K. Iqbal

  • TExcluding rarities, the Palestine policy of successive US administrations has been erratic, ambiguous and even mischievous, aimed at maintaining status quo. No serious efforts have been made to reconcile the operational level contradictions of this policy. Though halfhearted diplomatic efforts were ...

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  • TEvery analyst is busy in separating Donald J Trump’s electoral rhetoric into pursuable and abandon-able categories. However, his campaign guys, in the hope of grabbing lucrative jobs, are busy gathering arguments to support the notion that all that Trump said as candidate was gospel truth and ...

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  • TDonald Trump’s victory has caught the world by its throat, and in all likelihood, we are in for interesting times. His victory presents an interesting case study oscillating between “democracy at its best” and democracy at its worst”. It is perhaps the biggest political ...

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  • TEven though China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) would take a couple of years to become fully operational, it became nominally functional on October 31, as first caravan consisting of 150 to 300 shipping containers began their journey from China to Gwadar; an important milestone has indeed been ...

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  • TYes, one may argue whether two to three feet taller boundary wall could have prevented the attack, but one can’t deny the fact that this low and dilapidated boundary wall is symbolic representative of our overall national counter terrorism effort—and the attitude of those responsible to ...

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  • TThe urge for Afghan peace, at least theoretically and at times breaching the boundary of wishful thinking, is too strong amongst all stake holders. That’s why any and every initiative, howsoever elusive looking it might be, attracts wide spread acclaim. Afghan government and Taliban ...

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  • THaving come to terms with the irrevocability of Indus Water Treaty (IWT), India is contemplating launching its water wars through Afghanistan. Pranab Dhal Samanta in his recent article “Can Afghanistan offer ‘other Indus’ option to India against Pakistan?”, carried by the ...

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  • TWhile Indian political and military leadership is busy in eating their words pertaining to surgical strikes, Pakistan’s response to escalation by India has been prudent and systemic. Starting from initial response by the foreign office and ISPR, Pakistani leadership utilised the last week in ...

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  • TOver the last week, Indian leadership took a number of steps to provoke Pakistan into action. Pakistan’s leadership has acted pragmatically. The comedy of surgical strikes was poorly scripted to suck Pakistan into an embarrassing corner, in both cases: either by acting or by not acting ...

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  • TIn a strong message to international community through his speech to the UN General Assembly’s ministerial session on September 21, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reiterated that “Pakistan has a vital stake in ending conflicts, fostering peace, fighting terrorism, strengthening democracy, ...

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  • TCountdown of President Obama’s White House days has begun, so he is making a last ditch effort to leave behind a legacy. And as there is none, he is trying to manufacture one by pushing through a UNSC resolution in support of Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT); which the US is yet to ...

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  • TIndian High Commissioner to Pakistan Gautam Bombawale was quite a normal person when he arrived in Pakistan. He was assigned to Pakistan in the wake of India’s false flag operation—attack on IAF station Pathankot—to malign Pakistan and runaway from Foreign Secretary level talks. ...

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  • TChina Pakistan Economic Corridor is the focus of attention for the people of Pakistan because of its rich and far-reaching benefits. The CPEC is part of China’s strategic ‘One-Belt, One Road’ initiative, known as OBOR, which talks about connecting about 64 countries in three ...

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  • TComments and analyses continue to pour-in about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day gaffe. The United States held out a categorical assurance to Pakistan that it did not support independence for Balochistan. State Department reiterated commitment to Pakistan’s ...

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  • TAugust 14-15 were celebrated by Pakistan and India as respective independence days— tenor of celebrations was as if both are rejoicing independence from each other rather than from the colonial master—Britain. This time Pakistan had dedicated its independence day to the ongoing freedom ...

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  • TThree consecutive days of deliberations, and the result was the creation of another high-level task force to monitor progress on implementation of NAP. This additional task force will comprise of senior representatives of all concerned departments and agencies of the Federal Government and the ...

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  • TPope Francis has condemned the habit of linking Islam with terrorism, saying that “this is not right and this is not true. I think that in nearly all religions there is always a small fundamentalist group”, He added that, “We have them,” referring to Catholicism. He went on ...

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  • TThe inaugural meeting of the Pak-Afghan Joint Technical Working Group was held in Kabul on July 26 under a recently set-up consultation mechanism for coordination on border management and related security “to discuss issues related to border security and joint fight against terrorism on both ...

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  • TThe cause of the Kashmiri people has gone global. The way and the scale at which Accession to Pakistan Day and Black Day were observed, World-wide, on July 19 and 20 has sent a loud and clear message to India as well as to the international community that there is no escape from meaningful dialogue ...

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  • TThe nation prepares for Black Day to demonstrate its solidarity with the suffering Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). The cause of the Kashmiri people enjoys national support undercutting all sorts of divides. Horrendous episode of martyrdom of innocent Kashmiri brethren at the hands of ...

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  • TPrevious weeks witnessed some unilateral American actions which poured chilled water on the Pakistan-US relations. Droning of Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in an otherwise no go area for drones; scuttling of sale of eight F-16s to Pakistan under Indian pressure; conditioning the inflow of US$ 300 with ...

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  • TTwo recent events indicate that evolvement of long awaited bipolarity in the World Order may be at a fairly advanced stage. Both events happened in quick succession: the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU), and Chinese opposition to entry of non-NPT countries to Nuclear Suppliers Group ...

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  • TSignificant factors impacting peaceful or otherwise Afghanistan are: stay-exit dilemma of the US, will of the Taliban, Indian meddling, handling of Afghan refugees, Pak-Afghan border management, Afghan government’s action against TTP bands etc. The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s ...

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  • TStrategic landscape in Afghanistan context is changing fast. Americans have long been working to go back on their promise of pulling out of Afghanistan. Crimean crisis came as a God-sent occurrence that helped enhanced marketing of the idea within American strategic community and its European camp ...

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  • TThe obsession with the surround-and-contain syndrome in Asia has overwhelmed India-US axis (not yet nexus), since the end of the cold war. The US wants to surround and contain China and India is a clandestine partner in this venture while articulating denial. India wants to contain/surround ...

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  • TKilling of Taliban leader Akhter Mansour was a gross error of judgement on America’s part. He had managed the Taliban very well as proxy of Mullah Omar for nearly two years after Omar’s death, and had succeeded in making them part of negotiations, till abortive second round of Murree ...

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  • TWhenever Americans are in trouble they promptly accept humbling terms and conditions but never forget to pick-up the threads immediately after the obtaining circumstances are over. When Soviets walked into Afghanistan, Pakistan was under severe American sanctions on account of its nuclear programme ...

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  • TMay be time has come for Pakistan to re-open the trial of ‘Agartala Conspiracy’ case and take the matters to their logical conclusion by exposing the perpetrators. Pakistan should also make a simultaneous beginning by raising the issue of war crimes trials by Bangladesh at the OIC, ...

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  • TA few years back an Indian diplomat approached this scribe on the side-lines of a think tank activity and asked a blunt question: ‘Sir! Aren’t you excessively harsh about India in your columns?’This surprised me about level of Indian High Commission’s superb efficiency with ...

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  • TWhenever Pakistan engages or tries to engage with the leaders of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOK), it sends shivers down the spine of Indian rulers. However, due to immense international pressure, it is not possible for India to block such contacts. The Indian External Affairs Ministry said ...

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