Javid Husain

  • THinduism is perhaps one of the most oppressive systems of religious beliefs in the world. It is the only religion which divides its own followers into an impregnable structure of castes barring vertical social mobility. One’s status in the Hindu society is determined by the accident of birth ...

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  • TThe Trump administration has got into the dangerous habit of issuing unilateral demands and ultimatums to governments around the world that do not see eye to eye with it on different issues. Unilateral demands on Pakistan relating to the Afghanistan situation are an example of this tendency. During ...

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  • TWashington has ratcheted up its pressure on Islamabad. President Trump’s highly offensive tweet of 1 January, accusing Pakistan of “lies and deceit” and for having provided haven to the terrorists in Afghanistan, was soon followed by the suspension of the US security assistance to ...

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  • TUS President Trump’s national security strategy is finally out. While it does not contain many surprises, it is still an important document as it gives an authoritative description of the Trump administration’s assessment of threats to US national security and how the US plans to ...

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  • TIn contrast with the situation during most of the Cold War when Pakistan and the US, despite some ups and downs, were closely allied, their relationship now is at a crossroads. Geopolitical compulsions are steadily pushing the two countries farther apart from each other. China’s phenomenal ...

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  • TOnce again Pakistan is passing through a critical period of its short history of 70 years rocked as it is by strong crosscurrents sweeping across the country. The Faizabad dharna was just the latest manifestation of the clash of these crosscurrents. The perennial tussle for supremacy between the ...

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  • TChief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s recent visit to Iran is a portent of a positive turn of direction in Pakistan-Iran relations. It was the first visit to Iran by a Pakistani COAS in more than two decades. Pervez Musharraf’s visits to Iran in December, 1999 and June, ...

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  • TAn overview of the evolution of democracy in Pakistan leads one to the inescapable conclusion that it has been a case of two steps forward, one step backward with the democratic and anti-democratic forces led by renegade elements of the deep state arrayed against each other. Despite the strongly ...

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  • TOne of the most important tasks facing Pakistan’s policy makers is the management of Pakistan-US relations in the nation’s best interests, keeping in view the evolving security environment at global and regional levels. This is hardly surprising considering the fact that the US by any ...

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