Jalees Hazir

  • The all-out hybrid war against Pakistan has entered a new, more dangerous, phase and the recent terrorist attack in Lahore is just one glaring reminder of this fact. The question is: Are we prepared as a nation to fight this war and win it? Our armed forces might be among the best and most ...

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  • Iran is having none of Trump’s two-faced nonsense. In response to the unwarranted new sanctions imposed by his administration, it announced counter-sanctions. In a hard-hitting speech that drove home many points, Iran’s Supreme Leader thanked Trump for exposing the real face of the US. ...

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  • One question about Trump is fundamental: Is he for real or is he the brand new puppet in the hands of the same old Uncle Sam? In other words, is he here to ‘drain the swamp’ as he says or merely to cover it up and rename it as ‘the beach’? Though his campaign branded him as ...

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  • Earlier this week, the Privatisation Commission decided in principle to lease out Pakistan Steel Mills for the next thirty years to a private investor. Numbers were thrown at us to justify its privatisation; the 200-billion-rupee deficit accumulated so far and the 2-billion-rupee monthly loss it ...

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  • Perhaps it has not occurred to the holier-than-thou media pundits who trashed General Raheel for something he had not done, that they owe him an apology. The fake news about his ‘appointment’ as head of the Saudi alliance had a context, but they chose to ignore it. They did not wait for ...

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  • Blasphemy fatwas are back in business. A cleric from Gujrat pronounced one against Imran Khan and our brave tabdeeli warrior who doesn’t tire of quoting Iqbal and Quranic verses, was quick to come up with an apology as demanded. The cleric had threatened the PTI chief that a failure to do so ...

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  • They say the ball is in the Supreme Court. The Panama-case is all set to enter a brand new year under a brand new Chief Justice. Too bad his predecessor couldn’t decide the matter of national importance before him. Too bad that the new bench constituted by the new Chief Justice will now start ...

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  • More than anything else, the beginning of a new year is a loud reminder about time, ticking away incessantly every moment. There are days when it seems that we are caught in a cruel vicious circle, going round and round like hands in an old-fashioned clock. That’s just an illusion though. ...

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  • Beware of fake news, manufactured to make you believe otherwise: The liberation of Syria’s largest city from the clutches of sponsored terrorists is clearly a reason to celebrate. Besides spurring positive developments on the ground, it should mark the fall of the false narrative on Syria ...

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  • After his anti-Pakistan antics at the Goa BRICS summit, what Modi did at Amritsar should have come as no surprise; using a cooperative multilateral forum to demonise Pakistan as the mother and father of terrorism. That this time Modi was whole-heartedly assisted in his Pakistan-bashing by the ...

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  • Even if it was for just three years, we must thank God for blessing Pakistan with General Raheel. During his tenure as the COAS, he shone bright like a super-full moon, rising high above the soulless smog that hangs drearily over our power corridors like a curse. Ensconced in their cushy armchairs, ...

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  • I love the fact that China, Russia and Pakistan have started to develop a shared understanding on Afghanistan. This is the trilateral core of a natural alliance that could end the occupation of the country, something that is essential for the security and prosperity of our region. Include Iran, ...

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  • Despite the uncomfortable questions surrounding Trump, one thing is certain: Hillary in the White House would have been far worse for the world. She was all set to take the unilateralist badmashi of the US to the next level and precipitate a direct military conflict with Russia and China. The good ...

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  • The various explanations floated to explain the smog in Lahore are just a small reminder of how our understanding of the world is being clouded by distractions in the mass media. From military war-zones blighting the world to the war against the poor waged by the IMF, from corruption in our ...

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  • Thank God for the Supreme Court that saved the day with its positive intervention. It was a relief to see the PTI leadership back-off from its unwise call to lock down the capital and the ruling PML-N easing its dictatorial crack-down that almost brought the whole house down. Both have agreed to ...

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  • One thread runs through almost every matter of national significance these days, from the recent terrorist attack in Quetta to the increasing tension between the government and military leadership. It is time to stop running around like headless chickens, treating each matter separately and ...

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  • Among other more important things, the Dawn story has brought painful questions about our metropolitan information elite and its high-powered sources to the forefront. It’s not about this particular story or the newspaper that printed it. On the larger canvas, it is not even about the public ...

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  • The way Imran Khan crushed dissent within PTI to boycott the joint session of the parliament is interesting to say the least. The hold of an elitist coterie over decision-making in the party is obviously slipping. It could pave the way for the dictatorship of its Chairman and his whims or, if he is ...

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  • The historic first-ever Pak-Russia joint military exercise that started last week is a reason to celebrate. Despite Indian efforts to get it cancelled, Friendship-2016 is underway as planned. It’s uplifting indeed to see Pakistan and Russia leave the largely unwholesome baggage of history ...

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  • Last week, the duplicitous Uncle Sam showed his true colours in Syria yet again. Taking cover of the truce agreement with Russia, the US coalition jets attacked a Syrian Army post killing more than 60 soldiers. In ten coordinated minutes, the post was run over by the coalition’s proxy ...

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  • The Nawaz government’s recent claim that it has finally said good bye to the IMF was too good to be true. Has the ruling party fulfilled its manifesto promise of breaking the begging bowl? With nothing to suggest a change in its debt-driven economic policies, there had to be a catch ...

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  • So now it is official: India is no longer a non-aligned country but an enlisted member of the hegemonic US-led cabal. As if the signing of the defence deal between the two countries in Washington was not enough to drive home this point, Kerry arrived in New Delhi hours after it was signed and, duly ...

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  • Though Altaf Hussain has a long record of stirring up hatred, chaos and violence in Karachi via satellite from London, his recent attack is far more serious given the larger context. The imperialist war against Pakistan is entering its final phase and every hybrid weapon in the arsenal of the ...

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  • The Third World War is heating up. Turkey turned another table on NATO by embracing not only Russia but also Iran for cooperation on Syria. China announced the enhancement of military ties with the Syrian Army. For the first time, Russia launched airstrikes from an Iranian base, with permission ...

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  • Terrorists targeted Quetta a day before President Putin and President Erdogan met in St Petersburg this Tuesday, sealing the fate of US designs on Syria. Don’t let media obfuscation mislead you about the global significance of their historical handshake and how it is connected to the ...

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  • Last Friday, as part one of its Hillary Leaks series, WikiLeaks released almost 20,000 emails and more than 8,000 attachments from the accounts of seven key figures of the US Democratic National Committee. It confirmed what had been obvious to many; that the primaries for choosing the presidential ...

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  • Trust the politicians and media pundits to draw parallels between what is happening in Turkey and the situation here in Pakistan. Does it make sense to compare the sloppy coup attempt by a rebel faction within the Turkish military with the civil-military impasse in our country? The failed coup was ...

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  • Clearly, it would be unrealistic to expect those moving and shaking the world with their ‘freedom and democracy’ agenda, to denounce the barbarity of Modi’s India in Kashmir. After all, India is not Venezuela or Russia, or some other country on their target list. Can you imagine ...

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  • So excited was our national media about the Brexit drama that it forgot to tell us anything about the momentous Putin-Xi huddle in Beijing happening around the same time. By the look of things, the progressively deepening China-Russia friendship has taken another significant leap which will have ...

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  • At a seminar in Islamabad this Tuesday, the National Security Advisor brought some much-needed perspective to world affairs. And though it was reported as his personal opinion, it is a source of some satisfaction that, in the clueless corridors of civilian power, at least someone has a clue— ...

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