Articles

  • 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

  • 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