Javid Husain

  • Pakistan’s history is a story of missed goals, squandered opportunities, and a loss of vision or a long-term sense of direction. It was supposed to be a state based on Islam’s progressive; ideals encouraging dynamism and pursuit of knowledge, and offering full protection to non-Muslims ...

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  • President Trump’s recent announcement of the new Afghanistan policy has belied expectations that the US would bring about changes to correct the past mistakes and encourage the peace process in the country. It appears that because of the pressure from the Pentagon and the generals, who now ...

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  • It seems Pakistan’s establishment suffers from a ten-year itch to change the governmental system in the country. If one looks at Pakistan’s 70-year history, one is struck by the amazing regularity with which the governments in Pakistan have been overthrown or radically changed at ...

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  • A relentless pursuit of the Panama leaks issue by Imran Khan, prolonged but at times procedurally flawed investigation, and a unanimous but controversial decision by a five-member Supreme Court bench finally led to the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif from the membership of the National Assembly ...

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  • The rule of law, which distinguishes a civilised society from an uncivilised one, is indispensable but not a sufficient condition for the elimination of corruption. In an uncivilised society, the law of the jungle or the right of might prevails. In such a society there is no security for the weak ...

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  • The picture said it all. There was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi clinging to US President Donald Trump in an embrace as a gesture of appreciation and eagerness for US strategic support to India. Meanwhile, President Trump appeared to relish the prospect of Indo-US strategic partnership ...

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  • There is little doubt that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a landmark event in the history of Pakistan-China friendship rooted in the convergence of the strategic interests of the two countries. The CPEC plan involves over 60 billion dollars of Chinese investment in the various ...

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  • Even a cursory glance at the current state of affairs shows that the Muslim world from Morocco to Indonesia is in disarray. Many Muslim countries suffer from political instability and economic backwardness because of autocratic governments which do not represent the aspirations of their people and ...

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  • “You can count on the Americans to do the right thing ultimately, after trying everything else.” –Winston Churchill   The US Afghanistan policy since the overthrow of the Taliban government in the aftermath of 9/11 is a living proof of the US proclivity to make strategic ...

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  • Signs of strains in Pakistan-Iran relations have been unmistakable for quite some time. First came reports of Iranian disquiet about Pakistan’s participation in the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism (IMAFT). It was quite clear that, despite the assurances given by ...

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  • The arrest of the Indian spy, Kulbhushan Jadhav, in March, 2016 on charges of espionage and terrorist activities in Pakistan, especially Balochistan and Karachi, has driven home Indian government’s hypocrisy on the issue of terrorism. India, in a knee-jerk fashion, has been in the habit of ...

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  • It is reassuring that the Pakistan Foreign Office recognises the need for a balance in our relations with Saudi Arabia and Iran. Tehmina Janjua, Pakistan’s new Foreign Secretary, while briefing the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee on 4 April, stated, “It is important ...

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  • The Pakistan Resolution of 23 March, 1940 was undoubtedly a landmark event in the struggle of the Muslims of South Asia for an independent and sovereign homeland where they could lead their lives in accordance with the enlightened principles of Islam, free from the fear of persecution by a ...

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  • The 13th ECO Summit, held in Islamabad on 1 March, ended with the adoption of the ECO Vision 2025 and the Islamabad Declaration. These documents reiterated the desire of the member states to promote economic integration within the ECO region through doubling the intra-regional trade within the next ...

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  • Pakistan is now in the unenviable position of facing serious challenges to its security on both the eastern and western fronts besides the danger of internal destabilisation posed by the monster of terrorism stalking the country from one end to the other. On the western front, Pakistan-Afghanistan ...

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  • Adhocism and short-term thinking have played a predominant role in the official policy formulation in Pakistan. Long-term planning, on the other hand, has been generally conspicuous by its absence in our governmental decision making process. Consequently, our leaders and senior officials are ...

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  • As in the case of an individual, national dignity and self-reliance also go together. A dignified position in the international community presupposes a nation relying on its own resources to meet the demands of economic well-being and security against external threats. A nation constantly with a ...

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  • The US has played a key role in Pakistan’s foreign policy since 1950’s when, driven primarily by security considerations, we entered into a web of alliances with Washington making our country the most allied ally of the United States. The relationship was mutually beneficial. Washington ...

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  • The year 2016 witnessed some progress towards the restoration of political and economic stability in Pakistan. Eight years after the restoration of democracy, the political institutions showed signs of gaining a modicum of strength and self-confidence. This process was reinforced by the smooth ...

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  • Despite the negative consequences of the serious policy blunders committed by the US in Afghanistan over the past decade and a half, it refuses to draw the right lessons from its unhappy experience. Instead, it has persisted in pursuing its flawed Afghanistan policy with over-emphasis on a military ...

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  • Since his election as the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi has posed a serious challenge to Pakistan on multiple fronts with dire implications for Pakistan’s security, economic prosperity, internal political stability, and cultural identity. This is not surprising considering ...

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  • Donald Trump’s astonishing victory in the US presidential election, against the predictions of most analysts, was like a powerful seismic event which has sent tremors across the global geopolitical landscape. This was not only because of the importance of the US as the most powerful nation in ...

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  • The titanic forces unleashed by the end of the Cold War and the process of globalisation have radically transformed the world. The process of transformation continues apace posing serious challenges to policy makers who have to shoulder the responsibility of safeguarding the national security and ...

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  • Since the dawn of the modern age, the democratic process has been an essential ingredient of the onward march of human history. Countries that adopted the democratic form of government and stuck to it despite the vicissitudes of time were, by and large, able to move ahead in the race for human ...

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  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s refusal to attend the SAARC summit, which was to be held in Islamabad from 9-10 November, has given a severe, possibly a fatal blow, to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. This pessimistic prognosis is based on two fundamental factors. ...

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  • The movement of the Kashmiri people for the exercise of their right of self-determination, which had been simmering for a long time, has been transformed into a full-blown struggle for liberation from the brutal Indian military occupation. The martyrdom of Burhan Wani, a young Kashmiri freedom ...

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  • Afghanistan currently is in a veritable mess. Since the end of the combat mission of the US and other Western troops in Afghanistan at the end of December, 2014, there has been a gradual deterioration of the security situation in the country because of the growing strength of the Taliban-led ...

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  • The contradictory external policies of Pakistan’s policy makers never fail to surprise me. The news coming from Islamabad on 26th August was a prime example of a government whose left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. On the one hand, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz was ...

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  • “Silent war is a kind of warfare with another state in which the ruler and his ministers—-and, unknowingly, the people—-acted publicly as if they were at peace with the opposing state, but all the while secret agents were busy assassinating important leaders in the other state, ...

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  • By any rational standard, Pakistan remains an undeveloped country with a very low ranking internationally in terms of income levels. According to the IMF estimates, Pakistan with an estimated GDP per capita of $1450 was ranked 141out of 194 countries in 2015. By way of comparison, the GDP per ...

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