Jalees Hazir

  • This week began with a big bang. The final JIT report was submitted to the Supreme Court and it was made public almost instantly. Nawaz-loyalists could spin it to their heart’s content, and try to dilute the significance of its clear findings with manufactured controversies and conspiracies, ...

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  • At a time when the tectonic plates of geopolitics are shifting every day, in unpredictable ways and at an alarming pace, our Prime Minister who is, and has been for all these recent years, our Foreign Minister as well, finally found time to visit his neglected ministry. The broad guidelines he ...

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  • Russia’s patience with the illegal actions of the US and the coalition it leads in Syria is wearing thin. The statement released by the Russian Ministry of Defence after the US downed a Syrian jet in Syrian airspace announced that “it has ended its interaction with the US side under a ...

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  • Russia’s patience with the illegal actions of the US and the coalition it leads in Syria is wearing thin. The statement released by the Russian Ministry of Defence after the US downed a Syrian jet in Syrian airspace announced that “it has ended its interaction with the US side under a ...

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  • Pakistan’s ascension as a member of SCO is a reason to celebrate. The regional alliance is made on order for us. Pakistan’s inclusion will boost the collective security of member countries and also help us eliminate the terrorist threat for good. There’s one big fly in the SCO ...

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  • While trying to make sense of the Saudi-led onslaught against Qatar, it would be naïve to ignore the Trump factor. Whatever differences exist between the two neighbours, they have been there for a while and they didn’t stop the two countries from pursuing pragmatic relations. So what ...

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  • President Duerte of Philippine cut short his Moscow visit last week to rush back and quell the terrorist plot at home. It should come as no surprise that the so-called Islamic terrorists spreading chaos and violence in the country’s predominantly-Muslim Mindanao province are linked to the ...

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  • The US-Saudi joint show in Riyadh is over. Leaders from some 55 Muslim-majority countries attended the so-called summit where they were lectured by none other than Trump and the Saudi King on how to fight ‘Islamic’ terrorism and what God really wants, among other things. They were told ...

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  • Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Reform says that the news report claiming to have ‘revealed’ the CPEC ‘master plan’ was half-cooked and an attempt to defame the initiative. He’s right on both counts. The report presented a seminal working ...

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  • The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation opens in Beijing tomorrow to give another boost to China’s vision for our world’s future. This new blueprint for globalisation is not only essentially different from the imperialist globalisation agenda of the US-led west but also a ...

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  • School and college girls have come out risking their lives in Indian-held Kashmir, throwing stones at the armed occupation forces. Courageous as they are, the protesting students are unlikely to move the world to action. When it comes to Kashmir, the so-called international community has slept over ...

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  • Like other self-proclaimed custodians of our faith, Maulana Fazlur Rehman feels that he has a veto over anything to do with Islam. He has now stepped forth to say that no one would be allowed to reform the blasphemy laws in the Constitution of Pakistan as amended by General Zia. Shouldn’t we ...

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  • About Syria, where does one begin? For those who wish to see it, the truth is written on the wall. The lies and spins dished out by imperial mouthpieces to justify last week’s Tomahawk-attack only confirm it. They do not appeal to reason and expose the feet of clay on which the imperial ...

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  • Pakistan’s newly-appointed Foreign Secretary has a tough job. She’s supposed to make the personalised hodge-podge of Nawaz Sharif’s foreign dealings sound like coherent national policy. Picture this: While announcing yet again the inclusion of Pakistan in the Saudi-led so-called ...

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  • The sickening jor-tor games of power-players are intensifying in the name of democracy these days. Old hounds have smelt elections and they are performing their petty partisan tricks with an earnestness that is palpable. Amidst their finger-pointing and hand-shakes, they don’t forget to throw ...

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  • The government has announced that Pak-India talks on illegal hydropower projects being developed in Indian-occupied Kashmir will be held in Washington. Last week, crucial Pak-Afghanistan talks took place in London. As a rule, our governments blindly follow imperial pied pipers at the IMF and World ...

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  • News about Pakistan sending troops to defend Saudi Arabia have started surfacing in the media and there is talk once again of General Raheel taking charge of the so-called Saudi counter-terrorism coalition. There has been no official confirmation and these just might be fake news like so many other ...

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  • It should not be difficult to have a constructive debate on issues surrounding the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and its final match in Lahore last week, but something completely different is unfolding. The blind faith of PSL-zealots has made it impossible to have a rational discussion. As per their ...

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  • Now when we need clarity more than ever, a host of media commentators seem to be on an insidious mission to add to the chaos. As if belittling the achievements of General Raheel was not enough, they’d like to go further and find excuses to lay the blame for the new wave of terror at his door. ...

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  • Spring is in the air despite the war against Pakistan. In a time of national distress, should we ignore it? Should we go around with the dark cloud of death and destruction hanging over our head and disregard the beauty of life thriving around us, the scent of its will to survive in the air? Or ...

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  • 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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