Javid Husain

  • TThe PTI government came into power last year, amidst accusations of political engineering and electoral rigging allegedly perpetrated by renegade elements belonging to the deep state, on the basis of a narrative which was deeply flawed and extremely misleading. Having failed in its earlier attempt ...

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  • T“Indian strategists speak openly of a greater India exercising a dominant position in an area ranging from Iran to Thailand. India is also positioning itself to control the Indian Ocean militarily; its naval and air power programs point clearly in that direction—as do politically guided ...

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  • TPresident Trump’s decisions announced last month to withdraw American troops from Syria and Afghanistan were a stark reminder of the global strategic reality that the days of the US unipolarity, when the US could virtually dictate to the rest of the world, were over and the world was rapidly ...

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  • TPakistan is once again passing through a critical phase of its history marked by political instability and serious economic problems. The preceding year saw the defeat of the PML(N) governments at the Centre and in Punjab in a highly controversial election tainted with allegations of political ...

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  • TThe inexorable march of events is towards the denouement of the US Afghan war which commenced in 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11. The American war in Afghanistan has already turned out to be longest in its history with the loss of the lives of about 2400 American military personnel and over $ 1 ...

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  • TPerhaps carried away by the exuberance of the moment or under the influence of the views of the Indo-US lobby, Prime Minister Imran Khan, at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor, asked with reference to India, “If France and Germany can move ahead while making (economic) ...

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  • TThere is nothing more important for an independent country than its security so as to safeguard its sovereignty, territorial integrity, economic well-being, and cultural identity. Unfortunately, in some cases leaders and policy makers make the serious mistake of linking national security solely ...

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  • TPrime Minister Imran Khan before and during his recent visit to China has underscored his intention to learn lessons from China’s phenomenal economic progress over the past four decades. The Chinese experience indeed offers a lot from which Pakistan’s policy makers can benefit in the ...

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  • TIt has been Pakistan’s misfortune that its leaders and policy makers, by and large, are accustomed to considering national issues on a short-term, tactical and partial basis instead of taking a long-term, strategic and comprehensive view of those issues. Strategic thinking provides leaders ...

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  • TPTI government’s mini-budget presented on 18 September was a golden opportunity for the new government to come out with bold new policy measures so as to usher in an era of progress and prosperity in accordance with the promises of naya Pakistan. Unfortunately, the new government miserably ...

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  • TPakistan-China friendship undoubtedly has stood the test of time. Since 1963 when the two countries signed the border demarcation agreement, the friendship between the two countries has steadily grown in strength despite the vicissitudes of time and changes of governments on both sides. The secret ...

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  • TUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent visit to Pakistan, which was followed by a longer and more productive visit to India, has served to highlight once again the growing Pakistan-US strategic divergence in a marked contrast with the rapidly developing Indo-US strategic partnership. In ...

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  • T“War is too important to be left to the generals.” Georges Clemenceau (French Premier, 1906-1909, 1917-1920)   It is obvious by now that the American military engagement in Afghanistan, which began with the US invasion in the aftermath of 9/11, is gradually but surely moving ...

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  • TThe advent of a new Imran Khan-led PTI government offers a welcome opportunity to reconsider existing internal and external policies in the light of the emerging realities with a view to bringing about improvements where necessary. This is particularly relevant now because Imran Khan and PTI had ...

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  • TImran Khan’s relentless struggle spanning over two decades has finally been crowned with success. With the PTI’s success in securing the highest number of seats in the National Assembly, even though falling short of a simple majority, Imran Khan is in a position to form a coalition ...

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  • TThe world order established primarily by the US and its allies following their victory in World War II centered around three basic institutions: the UN for the maintenance of international peace and security, the promotion of international cooperation, and the protection of human rights; the World ...

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  • TThe defining feature of Pakistan’s political landscape since its creation has been the tussle for supremacy between the democratic and the anti-democratic forces. This tussle sometimes was obvious for all to see when adventurist generals, in violation of their oath of honour and in direct ...

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  • TThe prevailing system of governance in Pakistan undeniably is both exploitative and oppressive. It is exploitative because it unduly rewards the elite with excessive economic benefits at the expense of the poor in stark contrast with the injunctions of Islam and the principles of welfare state, ...

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  • TThe central element of a democratic system is the principle of civilian supremacy or the rule over the various institutions of the state by the people through their elected representatives to ensure that they function in accordance with the will of the people. If one looks at the system of ...

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  • TFollowing the end of the Cold War and the phasing out of the US “unipolar moment” in the broad sweep of history, the world is in search of a new equilibrium among the various centers of power, which would establish a rule-based order to promote peace, stability, justice, and human ...

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  • TFor an independent and sovereign country, there cannot be anything more important than national security. Security, both internal and external, is a sine qua non for a people to lead their lives in peaceful, orderly, economically prosperous, and dignified conditions enabling their genius to flower ...

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  • TSilent war is a kind of war with another state in which the ruler and his ministers and, unknowingly, the people act publicly as if they are at peace with the opposing state, but all the while its secret agents are busy assassinating important leaders in the other state, creating divisions among ...

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  • TThis article, which is devoted to Pakistan’s vital friendship with China, is the third and the final one in the series of articles on China (“Letter from China”, 13 March; “China and the West”, 27 March) that I have written following my visit to Beijing and Shanghai ...

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  • TChina’s meteoric rise over the past four decades, to which I referred in my last article entitled “Letter from China” (the Nation, 13 March, 2018), written after my recent visits to Beijing and Shanghai, has far-reaching geopolitical implications at the regional and global levels. ...

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  • TA visit to China, where I have been for the last week or so, is in many ways a humbling and instructive experience. It has been a humbling experience because of the rapid economic progress that China has achieved in such a short span of time since its great leader Deng Xiaoping launched his ...

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  • TUndoubtedly, Pakistan once again is passing through a very critical phase of its history, surrounded as it is by formidable external challenges compounded by internal instability. Daily violations of LOC by India are a constant reminder of its military occupation of Kashmir in violation of UN ...

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  • 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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