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  • MATERIAL OF INTEREST FROM URDU PRESS

    1. Federal Government has canceled decision to offer purchase of the steel mills to the Chinese investors under the CPEC framework and the mills closed for five years will be sold after a global auction process. (Daily Express) 2. Transporters in Skardu carried out a protest against the rising incidents of robberies in passenger vehicles on roads of hill area from Rawalpindi to Skardu. The protest rally was taken by the Rent A Car Association. The protesters had placards and banners in their hands with slogans against the robberies on written on them. The leaders of the transporters addressed the rally at Yadgaar Chowk and said that the vehicles are being looted and the tourists are...Read More

  • New revelations indict China on its internment camps

    Nov,21: In a startling revelation, the Chinese cables on the internment camp in Xinjiang’s region, where nearly a million Muslim minorities, mostly Uyghurs, are not only detained, but are also under round the clock surveillance by Chinese State authorities, even on their day-to-day socialization. These shocking leaks dates back from 2017 and provided by Uyghur overseas networks, which are exposed (Nov 25, 2019) by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) to the New York Times, BBC, Guardian and 14 other media associates. Among the documents recovered, there are four “bulletins” which provided confirmation of the hi-tech surveillance system being employed inside th...Read More

  • Urban-rural divide in terms of income has grown

    Nov,19: Rural China accounts for more than 40 per cent of the country's total population of 1.4 billion. The Chinese government's claims of having lifted over 700,000 people out of poverty may not be accurate given the fact that there are structural obstacles that stand in the way of such massive poverty alleviation. This can only be achieved by much needed economic reforms. This has resulted in a widening of the gap between China's rural villages and its cities. As indicated in the OECD’s 2017 economic survey of China (see table below), income inequality in the rural areas in China is consistently higher than that in the urban areas. The rural-urban divide can best be illustrated by compa...Read More

  • A System impediment for farmer’s growth - Hukou

    Nov,19: Part of the problem can also be traced to China's Hukou system. This is a family registration programme (serves like a domestic passport) and regulates distribution of population and rural-to-urban migration in China. Essentially, Hukou started in the late 1950s, is a tool for social and geographic control that enforces an ‘apartheid’ structure that denies farmers the same rights and benefits enjoyed by urban residents across China. The Hukou system has historically, always benefited the urban population. Because of this divide, poor farmers became more poor and riches gained fortune. Recall that during the Great Famine (1959-1961), individuals with rural Hukou were collectivized ...Read More

  • Decline in Rural Incomes

    Nov ,19: According to statistics available in the recent report compiled by Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultant, China’s objectives of removing poverty are yet to make a significant difference to farmers. The report states that China's countryside is "returning to poverty" as it is affected by the economic slowdown, the ongoing trade war with America and the widening rural and urban divide. The think tank which compiled the report is associated with the China’s agriculture ministry. Ma Wenfeng, an analyst from Beijing Orient Agribusiness Consultant, claims that the current situation in China is not optimistic, and adds that the countryside is returning to poverty. (South China Morning P...Read More

  • China’s Urban Rural divide widens farmers cry

    Nov,19: This year China’s State Council issued its first policy statement centred on advancing rural development. Issued in February 2019, the declaration comprised eight sections, including policies to tackle poverty, improve public services, strengthen agricultural infrastructure and widen farmers’ sources of income. The document states that China aims to solve prominent problems involving poverty reduction, and pledges consistent efforts to crack down on corruption and misconduct. At the same time, Chinese President Xi Jinping has pushed hard to deepen rural reforms, making the alleviation of poverty one of the government’s top objectives, for 2019 & 2020. In March 2019, President Xi to...Read More

  • WHO’S THE WINNER IN MAULANA’S SIT-IN

    Nov,11: History has a way of repeating itself, more so in Pakistan. Situations may differ. Politicians come and go. But its army is constant. On December 10, 2000, then military ruler Pervez Musharraf issued a pardon of Nawaz Sharif who he had deposed and allowed him to travel to Saudi Arabia. He was exiled for seven years. On November 7, almost 19 years later, Nawaz, seriously sick in prison, is being allowed to go to Britain for urgent medical treatment. Apparently, the Imran Khan Government does not want Nawaz’s blood on its hands. Nawaz had to go, again in 1993, after differences with then army chief. For the third time Nawaz was deposed, this time, not through a military coup but by...Read More

  • UNHR slams Pak for atrocities

    Nov,23: Pakistan has been misusing Anti Terrorism Act to target locals who have been raising issues related to the rights of the people and has imprisoned hundreds of individuals in the region, reveals the 2018 UNHR report. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHR) underlined that those political parties in Pakistan that do not support the eventual accession of the Kashmir to Pakistan face threats and travel bans, and are subject to imprisonment and torture. The UN body slammed Pakistan for having failed to address the main elements that restrict the full enjoyment of all human rights for people living in the PoK—also referred as Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltis...Read More

  • ICJ President presents UNGA

    Nov,7: The principal judicial organ of the United Nations, International Court of Justice (ICJ) President Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf conveyed to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Pakistan’s continued violation of its obligations under the Vienna Convention in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged Indian spy by the Pak Government. While presenting ICJ’s report to the 193-member General Assembly on Oct 30, 2019, Judge Yusuf mentioned its judgment of July 17, 2019, in which the court had found that Pakistan had violated its obligations under Article 36 of the Vienna Convention and that appropriate remedies were due to Jadhav in the case presented by India. After the judgement was pronounced...Read More

  • Double whammy: Humiliation for Pak Army and Imran Khan.

    Nov 22: The Pakistan Supreme Court’s direction to extend the services of the Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Bajwa, for six months is one of the strangest judicial orders which belittles the most powerful office in Pakistan and makes the government of Imran Khan look grossly incompetent in one shot. These were the two wings of the establishment which had lost no opportunity to claim that they were on the `same page`. The judicial intervention shows to the extent which both the army and the Imran Khan government were at each other’s throat. A wobbling Pakistan has become even unstable with the unprecedented suspension of General Bajwa’s three-year extension and the subsequent hearing ...Read More

  • Mumbai attack unabated Pak-terror on India.

    Nov 21:The unrelenting effort by India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to highlight the dangers of terrorism and the need for united action has its genesis in the November 26, 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. Then Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Modi, was first among senior political leaders to visit a traumatized Mumbai within that week. He emphasized the need to involve the international community to strongly condemn “the violations of the United Nation’s conventions by Pakistan.” Today, be it BRICS, SCO, ASEAN, in Russia, the US or China, Modi-led India has worked hard to underscore this point, winning grudging acceptance from even known friends and allies of Pakistan, from where the M...Read More

  • Spat over CPEC in Pakistan out in open.

    Nov 27: With the Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Mushahid Hussain Sayed disclosing that General Qamar Bajwa had to rush to China over allegations made by the Imran Khan government ministers about the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, the spat between the government and the military is now out in the open. The Chinese have been furious at the continuous allegations made by the Imran Khan government over the project in which close to $60 billion investment had been promised. China has considerable stake in the project, shepherded by the army at the Pakistan end. Two senior functionaries in the Khan government, brought to power with a helping hand from...Read More

  • Pakistan embarrassed globally by two annual US reports on terrorism.

    Nov 8: In its latest annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism 2018’ (CRT), released by the US’s Department of State on November 01, 2019, accused Pakistan that on the one hand, it voices support for political reconciliation in Afghanistan, but on the contrary, Pakistani establishment did not restrict the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network (HQN) from operating in Pakistan-based safe havens, and threatened the US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. The report further took cognisance of India’s long stand on terrorist groups like Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), which are located in Pakistan, and often conduct terrorist attacks on India, with the support of Pak agencies. T...Read More

  • Inhuman Chinese approach to evacuate village by demolition.

    China Nov 27: In the name of making the country a more industrialized one, small villages in the Shangqiu district in the eastern Henan province, Central China, have been facing demolition by the local authorities to pave the way for highway construction and building High-speed Railways. The villagers of the area in Shangqiu district have been facing huge demolition drive from local municipal authorities, without any adequate compensation and alternate homes for their livelihood. The displaced persons condition has worsened with the onset of winter and the poor farmers are left in the open to fend for themselves. The local government authorities’ in the district states that they have ...Read More

  • Anti-India Labour Wants Indian Votes.

    Nov 21:The Opposition Labour Party of Britain is reported to have gone back to its patently anti-India resolution on Kashmir adopted last September. It is a deception that the party had to adopt because the UK goes to polls on December 12, barely a month away, with uncertain chances of Labour party returning to power under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. The so-called revised stand of the Labour Party basically avoids the contentious issue of human rights violations in Kashmir, as alleged by Pakistan. Fairness demands that the Labour Party should have also pondered over the deplorable human rights record of Pakistan before criticizing India in a resolution. This the Labour Party wi...Read More

  • Another anniversary, not an iota changes in Pak sponsored terrorism.

    Mumbai Nov 27: Eleven years after the terrorist attack on Mumbai, masterminded by Pakistan Army in collusion with its terror proxy, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT), there is no sign of the guilty being punished nor Pakistan giving up the policy of using terrorists as instruments of State policy. A total of 166 persons, Indians and foreigners, were killed in the attack. For all the sanctions, rewards and proscriptions, Pakistan today remain as much a terrorist state as it was in November 2008 and its terrorist agents like LeT remain resourceful and dangerous. Terrorist groups like LeT are operational and ready, under the patronage of army, to carry out another episode of Mumbai attack. This is bec...Read More

  • Abrogation of Article 370: A boon for Kashmiris

    Abrogation of Article 370: A boon for Kashmiris By Samuel Baid The provision of Article 370 in the Indian Constitution, to give a special status to Kashmir in the country and the Delhi Accord of July 24, 1952, between Kashmiri leaders and New Delhi, had once upset Pakistan so much that it rushed to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to complain that India was trying to evade the Council’s resolution for plebiscite in the State. Now, after about seven decades, Pakistan in hysterically upset for an opposite reason: India has abrogated Article 370. Article 370 had been opposed from the day one. Jammu-based Praja Parishad’s Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, had bitterly opposed granting...Read More

  • A proposed power plant aggravates Pakistan’s interprovincial water imbalance Punjab.

    Punjab Nov 27: Last month, on October 22, the Sindh Assembly strongly condemned the federal government’s decision of issuing a no-objection certificate (NOC) to a power generation concern for developing a 25-megawatt hydropower project on the Chashma-Jhelum (CJ) Link Canal and adopted a unanimous resolution against it. The condemnation came right from the top, with Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah seeking a permission from the assembly speaker to move a resolution against the federal government’s decision. The 22,000 cusecs capacity CJ Link Canal was established to cater to the shortage in the Jhelum River in case the Indus had surplus water. The work on the Canal started in 1967 and wa...Read More

  • Imran Games Give Fresh Lease.

    Mumbai Nov 27:It was five months ago, Pakistan detained Prof Hafeez Saeed the mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attack, also known as India’s 26/11. What happened to him since then remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma. The Pakistani media is silent. So is the official agency engaged in counter terrorism. As Sebastian Rotella reports in ProPublica, Hafiz Saeed is hardly on the run.He remains a powerful, high-profile figure who oversees a network armed militants while nursing his political ambitions. During the last decade, he was detained at least three times, but he was ultimately released without charges or exonerated by the courts. His commander Zaki-ur-Rehman, who was the hands-o...Read More

  • Time to Act against Minority persecution

    by Zubeida Mustafa THE state of religious minorities in Pakistan today is most deplorable. They are vulnerable to violence, terrorism and physical abuse and many of them have lost their lives as a result in the last few decades. Their places of worship have come under attack on numerous occasions. This is in blatant violation of the Constitution which guarantees the right to life and religious freedom to all citizens of Pakistan. True, the level of violence has somewhat declined of late thanks to more effective policing. But that does not mean that the sense of insecurity that has come to haunt the religious minorities over the years has also been alleviated. Their complaints in resp...Read More

  • Pakistan’s free pass to China over Uighurs

    Manzoor Ahmed New evidence unveiled recently has demonstrated the extent of China’s repression of its Uighur citizens in Xinjiang province. As per the leaked secret documents, discovered by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, China in recent years has not only intensified its crackdown against the Uighur Muslims, but in the process it has also committed gross human rights violations. For instance, as per a November 2017 directive from the Chinese Communist Party committee in Xinjiang, officials are asked to follow strict guidelines to maintain the internment camps. As per some of the earlier reports, there are at least 1 million residents in detention in t...Read More

  • China, and the making of Ladakh into a Union Territory

    Manzoor Ahmed One can well understand Pakistan responding to India’s abrogation of Article 370 and 35 A, but for China to have taken umbrage to this development is a little surprising. Well the facts of the matter are as follws. While moving a resolution to abrogate some provisions of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, India’s Home Minister Amit Shah had said on 6 August 2019 in the Lok Sabha that Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and Aksai Chin are part of Jammu and Kashmir and that Kashmir Valley is an integral part of the country. The Home Minister stated “Kashmir is an integral part of India, there is no doubt over it. When I talk about Jammu and Kashmir, ...Read More

  • Abrogation of Article 370: A boon for Kashmiri

    By Samuel Baid The provision of Article 370 in the Indian Constitution, to give a special status to Kashmir in the country and the Delhi Accord of July 24, 1952, between Kashmiri leaders and New Delhi, had once upset Pakistan so much that it rushed to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to complain that India was trying to evade the Council’s resolution for plebiscite in the State. Now, after about seven decades, Pakistan in hysterically upset for an opposite reason: India has abrogated Article 370. Article 370 had been opposed from the day one. Jammu-based Praja Parishad’s Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, had bitterly opposed granting of a special status to Kashmir. But, were India’...Read More

  • China perfects art of re-education: Sends minorities to jail!!!

    Allabaksh The Chinese State has released some eight White Papers on Xinjiang. The latest in the series were released in July and August 2019 respectively. The White Papers of the Chinese State are really outreach documents that aim to tell their side of the story. But despite these developments in Xinjiang continue to hog the limelight. Most recently, a New York Times report (31 August 2019) appeared which suggests that China has shifted strategy from keeping Uighurs in re-education camps to throwing them into prison, thus giving a legal sanction to persecution of Xinjiang’s Uighur minority. Significantly, Xinjiang accounts for less than 2 per cent of China's population, but recorded...Read More

  • Pakistan’s intensifying crackdown on the PTM risks a repeat of 1971

    Allabaksh These days Pakistan’s military and civilian leadership is busy in beating drums to draw the global community’s attention to the human rights situation in Kashmir Valley. Prime Minister Imran Khan and many of his cabinet ministers have been shedding tears about the “so-called Indian assault on Kashmir and its people.” In recent months, Islamabad has gone after the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) –launched by a young Pashtun human rights activist Manzoor Pashteen to address the many grievances of Pashtuns, who are the second largest ethnic group in Pakistan and mostly live in the north-western part of the country, close to the Afghanistan border. A decade ago, when the Paki...Read More

  • Pakistan’s persecuted religious minorities

    --Allabaksh Recently, on August 11, Pakistan observed the National Minority Day. Ironically what should have been the occasion to mark the contribution of religious minorities to Pakistan, persecuted Christians appealed to the Pakistani authorities to not to be defined as a minority. Their contention: being labeled as a minority has placed their community at a disadvantage as well as being viewed with suspicion as a foreign entity by the majority Muslim population. In an interview, Pakistan’s Roman Catholic archbishop, Sebastian Francis Shaw listing out the discriminatory treatment meted out to Christians said that even through the Christians have made an equally important contrib...Read More

  • Bajwa’s Tryst With Luck

    Allabaksh A hare-brained Pakistan Minister for Railways, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad of Kashmiri origin, has surprised his acolytes with the prediction that by October-November India will be facing a ‘final, decisive’ war, which, will see it wiped out and Pakistan surviving with not a scratch. He might well have added for effect that Allah has chosen Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa to lead that Dooms Day attack and that is why it had become necessary to give him another three-year term as Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan. Bajwa had many ‘qualifications’ which assured him an extension as Pakistan’s most powerful man. From his daily dose of bravado it can be surmised that he thinks he is the right man who ...Read More

  • Failure of Pakistan to get any traction from the Closed Door UNSC Meeting on Kashmir

    Manzoor Ahmed The UNSC closed door meeting on Kashmir on 16 August 2019 ended without any outcome precisely because it was not intended to be so. Pakistan’s preposterous claim that the UN had effectively raised the Kashmir issue again after 1965 fell flat when it was revealed that all countries in the Security Council, except the UK supported the Indian position on the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. In fact, Russia had come out in the public early one to say that Kashmir is a bilateral issue which had to be sorted out as such. Russia's deputy permanent representative, Dimitry Polyanskiy told reporters just before entering the meeting room in New York that Moscow's ...Read More

  • Pakistan exploits school children to protest Kashmir issue

    --Manzoor Ahmed Taken off their classrooms and homes, school children, braving inclement weather, will be in forefront of protests in Pakistan. Through these street slogans, it hopes to highlight its case before the world community whose response to India’s action on its own territory in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh has ranged from cold and indifferent to at the best, lukewarm. The lead is being given in the form of formal announcements that read like diktat by Army’s public relations man, Major General Asif Ghafoor. The khaki stamp on the campaign is easily discernible. While trying hard to drum up support abroad, the civil-military leadership is focusing on the domestic audience to g...Read More

  • J&K Narrative and Communications Strategy

    Allabaksh The narrative on J&K in the international media since 6 August 2019 has been focused mainly on the impending social crisis that is predicted based on the curfew imposed by the State Government and restrictions on the use of mobile phones and internet. There was even one incident of rioting reported by the BBC which was promptly refuted. This kind of reportage has drawn attention away from the more important development which relates to the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, thus removing the special status granted to the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir and creating two new territories of the Indian Union, which will henceforth be ruled directly by the Cen...Read More

  • CONTINUING WITH BAJWA EXPECTED: WHAT NEXT?

    Manzoor Ahmed Pakistan Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa getting three more years in office was the most obvious thing Prime Minister Imran Khan could do. The question is: could he have done otherwise? The extension of his present term that ends in November was expected on the day India moved to make changes in the constitutional, legal and political nomenclature of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh angering Pakistan, or even earlier, the clash over Balakot. There were reports and even posters had appeared ‘appealing’ to the prime minister that he should consider a fresh term to Bajwa. It needs reminding that post-Balakot, Bajwa was known to put pressures on the civilian leadership that he...Read More

  • AL QAIDA CHIEF IN PAKISTAN: TRUMP WARNED AGAINST ISLAMABAD

    Manzoor Ahmed + Al Qaida chief could be in Pakistan: experts caution the U.S. against trusting Islamabad. A repeat of Osama bin Laden saga. + Don’t make concessions that could hurt the US interests in Afghanistan. + Pakistan has also been an unreliable partner vis a vis China, a renowned American academic warns --------------- ISLAMABAD: A report that Al Qaida chief, Ayman Al-Zawahiri could be hiding in Pakistan’s tribal areas has alerted security experts across the world. They are concerned that the United States’ Trump administration, in its anxiety to seek Islamabad’s cooperation to quit Afghanistan, could let it off the hook and make excessive concessions. This is a repeat of th...Read More

  • WORLD POURS COLD WATER OVER PAK PROTESTS

    MANZOOR AHMED-- The world community has poured cold water over Pakistan’s protests at India’s action accepting notionally that it is strictly “internal matter.” This, at least, is the initial picture as Pakistan prepares to approach the United Nations, especially the UN Security Council (UNSC). As for the UN, its own experts are not hopeful of anything earth-shaking. All that the UN would to is to appeal to all sides concerned to “exercise restraint,” Khurram Hussain said, writing in Dawn newspaper. Islamabad is hoping that the UNSC might do something since the dispute was taken there in 1948 when the resolutions were passed. Pakistan tells the world how India had not im...Read More

  • Pakistan provides ‘brides’ to China! No Jokes!

    Manzoor Ahmed-- A little known incident in a colony in Sargodha, Pakistan threatens to open up the pandora’s box in Pakistan of it being a market for ‘brides’ for Chinese men. Just a few weeks ago, reports suggested that a resident of Khizarabad Colony, Sargodha allegedly sold his two daughters to some Chinese nationals. A compliant has been filed by one Muskan Gul, who told the police that his father, who works for a Chinese company sold his daughters and four other girls to Chinese nationals in Sargodha. The issue has been taken up with the Interior and Foreign Ministry by the local authorities. Of course, given past experience, it is unlikely that too much will happen further. For...Read More

  • KASHMIR, F-16s UNCERTAINTIES MAKE PAK NERVOUS

    Allabaksh-- Back home after his recent visit to the United States, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was over the moon, flaunting V-for-Victory sign to his domestic audience. Dawn newspaper carried a super-praise article titled “He came, he saw, he conquered,” Spin doctors who were calling America names only the other day, conjured up “great recovery” in Pak-US ties, as if Khan had conquered America. But uncertainties have set in within days. Khan and his military mentors are betraying nervousness. On top of their anxieties are the Kashmir dispute with India and the American sale of F-16 combat aircraft. It is being realized that the US did not give a hyper-treatment to the Khan vis...Read More

  • US TO Pak: TACKLE TERROR FIRST IF YOU WANT TRADE

    Allabaksh-- The United States has again asked Pakistan to “do more” to tackle terrorism, especially money laundering and funding of terror outfits, within a time frame and has, significantly, linked it to bilateral trade. A visiting US delegation asked Pakistan to show tangible and satisfactory actions against banned militant organisations and their leaderships. It also placed the onus on Pakistan to pacify more countries towards supporting its case to move out of the grey list of Financial Action Task Force (FATF). The linking of curbing terror with bilateral trade comes two weeks after Prime Minister Imran khan’s visit to Washington and his meetings with President Donald Trump and...Read More

  • US, China and Pakistan: No ‘reset’ in US-Pak ties, can China step in please?

    Manzoor Ahmed-- Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the US in end July was the 43rd visit by a Pakistani leader to America since May 1950. The nature of the current US-Pakistan relationship could not be better exemplified by the fact that no US official received PM Imran Khan at the airport. That apart, discussions with officials in the US administration did not indicate that President Trump was in any mood to ‘reset’ relations. The transactional nature of the US Administration was revealed when the it resumed limited military aid to Pakistan, but in the same breadth also announced an extension of existing military sales/service to India. All accounts of the meeting...Read More

  • Imran spills beans on terror

    Allabaksh-- Not that it has been a secret but coming as it does from the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, there is a sense of déjà vu in admitting that Pakistan has been hosting 30,000 to 40,000 terrorists. Considering that Khan is a protégé of Pakistan Army, which has been hosting these terrorists, and that both the Chief of Army Staff, General Javed Bajwa and ISI chief Faiz Hameed were with him, lends the admission considerable weight. It clearly establishes that Pakistan has been using terrorists as an instrument of state policy to cause harm to India and Afghanistan. After this admission of guilt, made by Prime Minister Khan, obviously in consultation with the army, Pakis...Read More

  • Al-Zawahiri’s Pipe Dream

    Samuel Baid 68-year old Al-Qaeda Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri recently issued a video message telling terrorists that the mujahideen in Kashmir should single-mindedly focus on inflicting unrelenting blows on the Indian Army and government, so as to bleed the Indian economy and make India suffer sustained losses in manpower and equipment. What suddenly provoked the old man to issue such as a nasty statement against India? It is suspected he is a hidden guest of the ISI somewhere in Pakistan. In this message, two points are worth noting: firstly, the show of crackdown under international pressure on Pakistani Kashmir specific terrorist organizations like the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) and its fr...Read More

  • Under Pak rule, Gilgit-Baltistan most neglected, backward area in South Asia: Book

    Published:- 19 August 2019 Agencies New Delhi, Aug 18: With 32 snow-clad mountain peaks, mighty glaciers, lush green valleys and freshwater lakes, Gilgit-Baltistan is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Not to mention the abundant reserves of precious deposits like gold, silver and uranium. However, nearly seven decades of Pakistan''s illegal occupation has pushed Gilgit-Baltistan -- once an economically thriving region -- into the most neglected, backward and poorest area in entire South Asia, says a new book titled ''Pakistan Occupied Kashmir -- Politics, Parties and Personalities'' by three Pakistan experts. Other experts not connected to the book say Islamabad has a...Read More

  • IMRAN IS FINE WITH U.S. – BAJWA IS THE MAN TO WATCH

    --Allabaksh Prime Minister Imran Khan returned to a hero’s welcome from the United States, where he was seen to have promised “dignified withdrawal” for American troops in Afghanistan. But the man to watch is Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa. For, a week before the U.S. visit where he met the top American civil and military brass to assure them of security situation in Pakistan and safe passage from Afghanistan, clamour had begun to support Bajwa getting another term as the Chief. The military’s unacknowledged ace, if not that of Bajwa, is that it targeted Nawaz, got his ouster with Suprme Court verdict, placed him in jail and never really cooperated with his successors while the...Read More

  • China and the Islamic World: Lessons for India and Israel

    --Manzoor Ahmed China is today racing towards becoming an economic powerhouse. While its economy does face challenges, China’s ability to use its global economic clout is no longer in doubt. That Beijing is able to employ its economic muscle to achieve its goals particularly with the Islamic world is an example to other countries, a case in point being Israel and India. With the Islamic world, China has used energy and trade as weapons. The Chinese model works on the premise that if you can make a weak country dependent, it is possible to make a strong country an ally using the same weapons but with differing tactics. The purpose of China’s strategy is to buy Islamic silence on Xinj...Read More

  • PAKHTUNS – PAKISTAN’S MOST NEGLECTED

    --Manzoor Ahmed Pakistan’s longest-serving military dictator, Field Marshal Ayub Khan, was a Pathan, or Pakhtun ot Pashtun and so is the current Prime Minister Imran Khan. Yet, the Pakhtuns are the most neglected and their North West Frontier Province (NWFP), re-named Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, or KP for short, after over six decades, remains the most discriminated. Reasons are many and some are buried in history, particularly of the British India. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, the “Frontier Gandhi” who led a peaceful movement of Red Shirts, lamented that the Pakhtuns had been “thrown to the wolves” for having preferred to live in an undivided India, but were forced into being part of Pakistan...Read More

  • "IMRAN KHAN WASHED DIRTY HOME LINEN ABROAD"

    --Manzoor Ahmed Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tub-thumping speech last Sunday at Capital One Arena in Washington has been roundly criticized as a failed attempt to ape his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, and for washing dirty domestic linen abroad. The comparison was glaring and obvious in that while Modi had attracted an estimated 19,000 at Madison Square Garden five years ago, the Pakistani organisers claimed to have gathered 30,000 for Khan’s rally. Even if the audience was essentially Pakistani, critics back home have asked if it was essential to project his “Naya Pakistan” by ridiculing the opposition. They say he continued with his tirade at home to attempt t...Read More

  • The ‘silence’ on Xinjiang of the Islamic world

    Manzoor Ahmed The OIC and its member countries have over the years passed numerous resolutions on Jammu & Kashmir, and Palestine and on virtually every nation in the world that houses substantial Muslim population. In as far as India is concerned, the OIC has always brought to bear attention on Jammu and Kashmir and at the 14th OIC Session that was held at the end of May 2019 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the OIC appointed a Special Envoy for Jammu & Kashmir. The Session’s Final Communiqué also reaffirmed the OIC’s “principled support for the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the realization of their legitimate right to self-determination, in accordance with relevant UN resolutions. It condemn...Read More

  • Flip-side of Imran Khan’s StatueDiplomacy

    The puppet prime minister, Imran Khan, and his Khaki mentors have gone berserk with their new found love for the Sikhs, though the miniscule minority has steadfastly refused to be assimilated into the mainstream of Pakistan society for the past seventy years.A manifestation of the fixation with the Sikhs is inauguration of the statue of Maharaja Ranjit Singh inside the Lahore Fort. Statues are un-Islamic certainly in a nation that was createdas the home for the Muslims of the sub-continent, where even today, Muslim families refuse to share drinking water with non-Muslims. The Blasphemy case ofAasia Bibi, the Christian labourer, has brought out this truism clearly. Ranjit Singh rule o...Read More

  • 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