Jalees Hazir

  • TBrave as it was on part of Pak Army, we’d be well-advised not to read too much into the recent episode of Pak-US counter-terrorism cooperation, featuring the rescue of a shady American-Canadian couple and their innocent children. It will have no bearing on the stubborn-headed US policy in ...

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  • TA special report in The Nation brought the forgotten issue of Madrassah Reforms back in focus. As it turns out, like on other points of the National Action Plan, the government has been sleeping on it as well. The last meeting it had with the representatives of seminaries was in April and it has ...

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  • TThe US is getting desperate it seems. Its Defence Secretary has now said that the global badmash would try ‘one more time’ to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan. And what would happen if we don’t submit to this recent round of bullying? He did not elaborate upon the ...

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  • TIt was apparent from day one which way our latest democracy project was headed but friends going merrily, and blindly, around the democracy bush refused to see it. They chanted the standard mantras about saving the sapling of democracy and how it would mature with time. Well, almost ten years down ...

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  • TSo what makes it so hard for our so-called leaders to call a spade a spade when it comes to the US? After the initial outrage at Trump’s South Asia policy, we witnessed their shameful eagerness to clutch at reconciliatory straws thrown their way by lesser US officials so that they could start ...

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  • TBasically, the Trump administration can’t seem to decide whether to go for a troop surge in Afghanistan or to send in the mercenary private security contractors. The talk about withdrawal being an option on the table is sheer deception. Clearly, this much-trumpeted and much-delayed strategic ...

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  • TAs I write these lines, our disqualified prime minister is on his way to Lahore, somewhere on the GT road. God knows how his homecoming-march would end and where it would lead to. We can be sure of one thing though: More like a cornered cat than a wounded lion, Nawaz Sharif would go to any extreme ...

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  • TAbove all, the credit for holding a sitting prime minister to account goes to the five honourable judges of the Supreme Court, the six JIT members and the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Imran Khan’s PTI deserves the credit for agitating the matter and forcing the court to attend to it with the ...

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  • TThe top US General in Afghanistan called upon Pakistan’s army chief at the GHQ in Rawalpindi this Monday. COAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa is reported to have told General Nicholson, Commander, Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces in Afghanistan, that some quarters in the US and ...

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  • TThis week began with a big bang. The final JIT report was submitted to the Supreme Court and it was made public almost instantly. Nawaz-loyalists could spin it to their heart’s content, and try to dilute the significance of its clear findings with manufactured controversies and conspiracies, ...

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  • TAt a time when the tectonic plates of geopolitics are shifting every day, in unpredictable ways and at an alarming pace, our Prime Minister who is, and has been for all these recent years, our Foreign Minister as well, finally found time to visit his neglected ministry. The broad guidelines he ...

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  • TRussia’s patience with the illegal actions of the US and the coalition it leads in Syria is wearing thin. The statement released by the Russian Ministry of Defence after the US downed a Syrian jet in Syrian airspace announced that “it has ended its interaction with the US side under a ...

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  • TRussia’s patience with the illegal actions of the US and the coalition it leads in Syria is wearing thin. The statement released by the Russian Ministry of Defence after the US downed a Syrian jet in Syrian airspace announced that “it has ended its interaction with the US side under a ...

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  • TPakistan’s ascension as a member of SCO is a reason to celebrate. The regional alliance is made on order for us. Pakistan’s inclusion will boost the collective security of member countries and also help us eliminate the terrorist threat for good. There’s one big fly in the SCO ...

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  • TWhile trying to make sense of the Saudi-led onslaught against Qatar, it would be naïve to ignore the Trump factor. Whatever differences exist between the two neighbours, they have been there for a while and they didn’t stop the two countries from pursuing pragmatic relations. So what ...

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  • TPresident Duerte of Philippine cut short his Moscow visit last week to rush back and quell the terrorist plot at home. It should come as no surprise that the so-called Islamic terrorists spreading chaos and violence in the country’s predominantly-Muslim Mindanao province are linked to the ...

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  • TThe US-Saudi joint show in Riyadh is over. Leaders from some 55 Muslim-majority countries attended the so-called summit where they were lectured by none other than Trump and the Saudi King on how to fight ‘Islamic’ terrorism and what God really wants, among other things. They were told ...

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  • TPakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Reform says that the news report claiming to have ‘revealed’ the CPEC ‘master plan’ was half-cooked and an attempt to defame the initiative. He’s right on both counts. The report presented a seminal working ...

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  • TThe Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation opens in Beijing tomorrow to give another boost to China’s vision for our world’s future. This new blueprint for globalisation is not only essentially different from the imperialist globalisation agenda of the US-led west but also a ...

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  • TSchool and college girls have come out risking their lives in Indian-held Kashmir, throwing stones at the armed occupation forces. Courageous as they are, the protesting students are unlikely to move the world to action. When it comes to Kashmir, the so-called international community has slept over ...

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  • TLike other self-proclaimed custodians of our faith, Maulana Fazlur Rehman feels that he has a veto over anything to do with Islam. He has now stepped forth to say that no one would be allowed to reform the blasphemy laws in the Constitution of Pakistan as amended by General Zia. Shouldn’t we ...

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  • TAbout Syria, where does one begin? For those who wish to see it, the truth is written on the wall. The lies and spins dished out by imperial mouthpieces to justify last week’s Tomahawk-attack only confirm it. They do not appeal to reason and expose the feet of clay on which the imperial ...

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  • TPakistan’s newly-appointed Foreign Secretary has a tough job. She’s supposed to make the personalised hodge-podge of Nawaz Sharif’s foreign dealings sound like coherent national policy. Picture this: While announcing yet again the inclusion of Pakistan in the Saudi-led so-called ...

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  • TThe sickening jor-tor games of power-players are intensifying in the name of democracy these days. Old hounds have smelt elections and they are performing their petty partisan tricks with an earnestness that is palpable. Amidst their finger-pointing and hand-shakes, they don’t forget to throw ...

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  • TThe government has announced that Pak-India talks on illegal hydropower projects being developed in Indian-occupied Kashmir will be held in Washington. Last week, crucial Pak-Afghanistan talks took place in London. As a rule, our governments blindly follow imperial pied pipers at the IMF and World ...

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  • TNews about Pakistan sending troops to defend Saudi Arabia have started surfacing in the media and there is talk once again of General Raheel taking charge of the so-called Saudi counter-terrorism coalition. There has been no official confirmation and these just might be fake news like so many other ...

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  • TIt should not be difficult to have a constructive debate on issues surrounding the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and its final match in Lahore last week, but something completely different is unfolding. The blind faith of PSL-zealots has made it impossible to have a rational discussion. As per their ...

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  • TNow when we need clarity more than ever, a host of media commentators seem to be on an insidious mission to add to the chaos. As if belittling the achievements of General Raheel was not enough, they’d like to go further and find excuses to lay the blame for the new wave of terror at his door. ...

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  • TSpring is in the air despite the war against Pakistan. In a time of national distress, should we ignore it? Should we go around with the dark cloud of death and destruction hanging over our head and disregard the beauty of life thriving around us, the scent of its will to survive in the air? Or ...

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  • TThe all-out hybrid war against Pakistan has entered a new, more dangerous, phase and the recent terrorist attack in Lahore is just one glaring reminder of this fact. The question is: Are we prepared as a nation to fight this war and win it? Our armed forces might be among the best and most ...

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