Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg

  • National security imperatives

    The geo-historical compulsions of the region suggest that the national security interests of Pakistan and Afghanistan are interlinked. Pakistan itself is the cradle of the Indus civilization, and shares common borders with four great civilizations of the world, namely: Central Asian, Persian, ...

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  • Consequences of the ISIS surge

    The British analyst Alastair Crooks is wrong when he says,“There is really almost nothing that the West can do about it (DĀESH), but sit and watch.” But it is the West itself who is the catalyst behind Daesh’s creation. As Noam Chomsky rightly puts it:“The appearance of ...

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  • The ISIL enigma

    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 injustices experienced by a group of people who now have risen in revolt, to correct the course, in their ...

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  • Pakistan’s security dilemma

    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 re-established control over the areas, but the governments failed to establish their writ, with the ...

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  • Triumph of democracy

    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 week earlier, that “Politics will find a way out of this impasse, and will uphold the ...

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  • Solving the stalemate

    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 are waiting to see which way the wind blows. Both IK and TQ were together in 2002 in General ...

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  • Imran’s Long March

    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 survivors, who went on to become national symbols of great courage, sacrifice and devotion. In present day ...

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  • Long March politics

    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 change, with the help of the army. The present halla-bulla by Imran Khan and Tahir-ul-Qadri is one such ...

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  • Gaza resisted, endured and won

    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 “to resist, endure and win”, as declared by their parliament, which embodies the will of ...

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  • Qadri’s homecoming

    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 order. Therefore, he declared, “I am coming, at the peril of my life, to save ...

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  • Crisis in Iraq

    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 allies on one platform to develop a two-pronged strategy against the Muslim World. Under this ...

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

    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 demand. The catalyst for change has already been identified in India. He is Narendra Modi, the new Prime ...

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  • The roots of democracy

    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 desire to improve governance. These are very healthy symbols, promising a brighter future for ...

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  • Dialogue is the best option

    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 Waziristan would amount to courting disaster. The past history of the Pushtuns and the consequences of ...

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  • John Kerry – The game changer!

    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 course of action, but failed. It was John Kerry, a war veteran and an astute diplomat, who in a short ...

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  • ‘What has to be, has to be’

    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 by Najam Sethi, in his article titled, (Fight for Survival or Yield to Destructive Peace), published ...

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  • War clouds over syria

    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 necessary because it would serve the objectives of the “New Strategy”, US has evolved to ...

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  • Elections 2013: a historic moment

    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 has finally ended due to the voters, who have rejected most of the corrupt and incompetent ...

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  • Times have changed

    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 Defence Strategic Guidance:i  The US will equip itself for an Ocean War in the arc extending ...

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  • The name of the game

    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.” But unfortunately, it fell into the lap of the people, who Dr Qadri had been referring to as ...

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  • ‘The end of time for rulers’!

    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 Sahib now is on the back foot and would soon be booted out. The government has, so far, treated him with ...

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  • Asghar Khan to Tahirul Qadri

    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 to Islamabad to demolish ‘Zardari’s citadel’ like Mohammad Morsi did in Egypt. ...

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  • Devising a robust defence policy

    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 objectives in mind: *  To review current issues pertaining to defence; *  To determine ...

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  • Political aberrations

    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 the 14 Division at Okara and was called to attend the meeting at Multan. Giving my views on the ...

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  • Say ‘no’ to it!

    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 anything, but temptation.” This is the kind of phenomenon we have experienced and suffered, during ...

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  • Challenges and responses

    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 foreign aggression in the region and our collusion with it. But now, Pakistan is moving on the ...

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  • America’s Pacific Century!

    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’ Eurasia is critical. Eurasia is the globe’s largest continent and is geopolitically axial. A ...

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  • Isafs aggression against Pakistan

    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, which is a blatant violation of the countrys territorial sovereignty and the terms of cooperation with ...

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  • Washington-London memogate conspiracy

    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 they met with the UK Chief of Defence Staff, Sir David Richards, obtained the 'seal of approval and ...

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  • The great Khans political bouncer

    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 would get a six, amidst the roar of the crowd. If he flicked the ball carelessly, he may well be ...

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