Javid Husain

  • 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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  • 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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  • T“It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this instilled in Sparta that made war inevitable.” – Greek historian Thucydides The defining feature of the 21st century would be the rivalry between the US and the rapidly rising China, which will pose a growingly potent challenge to ...

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  • TPakistan is currently confronted with growing internal and external challenges with serious implications for its long-term prosperity and security. Internally, the country, after Nawaz Sharif’s ouster from power following a controversial Supreme Court judgment arrived at through controversial ...

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