Irfan Asghar

  • Latterly David Kilcullen has made a prediction that the US will leave Afghanistan after a period of about two years, irrespective of results on the ground. Senator Russ Feingold has also argued that the time has come for the US to start discussing a flexible timetable to bring its troops out of ...

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  • At the moment, the world is walking a perilous tightrope amid growing piles of nuclear weapons and the alarmingly increased fear of the deadliest weapons falling into dangerous hands. North Korea's nuclear impudence and Iran's refusal to stop its uranium enrichment programme spotlights the fact ...

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  • Yesterday, Afghanistan observed its presidential and provincial elections. This was Afghanistan's second presidential election since the Taliban were overthrown in 2001.There were 36 candidates running for the presidential slot out of 41 originally registered, including two women. They include some ...

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  • President Barack Obama has made a prudent decision by nominating Sonia Sotomayor for the US Supreme Court, as her nomination will impart a characteristic to the court that it does not have at the moment. It will offer a dollop of ethnic diversity to a court packed with white men. After four days of ...

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  • The Foreign Policy Journal in collaboration with an independent research organisation The Fund for Peace has issued the fifth annual Failed States Index, which ranks 177 states in order from most to least at risk of failure. This report has placed Pakistan at number ten in the index after Somalia, ...

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  • At the moment, a highly unpleasant sort of political deadlock has taken the Islamic Republic of Iran in its grip. This crisis has got its genesis in the wake of the June 12 presidential election in which Ahmadinejad got a landslide victory. Iran's Guardian Council has termed the election as fair, ...

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  • Mr Obama, you had taken on the mantle of the President of the United States amid much fanfare and alot of hopes of change. Americans in particular and people across the globe in general, were highly ecstatic and exultant on your entry into the most powerful office on the face of the earth, as they ...

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  • On May 14,Fox News reported that the US has got a comprehensive plan to infiltrate into Pakistan and secure its nuclear arsenal if there appeared any possibility of the country falling under the control of Taliban. Reportedly the operation would be conducted by Joint Special Operations Command ...

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  • At the moment, the international community is experiencing a lot of paranoia about the vulnerability of Pakistan's nuclear stockpile. Some international affinity groups are painting nightmare scenarios in the event of extremists taking up the reins of Pakistan. Even Americans have got schizophrenic ...

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  • Mr Barach Hussein Obama, at this time when your country itself is in a pickle and the things have gone pear shaped to biblical proportions across the globe, the omniscient nature has plumped for you to be the in-charge of the affairs in the United States of America. The writer's insight says that ...

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  • At this time, the international media is swarming with ludicrous voices raising apprehensions about the likelihood of Islamabad being over-run by extremists. Mounting speculations are raging that Talibanisation will punch Pakistan out before long as its tendrils are finding roots increasingly; that ...

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  • Human life on this planet will embrace ultimate death or extinction within a period of maximum 90 to 100 years. Nothing is more certain than death. Everything in the universe has to bow to this inescapable phenomenon of death as nothing is forever. The same holds true for our existence on this ...

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  • On March 18, The New York Times reported that President Barack Obama and his security advisors are contemplating to expand the American covert war in Pakistan far beyond the tribal areas and strike at a different centre of Taliban power in Balochistan, where top Taliban leaders are holed up and ...

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  • History has it that whenever the forces of nature decide to punish any individual or nation for his or its inhuman acts, they make that individual or nation to blunder on, make a rod for his or its own back and in the end perish. The same is the case with America now. If Obama administration ...

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  • Obama administration's plans regarding Afghanistan have taken a hit in the wake of Kyrgyzstan government's approval of a bill for the closure of Manas - a US air base, on its territory. This bill was approved a day after Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev made the announcement in this regard. The ...

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  • In the first flush of presidency, Mr Barack Obama has hit the right note by quashing the pleas of senior US intelligence officials and ordering the closure of Guantanamo Bay, a detention centre which has earned America a black mark of the highest order, within a year. He has barred the CIA from ...

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  • Pakistan has carried all in bringing the world round to its viewpoint in the context of the debate ensuing Mumbai attacks. After 26/11 incident, India had indulged in a global propaganda offensive against Pakistan, coupled with intensive lobbying to drum up international support for its ...

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  • During the last month visit to the states of Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Italy, the writer had weighty discussions with representatives of various segments of these societies. These discussions were chiefly concentrated on the topic: how do nations fail or collapse. From these animated ...

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  • On the night of November 26, teams of heavily armed and gun-toting terrorists stormed Mumbai, the financial capital of India and the sprawling metropolis of in the neighbourhood of 19 million people. The terrorists swooped on two of the city's widely acclaimed luxury and opulent hotels - the Taj ...

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  • The US army has miserably failed to acquit itself with aplomb in Afghanistan to date and there are doomladen forecasts about the future also, because its culture resonates with features which, in the past also, have made big powers to get disposed of by inferior enemies in the guerrilla wars. ...

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  • Congratulations on your emphatic victory and making it to the White House. You deserve heartfelt accolade and your win may be denominated as a tour de force as cards were heavily stacked against you. Mr President, you are fortunate as the people, for the first time in history, across the globe are ...

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  • November 4 is going to experience the fight for the most covetous and powerful job on the face of the earth, as on this day Americans will plump for the man who will rule them and keep the American flag flying for the next four years. As the upshot of the US election exercises cosmic and ...

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  • The teachers now have some problems, said China's vice-premier, Wang Qishan, about the cheerleaders of capitalism in the context of the prevalent global financial crisis. The same holds true politically also, as the self-proclaimed apostles and custodians of democracy have starting running ...

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  • Some pseudo-intellectuals are bumming around the world trashing Pakistan and the heavily skewed media is awash with reports making a dark portrayal of the future of this land of the pure. Rumours are doing rounds that Pakistan will be dismantled or erased from the world map, it will be balkanised ...

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  • There are certain eternal verities and inviolate precepts of nature which regulate the functioning of this universe. These principles are no respecter of persons and everything under the sky is subject to the long arm of these principles. The kernel of these principles is respect for humanity. ...

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  • President Bush's paint-by-numbers policies and lamebrain schemes have brought the world on the edge of a precipice and converted the US into a nation which is more divided and more isolated than ever and has a foreign policy in free fall. Bush will go down in the annals of history as the prime ...

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  • Any person who has even the foggiest idea about the twists and turns of international politics has cognizance of the point that Washington is working like billyo to woo India. For good measure, US is wooing India like never before. America is, fair dinkum, making a pitch to secure some sort of ...

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  • People across the global have taken a dim view of Al-Qaeda and cast aspersions on its credentials since the September 11 attacks. It is perceived as a gaggle of fanatics who glorify violence and call into play grisly tactics like suicide bombings to terrorise and browbeat the innocent people the ...

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  • Nobody can gainsay the proposition that the Jewish lobby wields preponderant role in America's political calculus. Needless to say, it has the cheek enough to tip the scales in the favour of the candidate of its liking in the race for the most powerful job on the planet. If the track-record is ...

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  • Gone are the days when Russia had sucked it up and resigned itself to a second fiddle role at the international front. Now, quite the contrary. Russia has started throwing its weight around and it has, in no small measure, come out to put a kibosh on the Bush Administration's idee fixe to actualise ...

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