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Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg

Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg

The writer is a former COAS, Pakistan. Email: friendsfoundation@live.co.uk

The ISIL enigma

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | September 17, 2014

The emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is not new to the Muslim World, but for others it is an enigma. ISIL has grown out of the deep frustration, hate, disenchantment and ...

Pakistan’s security dilemma

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | September 12, 2014

During the last fifty years, various Pakistani regimes have used the Army with impunity to control political dissent in various areas of the country. There are ten such instances where the Army ...

Triumph of democracy

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | September 05, 2014

Our fledging democracy has been able to ward off the threat posed to national security by consolidating the political will of the parliament, now in session. Writing about the threat I had said a ...

Solving the stalemate

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | August 25, 2014

Politics can be suppressed and shamed; yet it always finds a way-out. Political parties are trying to break the present political deadlock, created by Imran Khan (IK) and Tahirul Qadri (TQ), and we ...

Imran’s Long March

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | August 19, 2014

The Chinese leader, Chairman Mao Tse-tung led his army of ninety thousand strong on a long march of over 9000 km, consistently attacked by the enemy; he reached his destination with only 7000 ...

Long March politics

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | August 12, 2014

In Pakistan, the phenomenon of “long march politics” has been witnessed during the regimes of elected governments since 1990. These have basically been exercised to bring about regime ...

Gaza resisted, endured and won

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | August 08, 2014

The Israelis waged war against Hizbullah in 2006 and suffered a shameful defeat. Now they have launched the most barbaric assault on Hamas of Gaza, who are besieged and isolated, yet are determined ...

Qadri’s homecoming

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | June 29, 2014

Tahirul Qadri suffers from an acute sense of anomie. He thinks that the social order is rotten- to be demolished- and a new structure is to be raised. He claims to have the plan to build just such an ...

Crisis in Iraq

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | June 23, 2014

The war on Iraq was ill-conceived, based on sinister motives and produced only negative results. The motive was global domination, after the demise of the Soviet Union, which brought America and its ...

Modi’s rise – a test for Pakistan’s leadership

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | May 25, 2014

These are very challenging times for the political leadership of India and Pakistan, “to actualize the meaning of change into true democratic ethos”, which the people so desperately ...

The roots of democracy

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | March 30, 2014

Despite serious jolts and jitters caused to our democratic order in the past, now it appears to be finding its roots based on the developing political ethos, characterized by tolerance and the deep ...

Dialogue is the best option

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | February 03, 2014

The headlines of the day: “PML-N’s MPs yearn for operation against Taliban”, prompted me to write these lines, because I firmly believe that launching of military action in North ...

John Kerry – The game changer!

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | December 06, 2013

For the last several years the United States had been seeking a respectable exit from Afghanistan, as the end game was nearing in 2013-14. Various options were exercised to determine a suitable ...

‘What has to be, has to be’

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | October 08, 2013

There has been a spate of criticism, by a particular lobby in Pakistan, of PAC decision for dialogue with the Taliban for peace. In the same context, I would particularly refer to the comments made ...

War clouds over syria

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | September 08, 2013

From the American point of view the ‘limited attack’ on Syria is necessary, though it may be “the stupidest war in the history of the modern world”, Robert Fisk. It is ...

Elections 2013: a historic moment

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | May 31, 2013

The people’s verdict of May 11 has demolished several myths and established new realities that promise a bright future for Pakistan. The realisation that this country cannot nurture democracy ...

Times have changed

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | February 15, 2013

After disengaging from two futile and expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the US has shifted its strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific region. The objective of this shift has been defined under the ...

The name of the game

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | January 21, 2013

Tehrik-i-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri’s long march started from Lahore on January 13, 2013, challenging “the most corrupt government and the equally corrupt opposition.” ...

‘The end of time for rulers’!

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | January 17, 2013

No, this is not going to happen the way Dr Tahirul Qadri wants, nor his dharna on Quaid-i-Azam Avenue is going to be the “tipping point”, as some analysts have suggested. In fact, Dr ...

Asghar Khan to Tahirul Qadri

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | December 29, 2012

Recently, Dr Tahirul Qadri disclosed his agenda to reform “the rotten lot of politicians” within three weeks. Otherwise, he would lead a four million march of his supporters and followers ...

Devising a robust defence policy

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | October 07, 2012

The Senate Standing Committee on Defence (SSCD) is presently engaged in “devising a robust defence policy that is aimed at making policy guidelines for the parliamentarians” with three ...

Political aberrations

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | July 22, 2012

On March 1979, General Ziaul Haq directed his Corps Commanders to ascertain the likely reaction of the officers if Bhutto was hanged, according to the Supreme Court’s verdict. I was commanding ...

Say ‘no’ to it!

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | May 13, 2012

It is, indeed, very difficult to say ‘no’ to temptation because the truth is what the famous American comedian, Bob Hope, while addressing a young lady, admitted: “I can stand ...

Challenges and responses

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | March 23, 2012

It is a day of reckoning for us to recollect the failings of the past and carve out a new destiny for the nation. Undoubtedly, Pakistan has faced serious challenges to its security, mainly due to ...

America’s Pacific Century!

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | February 07, 2012

During the 1970s, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the US strategist, while forecasting the breakup of the Soviet Union expounded the concept of US unipolarity. He said: “How America ‘manages’ ...

Isafs aggression against Pakistan

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | December 04, 2011

On the night between November 25 and 26, the American and Nato aircrafts attacked two Pakistani border posts in Salalah area of Mohmand Agency and killed above 20 soldiers, including two officers, ...

Washington-London memogate conspiracy

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | November 27, 2011

The secret memo was drafted in Washington by Pakistans Ambassador Hussain Haqqani (now retired), who dictated the text to the American businessman, Mansoor Ijaz. Both flew to London on May 10, where ...

The great Khans political bouncer

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | November 20, 2011

On the cricket field, Imran Khans bouncers carried the element of much expectation. If the batsman ducked, the ball would go waste into the wicket keepers hand and if he instinctively swung at it, he ...

The emerging Islamic Order and Pakistan

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | November 06, 2011

In the scheme of things, many a wrong have been corrected through Divine interventions to maintain social balance on earth. In the recent past, there are two such examples of corrective measures. ...

The Ajam Spring

By: Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg | October 02, 2011

After the Arab Spring, now it is the Ajam Spring that is sweeping Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran (the non-Arabs). The Arabs revolted against their despotic rulers, while the Ajamis have revolted ...

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