Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Beg

  • Our ambassador at the United Nations – Maliha Lodhi has termed the Kashmir issue as “Mission Kashmir” expressing thoughts balanced in contrast to the promises made by late PM Nehru: “We stand committed to the world to facilitate the right of self-determination to the people ...

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  • The Russian President while talking to our President at Tashkent recently, said “we are all Muslims” meaning thereby that, we all have a common “tormentor” who, during the last three decades, has destroyed more than half a dozen Muslim countries, killing over two million of ...

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  • The coup makers attempted to stem the tide of change taking place in Turkey, under the democratic order, but failed, unlike the earlier four attempts made in 1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997, which succeeded. The attempted coup took place because the military considers itself the ‘guarantor of the ...

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  • Three years back the government decided to “beg and borrow”, to correct the economy and save the country from going into default. They did succeed in achieving the primary objective but this simple answer to the complex issue has created myriad problems as one can judge from the ...

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  • Despite the Saudi snub, that they don’t need Pakistani mediation, Pakistan has taken a bold initiative to defuse the Saudi-Iranian tension. It is a step in the right direction, because Pakistan in its own right enjoys perfect sectarian harmony, despite so many induced sectarian riots and ...

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  • The dispute between the two strands of Islam has existed for the last fourteen hundred years, yet they have learnt to live peacefully with traditional grace and there is no fear that the present dispute “will grow something like the murderous religious wars of Catholics and Protestants in the ...

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  • There is a design behind Modi’s unscheduled visit to Jaati Umra, (not to Pakistan) on 25th December 2015, because his image as a hard-line nationalist leader, drawing fervour from the concept of Hindutva of his followers, is in conflict with secular India thinking. This has caused growing ...

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  • A few months back, Dr. Ikram Azam, reminded me of the book “Pakistan – The Heart of Asia”, by late Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan. The author gave his vision of Pakistan of the future, its geo-strategic importance and the linkages it could create with immediate neighbors and ...

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  • Russian military intervention in Syria is a deliberate act, based on years of planning. Putin solved domestic problems; re-juvinated the armed forces; ensured security of the “Near abroad” and reached out to Afghanistan to eliminate the terror threat. The primary objective was, to ...

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  • Kunduz is a turning point of the conflict between the two opposing forces – the Americans and the Taliban. The Americans having failed to achieve the objectives of war, have retreated, leaving behind a residual force of about 12,000, operating from five air bases in support of the Kabul ...

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  • We celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the 1965 War with India and paid homage to our martyrs and revelled in their acts of courage and sacrifice. Six years later we fought the 1971 War, and lost half of our country. It was a pathetic example of how not to fight a war. Luckily, during the 1980s, ...

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  • Two years ago, Mullah Omar passed away.“We belong to Allah and unto Him, we return”.May Allah rest his soul in peace. Ameen. For two years Taliban kept his demise secret from the eyes of their own people as well as the international spies swarming Afghanistan, and have elected Mullah ...

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  • The ‘Heart of Asia Conference,’ held at Beijing late last year, gave the hope that the post 1990 mindset, which tormented the Afghan nation in the past, may not be repeated when the 2015 draw down came to an end. But that was not to be. The Americans and the proxy government at Kabul ...

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  • During the last thirty five years, a new paradigm of human conflict has emerged as a result of continuous aggression on the Muslims of the world by the non-Muslims. The Muslims are weak and the non-Muslims are strong, thus creating an asymmetric conflict syndrome. Yet, the weak have developed ...

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  • The Durand Line forms the international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it does not divide the Pakhtuns, a nation of over forty million, with sixty percent of them residing in Pakistan. Historically, this majority has maintained a strong influence over the affairs of Afghanistan. No ...

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  • Yemen has remained a ‘Crisis Zone’ of the Middle Eastern Region for the last half a century. In 1962, Gamal Abdul Nasir of Egypt having swept across Middle East invaded Yemen, putting the fear of God, into the hearts of the monarchs from Baghdad to Sana’a. He engineered a revolt ...

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  • We have two prior examples to judge the consequences of military action against political parties, when our governments failed to address post military operation administrative demands, and Pakistan suffered. In East Pakistan, by July 1971, the military had regained control over the entire ...

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  • The factors determining the geo-political dynamics of our region have a name. It is Modi’s concept of ‘Act Asia’ and Obama’s idea of ‘Pivot to Asia.’ In fact, both the concepts emanate from their failed post 9/11 Afghanistan policies: The 2005 Indo-US Strategic ...

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  • The fast changing scenario in Afghanistan gives one hope that the post 1990 conspiracies which tormented the Afghans might not be repeated as foreign occupation is vacated. Therefore, the factors determining the destiny of Afghanistan need to be analysed, keeping in mind the conspiracies of the ...

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  • The 21st Amendment to the Constitution has given us the twenty point National Action Plan to root out terrorism from Pakistan. The reaction was natural, demanding corrective and punitive action. Quite often, one takes actions under pressure of grief and anger, which prove counter productive. A ...

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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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