Sakariya Kareem Pakistan’s much boasted about National Action Plan to counter terrorism is floundering under the new government of Imran Khan. The plan was announced with much chest thumping and loud declarations after about 150 school children were killed in one of the most dastardly terrorist attacks on the Army Public Schoo...Read More

  • PAKSITAN ECONOMY: Crisis? What Crisis?

    PAKSITAN ECONOMY: Crisis? What Crisis? December 20, 2018 Pakistan's state-run news channel PTV ran "Begging" dateline instead of "Beijing" on screen during the live broadcast of Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech in China and became a target of trolling by netizens. The Khan Government has failed to garner funds from Pakistanis living abroad as they do not find the climate conducive and merely patriotic slogans do not work. It been trying to push “Make in Pakistan” slogan but Pakistan has lacked even a modicum of industrial policy….writes Dr Sakariya Kareem Pakistan’s state-run news channel PTV ran “Begging” dateline instead of “Beijing” on screen during the live broadcast of Prime Mi...Read More

  • Why Imran Seeks Peace With India?

    Why Imran Seeks Peace With India? Published:- 19 December 2018 The double whammy is staring at Imran Khan’s face as his government has been unable to put its act together whether it is ensuring the safety and security of minorities or whether it is the question of stopping UN designated dangerous terrorist entities like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohmmad (JeM), Haqqani Network (HN) and the Taliban affiliates from raising and transferring funds….writes Dr Sakariya Kareem Sindh-Chief-Minister-Syed-with Prime Minister Imran Khan Imran Khan’s talk of ‘peace with India’ does sound incredible. He owes his position to the army and the de facto rulers do not agree with him going by what the...Read More

  • Khan’s Strategy to Thaw Ties With India

    Khan’s Strategy to Thaw Ties With India Published: - 18 December 2018 India has repeatedly made it clear that terror and talks cannot go together. This stand was underscored as recently as end-November, when work on a three kilometre border corridor started to enable visa- free visit of Indian Sikh pilgrims to their religious shrine at Kartarpur on the Pakistan side….Dr Rifan Ravuther Since coming to power on the crutches of the army and religious zealots some four months ago, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been speaking of his “desire” to have friendly ties with India. He has been sounding large- hearted as he keeps saying that he understands the exigencies of poll politics in ...Read More

  • Imran Draws Flak of Fishermen

    Published 11 December 2018 Trawler and boat owners are dead against Prime Minister Imran Khan’s new Deep Sea Policy which has brought in restricting controls for local fishermen while allowing foreign companies to enter and fish in Pakistani waters….writes Dr Rifan Ravuther A million people in Pakistan, associated with fishing, are up in arms over the government’s decision to allow foreign companies to fish in country’s water. It is a move which will render more than 5000 workers associated with fishing jobless and jeopardise country’s net imports worth Rs 67 billion, a significant sum for a country which is desperately seeking external funds and grants to tide over the balance of payme...Read More

  • CPEC: A Sino-Pak Pact To Trap Afghanistan

    Published: 6 December 2018 Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) holds talks with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is paying an official visit to China, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China With China showing a greater zeal in investing in the country, the Americans might just pack up go or co-opt China into bringing about some kind of settlement with the Taliban. Either way, the Afghans have nothing to gain. If the Americans leave, so would be their dollars. And if the Taliban remain, peace would be impossible to achieve. Without peace, there would be no development, no hope of a safer future for the Afghans…writes Dr Sakariya Kareem Chinese Premier Li Keqi...Read More

  • China-Punjab Economic Corridor?

    Published: 6 December 2018 For a non-Punjabi Pakistani, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is merely a mirage, an alluring deception created by successive governments that the project will be a miracle which will give them jobs, better living conditions and economic freedom. In reality, a majority of Pakistanis are now beginning to realise that the project would benefit only the rich industrialists and the Generals, and those who happen to live in Punjab. For them, CPEC has become China-Punjab Economic Corridor. What has riled the people most is that the promised jobs, if any, are all going to Punjabis while the unemployed in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit Baltistan are...Read More

  • Suppression of the PTM in Pakistan: Irrational Response of Pakistani state

    Pakistan’s efforts to suppress the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) must rank as one of the most blatant uses of state power to put down a popular and non-violent movement, in recent times. That the PTM has had an impact on Pashtun society in Pakistan is evident from the successful contestation by PTM candidates in the general elections held in mid-2018. What the Pakistani state has attempted is a disorderly attempt to muzzle media coverage of the PTM, its rallies and social outreach to the people of Pakistan. This suppression of free voices of the Pashtuns should be a matter of concern to the international community as it once again starkly shows the inability of the Pakistani state to tak...Read More

  • Islamists taking Pak society to savagery

    By Samuel Baid Ever since the Supreme court absolved Aasia Bibi, a poor Christian labourer, of the charge of blasphemy, officially pampered armed Islamists who had been demanding she be hanged, had gone berserk in the streets of Pakistan in demanding death to judges, to Army Chief General Qamar, mutiny in the Armed Forces and the ouster of Prime Minister Imran Khan, “the son of a Jew”. The English-language press has blamed politicians and the Army for encouraging obscurantism in the country for cheap (rather anti-Islam and anti-State) popularity. Newspapers articles, editorials and commentaries have warned rulers (whether civilian or military) against exploiting Islam for politica...Read More

  • Pakistan—worst place for women in Asia

    Published:- 22 November 2018 Women are not in minority in Pakistan—they constitute about half of the population (49 per cent) and yet their condition is even worse than the minority communities. The minorities in Pakistan have been bearing brutal assaults on themselves, their belief, their rights and freedom from the state as well as state-patronised extremist elements. The women as a whole face even more extensive discrimination and brutality from the state, extremist elements and within households. It is shocking but not surprising that Pakistan has been listed as the fourth worst country for women in the world. According to the Women, Peace and Security Index published by Georgetown...Read More

  • Chinese Rebuff For Poor Khan

    Pubilished:- 21 November 2018 Pakistan's state-run news channel PTV ran "Begging" dateline instead of "Beijing" on screen during the live broadcast of Prime Minister Imran Khan's speech in China and became a target of trolling by netizens. Imran Khan’s mission to China ended with an embarrassment, a humiliation that adds to the woes of the prime minister who has sold the dream of ‘Naya’ (new) Pakistan to his compatriots….writes Dr Sakariya Kareem Pakistan’s state-run news channel PTV ran “Begging” dateline instead of “Beijing” on screen during the live broadcast of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s speech in China and became a target of trolling by netizens. The ‘mountains’ proved too h...Read More

  • Politicians and Generals have ruled Pakistan without commitment

    By Samuel Baid Pakistan has survived in spite of its politicians and the Army, who co-exist as strange bed fellows - with not much understanding of each other’s mind. The country is, therefore, a drift Politicians despite the people’s support. Politicians have not proved themselves up to the mark and the Generals ruled the country most of its existence without much support from their army. The rule of politicians or that of the Generals (except that of Gen Ayub Khan -1958-69) did not make any difference to the plight of the people. Pakistan’s former spymaster Gen Asad Durrani sees his country adrift. In his memoirs, “Pakistan Adrift: Navigating Troubled Waters”, published this year, L...Read More

  • Aasia Bibi case: Extremists do a googly on Imran Khan

    The Aasia Bibi case has once again exposed Pakistan for what it is—a retrogressive, radical state where extremists dictate terms with impunity. The silence of the new Prime Minister Imran Khan, who otherwise claims to be a progressive leader, has only strengthened the belief that more things change in Pakistan, the more they remain the same. In Khan’s `naya Pakistan`, a Christian woman, wrongly sentenced to death on trumped up charges of blasphemy, gets exonerated by the highest court of land and yet remains frightened for her and her family’s life. Her husband is desperately seeking asylum and her lawyer has already escaped to the Netherlands. Not that Prime Minister Khan has any l...Read More

  • IMRAN RETURNED ‘EMPTY-HANDED’ FROM CHINA

    Pakistan’s “iron friend’ China is showing the proverbial “iron fist” but un-proverbially, it is without the “velvet glove”. While Prime Minister Imran Khan has tried hard to project his maiden visit to Beijing as "more successful than expected", even he is at a loss to give concrete evidence to sustain his claim when he told his cabinet ministers that the host country had "assured every kind of assistance to Pakistan". Khan could only say that for the first time in the Sino-Pak relationship, China had agreed to help Pakistan “in the field of agriculture.” This means China likely acquiring control of rich farm lands in Pakistan, though not ownership. This is something the Pakistan...Read More

  • Pakistan: A Failed State or Failing State?

    --Allabaksh The state of Pakistan is in a begging mode – literally. With just enough foreign exchange reserves for two months of imports, Prime Minister Imran Khan is going round the world begging for money. The irony of this was best seen when he was in Beijing recently and PTV showed him speaking while in the background the legend showed his location as ‘begging’ instead of Beijing. That 20-second gaffe was enough to set twitterati wagging on Pakistan’s state of affairs. Imran Khan’s recent China visit did not produce anything tangible and Pakistan will have to wait till Beijing works out the terms and conditions of the aid. Let us be clear, China is not Saudi Arabia, which has a ...Read More

  • Beijing renews ties with generals to corner Imran

    Sindh-Chief-Minister-Syed-with Prime Minister Imran Khan Sinking economy, power shortage, water crisis, drug menace, rising radicalism…the list of issues haunting Prime Minister Imran Khan is endless. The cricketer turned politician will struggle to tame these issues in the next five years – if he survives that long. The Pakistan Army will merely stand and watch as he will have to run between Beijing and Washington to shore the sinking economy of his country. Running a country like Pakistan can prove to be more daunting than running between wickets for Khan….writes Dr Rifan Ravuther Sindh-Chief-Minister-Syed-with Prime Minister Imran Khan The Chinese leaders, and their friends in Rawa...Read More

  • Imran Khan’s high ambitions, low ability

    By Samuel Baid The tragedy of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet was that the Prince of Denmark had much a bigger emotion of revenge than the objective correlative to let it out. A similar tragedy seems to be threatening to hit Pakistan where the present Prime Minister is burdened with a heavier zeal to revert the country to the rule of Medina of earliest Islamic time than what the ground realities dictate. Imran Khan led his party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to victory in the July 25, 2018, general elections and became the country’s 22nd Prime Minister on August 18. He easily got his men Arif Alvi and Usman Buzdar elected as the country’s President and Chief Minister of Punjab provi...Read More

  • Pakistan may not always be silent over Uighur persecution

    By Samuel Baid Amid world’s outcry against the never-ending persecution of Uighur Muslims in China’s province of Xinjiang, Pakistan has at last officially broken its silence albeit mildly, in order to register its timid protest. But a section of English-language newspapers went at it hammer and tongs perhaps reflecting the common Pakistani’s suppressed resentment in the country against Uighur Muslims’ plight. The Pakistani “protest” came in the form of advice to Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan, Yao Xing by Pakistan’s Religious and Interfaith Affairs Minister Noorul Haq Qadri at their meeting in Islamabad last month. Qadri told the Chinese Ambassador, “the placement of restrictions in...Read More

  • Taliban and Jaish-e- Mohammad: Continued support from China

    By Samuel Baid The mouthpiece of Jaish-e-Mohammad, (JeM) a terrorist organisation, has called the terror ideologue Jalaluddin Haqqani a very “pious person” who was “the mountain of the resistance”. The Taliban announced his death in the first week of September. JeM’s weekly mouthpiece Al Qalam paid Jalaluddin rich tributes in an article making it clear that Jaish and the Jalaluddin Haqqani Network (HN) or the Taliban are on the same path. The Al Qalam weekly wrote - Jalaluddin was a great jihadi, who had “defeated the two superpowers” – the Soviet Union and the United States. From his safe haven in Pakistan Jalaluddin resisted US invasion of Afghanistan despite pressures against it fro...Read More

  • PM Imran Khan is quick to fall in line

    Unlike his predecessor, Nawaz Sharif, the new Prime Minister, Imran Khan is quick to fall in line to the orders of Pakistan Army—keep the minorities out, Islamists in, praise ISI and don’t rock the boat. Sharif is paying a high price for not falling in line as the Generals wanted—he and his daughter are in jail. Imran Khan knows that the premiership he holds today is a gift of Rawalpindi Generals. And he also knows that many of the hard-core, extremist religious elements are also in the good books of the same Generals. So one of the first things he did, a few days after taking over the PM, is to sack an eminent economist from his economy advisory council just because he is an Ahmadi. A...Read More

  • Minorities wary of PM Khan

    -- Allabaksh Ethnic and religious minorities in Pakistan are more anxious about their future than in the recent past. They are not sure how the new Prime Minister Imran Khan will behave towards their safety and welfare. Although Imran Khan has been claiming during campaigning that he `believes in equality for all Pakistanis``, one of the first executive actions of his as the Prime Minister was to sack a well-known Princeton economist, AtifMian, appointed to the Economic Advisory Council because he was an Ahmadi. Khan acted under pressure from hardline Islamist parties. This action has only strengthened the gnawing fear among the Ahmadis, and minorities as a whole, that Khan as a P...Read More

  • China’s ideological war against its own people

    --Allabaksh Fourty-two years after China went through a tumultuous Cultural Revolution, it has launched a similar all-out war against religious communities under the leadership of President Xi Jingping. The Cultural Revolution, that took place between 1966 and 1976, left an estimated 500,000 to 2,000,000 killed, displaced millions and completely destroyed the country’s economy. Notwithstanding the disastrous consequences of such a cataclysmic mass suppression, China now wants to squash out all religious beliefs and practices from the country, forcibly turn all the religious practitioners into Communists. As at present, the Communist Party is outnumbered 4 to 1 by religious practitioner...Read More

  • Will Pakistan escape terror sanction again?

    --Manzoor Ahmed The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which placed Pakistan on the grey list for its failure to stop terror financing three months ago, has now tightened its noose by pointing out the complete failure on the part of Pakistan to dismantle terrorist infrastructure, freeze terror funds and attach bank accounts of terrorist groups during the notice period. It is not the first time Pakistan has been put on the mat by FATF. Between 2012 and 2015, Pakistan was cautioned for money laundering. But like in the past, Pakistan managed to wriggle out of the noose on the pretext of being an ally of the US-led forces in the `war on terror`. The US, keen on a drawdown in Afghanistan ...Read More

  • US-Pak Ties: No reset button in sight

    “Impasse broken” said most Pakistani newspapers on September 6 as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Islamabad for New Delhi for a scheduled 2 plus 2 dialogue with India. And attributed the development to ‘the mood music” emanating from the American side that was “generally conciliatory”, and “carried a message of a desire to reset relations with the new government and the new PM Imran Khan”. In what is no more than chest thumping in self-congratulation, a leading daily, which is known for its American leaning, editorially declared, “Pakistan is acknowledged as key to an American exit from the eternal toxic bog that is Afghanistan. America wants out of its longest war, and Pakistan is...Read More

  • PAK ANGRY AT INDO-US CRITIQUE OF ITS TERROR RECORD

    Unsurprisingly, Pakistan is seething at a specific mention of its role in fomenting and condoning terrorism on its soil and exporting it to neighbouring Afghanistan made at the end of the 2+2 New Delhi Dialogue. Its anger is manifold since the first-ever 2+2 meeting of Foreign and Defence Ministers of the US and India came on the heels of the Trump administration’s withholding of USD 300 million that meant rejection of its self-righteous plea that it has always fought terrorism. Islamabad blames, not itself, but the US as army-backed Prime Minister Imran Khan says: “Pakistan will never again fight other’s war.” That assertion came on the eve of the brief visit by US Secret...Read More

  • Pak ISI, Jalaluddin Haqqani and Afghanistan: A Potent Mix

    The death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the Haqqani Network was recently announced to the world, even though it was believed that he had been killed in a US drone strike several years ago. The announcement of his death at this juncture is inconsequential, except that Pakistan appears to be signaling to the US that it is interested in doing a deal with the US on the Taliban. A closer look reveals that the Haqqani Network and Taliban, are actually one and the same today making it clear that Pakistan is talking on behalf of the Taliban and by default for the Haqqani Network. The Taliban officially acknowledged the death of Jalaluddin, the father of the Taliban’s number two today, Siraj...Read More

  • CHINA UNLIKELY TO TOE PAKISTAN LINE ON AFGHANISTAN

    Ditching the United States, its earlier master, Pakistan may be heading for heart-breaks by China so far as Afghanistan is concerned. Its willingness to play China’s cats-paw in Beijing’s long-term plans in Afghanistan may end up in furthering Chinese interests, not necessarily its own. This is becoming clear from the visits, in quick succession, of the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and military chief, Gen. Dunford and then, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. The stark reality is that if Pakistan today thinks that it had served American interests in Afghanistan – willy-nilly and not sincerely and diligently, in order to serve its own interests – it may end up serving t...Read More

  • IMRAN’S NEW PAKISTAN : NO HOPE FOR MINORITIES

    By Samuel Baid After his swearing in as Prime Minister of Pakistan last month, Imran Khan said founder of the country Mohammad Ali Jinnah was his sole leader. This claim was solace to those who swear by Jinnah’s vision of a secular Pakistan. One was tempted to believe Imran Khan, when despite the Islamist streak in him, appointed the world-renowned economist Dr Atif Mian as a member of his Economic Advisory Council (EAC) despite his Ahmediya faith which his Islamist supporters want to crush. Within about 36 hours he sacked Dr Mian. Pakistan can discard economists like Dr Mian at its own peril. The Prime Minister says there is no money to run the country. He is therefore announcing desp...Read More