Asif Haroon Raja

  • Implications of Modi’s takeover

    Staunch Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi propelled his right-wing party, the BJP to a stunning electoral triumph on May 16, 2014, with the biggest winning margin any government in India has enjoyed in the last three decades. The sudden meteoric rise of the BJP in 2014 exceeded all forecasts made ...

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  • Americas irrational demands

    Military operation codenamed Rah-e-Nijat launched against Mehsud inhabited South Waziristan in October 2009 dismantled base of Hakimullah Mehsud. He and his followers slipped into neighbouring tribal agencies of North Waziristan (NW), Orakzai and Kurram. The ones hiding in Shawal ridges close to ...

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  • America at war: The failures of Petraeus and McChrystal

    Looking back into the events of first decade of new millennium, one is bewildered to see that despite being the most powerful nation on earth and having military apparatus on a scale greater than the sum of every other country, the US has patently failed to impose its solution on Iraq, Afghanistan ...

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  • US policy in Pakistan: The worst is yet to come

    The US in pursuit of its strategic and economic objectives in this part of the world arm twisted Gen (R) Musharraf in September 2001 soon after 9/11 and made him do its bidding. Pakistan forces were pushed into the inferno of war on terror which was not Pakistans war. To start with, flames were lit ...

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  • Pakistan stabbed in the back

    The US media is on record having killed Osama bin Laden (OBL) so many times since 1990 onwards. His death was first announced in 1996; an abortive attempt was made on him in Khost in August 1998 using cruise missiles and it was believed that he was hit. He was reported killed in 2000; again after ...

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  • Eight years of inglorious rule

    Within months of assumption of power by Republican candidate George W Bush in January 2001 under dubious circumstances, the harrowing terrorist attacks took place in New York and Washington which changed the dynamics of the world. Till this day, USA has not been able to establish who financed the ...

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  • Regional players in Afghan imbroglio

    After having bungled up in Afghanistan. USA is constantly blaming Pakistan since 2005 for the ever-growing militancy in Afghanistan. It has somehow got fixed with the misplaced idea that continued infiltration from FATA; insurgency in Afghanistan would have been controlled by now. It fails to ...

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  • India's never-ending machinations

    Indian rulers are religiously following Chanakya's thesis who did not believe in morals or ethics when it came to achieving an objective. Chanakya, minister of the Hindu ruler Chandra Gupta, advocated befriending the neighbour's enemy to jointly crush the neighbour. He believed in developing ...

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